Author Archives: JLiu

親子天下: 閲讀123 / Reading 123 Collection

Age: 6+ independent *note the picture above also shows 樂讀456 which is a series for upper elementary so ignore those for now. I’ll review those later. I also have 5 more sets of those that need to fit together with … Continue reading

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Book Review: 還要睡幾個晚上才到聖誕節? How Many Sleeps Till Christmas?

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Puchase Link: 還要睡幾個晚上才到聖誕節? – How Many Sleeps Till Christmas This is a story about a little bear who can’t wait til Christmas and wakes … Continue reading

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Book Review: 閲讀123 / Reading 123 嬉遊民間故事集 – Chinese Folk Tale Collection

Age 6+ Purchase links: 奇幻蛇郎與紅花 – Snake Lord and the Red Flower 一個傻蛋賣香屁  – The Dummy Who Sold Farts 機智白賊闖通關 – The Smart Liar 黑洞裡的神祕烏金 – The Treasure in the Dark Hole This is a set from 閲讀123, Reading 123. Previous posts on other … Continue reading

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C-Pen 2.0 百科掛圖 – C-Pen 2.0 Encyclopedic Picture Boards

I received C-Pen’s NEW product recently and have been holding off a review until I’ve played with it a little. Uh WOW. First of all, my daughters flipped through every page with 尖叫聲 because it’s well…. HELLO KITTY Even my … Continue reading

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Book Review: 寫信給耶誕老公公 : My Penpal, Santa

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 寫信給耶誕老公公 – My Penpal, Santa  This isn’t a book about adventures of Santa but a book about a little girl who writes … Continue reading

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Book Review: 好忙好忙的耶誕老公公 – The Very Busy Santa

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 好忙好忙的耶誕老公公  The Very Busy Santa This is a cute book about what Santa Claus does on a monthly basis. Children can learn the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 爱悦读: 小豆包系列 (简体桥梁书) – Dumpling Series (Simplified Books)

Age: 5+ independent For more information, please visit our facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ First Set: 小豆包一路奇遇记, 小豆包在学校, 小豆包侦探记, 小豆包的好朋友, 小豆包养宠物, Second Set: 小豆包遇见童话书, 小豆包与疯狂的食物, 小豆包与奇怪小家具, 小豆包读字典, 小豆包旋转木马 I wanted to thank Meijie CG from our Motherly Notes Facebook Group  for recommending this … Continue reading

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如何加快小孩閲讀的速度? How to Increase Reading Speed (Chinese/English/etc.)

I’m getting this question so often now. Somehow people like to gauge reading level by speed. So many parents are so in a rush to have their child reading faster. You can’t just force them to read faster. You can’t … Continue reading

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Book Review: 瑪德琳系列 Madeline Series

Age: 2+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase links: 瑪德琳、瑪德琳的親愛小狗、瑪德琳的耶誕節 – Madeline series of 3 books 瑪德琳+大象巴巴 Madeline and Barbar the Elephant Who doesn’t love Madeline? I don’t think I need to … Continue reading

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C-Pen 2.0 Flash Cards 識字卡

Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ C-Pen is actively making curriculum and teaching aids for kids who are learning Chinese. This is their first take at flashcards and as always, this company is a bit nerdy and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 國語周刊 (基礎版, 小學版), 國語月刊 (成長版), Chinese Weekly Newspaper for Kids (MWM)

Age: Varies depending on level. In this article, ages 4+, 6-8, 9-12 I have been really loving magazines and newspapers lately because when school started, we’re always on the run somewhere and sometimes do not have the concentration to just … Continue reading

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Book Review: 姊弟倆 Big Sister Little Brother

Age: 5+ independent Purchase Link: 姊弟倆 Big Sister Little Brother This book is part of a set of 40 that I purchased. Yesterday my little one took it out and cracked up big time to a point where I find … Continue reading

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Member post: Amazing Twin Boys Who Are Reading Chinese and English At Least Two Years Above Grade Level (Sin Yee T.)

