Taipei Trip Day 0: Arriving in Taipei

This is not your typical travel thingamajig. The purpose of this short trip was to visit relatives and just relax instead of going about the usual Taiwanese tourist attractions or shopping. There was, however, a great deal of eating. At the time of this writing, the conversion rate is S$1 to NT$22.29.

The flight on EVA Air was fairly comfortable, and J. took the opportunity to watch Kung Fu Panda for the first time on their in-flight entertainment system. Seats on that flight were in a decently spaced 2-4-2 configuration and the seat next to J.’s was empty. Hooray.

Touching down in Taipei, it was a surprise to see that in August, the temperature displayed in the airport (台灣桃園國際機場) was 38 degrees Celsius at about 6pm. That’s right, July and August are the blisteringly hot months in Taipei, tourist beware. He then took the EVA coach (NT$135) that, after reaching Taipei, had to fight its way through evening traffic to reach Zhongxiao-Fuxing MRT Station at the new Sogo. From there, he took the MRT and then changed to a bus to reach home.

Ah, homecooked food. There’s nothing quite like it. The fragrance of the rice, the taste of the vegetables, the crisp chewiness of the tempura. Mm-mm. It’s well worth the flight money.


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