Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Taiwan Vacation Rules - No iPad/iPhone/Gameboy Policy

Date:  Dec 14, 2013

iPad, iPhone are great tools to teach children.

Sometimes, a lot of parents feel peaceful when they hand over the iPad & iPhone to their kids.

But it will soon develop a very unique, anti-social scene when iPhone and iPad are out.

Especially when there are more kids around… 

Then, all of them started to surround the kid who has iPhone, iPad.  And all stop talking.

All watching.

Occasionally, there are a bit of laughter, and small talks, but it is about games, etc.

When you go to restaurant, you must have seen those tables whose kids are playing iPhone/iPad, is very quiet.

No more family talks on the table.

So, in order to make this trip successful, uncle Kenneth will have to set up strict rules.

And all parents and kids must obey this rule.

So, before we go on to this trip, I put this into the itinerary for all the parents to show their kids.

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IPAD / IPHONE / GAMEBOY (or any equivalent) policy

As you know, 32 of us (12 children) will be going to Taiwan Tour together on this coming Saturday.  Dec 7-14, 2013.

It is very rare opportunities for all our kids to enjoy the sun, the cold, the view, enjoy the friendship together by going on a group tour together (6 families).

So, I would like to urge all parents that all IPAD/IPHONE/GAMEBOY should be kept in the ROOM, or in the VAN or on the FLIGHT.  When the kids are not with other kids, they may be allowed to play it with your permissions.

Hopefully we do not see iPHONE/IPAD/GAMEBOY/ or any equivalent at the lunch / dinner table is BEST.

Means, when kids are together, they should be playing together, chit chatting, and not sitting there alone to play games on IPAD/IPHONE/GAMEBOY.

Make rules with your kids, negotiate with your kids, so that they understand this is a group tour, and they should be playing together.  Not sitting there play iPad, iPhone, smart phones, gameboy, etc.

Remember, if one started it, all the kids will keep quiet and they will gather around the one who started it, and they stop talking, they just watch, and then, they start to become moody, and ask mommy and daddy, why can’t they have iPad, iPhone Game boy or whatever.

So, if we want to make this trip very successful, we should start doing so.


And I am very PROUD of all the parents and the kids in this Taiwan tour.

Not a single moment, that U see any smart phones, smart tablet on the children hand.

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And look at the children.  What will they do without the smart devices?

They play.

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They talk to each other.

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They communicate.

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They remember.


They have fun!

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They coordinate.

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They play games.

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They piled sands and rocks.

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They point to the sky.

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They jump.

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They draw things.

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They play monopoly.

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They touch water.

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They stand behind a train.

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They queue up.


They still playing water.

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They point at the sky again.

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They learn from each other how to play Monopoly Deals.

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They let their friend to push the cart.

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They feed the cow.


They climb.


They jump again and again.

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They build precious memories.  (sorry about the wrong grammar).

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They put themselves in a frame.


They swim during winter.

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They soak in Onsen hot spring pool.

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They dry themselves in the toaster.

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They sleep together.

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They play bakugan and toy cars.

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They watch the sting rays.


They stand on the sands.


They play on the beach.


They run from the waves.

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They sit on the jeep.


They pedal their boat.


They sit on thrill ride.


And they spin together.

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That is the story about these 12 children spent 8 days together in a trip to Taiwan along with 20 adults company. 

We had a very successful Taiwan Vacation together and our kids sure will remember this trip.

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We shall do it again.

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