TAIPEI, TAIWAN (Part 3 of 3)
March 17-23, 2010
March 21, 2010
SHILIN DISTRICT/XIMEN AREA/CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL
My husband and I started the day with brunch at Mos Burger – a fast food restaurant that originated from Japan. After lunch, I accompanied my husband along with 2 other friends back to Shilin market because he left his Canon flash at the foot spa place. Luckily they were open when we arrived and they were able to keep the flash (it’s relatively safe in Taiwan). Since we were at the market again, we took the opportunity to go around the area once more to take some street shots, not realizing how big it really was. Accidentally we found the Cixian Temple within the Shilin district which was apparently a historical site. We were able to eat some sweet bread, popocorn, stinky tofu and chicken steak.
Lanterns at the Cixian Temple
Strolling around the Shilin District (with popcorn!)
We then met our friends at the Ximen station. Our friend recommended the fried chicken (really good 5-spice fried chicken) for early dinner at a nearby eatery. We walked around the area a bit since it was a shopping district then we headed to an IT mall and looked around the camera stores. Then for some night shots we went back to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. Though our day was a bit relaxed, it was enough to make most of us happy.
Night Shoot at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial (Taken by Joseph Leh)
March 22, 2010
BOAI ROAD/TAIPEI 101
Our flight was not until 1 am of March 23 and we didn’t have to leave for the airport till 10 pm. Since we technically still had a full day, we just decided to make this our shopping day (for me this translated to looking for a point and shoot camera). My husband and I checked out before lunch, left our luggage at the hotel and then went to BoAi Road where a lot of camera stores were located. We bought a Canon s90 which was comparatively cheaper than the ones sold in Manila. Then we went back to the hotel, met up with 2 others then went to the real IT center and looked around. Had a late lunch at the Japanese fast food restaurant there, and then proceeded to Taipei 101 to meet our friends.
Since some were still obsessed with taking pictures and night shots, we split up into two groups once again. Our group decided to go up the Taipei 101 (400 NT to go up to the 89th and 91st floor).
Taipei 101 is the 2nd tallest building (2nd highest architectural structure) in the world. With 101 floors, it stands at 502.9 meters high. Its elevator, if I’m not mistaken, is also the 2nd fastest in the world with speeds of 16.83m/s. It took us 37 seconds to get to the indoor observatory which was located at the 89th floor (382m up). Inside the indoor observatory you will be able to see the structure’s tuned mass damper (the largest in the world) which stabilizes the movement and reduces the movement of the tower by 40% which are often brought about by strong winds and tremors. You can climb up to the 91st floor as well to go to the outdoor observatory (but the view is somewhat obstructed due to the railings so the view from the 89th is better).
Tuned Mass Damper
At the Taipei 101
We all had dinner when we got down then proceeded to the hotel to wait for the bus to take us to the airport. At 10:15 pm, the bus picked us up and brought us to the International Airport and at 1 am we bid farewell to Taiwan.
It was pretty fun traveling around Taiwan with new found friends who share the love for photography. I wouldn’t want to do it too often because it was exhausting but I know that someday soon we will once again explore and discover new places and try to capture as much as we can with just a click of a button.