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 å°åŒ— 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 cafÃ©)
- 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 (æ¿å—) 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.