We're currently visiting relatives in Taipei, Taiwan.
It's Cheryl and E's first time in Taiwan, while the last time I was there was 8 years ago. Back then, I was 20, single, still in uni, and still a baby Christian, as it were (Here's a photo with my brother Henry on the right, and my aunt-in-law in the middle).
Here's some things (in no particular order) we've learned about Taipei so far:
- it's not as hot as Malaysia right now!
- we have really caring family here: my two uncles and aunty have been gracious and hospitable, while it has been nice to walk the streets of 台北 with Henry again (who speaks and reads Chinese very well now, and is an expert on the city)
- food is cheap – lunch boxes for NZ$3-4, pearl milk tea for $1-2, delicious breads and buns for 80 cents each
- lots of new and unplanned situations to test us as a family – there's nothing like the stress in the middle of a foreign city to reveal areas of character to grow in, such as pride, poor communication, indecisiveness and lack of servant leadership. Praise God for that
- there's lots of unexpectedly cool restaurants and spaces and places – we're often surprised at what we find when we walk around a corner (for example, Henry took us to a board games café)
- their public transport system is fast, efficient, and includes trains, buses, rental bicycles, and a 5km-long gondola line
- they have a massive tofu section in their supermarkets. In fact, the supermarket we went to was so big it was all underground, had an electronics section the size of a JB Hi-fi store, and had a sushi making area
- also at this supermarket they sell cat bread (bread shaped like a cat) – E was quite torn on whether to eat it or not (for about 10 seconds)
- the East-West Bannan (板南) MRT Line – E goes on and on about bananas every time we talk about it
- everyone here understands at least 2-3 different languages/dialects
Taipei life in photos
These photos aren't so much touristy locations, but just snippets of normal Taipei life.