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Moderately cheap meal
Head back to Taipei on Zhi Qiang again. By the time we reached, it was about 11am. We spent a long time trying to figure out how to get to our hostel. Anyway, we picked the Taipei Jing Guang Police Hostel which is located near the Tax adminstrative centre. I really dont know if it is my nagivation skills or there is just something with the simplified map that I have, it took us 1 hour before we reached our hostel. According to our hostel, it is only a 5 minutes walk from the Taipai main station. Anyway, we were very grateful when we reached the hostel. Just that both of us were drenched in our perspirations.
We went for lunch immediately and there was this nice restaurant which sort of appealed to both of us.
It goes a long way up
There we had a first taste of Taipei "friendliness". Perhaps we had spent too much time in the rural and laid-back Hualien and have experienced first hand hospitality from the people there that the moment we interact with people in Taipei, I felt I was back in Singapore. No, Singaporeans are not unfriendly, neither are the people in the restaurant. We were smiling widely as we placed our orders but what we got is just "service". The "friendliness" is soo different in that it comes from the fact that they are in the service industry and the smile and greeting seemed more like a ritual practice for them, rather than a tool to make someone's day. That kind of dampen me, especially after a long walk to find our hostel. But, I guess, that is just what to expect in big cities like Singapore and Taipei.

I bought a meal set which was, in my opinion, very cheap. Ok, cheap. The whole set including 2 drinks cost less than 5 sing dollars. So, please, judge if you would consider it cheap.
We had arranged to meet up with Huiling's bro and his friend to visit Taipei 101 at 3pm. So, we had a lot of time to spent. We went back to Taipei main station and shopped at the underground shopping mall. There, anyone can easily go crazy. There was a shoe street, and if I am not wrong, a sale is going on. A pair of stylist ladies slippers cost 200NTD, which is about 10 sing dollars but if you buy 2 pairs, it is going to cost 150NTD each which is about 7.50 sing dollars. Anything lower than 8 for ladies shoes I would consider them cheap. So, we looked around and bought 4 pairs altogether.
Fastest elevator
I was thinking I may need a pair of slippers for this trip since I wore sneakers. It was a bad decision and the start of my nightmare. Anyway, we shopped till 3pm and made our way to Taipei 101.
Getting to Taipei 101 is soo easy. We took MRT to Taipei city hall and transfer to the shuttle bus. The bus departs and arrives quite frequently and best thing is, it is free. There is also an intro video on the bus, so at least you know where you are going to.
We arrived at 101 and shopped again. This time, we werent very excited simply because it is not cheap. We past by a push-trolley shop, selling ginko products. I am a fan of ginko products, so we spent some time talking to the sale-woman there. One thing about shopping is that it shares the same philosophy as travelling, that is it is the process and not the destination that matters.
At 101
..So we were talking soo happily with the sales-woman, asking her about this and that product. But, when we know the price, I know that I will never have the cash at that moment to buy it. So, sadly we parted ways with the lady. We went to a locker to deposit our stuff before meeting up with huiling's brother, there I called my mum and asked her about buying the ginko things. She told me not to buy because they are medicines so AT LEAST I dont feel a sense of loss there after.
Anyway, we met up, bought a ticket using the Youth travel card. I had an ISIC card, but the Youth travel card offers a better discount than the ISIC card. If I used the ISIC, I will need to pay 25NTD more. We slacked at the basement foodcourt and after we showed her bro the map that we used to nagivate our way to our hostel, I was glad that he agreed that map is tooo difficult to use.
The yellow squarish building is the SYS memorial hall
SO I am relieved because it is not my nagivation skills that got us lost..hahhaah...ok, maybe there are some errors in my navigation...
