After I got back from Bangkok, we did a bit more touring in Taipei and mostly ate.
Tamsui – we actually had a decent dinner and then we stumbled on this seafood place after taking the ferry to go back to the MRT. So we decided to eat some more. I don’t know why the kitchen staff don’t wear long sleeve white uniforms. But I guess this is ok for them.
Shifen: We saw a lot of people writing “wishes” on paper balloons that were later lit and sent to the skies. They do this on right on the railroad track and when a train comes, everybody gets out of the way. It’s an interesting area, we got there late in the day and didn’t get a chance to see the small waterfalls. There’s also a rail pass that allows you to take travel to the different rail stations on the railway line and explore. If you’re going to do that, it’s best to start early in the day.
Eating – there’s no end to the variety of foods. We didn’t eat at fancy restaurants. Maybe we’ll save that for the next trip. We did eat at Din Tai Fung again (2nd and 3rd picture below).
Soy milk ice cream with redbean and jelly. I was already stuffed from my meal but I had to try this. J finished it for me. *burp*
One of the things I like about Taipei are the small streets and lanes. People just eat at the street stalls (or restaurants) on their way home from work.
We also watched Taipei Pride. According to the news reports, about 80,000 plus attended the parade. It’s small compared to US, Canada or Europe. But I’m told it’s one of the largest in Asia. It has a more community feel to this than the one in Toronto (e.g., less corporate floats).
We also went to a club. These 2 guys were uhm… wrestling in lube for something in each other’s trunks. Unless you were in the front row, you couldn’t really see anything
Singapore was my next stop. I flew a Hello Kitty EVA. (I wish they would let us get closer to the windows and they would clean the windows too!). It’s cute but not exactly my taste. Even the cutlery reflected the theme. The curry pork was fine and the taste held up.
Singapore entry is next.