1 earthquake + 1 typhoon = 3rd trip to Taiwan Oct2009
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November 12th, 2009 – by: Vanessa_Mun_Yee
We booked first 2 nights at our beloved Grandee Hotel and decided to spend the next 2 nights in Kaohsiung. We have been wanted to see Kaohsiung but it was postpone due to the deadly Morakot Typhoon happened in August.
We went back to Yang Ming Shan (Yang Ming Mountain) National Park for another hike that we missed last trip. The JyuanShi waterfall (Silk waterfall) trail. It was a pleasant walk. We took bus Red 5 from Taipei JianTan metro station (which is the one very close to our hotel) then got off at the Yang Ming Shan main terminal. We then took the shuttle bus 108 that goes around the mountain.
Typhoon Parma has bought a heavy rain to Taipei the next day. We couldnâ€™t go on a hike but decided to visit the most popular landmark in Taipei - Taipei 101 Tower.
We went up to 89th floor by using the world fastest elevator. It took only 37second to arrived 89th floor at 382meters high! It was fun to ride with an elevator attendant - she is so pretty! It was foggy. We could hardly see anything, however when wind blew away the clouds, we could see clearer but have to be very quick before the clouds blocked our sight again. There was one cafĂ© on each floor (88th and 89th floor), we had a cheese cake and 2 cappuccinos which is not too bad. The price was reasonable.
Because it was raining so hard, we decided to go back to the hotel and chill for the rest of the day.
At the same night, it was about 1.30 am I felt our bed was shaking. I thought it was Charlie who shook the bed; perhaps he had a night mare or something, therefore I put my hand over his back, thinking of to â€ścalmâ€ť him down and also to â€śstopâ€ť him from shaking. I was surprise it wasnâ€™t him. He got up and asked: what the hell was that? Did you feel the shake? Holy crap, we had just experience an earthquake! It lasted a few second. Nothing scary but it was weird. We checked the clock, it was 1.40am. We were tired and just went back to sleep, hopefully no more shakes.
Next day, the news confirmed that it was a 6 magnitudes earthquake in Hualien.
The typhoon has bought so much rain and it was hard on the trail, therefore we decided to visit JiuFen that is located by KeeLung Harbor. The hotel reception was so helpful; they told us there is a bus station by the nearest metro station where there are busses goes directly to KeeLung Harbor. This saved us a lot of time! We were thinking we first has to take a metro to the main station and then take a train to KeeLung and then take a busâ€¦
The bus is actually located opposite the metro station, by a food market. We went inside the food market to have a some snack just in case I got hungry on the bus (I hate being hungry) It was good stinky tofu - oh it was so stinky.
We didnâ€™t not wait for long and the here is the bus. What I like about Taiwan is, there are clear signs every where; it didnâ€™t take a long time for us to search for the right line for the right bus. All right, you have to be able to read Chinese because those signs are written only in Chinese. It will be hard for foreigners who donâ€™t read Chinese but the Taiwanese are very friendly and helpful, they would help even before you start asking! Well, I did have a little stress though, because Charlie is all depend on me to bring us around and this is not my own country. Luckily we met a few Taiwanese who asked if we needed help when we looked a little puzzled.
It took about 45minutes and Viola - We are at KeeLung Harbor! One thing I would always remember to do is - told the bus driver where we wanted to go and let us know where we should get off; and, never forget to ask where to pick up the return bus! The bus drivers are ever willing to do that and it reduced some stress on me.
We were surprise the bus ride took a little longer then we expected, I couldnâ€™t wait to get off! We got off as the bus driver told us to: it started to rain..This is the second time we visited JiuFen and it rained both times! What we like about this town is the historic commercial district that covered by 2 pedestrian streets. We walked thru the streets, did some window shopping - souvenirs, snacks, leathers, coffee shops, restaurants, soaps - yes, the soaps we used for shower. Apparently they are pretty big about this hand made organic herbal soaps. The brand name is Yuan soaps. We tried it before during our first visit to Taiwan and we loved it.
We arrived KeeLung Harbor around sun set - still raining. We wanted to find the night market to see if we could get some food for dinner. Most of the stalls are closed due to the rain and it wasnâ€™t really a night market that night. I bought a friend chicken chop - It was so good! It took us a while to find the right place for our bus. We asked a girl if that was the right place for bus to go back to Taipei. She wasnâ€™t sure and told us to just wait here.
We had a peaceful sleep that night (thank GOD for no more earthquake after that night). We took a day off the next day and just being lazy.
After a day off, we went back to Yang Ming Shan for another hike. This time, we took a mini bus up to the hill without have to transit at the main bus station at Yang Ming Shan.
I was getting scared reading those signs; sounds like those wild monkeys are violent! However we kept on walking. I saw a giant size spider by the rock (fist time in my life I have seen such a big spider) took a picture, walked on. Then I saw a wild monkey sitting on a fence. I was really scared and slow down my pace. One Taiwanese old lady that walked behind us, over took us and told us: monkey no problem! I think she meant it should not be a problem, just walk on. So we walked on without looking at the money - Phew! It didnâ€™t mess with us although we had some snack in our bags.
The next day, we went on another hike. It was a beautiful hike. There are wild flowers along the path and lots of beautiful butterflies and bees around. We took some times to enjoy the fresh air within this wonderful world!
We may probably back to Taiwan again!
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