This is our 3rd consecutive year to Taipei. Only difference is this a family trip, with my parents, mother-in-law and sis-in-law. Amber and I love the many things of Taiwan but would love to be having a holiday at another country other than this. It just happened that our parents desire to visit Taiwan, and we ended up there again.
In 2010, we went to Taipei with 2 huge luggages (I hate travelling heavy), so this time round I decided to go light with my equipments. Bought along 35mm and 50mm, that’s all. Not even my external flash unit. As 5D II does not have in-built flash, I was prepared to forgo any photo that requires that.
As usual, we had the itinerary planned out and arrived at 桃園國際機場 at around 3pm. We chartered a 9-seater for NT1200 to ferry the 6 of us with 4 luggages (If this is your first time heading to Taiwan, do reserve a pickup in advance. Those stations at the airport charges much more, such as NT1500 for just a normal 5-seater cab).
We check into Puri Hotel in 西門丁, 台北市萬華區成都路27巷6號. It is around NT2260 per room per night for the normal bedroom. This hotel is newly furnished but the rooms are very small and squeezy. We were searching online and saw their photos, which looks nice and cozy, thus we booked it. So we were shocked to realise that there wasn’t even space to lay out our luggage properly. Nevertheless the hotel is very clean, and with such a good location, we can’t really complain.
After chunking down our luggages, we hit the 西門丁 prime area. This place is flooded with young people, mainly in their teens to 20s. My dad was a bit uneasy with the crowd as he is someone who hardly be seen in our Orchard road.
We had lunch, some snacks from the road stalls, and went back to the 三兄妹 for 雪花冰. They do celebrate Halloween in Taipei, and we came across this shop that does makeover. When the street lights got up, we headed to 士林夜市, one of our favourite night markets. As the ladies look out for clothing, I was once again only interested in food. The one item that I will never miss out when in Taipei, is none other than the 豪大大鸡排.