Hsin-Ping "Maggie" Chou
2005-06 Inbound from Taiwan
Date of Birth: February 26,
Hometown: Jhonghe City, Taiwan
Sponsor: Chung Ho West Rotary Club, District
Host: Baker County Rotary Club, District 6970, Florida USA
School: Baker County High School
September 24 Journal - "Sometimes I
very much miss home. It is fine. This indicates I do not forget my family.
But here, now, I love my school and host family so much."
November 2 Journal and Pictures - "I
love everybody so for everybody I share anything I have. But is too bad -
I only have water. So for a lot of people I share a hug with my wet
December 26 Journal and Pictures - "In
my country if I want to buy clothes I must spend much time and look for my
size. But here, it is not too difficult to buy my clothes. So… I love
February 1 Journal - "I introduced
Chinese New Year. And played games with everybody too. Everybody has to
say 'Happy New Year' in Chinese, then they can have a 'hong bao'."
My Chinese name is Hsin-Ping Chou. My English name is Maggie. You can call
me Maggie. I came from Taiwan Taipei. I am 18 years old.
There are 9 people in my family, including parents, two
older sisters, one older brother, 1 sister-in-law, 1 niece,1 nephew and me.
I have a sweet family, and we love each other. I am very much like my
father, because we are so fat and eat like a horse. I have tried all kinds
of diets, but I couldn’t even lose 3 pounds in a month. All I lost is my
My major is Food and Beverage Management in Senior High
School. At school, I took a lot of cooking courses, for example Chinese
food, Western-style food, cake, etc. I love to cook, read, play computer and
swim. My goal is to be a tour guide. SO I’d like to study Food and Beverage
Management or Hotel Management in the future.
As an exchange student, I know I have to take my
responsibilities and do my best. I will spend more time to learn more about
cooking, English, culture and lifestyle. Also, I’ll introduce what I’ve
learned in Taiwan to my foreign friends. I will never forget this
experience. Thank you.
September 24 Journal
have been here for 2 months. In school I know a lot of people, and have a
lot of friends. Everybody is all very kind to me in my school. So I very
much love going to school.^^
I usually spend time with my friends. I have gone to a
friend's birthday party, and go skating with my friends. Sometime they bring
me to their church. About three weeks ago, my third host family took me to a
river to fish and swim. It was very fun. I played with a girl (7 years old)
and a little boy (1 year old). I like my third host family, so now I usually
go to their home to play.
In my cooking class I cooked Chinese food and Taiwanese
food for everybody. Before I cooked, I very much worried that everybody
would not like my food. Because Chinese food and Taiwanese food is very
different from America’s food. But after I cook, I was very happy -
everybody loved Chinese food and Taiwanese food! And my cooking class
teacher brought me and 4 students to a food exhibition. This is very big
exhibition, where I have eaten a lot of special food. They had a little
Chinese food, some Japanese food, and a lot of American food. We walk all
day - we were very tired, but very happy. This was a very good day.
Before I changed my English class I very much feared
English class, because it is very difficult. I usually don’t know what the
teacher talked about. So my mom help me change my English class; now I like
English class very much. Now I have to read an easy and short book everyday.
Because my English is very bad…...><!!! I usually don’t know what textbooks
mean. But now I have made a little progress, so now I can read easy books,
and textbooks a little too.
Sometimes I very much miss home. It is fine. This
indicates I do not forget my family. But here, now, I love my school and
host family so much.
November 2 Journal and Pictures
have been here for 2 months. So this month is my third month. So in this
month I have changed host family. I not really like change…, because to
change home is very tiring >< . But I love my second host family so much.
They are so nice. I and my second mom are like sisters. We all love to talk
and watch CSI (a TV show).
This month is a very good month, I am very lucky. I have gone to St.
Augustine ^^. In St. Augustine everything is very beautiful and expensive.
They have very delicious seafood and beautiful scenery and buildings. We
have gone to the museums and shops. They have a lot of shops. But everything
is very expensive. So I only buy some postcards. We have seen the old church
St. Peter, but we did not go inside. Because they were not open.