Hi Members of Motherly Notes!  Once in a while I find a gem in the group and I pester invite them to share their teaching methods with us because I find it truly valuable to the community to know how miracles … Continue reading

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Book Review: 魔數小子 – Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Collection – Math Set (25 Books)

Age: 4+ with parent or independent if they know zhuyin, 5+ independent Where to Puchase: 魔數小子 – Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Collection This is a set of math picture books great for smaller kids to an introduction of “concept” of … Continue reading

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Chinese Teaching Systems: 樂樂文化 聽讀套書 Le Le Chinese 300 Books, 1000 Characters (Traditional & Simplified)

Introduction Video This is a set of 300 little books ranging from 8 to 12 pages. There are three levels with 100 books a level. You can do them in any order you wish when you’re within the level and … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小兵快樂讀本系列 90 本 - Little Soldier Happy Reading 90 Books

Age 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ 快樂讀本第一輯  Set 1 快樂讀本第二輯  Set 2 快樂讀本第三輯  Set 3 Needed more practice readers? Here you go! 90 Books, all different authors and illustrators. Great variety. There are roughly 3000 characters in … Continue reading

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Book Review: 神奇樹屋系列 52本 +小百科套書 20本 - Magic Tree House and Fact Tracker Set

Age 6+ Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Links: 神奇樹屋 1-52 :Magic Tree House Set 1-52 神奇樹屋小百科套書(全套20冊) :Magic Tree House Fact Tracker This is a really popular set. It’s used in the states in schools as … Continue reading

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Book Review: 樂讀123 系列 44本 Happy Reading 123 - 44 Books

Age 4+ with parent or independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Link: 樂讀123 系列  – Happy Reading 123 Series This was a set much loved by our Facebook group members! Each book is roughly 3000 characters … Continue reading

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Book Review: 漫畫教科書:數學益智王 套書6本 Smart Math Comics Grades 1-6

Age: 6+ independent, up to 6th grade Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase Links: 漫畫教科書:數學益智王 1  漫畫教科書:數學益智王 2  漫畫教科書:數學益智王 3 漫畫教科書:數學益智王 4  漫畫教科書:數學益智王 5  漫畫教科書:數學益智王 6  I was searching for a math set that didn’t involve … Continue reading

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Using a Dictionary: 5000字多元學習國語圖典 – 5000 Character Dictionary

Age: 5+ For more information, please join our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ Purchase link: Gloria Bookstore If you are teaching your child Chinese, you’re probably starting to wonder when to start them on using a Chinese dictionary. For me, it’s: when the child … Continue reading

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My Journey in Teaching My Children Chinese (Teaching Children Chinese From Age 0-5)

Note: The above video physically shows you some main points I listed below. I didn’t go over everything in the video but I think it’s the ideas that needed a video. Also, I’m not a professional blogger and this is … Continue reading

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Book Review:刷牙小小兵勇闖蛀牙王國 & 把飯吃光光好棒!Tooth Kingdom Invasion, Finish Your Food!

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Although there isn’t a whole bunch of technical terms, the message is very strong and clear through the crazy pictures. You should brush your teeth. This book is full of cuteness and at the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 宮崎駿系列 Ghibli Series – 20 Books

Age: 4+ with parent, 6+ independent http://www.MotherlyNotes.com Please visit our Facebook group for more information! https://www.facebook.com/groups/motherlynotes/ ****Limited Time group discount price!!! Please join in our facebook group above to get the link and coupon code!****** Buy links below: 龍貓  崖上的波妞  … Continue reading

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Book Review: 喬治系列 Curious George Collection

Age: 3+ with parent, 6+ independent (with zhuyin) For more information, please visit our facebook group: MotherlyNotes 好奇猴喬治 – Curious George  好奇猴喬治上醫院 Curious George Goes to the Hospital 好奇猴喬治放風箏 – Curious George Flies a Kite  好奇猴喬治得獎牌 – Curious George Gets … Continue reading

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Yen 紫艷 at W Hotel -Oh My Duck…

You want duck? Go to W Hotel. Yummy duck and yummy dim sum. Not like crazy out of this world but definitely satisfying as the quality standard is there. Their duck is served wrapped by their servers. Their dim sum … Continue reading

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鼎泰豐(信義) The Original Din Tai Fung (Xinyi)

So I always contemplate whether I want to go to another location of Din Tai Fung but always end up going to the original one. There’s always a long wait but the trick is to get there early. We went … Continue reading

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思慕昔 Smoothie House Ice

You really really really need to at least drop by one of their locations for snowy ice. Been around and famous for a long time. The first time I went there was the one on 永康街 because it’s conveniently next … Continue reading

