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Take A Chance…

…because no amount of planning can preempt unforeseen circumstances
…because everything happens for a reason
…because time and space is needed for new beginnings to arise
…because nothing is quite as fearful as not knowing what you’ve missed ahead

So take a chance we did
And acknowledge plans change with time
And recognise that every outcome is the best possible outcome
And left Luo Papa’s home to give everyone the space and time we needed
And set off for what lies ahead for us

“No amount of planning would have helped us deal with the sudden demise of Luo Papa’s Mother. I would not lie and say that we were not affected; of course we are! We were devastated! I have to keep reminding myself – this is his dream, the journey is his to take. Our roles are simply to walk the path with him, side-by-side. We are no one to chart the next steps for him.” – Val

So, we decided to shift our plans around and bring forward Part II of our Taiwan trip. We had intended to use a month’s time to fulfill Luo Papa’s dream; and Part II was to go visit three other groups of people whom we felt inspired by during our last backpacking trip in Taiwan.

Our first destination is to another homestay called “松園”, literally translated as “Pine Garden”.  The homestay left a deep impression when we last visit because of a conversation on the van with the female boss one day. This conversation became one of our most quoted ones since project “I Believe That dreams Can Come True”.

松園 is located in Central Taiwan, Nantou Puli Township, which is 120km away from where we are. After some planning, we decided to make 3 stopovers before 松园 – 台中 (Taichung), 草屯 (Caotun) and 埔里 (Puli).

First stop – 台中 (Taichung).

Shot on Canon by Koh

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“This is the first time we are cycling around Taiwan without Luo Papa.  Well, I anticipated trouble because I can’t do directions and Val is not all that experienced with cycling yet, but I could never have imagined the surprises that laid ahead of us for the next 10 days. If anything, those 10 days led to the decisions that were made at the later stage of the journey with Luo Papa.” – Tay

駱爸爸的媽媽的過世讓我們頓時間不知所措
不知道這個逐夢的過程會不會就這樣停止
我們為了這個夢
放下了在新加坡的一切
這個夢會不會就這樣畫上休止符

心裡是忐忑的
同時也是無可奈何的

就像駱爸爸說的
“計劃永遠趕不上變化。“

我們無法繼續坐在家裡等待十三天的喪禮結束
因為知道我們幫不上忙
反而會讓駱爸爸還要為了我們在他家的起居飲食操心
所以決定出去闖一闖

原本就打算在完成駱爸爸的夢想後,去採訪在台灣的其他三個夢想家
不如把行程調過來,先去做採訪,再回來陪駱爸爸完成他的夢想

第一站:南投埔裡的民宿[松園]
就因為老闆娘增經跟我們說過:“冥冥之中有一股力量推著你去做這件事。“
就因為這樣的一句話,我們對[松園]一直有著特別的感情
可能也因為www.ibelievethatdreamscancometrue.com也同樣是“冥冥之中有一股力量推著我們去做的一件事。“

我們約了老闆娘6天後到[松園]去做採訪。

120公里的路程,我們決定在三個地方做停留:台中、草屯、埔裡。

誰回料到這一趟出去闖闖卻讓我們闖了一個接一個的驚喜和一個重要的決定。。。

Cycling Route to Taichung, tracked by SPOTME from Pespectiv Technologies:

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