Long queue at Din Tai Fung coz we went on a Sunday! Mostly tourists though...
Needless to say - the food was pretty good.
Taking the subway to our next stop - Longshan Temple market
Heard fireworks and firecrackers going off the moment we got out onto the streets. We went into an alley where people were gathered and witnessed the setting off of a super-long firecracker! Something we can't ever see in Singapore coz it's banned. Exciting, and there were idols and banners propped about, and drumming, chanting - religious rites I think.
The dogs in Taipei are all decked out and well-groomed. Witness this Chihuahua's technicolour sweater. Better than some people in Singapore dress.
Retro game stalls by the roadside - a common sight in the night markets. Frequented by all sorts, it's an endearing sight in this technological age.
Day2 still, after yang ming shan and headed for Dan shui.
A little worse for wear after the winding journey on the bus down the mountain. Finished about a pack of orange peel between us. Zee's queasy expression goes down as a classic.
It was pouring when we got there so no sight-seeing. Tea was yummy at 红楼 Hong lou - a magnificent red-bricked colonial building tucked away on a hill. Hanged out there for the longest time waiting for the rain to abate. Could barely move a finger after tea and dinner.
Beautiful scenery up in yang ming shan. Very cold and windy.
I didn't realise what a hike it was gonna be - was half-dead after a little climbing. And Stacy and I mourned the poor fate of our new suede ballet flats...
Below are pictures of qing tian gang - rolling pastures that stretch on and on, gusts of clouds swirling around as we wandered forth, on the lookout for a nice spot to sit and rest.
We agreed it fitted our image of heaven - flat, undulated misty land, quiet, peaceful. Or at least before someone plugged her ipod into The Rapture and we started prancing and jerking like monkeys on acid.
Back from Taipei!
Loads of love goes out to Luyi of some required
for being a terrific host and showing us around. Thanks girl!
I'm pretty beat still so just some initial pics from day2 for now...will probably elaborate more in my upcoming posts. Reached Taipei about evening on the 17th, so day1 was just about pigging out and getting ourselves acquainted with ximending - home for the next 9 days.
Anyway, highlights of the trip were aplenty, but one surely has to be the bargain buys we snagged there. Some of which me and my sister are modeling here...ha! (The I heart NY tee comes courtesy of dear cousin Bridget who just came back from her trip to Canada and the States. So jealous.)