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山嵐 拉麵 Yamaarashi Ramen

The ridiculous thing about Taiwan is this… you walk along the small streets and you are overwhelmed with crazy yummy looking places. You walk into one of these and you get knocked out with great tasting food everywhere. This little … Continue reading

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Royal Thai Massage 泰晶殿

You guys didn’t think I’d leave Taiwan without trying their Thai massage right? So when in Taiwan, you must go massage … why? Because a place like this actually costs around $76 USD for 2 hours… and everything is included … Continue reading

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大道18號 18 Days (熱炒店 – Quick Fry Restaurant)

Taiwan is not Taiwan if you don’t go to a quick stir fry place. This is what they call 熱炒店. This particular one is a cross between a street style 熱炒 and restaurant style. The taste is pretty spectacular. Most … Continue reading

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饒河夜市 Raohe Night Market Taipei

I was told by locals how this is the night market to go to. I went to Shilin, TongHua, and a couple other smaller ones and I do find I like this one the best. It wasn’t too long, it … Continue reading

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態芮 Taïrroir – Michelin One Star Taipei

So I was able to go back and book something here… yay. The decor is nice. It’s more simple than RAW Taipei – Michelin One Star Restaurant for the decoration. Food was however different. Both had Taiwan fusion done right but … Continue reading

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老媽拌麵 Lao Ma Noodles

When in Taiwan, it’s so hard to just walk around and NOT eat! Everything looks so good! Today after our 90 minute foot massage, we were walking in the neighborhood and I saw this gem. Um, I love spicy and … Continue reading

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KidsAwesome Children’s Museum of Taipei 奧森兒童博物館

This space is called Kids Awesome because…. it’s AWESOME. It’s for ages baby to third grade (max third grade). Most kids in there were about 4-8 and they had great things such as a zipline, ball space, rocket space, etc. … Continue reading

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Moomin Cafe 嚕嚕米主題餐廳

So we went to another cute cafe this time based off of the comic book set! Here’s their facebook page with more of their photos: https://www.facebook.com/moomincafe.tw/ Again,  this is for fun and looks… the food was decent and again, not … Continue reading

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Rilakkuma Café 拉拉熊咖啡廳

So usually my expression shows a disgusted look when I walk into something that’s way too cute. Before kids and marriage, people would have to strangle me to go to a place like this. Let’s just say… having kids changed … Continue reading

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扶旺號 FullWant Breakfast Place

This is the sister breakfast company to 甘妹弄堂 Ganmei Alley Breakfast Stop that’s recommended by a friend here in Taiwan. OMG! YUMMMMMMMM. They have spicy sandwiches for breakfast and the selection is incredible! You can look at their menu online: http://www.fullwant.com.tw/index.php/location.html. There is … Continue reading

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紅玉滿~姐買的不是雞蛋糕,是外剛內柔的心八顆 Hong Yu Man Egg Pancakes ~ Love Pancakes with Wings!

This cute place is located on the Eslite wing of the Taipei Main Station. We love egg pancakes and these years, these have been going on a steroid level! Look at how cute the shape is! This particular store sells … Continue reading

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Sogo Supermarket 超級市場

Sogo’s supermarket downstairs is like a gem. It’s so nice with a bunch of pre-made foods. There’s handmade dumplings of all different colors but we have no time to even cook here… or else I’d buy some to try. Looks … Continue reading

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Julia Music School 朱莉亞音樂藝術中心

誰說旅遊就要放棄練習樂器?這家我找了好久也研究了好久。就這個地點(復興小學旁邊)裡面的老師就已經超過80位!!!很驚人吧!給我們只來幾個禮拜的遊客很大的方便。租小提琴也方便所以不用自備。如果是練鋼琴,用他們的練習房都免費哦!實在很理想。上幾次課都可以彈性很大。老闆人超好! http://www.juliamusic.com.tw/ Who said you have to give up practicing your instrument while you’re in vacation? We found this music school with over 80 teachers! They do strings and piano and fits us perfectly. You can even borrow their piano … Continue reading

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Ippudo Ramen 一風堂

I’ve had this ramen in New York. This one I went to was in Taipei Main Station and tastes as good as the one in New York. If you want a decent ramen without guessing whether it’ll be good, this … Continue reading

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Name Stickers Taiwan

So waterproof name stickers are like so DAMN CUTE here!!! Someone shoot me already. I already bought 10 sets of different designs already. Some are reflective and sparkly. They’re in the Taipei Main Station.  Website: https://www.facebook.com/funstickers/?hc_location=ufi Each set ranges from … Continue reading

