Taichung part 3

After lunch and shopping in Taichung, my hosts took me to the Taiwan National Museum of Fine Art where Marc Chagall’s work is the feature exhibit. It’s FREE to see the other collections and 250NT (8.00 USD) to view the Chagalls. And man, were there Chagalls! What a wonderful collection of his colorful fantasies! Here’s the entrance to the museum:

Entrance to the TNMFA in Taichung

When we exited the museum, it was amusing to see children and their parents playing with….the smooth white stones used to pave paths. All that amazing artwork  just a stone’s throw away and the kids would rather pick up rocks! And then another amazing sight: a DIY tea stand!

DIY Tea Stand

7-11 is my new best friend

After last week’s furniture price shock, I decided to do some comparison shopping for items I’ll need when I move into my apartment (desk, lamp, nightstand, bedding and towels). Typically I’d just head to the nearest Goodwill. No surprise, there are none here. I took the MRT 2 stations away to Momo (formerly AsiaWorld) to check out Piin (6th floor for furniture. 5th for towels and sheets) and back to the Daan station Sogo Department Store entrance. Piin’s furniture looked a lot like what I’d been shown (at twice the price) on Tong Gua’s furniture row.  How difficult could it be to find a desk that can double as a table? I will still check out IKEA and Costco for my home furnishings!  Sogo has all sorts of well-known brands (Nike, Adidas, Levi’s, Calvin Klein) but unfortunately, no sizes for regular-sized folks (size 8 are the largest in women’s shoes, size 10 the largest in women’s pants!) and very few sales staff that understand/speak English! On the way back , I’d nearly exhausted my EasyCard. I stopped into 7-11 and got it refilled and refueled myself with SoyJoy bars.

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