Friday, August 26, 2016

GIFT-HUNTING SESSION AT NATIONAL CULTURAL AND CREATIVE GIFT CENTRE


5th JUNE 2016 ~ I need to buy something slightly expensive from Taipei for my home before flying back the next day. So far I could not find any that captured my heart. Luckily I had done my homework before coming and managed to get to this government's owned shop called National Cultural and Creative Gift Centre.


My word of advice is: you have to be very strong not to spend money when you are here. There seemed to be everything you could buy and the items were of high quality. Souvenir-hunting could be done under one roof.



































I got what I wanted and I was a happy man.

Do come here when you are visiting Taipei, especially when you have a lot of money to spend.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WALKING AROUND TAIPEI MAIN STATION'S UNDERGROUND MALL


4th JUNE 2016 ~ When I asked a few people where would be the best place to get cheap fridge magnets and key chains, they suggested this place. (You could actually get them cheaper at Ximen, if you are lucky).




There are many shops selling all kinds of things mostly for the locals. And the mall is large, it is like a cluster rows of small shops which are connected to a series of malls.










The place is quite big - you might lose your way in this commercial maze, especially when all the shops look almost the same to me. At least, the mall is not hot, so walking around is a pleasant thing to do. :)





Wednesday, August 24, 2016

TAIPEI 101 - SEEING TAIPEI FROM HIGH UP IN THE SKY


4TH JUNE 2016 ~ One of the itineraries that you could have when in Taipei is definitely going up the fifth tallest building in the world. There is a dress code for you to observe or you will be denied entry.


Even before you reach the viewing floor, you are already part of a world record when you are moving up in an elevator which was once the fifth fastest in the universe.








I was there at about 6:30 p.m. so I could observe the transition of a bright daylight to dark night.








This object is called a wind damper, located at the middle of the building. The function is something to do with the speed of the wind. During a strong earthquake or typhoon, the building will move [SCARY!] and the wind damper will sway to avoid any damage being done to the structure of the building. Correct me if I am wrong. 








On the 91st floor, visitors were allowed to go out of the building and enjoyed the panorama in the open. At that height, I was literally standing among the clouds. The viewing deck was heavily fenced to avoid people from jumping off. Well, you would never know things people are capable of doing.
















There was an exhibition hall which visitors were "forced" to walk through before leaving Taipei 101. Thank god they did not force us to buy anything.




I am glad that I was there as I do not whether I would have the opportunity to see Taipei 101 again.