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台鐵便當🍱 Taiwan Railroad Lunch Box

Ok, so a childhood memory and obsession of mine that I always dream of… is this lunch box you get on the railroad for Taiwan. It has a special smell from the paper box it’s in and it tastes soooooooo … Continue reading

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Villa Like SPA 悅禾泰式養身會館

This spa was a great choice for us. They’re a chain with three locations. We went to the one in Da’an district. Their company website: http://www.villa-like.com.tw/main.php They specialize in Thai massage and their massages are less than $100 USD for 2 … Continue reading

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甘妹弄堂 Ganmei Alley Breakfast Stop

This place is so goooood! They have a really creative menu. Their facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/ganmeialley/ Their breakfast is traditional with a flare and there’s usually a line in the morning but not too bad. You can usually get … Continue reading

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Baking in Taiwan – JMI Cookies

There’s a lot of baking in Taiwan. I think kids and moms love to have classes together here in general. We found a place that actually did the cookies for a “soap opera”… ha ha ha. The space is small … Continue reading

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Mall Crafts in Taiwan

I used to take home art that looked like a crap when my kids were like two. Then I took home semi looking crap when they hit 3/4. Now I’m okay taking home average looking passing for a well done … Continue reading

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Guest House 請客樓 – Michelin 2 Star Restaurant

This Michelin two star restaurant is easier to book than Tairroir or RAW. It’s been around and is on top of the Sheraton. It’s rather busy for lunch when we went and had a more traditional vibe. Dishes were traditional … Continue reading

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RAW Taipei – Michelin One Star Restaurant

This is a Michelin one star restaurant that combines French bistro with a Taiwan flare. This was a nine course meal and it was heavenly. The decor was very earthy when you enter and you can smell the wood decoration … Continue reading

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煮海 Trésors de la mer

We had an amazing feast of seafood here next to the fish market in Taiwan. This place is a gem. We had a tray of sashimi and seafood hotpot after. We also had their hand rolls made table side, grilled … Continue reading

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肉食主義 – Meat Love, Mean Love, Meet Love

Ok, so the name isn’t so sexy but their food is. This is a hot pot place with Japanese Wagyu meat and frankly, it didn’t matter WHAT meat we ordered, they were all so so so so tender!!! We had … Continue reading

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台北蒙特梭利幼兒園 Mrs. Lam Montessori

Although we attend a Montessori in the states, I wasn’t expecting to put the girls in one in Taipei but I am so glad I did. This place was recommended by a friend whose child attended here for a couple … Continue reading

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Mollie’s Bookstore 茉莉二手書局

You can find their store locations here. I went to both NTU and also the underground one. The NTU location was much much bigger. The kids section was about two whole walls and it was … overwhelming… LOL! They had … Continue reading

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想去台灣照相嗎? Relaxed Photo Studio

Website: http://www.relaxedphoto.com/ Relaxed Photo Studio Facebook Page Our Photographer (and owner): 大智 (when you book, tell him I said Hi!!!!! ) Most people when they come to Taiwan, they would schedule a photo shoot. Why? Because it’s sooooo good and … Continue reading

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阜杭豆漿 – Fuhang Soy Milk

Stars: 3/5 去了,點了,吃了。難忘的:沒有。有點失望其實。早餐不錯可是要我再排一次,就算了。說真的,上次介紹的家蓁早餐店 – Jia Zhen Breakfast Place 比這家好吃好多好多好多倍!! 還有失望的是樓上竟然沒有冷氣,位子要用搶的。大家搶位子為了吃厚燒餅。到後來覺得 “還好” 而已。反而覺得他們的飯糰很好吃。豆漿也還可以。我們今天排了大概15分鐘而已。星期天早上9:30。大家可以試試看可是我真的吃過更好的。下次再介紹另外一家我喜歡的。 So I went to the famous Fuhang Soy Milk breakfast place where people have to line up for sometimes up to an hour to get in. I have no … Continue reading

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金蓬萊 – Golden Formosa Restaurant (Michelin 1 Star)

Stars: 5/5 We went to this lovely restaurant yesterday and it was sooooooooooo good! A few things to note: Make a reservation!!! Pre-order the Crab Sticky Rice 紅蟳油飯 and also Supreme Abalone Buddha Jumps Over the Wall (帝王佛跳牆)。These need pre-ordering … Continue reading