About two weeks ago. I went to my friend’s home. Because at their home was a
swimming party. We played all night. I very loved the party. I ate a lot and
played a lot. I like to play with my friends. My friends are all fun and
nice. In school they help me a lot. On the weekend they usually take me to
their homes. I hope very much that I can see everybody. And play with
I miss everybody so much. Because my city only has one exchange student (is
me) ><. In DeLeon park we eat, play, talk, and swim. Is a very good day. But
I don’t know the park had swimming. I did not take my swimsuit to go to the
park. So after we were swimming, my clothes all have a lot of water. But…..
only my clothes has water is not good 、 not fun. And I love everybody so for
everybody I share anything I have. But is too bad - I only have water so for
a lot people I share a hug with my wet clothes. So…… everybody feared my
hug. I feel I very pitiful, because no people love my hug. Everybody not
like me……><”, I want cry (but… I not have tears, only have secret).
This month I also got to skate with my friends. But I skate very bad…><. I
don’t know why I love to skate so much…………but I love to watch the skate show
more. And I have gone to a Halloween party. In the party only young children
and me play the games. So I win a lot candy to take home ^^. (They say I am
a young child too ) And my brother and his friends take me to go watch a
movie “SAW 2” and go to the haunted house play. In the haunted house, it was
just fun not really terror, but the ghost has very special makeup. I love
Halloween so much. A lot of people’s homes have adornments. In my country
Taiwan, we not have this holiday. So I feel Halloween is very special. Now I
very much look forward to Christmas.
December 26 Journal and Pictures
Wow~~ I can’t believe, now I have been here 5 month. This is very
long time. But I feel I have not really been here 5 month…!! I feel like about~~
5 weeks…, I just can’t believe time run very fast.
I have long time not talk about my life. So now I have a
lot of things for everybody to know. Before winter vacation, at school I
very busy to do my test and homework, I not really have too much test and
homework, but I busy to not get the “F”. ( Because my English not really
well, so I usually get “F” )
Now I want talk about my weekends. Because I very busy at
every weekend. Every weekend I see a lot people. We have very good time.
But~~~ I have a very big question at the Gulten’ s birthday party. Why~~
only me swimming!!??
Everybody: Because… the weather…… is very cold~~ You are crazy…!!
Taka: Maggie~~ don’t do that. (after I swimming) Oh~ Maggie your crazy!!
(At afternoon before I swimming )
Jose: Maggie jump~~ come on~~ jump Maggie~~ If you jump I have for you $3.
After I jump in pool……!! I say: Jose give me $3.
Jose: No, you too late…no money!!! (He can’t believe I really jump into the
swimming pool.) Don’t care Jose not giving me $3. Because we just joke!! But
I very much want to ask Jose when for me $3………!!( ^^ Jose… don't hit me,
just…. Joke…) After I was swimming…, no people want for me a hug…!!
On Thanksgiving, I ate with my host mom’s family…, we have
a lot peoples together. We ate all afternoon, then we play games, at night
they take me go to watch movie. I have so much fun at Thanksgiving, because
I love to eat ^^. After Thanksgiving we go to shopping and watch movie…!! I
spent $400 altogether. But not only one day. That was two days. After
Thanksgiving I went shopping with my friends. So I shopped two days on the
weekend on Thanksgiving. I know that was crazy…, but I did not bring a lot
clothes for winter here. Now I very much fear my Taiwan mom will call me
><…!! (Because I pay by VISA card) But… now if you ask me: Do you want go
shopping?? I will say… ”yes” !!! Don’t ask me why~~ because I just love
shopping. In my country everybody is all thin, so the clothes not in my size
(I too fat in my country). In my country if I want to buy clothes I must
spend much time and look for my size. But here, it is not too difficult to
buy my clothes. So… I love shopping here!!! Do you want go shopping with
If you ask me how about Disney World~~, I will tell you~~
I want cry…!! Because I not want go home!! I think only four days are really
too short. In this trip, I get to know a lot exchange students. We have a
lot fun. I love them, they all very nice. Though all live in Florida ...,
But we are just like polar bear (I love bear) and Antarctic penguin. We live
in the north they live in the south. That is very far. Get back to the
subject……!! I have so much fun in Disney. But I spent much “$” at Disney
too. Toot toot toot……(my sob), I not want go home~~. Though cost much money.
