Fourth day in Taiwan! The weather was slightly warm, at around 23C. We had the usual free breakfast at Movenpick and like the previous days, I went back to the hotel after breakfast and lazed around there until lunch.
For lunch, Artie mistakenly made me tag along with him to a sort of business lunch with the BIG bosses at Brothers Hotel. I swear, that was probably one of the most uncomfortable lunches ever! I wanted to burst into tears and run away because I felt extremely embarrassed to be there.
But to make up for the whole thing, the food was extremely delicious. I had beef fried rice. In the Philippines, fried rice is just rice. Here in Taiwan, it’s a complete meal. The large slices of beef in the fried rice is already your entree.
- Taipei Main Station Underground Mall
After lunch, instead of going back to the hotel which I usually did, I went straight to Taipei Main Station. I wanted to go to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department store to go look for Omar’s elusive Shu Uemura brushes. I was extremely surprised to see an underground mall at the Taipei Main Station stop and spent an hour going around to window shop.
The Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department store is similar to the Landmark Department store here in Manila.
Since the weather warm, I got tired easily and decided to go back to the hotel a little earlier than usual to rest.
- Back to Shimending
In the evening, we went back to Shimending. We had a Shabu-shabu and Sukiyaki dinner at this restaurant called Gyu Jin. It was my first time to eat Shabu-shabu and it was an interesting experience. I made Artie do all the ‘cooking’ though, haha! The price wasn’t so bad at around NT450 (or 15USD) per person for an ‘eat-all-you-can’ meal.
We were able to go around Shimending more since we got there earlier than last time. We went inside this building called Shinjuku Plaza. From the name itself, it housed a lot of Japanese Pop Culture things from fashion, to figurines and mangas.
I was also able to check out their version of the Apple Store in Shimending. It’s called A-Studio. I didn’t buy anything though since the prices were pretty much the same and I could buy the same things back in Manila, anyway.
- Shilin Night Market
After Shimending we decided to go to the Shilin Night Market even though it was already 10PM in the evening. It was Ade’s last night after all, so he might as well make the most out of the day!
The Shilin Night Market is the largest night market in Taiwan, if I’m not mistaken. You can find a wide variety of food, pets (dogs and cats), clothes and accessories sold there. The clothes there are slightly more expensive than Wu Fen Pu but if you don’t want to go all the way to Wu Fen Pu, it’s ok to shop at Shilin Night market instead.
We left Shilin at almost 12 midnight and we almost didn’t make the train cut off. At our last stop at Zhongxiao Fuxing, we had to run down the escalator and run to the train heading for Nanjing East Station! Haha, we definitely had a great night!
- Day 4 in Photos