ART OF TRAVEL: Taiwan, singer Kelly Poon’s second home

A pretty face with an even prettier voice. That’s one of the most sought-after compliments for most people, but not regional recording artiste and singer-songwriter, Kelly Poon. With her resounding success in the mando pop music industry in APAC, the jovial and stylish vocalist receives joy and contentment when people truly appreciate her works and recognises the effort she’d put in. Every song that she has written speaks about a story in her life, and her melodiously captivating vocals sums up all her heartfelt emotions. “It’s like sharing a part of me”, is how she eventually settles on describing her music.

This year, apart from writing two songs for veteran singers Valen Hsu and Joey Yeung, Kelly also spent a good portion of her time performing and promoting her music in Taiwan. You might even have guessed that she was Taiwanese if you didn’t know that she hails from our sunny island (for the record, she’s lived in Taiwan for 7 years). So, who better to ask about life in Taiwan than Kelly Poon herself.

Editor: What is your opinion of Taiwan?

Oh, I really love the place… I don’t even know where to start. The people… they made me feel right at home even as a foreigner. The place is beautiful too but, in all honesty, the citizens of Taiwan stand out the most to me and left me with the deepest impressions. Based on the people I have met, it seems that it is second nature for Taiwanese to be friendly, helpful and passionate. They will even go out of their way just to help you. It’s just special when people are kind by nature and being nice to one another is so deeply ingrained in their culture.

Editor: How has Taiwan affected your life and career? What’s going to happen in future?

Taiwan has almost become a second home for me ever since I began my career as a regional recording artiste. And that speaks a lot for itself. I started out a little unsure, just like everyone else. But thanks to the angels that I’ve met along the way, I’ve grown fond and comfortable with the country. Although it is true that no one will know what will happen in the future, but no matter what happens, I can confidently say that Taiwan will always hold a special place in my heart.

Editor: How often do you travel to Taiwan?

Quite often… I would say, at least 4 to 5 times a year? For work and personal reasons, like to visit my godparents and dearest friends that I’ve made during my time spent in Taiwan.

 

Editor: What is your fondest memory of Taiwan?

If I had to pick one, it would be of my colleagues who took care of me like their own family when I first step foot into Taipei. You know, when you’re new and uncertain about everything and someone takes the initiative to guide you? They did just that and I’m forever thankful towards them. They will always be precious to me and kept close to my heart. We’re now a tight knit “family” of sorts and I always tell people that I have a brother and two sisters in Taiwan, haha!

Editor: Any tips and tricks for tourists visiting Taiwan for the first time?

Taiwan is pretty easy to navigate, especially when the language and food is not an issue (for me). Again, Taiwanese are super friendly and helpful too! So don’t worry too much even if you can’t speak their language. Nowadays, there are translator apps and such that make conversing in a foreign language a lot easier. But of course, no country is perfect so exercise caution if you feel that the situation isn’t right. I haven’t met any such incidents yet, but I have to put it out there just in case!

And of course, remember to be equipped with ChangiWiFi! In all my travels, I have always been using ChangiWiFi and it has not let me down once. It has helped me on so many occasions, from keeping in touch with people every day to searching for places to visit to finding my way home. I trust it so much and can’t travel without it. But really, Taiwan is an easy place to visit where you can truly enjoy yourself with minimal worries. Literally eat, shop and party!

 

Editor: Any additional comments or advice?

Life is short, so… YOLO! Because you only live once, it is important to make every moment and opportunity count because you won’t get to relive it again. Appreciate what you have now, learn from your past and look forward positively to new possibilities in life! That’s what I mean by YOLO, not doing silly, dangerous things in case you were wondering 😊

Editor: Any upcoming music that you’re working on?

Oh yes, I’m currently working on a few new singles that will be ready soon. Also, I’ll be in an upcoming drama in 2019, so be sure to keep a lookout for me!

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Image credits: Kelly Poon’s Instagram @kellypanjiali