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京華城 Taiwan Children’s Play Area: Baby Boss

We went to 京華城 today and went into BabyBoss. What is it? It’s a an indoor place with about 48 jobs that a person can have when they grow up. From chef to astronaut, children are put into 30-45 minute “work … Continue reading

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Eslite Xinyi Food Court 信儀誠品食堂

I forgot to show you guys how big the food court is inside Eslite. If you take the kids to go read upstairs, you can eat downstairs in this food court with a million options. Taste is very decent. It’s … Continue reading

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信義誠品店 Eslite XinYi Bookstore

We went to the largest bookstore in Taipei today. It’s more like a department store/ bookstore. Absolutely gorgeous… I was so excited to visit the kid’s section only to find their chapter books… were not complete. I took some photos … Continue reading

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永和豆漿 – Yong He Breakfast Chain

3.5/5 Stars This is probably a standard that everyone who comes to Taiwan go by and they’ve been around for a long time. We were going to line up at the other “famous” breakfast place only to find it closed … Continue reading

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吉龍糖黑糖紅茶 – JLD Dragon Ji Long Tang Brown Sugar Black Tea Shop

5/5 Stars 在台灣每個地方都是波霸奶茶店,這家排隊誇張,就索性試試。 不能選擇改糖分或冰塊多少是第一次看到。我們叫的是他們招牌厚奶珍珠紅茶。只能說好喝,很香,奶味很重,有特別的厚奶泡沫,茶味能濃,波霸很Q。可以試試看。 There’s no lacking of boba tea in Taiwan but some are better than others. This one had a long line so I decided to try it out. Their specialty is a huge milk foam on top … Continue reading

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茗香園冰室 – Ming Xiang Yuan (Dim Sum)

Stars 5/5 因為來的時候那家粵菜實在太難吃了,在家附近找了一家試試(老公香港人一直想吃吃看台式粵菜)。這家沒有選錯,實在很~好~吃~~~~~ 便宜,不油膩,真好吃。叫得每一道菜都很有水準。 We had to redeem’s Taiwan’s HK styled food because our first experience was too horrible. Found this restaurant near our apartment. All I have to say, Taiwan has redeemed itself on HK food. This is authentic … Continue reading

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北投溫泉博物館 旁邊的公立圖書館 Beitou Public Library

We visited a library in Beitou next to the museum. If you’re there visiting the museum, might as well stop by this library! The children’s section is all downstairs and it’s an entire level of kids books from baby to … Continue reading

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My 灶 – My Kitchen – Traditional Taiwan Cuisine

Stars: 5/5 大姊請客一向瘋狂,才幾個人點了一桌的菜,哈! 米其林推薦的傳統台菜。只能說,想吃傳統台菜,就來這裡。有名的是他們的滷肉飯。他們的烘蛋加上鮮蚵仔非常好吃。小朋友一口接一口。最後的古早味刨冰實在是香得不得了。點了太多,自己下面看看。其實點什麼都好吃。 困難的就是訂位而已。好險姊都訂好了。 想來的朋友,最要預約哦! This is a traditional Taiwanese restaurant and recommended by the Michelin guide. Their Taiwanese stewed pork rice is pretty famous but otherwise, all the dishes have been great and traditional. The shaved ice at … Continue reading

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犁園湯包館 – Li Yuan Soup Dumplings

今天小表妹帶了我們來吃湯包。皮薄,料多,湯汁濃。小菜自取。 我們叫了三種湯包 (上海,蟹肉,生蠔)還有其他小菜 ,小朋友都愛吃。 小菜的豆干特別有味道。 小朋友把一盤都吃完了。最後的芝麻包很特別,做得是南瓜的形狀, 味道是QQ 的皮陪著微甜的芝麻。 小朋友各吃了兩顆。 因為已經吃過鼎泰豐,所以換換吃別家湯包也是很不錯的。 My cousin took us to this soup dumpling spot. We ordered regular shanghai style dumplings, crab dumplings and oyster dumplings and many other dishes like hot and sour soup, etc. … Continue reading

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台灣3房2廁公寓出租推薦- Taiwan 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Apartment for Rent Recommendation