Anyway, after spending sometime in the foodcourt and the bookstore...one page or page one..I forgot, we went to queue for our ride up to the observation deck of the highest building CAA 17/6/2007 in the world. We took the world's fastest lift up to level 89, even the ride up was cool. The guide in the lift did an excellent job in many different languages to inform us about the special features of this fastest lift. 37 seconds later, we reached level 89 of Taipei 101. We went to get a free audio guide, just need to show your tickets, and then off we went looking out of the window and marvelling how small the cars looked.
Wind damper

It was amazing. I dont know why, but I was totally out of the world in Taipei 101. Perhaps it is the fact that  I am standing in the tallest building and that is like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, because the race to be the tallest building is forever going. Today 101 may be the tallest, but very soon it will not be. So, I think I was just glad that I had been to the tallest building in my lifetime (never been to Petronas even though it is nearer...hahahah)...
The only thing to do there is to take photos. Of course, there are boards hanging around the deck to inform visitors about how the building was conceptualised and built and what are some of the records it is holding, what are some other construction, engineering wonders in the world currently.
I am really impressed because Taiwan is an earthquake prone country, and to be able to build Taipei 101 is really I dont what other words I can use...I just felt very wow-ed then. I think it will be useless to describe the sceneries so I leave the photos to do the description.
Anyway, I visited baby damper...a very cool and heavy wind damper of the building. That is what stabilises the whole building, and when I told Huiling about this fact, she became very worried... But baby damper loves to swing and by swinging, you can be assured that 101 is perfectly safe...
As night falls, the streets began to light up. With the audio guide, we managed to see some of the more important buildings and places observable in Taipei, we will be going to some of these places, but most of them, we wont be going.
The audio guide is a must if you want to know what exactly you are staring at in the streets of Taipei from 101. The thing about being in the observation deck as night fall is that at night, it become more difficult to take pictures. Partly is due to the dim lighting in the observation deck, the other is due to the reflectivity of the glass. There was a moment when I saw some people standing on the other side of the glass in a photo which I took that I thought those were unknown bodies. But they are just the people standing behind me, looking at some sovernirs. Anyway, we lingered for a long time. Bought sovernirs. There were many tourists traps, but I really fell for it. We waited for the weather to permit us to go to the outdoor observation area at level91.
..10 storeys short to the 101th level. Anyway, it cost 100NTD to go up. The outdoor observatory was no much special then the indoor one, because the fence was very high. So high that it is difficult to take any photos. Only comfort is that we can take photos of the colourful and mystic-ful spire of the building. Coupled with the mists and clouds and the lighting, the spire was simply breathtaking.
We were one of the last people who left the observation deck at 8pm. The rain then came abruptly. It is not that raining is a bad thing, but with 3 boxes of shoes, and a small umbrella to shelter 2 people, it became very difficult to walk among the people. Huiling's bro brought us to a nightmarket, to have dinner. We just had a quick dinner and took taxi home.
The rain was miracusly heavy the moment we were travelling on the road.
Finally, we checked in to the police hostel, we even got a shower pack and slippers. The room was clean, but a bit old, and thank goodness the air-con is not freezing cold because we were soo drenched from the rain. It was a very nice night. After finalising our plans for the next day, we just slept.
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Moderately cheap meal
Moderately cheap meal
It goes a long way up
It goes a long way up
Fastest elevator
Fastest elevator
At 101
At 101
The yellow squarish building is th…
The yellow squarish building is t…
Wind damper
Wind damper
A plane taking off at the Songshan…
A plane taking off at the Songsha…
4 animal mountains
4 animal mountains
Miramir wheel across the river
Miramir wheel across the river
Taipei lighting up
Taipei lighting up
The McArthur bridges
The McArthur bridges
No zoom at all
No zoom at all
The city lights up
The city lights up
I would interpret this chinese coi…
I would interpret this chinese co…
There are many skyscrapers in Taip…
There are many skyscrapers in Tai…
For swing
For swing
Profile of cute baby damper
Profile of cute baby damper
91 level of stairs
91 level of stairs
McArthur Bridge lights up
McArthur Bridge lights up
The mystical spire of 101
The mystical spire of 101
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