Monday, Monday

That hugely colorful “temple” I saw on yesterday’s adventure?  Turns out it’s a hotel! The Grand Hotel no less, according to one intrepid reader (an in-the-know co-worker).  As a hotel, the building seems a bit less intimidating to visit than a temple. I’ll definitely go back (photo op city), if only for a meal. Certainly there’s even a world-class restaurant within…

Speaking of meals, another co-worker introduced me to a hip, happening cafe creatively named Cafe Cafe.

Taipei at night

Afterwards, we checked out the 39NT store (Daiso, from Japan) for strange and wonderful bargains. I mean, who couldn’t use a Scum Skimmer!

Just what I needed!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suzi Kamin
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 16:52:20

    I am living in Taiwan through your updates! Read them every day.

    Reply

    • twgurl54
      Aug 02, 2011 @ 05:17:31

      aw, thanks, suzi! wish i could adequately describe the incredible HUMIDITY. i know FL can be a beast, especially now, but this is even worse! lol now i know why so many folks carry umbrellas; they provide their own shade! what’s new with you?

      Reply

  2. Melisa
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 00:02:29

    Hey Monica,

    I really enjoy your blog! I have a question about Taiwanese politics: Do you think the majority of the people want to join up with mainland China to become one country, or are they fine as they are?

    Thanks,
    Melisa

    Reply

    • twgurl54
      Aug 02, 2011 @ 05:23:41

      Politics is a sticky subject here! The US has never allowed Taiwan into the UN yet we sell them our military equipment. This angers China (the military equipment, not the UN). There is a definite distinction between the native Taiwanese and the majority of non-native citizens. Taiwan has been self-governing for decades and it seems to work! China could just wipe Taiwan out but they mostly leave the TW people alone. For a much more in-depth (and understandably slanted view) check out my friend Ben’s blog: http://lettersfromtaiwan.tumblr.com/.

      Reply

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