這次來台灣因為帶著兩個小的,決定還是租個公寓比較舒服。加上想要誘惑我媽跟著我們來,所以就租了一間170平方米的大空間。暑假很熱,如果小朋友不想出去,還可以在家裡玩玩也不會覺得很悶。 既然要來一個多月,決定破費住舒服點。現在發現我的決定是對的,因為外面實在是~太~熱~了!!!! 每天出去在外面走動都會覺得頭暈。每次回家都有鬆了一口氣的感覺,好像剛打仗回來。冷氣夠強,房東親切,會中文,會英文,還很熱情的一直介紹附近有什麼小吃之類的。 甚至知道我們要送小孩上夏令營還親自帶了我坐了一次捷運,讓我放心到時候上課找得到路! 真的是很推薦這間屋子。如果想知道房東聯絡方式,可以問問我哦! 地點超方便,走路三分鐘到忠孝東路復興站,4分鐘到 Sogo , 一下樓全是小吃!!! Since I am bringing the two little ones, I decided to rent a larger space with three bedrooms and two bathrooms (about 1830 sf). There are four beds total in the … Continue reading

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家蓁早餐店 – Jia Zhen Breakfast Place

4/5 Stars 106台北市大安區大安路一段27號 住在大安區忠孝東路旁真的很方便,一下樓就是一堆吃的。 鄰居介紹這家早餐店。6點開始營業。對於調時差的我很適合。帶了老大去樓下走走就來到了這裡。買了4人早餐回家才 NT260. 雞肉抓餅 實在好吃。雞肉是老闆自己醃的。 辣椒醬一級棒,超辣,超香。唯一不好的就是沒有地方坐。住這裡附近的人都來這家。到了6:30am 就排隊的。看到上班族還是有幾位空姐。不愛吃的老大拿了饅頭一直啃得津津有味~ Food was pretty amazing here. We ordered about five items (sorry some were eaten before I could take a picture – ha!). Each item was only about a dollar or … Continue reading

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Sogo 三合院 – 港式飲茶 (好看不好吃)

1/5 Stars 說真的,有點失望。蝦子炸得油膩,脆皮雞就只有脆皮的優點,牛腩只有嫩可是味道不足,蝦餃是唯一過得去的。 唉~ 排隊長龍,服務一般般。 Disappointed in the taste. Fried shrimp was oily, crispy skin chicken had only crispy skin but not taste, beef was tender but lacking taste, but the redeeming factor were the shrimp dumplings which was a … Continue reading

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“懂了” 識字卡! (简体 + 繁體)Dongle Flashcards Simplified and Traditional – 2,346 Cards

I’m super excited to introduce this set of flashcards. You can purchase through Taobao or through their own company. Their website has a lot more items you may be interested in purchasing… Dongle 懂了: http://www.idongle.cn/ This is a set of … Continue reading

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Book Review: 湯姆的服裝店,加油! 熊醫生,Tom Dress Maker, Go Bear Doctor!

Age: 2-5 with parent, 5+ independent Where to Buy: 動物村翻翻書 – 扮演遊戲禮物盒(醫生扮演組)- Go Bear Set of 3 books including the one in video 湯姆的服裝店 – Tom Dress Maker The Bear Doctor book is a book that my kids read over … Continue reading

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How I Taught Beginning Phonics and Blending (Up to Age 5)

We started teaching phonics early (yes, you guessed it, beginning before they were one) because I found babies were easy to really teach anything to without reason behind anything. It means they’re great with just memory and not logic (at … Continue reading

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Book Review: 你一半,我一半 , Split it in Half

Age: 0-3 你一半,我一半 – Split it in Half Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  This is a cute little book that teaches a bit of math but also teaches easy simple language. It teaches you how to split items … Continue reading

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Book Review: Book Review: 可愛(的)貓熊, 小寶寶翻翻書, 爸爸,媽媽,這是我家, Cute Panda, Baby’s Flip Book Set, Daddy, Mommy, Happy Home

Age: 0-3 Where to Purchase: 可愛(的)貓熊 – 風車出版 – sorry, couldn’t find a link in books.com.tw 小寶寶翻翻書 – Baby’s Flip Book Set 爸爸- Daddy 媽媽 – Mommy – same author as Daddy but about mom (not on video) 這是我家 –  … Continue reading

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Book Review: 羅北兒故事集 Arnold Lobel Book Collection

