Backpacking Singaporean Woman Stranded in Taiwan Gets Mistaken as Homeless, Offered Place to Sleep in Taiwan Police Station

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Miss Chen (22-years-old) a Ngee Ann Polytechnic student was backpacking in Taiwan when flight restrictions came into effect amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, she was unable to catch her flight back to Singapore on 30th March.

Carrying only a backpack, Miss Chen had to resort to sleeping in a car park under a makeshift canvas tent. Residents who lived nearby mistook her for a homeless person and made a police report.

Miss Chen had just returned from a 24-hour convenience store after using the internet there, when she was questioned by police officers waiting for her at the car park.

After explaining that she was a Singaporean stranded in Taiwan and that she was trying to save money by sleeping in the car park, the Taiwan police officers offered her a place to sleep at the police station. Miss Chen accepted the offer and was ferried back to the police station.

Speaking in an interview, Miss Chen said that in the past few days, both Taiwanese locals and officials from Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had offered her free accommodation. But she had rejected all such offers, as she wanted to continue her solo backpacking experience in Taiwan.

While Miss Chen’s bravery is commendable, this is certainly not the time to be embarking on a courageous solo backpacking journey. We wish her all the best, and hope that she stays safe and sound.

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