But I like Disney very much. I love the fireworks performance. That was very
very cool and beautiful. I like those amazing recreation facilities very
much too. Anyway… I just want tell you… I want to go back to Disney
About two weeks ago, I went to my best friend Tivis’s
Birthday party. That was very nice party. We play and dance and watch movie.
I have very good time at the party…, but my foot aches. Because I knock into
the table…><!! Then last weekend…, my church has party too. But the party
only for children. We have a lot people bring their friends. So we have a
lot people. We play a lot very special games all the night. That was very
good party. But I not have spend one night at church with everybody. Because
I need very good sleep, as next day I have to go to my friend~ Samantha’s
home to play. She live in Gainesville. (She is exchange student too, she in
2004~05 go to Taiwan, I know her before I been here. In here, she help me a
lot and teach me a lot. She is very good girl and good friend.) I love to go
to Samantha’s home, she and she family all very nice. And we are all girls
so we have many chat topics. They bring me to watch movie and ate very good
seafood. I love the movie and seafood so much. Now I want tell you
something. It was Samantha’s friend that told us. One day, her sister went
to her best friend’s birthday party. So she not only buy the present and
wrapping paper, she bought a beautiful box too. Before the party ends, her
friend open every present…, but only one present has question…, the present
has wrapping paper and beautiful box…, but not have anything in the box…,
because she has forgotten to put the present into box……!! That was very long
long ago, when I am young. I do not have much money to buy birthday present
for my older sister. So I just buy a flower for her, but that was not
really. That is a flower made of handkerchief. At my sister birthday party,
she open the flower…, that was not a handkerchief……, that was a Sexy
Get back to the subject……!! Now is very close Christmas
and new year. I look forward to Christmas and our New Year’s Eve party too.
Anyway~~~ I bless everybody~~ have good vacation and Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year. If you want have a Christmas present please call me. My
phone number is: 911, I repeat~ is “911”. Don't get the wrong number. I wait
for you. Bye~ Bye~ See you soon. ( P.S. I have forgotten to tell you , the
present is my kiss.)
February 1 Journal
have very good time at Christmas. We go to my host aunt's house, ate with my
host mom's family. Then we play and talk, we have very good time at
Christmas. I love Christmas so much. I get a lot Christmas presents. In
Taiwan we have Christmas too. (In Taiwan not everybody have Christmas.) But
very different here. Our Christmas is not a holiday. I feel Christmas very
like Chinese New Year.
Anyway I love Christmas. I hope everyday could be Christmas. In the New
Year's Eve, I have a very good time at the party too. We have very crazy
night at New Year's Eve party. After New Year, I was very busy for tidy up
my baggage and the room. I dare not to believe my baggage to go to sorting
more not over. I have a lot of clothes and everything.
Now, I am in my new home, I love it here. My host sister is my best friend,
my host family all very nice, so I love here. In the Seacamp, I have a very
good time. I love Key West. Here is so beautiful. I know a lot people, and
learning a lot too. At the second evening we danced, then I introduced
Chinese New Year too. And played games with everybody. Everybody has to
speak Chinese for me. (Because second night was Chinese New Year Eve.) They
have to speak "Happy New Year" in Chinese, then they can have a "hong bao".
In Chinese New Year, our parents give us "hong bao" (like Christmas
present). What is "hong bao"?? "Hong bao" is red envelope, then we put money
in red envelope. But we can't spend the money. Because it is lucky money.
Anyway I not put money in the "hong bao", I put something about Taiwan in
the "hong bao" (like postcard and postage stamp and Taiwanese tea). I didn't
really put money in the inside. But about 3~5 have money. But only one has
100 dollars, others are all 10 dollars (all in Taiwan's money). Anyway that
is just a game, I just want everybody have fun.
Now I feel I very much miss everybody, I love them so much. I hope we can
get together everyday. Now I am just preparing for the trip of my school,
because I will soon go to New York. I very expect (certainly I also spent a
few money). Anyway~~ I not lucky at this month. Because I lost my purse and
certificate and credit card and ATM card. So I bankrupted now~~><~~!!! Now I
start praying. Pray for me and can get good luck in February. Bless
everyone's happy new year.