Age: 3+ with parent 6+ Independent Where to purchase or for more information: 羅北兒故事集 – Arnold Lobel Collection Whole Set 1. 大巨人約翰 – The Big Giant 2. 明鑼移山 Ming Lo Moves the Mountain 3. 露西兒- Lucille 4. 小豬離家記 – Small Pig 5. 老鼠爸爸說故事 … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小小兵有絕招(一套12本+2CD) Little Soldiers’ Smart Tricks (12 Books, 2CD)

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  You can purchase this at Books.com.tw: 小小兵有絕招 -Little Solders’ Smart Tricks This is a really neat set of books. There are 12 books and 2 CDs. … Continue reading

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Reading Pen Review: C-Pen 2.0 點讀筆, Listening and Reading Tool for Kids

  Introduction Video: I’ve used a lot of pens and this one I’m quite happy with! There are many functions of this pen: It can record your voice so you can read books to your children without you even being … Continue reading

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Book Review: 低年級雜誌,幼兒雜誌介紹:未來兒童,康軒Top945,巧連智,小行星,星期八,小小牛頓。Magazine Preview from Kindergarten Level to Lower Elementary in Traditional Chinese

For more information and group discussion on this topic, join our Motherly Notes Facebook Group by clicking on this link.  I wanted to do a piece about the different types of magazines that are out there. I have a couple … Continue reading

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Book Review: 亮亮的成長 30本+6 CD , All About Vicky Set (30 Books + 6 CDs)

Age: 3-6 ######DISCOUNT CODE ##### Now sold on Gloria’s Bookstore: 亮亮的成長 (中文本30本6CD) (已含運)(優惠預購中) Shipment date: August/September 2018, sold until sold out Use the coupon code: motherlynotes Special Pricing: $65 including shipping , $10 rebate if you pick up at her … Continue reading

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How I Taught My Toddlers Math (Ages 2-5)

  Math is something that my husband and I are pretty focused on. My goals were to achieve the following: Before Age 3: Count to 100, know shapes and colors including harder shapes like rhombus, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, isosceles triangle, … Continue reading

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Book Review: 愛挖耳朵的國王 Ear Picking King

Age: 4+ with parent, 6+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  愛挖耳朵的國王 The Ear Picking King This book is part of the Ferris Wheel Collection Book Review: 故事摩天輪系列 Ferris Wheel Bridge Book Series. It belongs in the lower … Continue reading

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Book Review: 啊!睡覺的時候最幸福 Oh! The Joy of Sleeping

Age: 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  Purchase link: 啊!睡覺的時候最幸福  Oh the Joy of Sleeping! Although the book is labeled for lower elementary, I think an avid kindergartner can read this just fine. It has very very … Continue reading

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Book Review: 南瓜弟弟忘東西,南瓜弟弟去遠足 Pumpkin Forgets His Stuff, Pumpkin Goes Hiking

Age: 6+ Independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  南瓜弟弟去遠足  Pumpkin Goes Hiking 南瓜弟弟忘東西  Pumpkin Forgets His Stuff This is a set for lower elementary students to read. It’s very much a first grader type of book. The book I … Continue reading

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Book Review: 冰箱放暑假 Refrigerator Takes a Summer Vacation

Age: 6+ Independent Join our Facebook Group for more information and worksheets on this book! You can buy on 博客來: 冰箱放暑假 Refrigerator Takes a Summer Vacation  This is a book about a refrigerator who decided not to be cold because … Continue reading

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Book Review: 直映认字教材 Picture Guided 1500 Character Learning Set (Simplified,简体)

Age: 2+ Join our Facebook Group to learn more from other crazy parents! This is a very very affordable set and teaches a lot of characters. It has 6 books with 11-13 lessons in there and for each lesson there … Continue reading

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We Finally Graduated from 注音 (Zhuyin)

歡迎來加入我們的瘋狂虎爸虎媽團,一起分享教小朋友中文的心得呦! Join our Facebook group to know more about how more moms and dads are teaching their children Chinese! I never knew how many characters my big one knew. After she was born, I went with the flow of what … Continue reading

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Book Review: Magic Math Stories Set 數學故事魔法盒

Age: 2-5 Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  數學故事魔法盒  Magic Math Stories Set This is a cute set of 8 books with CD. Note that the CDs do not follow the book. If you are native, then I think … Continue reading

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Book Review: 小小地球人 Little Earth 36 Book Set

Age: 5-10 Please join our Facebook Group for more information!!! I want to mention that I said this is for age five and up because I feel that children can still benefit from looking at the photos and absorb a … Continue reading

