Taipei Travel Blog› entry 6 of 10 › view all entries
June 3rd, 2007 – by: seahlk
We went for lunch immediately and there was this nice restaurant which sort of appealed to both of us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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