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A short trip to Taiwan

  My trip to Taiwan did not quite live up to my initial expectations. However, it was one of the perks that came with being one of the awardees of the 2023 Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards . Despite the unexpected turn of events, this journey proved to be exactly what I needed for this year. My last international trip was in 2017. The prospect of being denied boarding lingered in my mind due to a previous encounter during my trip to Singapore. Despite the issue being settled then, the thought remained unsettling. Thankfully, the brief conversation with the immigration officer proceeded smoothly. They have my travel record in their data system. I opted to leave my laptop and iPad behind, choosing instead to pack a selection of books for those idle moments at the airport or during travel lulls. It’s quite comforting, especially knowing there’s a stack of unread books—spanning both physical copies and ebooks—waiting to be delved into. To put it succinctly, my goal is to trans

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