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Book Review: 新小小牛頓 高幼版 + 南門書局寄到美國 unboxing of Nanmen Bookstore Package

Age: 5+ So I finally got my magazines!!!! These are one step harder than 小幼 version of the magazines and they are all science related!!! YES!!! I have a lot that includes stories coupled in with science but these are … Continue reading

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Book Review: 大偵探奈特系列1-6 Nate the Great Detective Series

  Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  大偵探奈特系列 1-3  – Nate the Great Books 1-3 (消失的圖畫 Nate the Great, 夜間任務 Goes Undercover, 遺失的清單 The Lost List) 大偵探奈特系列 4-6  Nate the Great Books 4-6 (恐龍郵票 the Sticky Case, 消失的鑰匙 Missing Key, 雪地奇案 Snowy Trail) This is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: 翻一翻‧懂更多 系列套書 Lift the Flap Usborne Series (Rain, Flowers, Babies)

  Age: 3+ with parent, 4+ independent (if you can read zhuyin) Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  翻一翻‧懂更多 系列套書 Usborne Lift-The-Flap Series in Chinese   (all 3) 天空為什麼會下雨?:翻一翻‧懂更多 Usborne Why Does It Rain?  植物為什麼要開花?:翻一翻 懂更多 Usborne Why Do Flowers … Continue reading

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Book Review: 屁屁偵探讀本 (1-3) Butt Detective Bridge Book Series

Age: 6+ Independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  屁屁偵探讀本 (1-2)  – Butt Detective Books 1-2 黑影竊盜團入侵  – Butt Detective Book 3 This is a set of bridge books for lower elementary grades in Taiwan. It has some harder terms … Continue reading

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Book Review: 屁屁偵探繪本(1-5冊) Butt Detective Picture Book Series (6th one: 屁屁偵探 噗噗!有兩個屁屁偵探?!)

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  屁屁偵探繪本(1-5冊)  – Butt Detective Picture Books 1-5 屁屁偵探 噗噗!有兩個屁屁偵探?!  – 6th book (NEW) – 2 Butt Detectives?   Who doesn’t like butt face? Come on! It’s a butt … Continue reading

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Little Fox Chinese – Reading System For Native AND Non-Native Chinese Learners (Simplified Chinese)

Please join our Facebook Group for more details, information, and recommendations! I rarely rarely rarely recommend web apps, tv programs or online learning… until now. This site was brought to our group’s attention by Vincent B. so I really really … Continue reading

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Reading “Short” Essays with Kids Daily to Develop Confidence, Patience, and Comprehension

I’ve heard it many times before. Bridge books are scary. They’re long. They have less pictures, etc. There’s a constant issue of kids not wanting to read with their parents or do not want to move on to the next … Continue reading

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Book Review: 二十一世紀人格養成繪本系列 – 21st Century Personality Development Series

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent This is a set of 12 books with CDs in each book. It’s goal is to develop a better personality and gives topics on how to make the right choices, how to be happy, … Continue reading

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Book Review: 螢火蟲 美德易開罐 – Firefly Book Set: Morals

Age: 8+ For more information, please visit our Facebook Group. This is a set of bridge books that I think is relevant for second grade and up not because the words are hard (because they’re not) but because of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: 螢火蟲 無奇不有的魔法學校 – Firefly Book Set: Magic School

Age: 7+ independent For more information, please visit our Facebook Group This is a set of bridge books for first graders. It’s a set of 12 books based on funny stories. The stories are all written by well known authors … Continue reading

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Book Review: 巧連智, 小一版裡面內容有什麼呢? , Qiao Hu First Grade Magazines

Age: 7+ I am only reviewing the magazines in this review and didn’t review any of the toys and other workbooks that usually come with the set. I bought a set of these magazines “used” and I am using them … Continue reading

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Book Review: 我和別人不一樣也很棒! It’s Okay to be Different!

Age 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  我和別人不一樣也很棒! It’s Okay to be Different!  This is a book on self imagery. The boy starts by wondering if he had grown antlers, what would he … Continue reading

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Book Review: 花園裡有一隻老虎 There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart

Age: 3+ with parent, 5+ independent Please visit our Facebook group for more information!  花園裡有一隻老虎 There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart  There’s an Amazon English Version: There’s a Tiger in the Garden  This is a book about … Continue reading

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