Taiwanese Adventure V: Markets, Dinosaurs, & Saying Goodbye


Day VII: Wedding & Night Markets

We had a very busy day between the Wedding during the day and our night at the Shilin Night Market. (they got seperate entries)

This picture was taken outside of the Market.

Day VIII: Our last full day in Taiwan

Bright and early, Darren, Hildo and I headed out to the Jade Market in search of a gift for Hildo’s wife and a piece of jade for me.

The Jade market is attached to the Flower market, both of which are open only on Saturday and Sunday.

As our taxi dropped us off on the Flower side of the market, we wandered through it first.

The market has a huge orchid selection, and a large area is misted for their well-being.

The markets are huge. The volume of choice was a bit overwhelming, really.

After a while, Hildo found a pair of earrings, and an interesting jar, both of which he purchased.

I found this bit of jade on the right, and we headed back to the hotel to collect Bill, whom we were supposed to bring to the market with us, only he had slept a little late.

The Jade Market sells many pendants which one can have threaded onto a string. I chose a red one, which I was advised is traditional.

I was easily convinced to go back to the maket so that he and Peter could also do a bit of shopping while Hildo and Darren found us a suitable lunch venue.
Thus, more shopping and an excellent sashimi lunch followed.


(naturally, with beer!)

After lunch, we went on a wander towards the Confucius temple.
Unfortuantely, the temple was occupied by a dance off.

There was a lengthy wander to find various sites, which were inaccessible due to construction.

The adventure ended with a can of delicious blueberry lactic acid at the museum’s very air conditioned cafe.

We later headed out to the dinosaur and native American themed Indian Beer Hall, which as you can see from its exterior held lots of promise.


Upon entering the venue, we crossed a koi pond via a bridge with teeth!

The koi pond also contained a large skeleton, the tail of which goes over the bridge.

Heading upstairs delivered even more dinosaurs, even in the bathrooms!

We settled in to order, and enjoyed both the ease of the English menu and the interesting variety of cusine offered.

…and of course, we enjoyed the dinosaurs!
…and we definitely enjoyed the beer!


Day IX: Saying goodbye to Taipei

We headed to the airport after many goodbyes and an excellent breakfast.


As we had a bit of extra time, we stopped into the Starbucks at the airport, and in an effort to find something local, ordered green tea lattes. Admittedly, I seldom set food in a SBX, so while this beverage might exist back home, my assertion that it doesn’t is based on very limited exposure. It was very green.

Caffeinated as one can be from a bright green latte, we exchanged our remaining Taiwanese Dollars for Hong Kong Dollars, and made our way to the gate, beginning our journey home.

Hong Kong Dollars are especially pretty, and they kept us entertained in the next airport!

A Night in Taipei, Sans Bill


This evening, our friend Bill chose karaoke with the wedding crew over a trip to the Shilin Night Market, here in Taipei.

He missed out on quite a bit! After a brief wander around the market, Darren, Hildo, and I spotted a friend of his


Naturally, we had to liberate him from that arcade, and we did with a bit of clever work from Darren.

After all that hard work, refreshments were in order!

But only for a little while, as there was much more to do and see this evening!

There were kittens,
waffles on sticks to purchase,
frog eggs, wow! to drink,

and strange t-shirts to browse!

After we had checked it all out, we decided to take our new friend on the MRT…

... after which we discovered a fish tank in the local subway stop!

The next and final stop was our hotel, to rest up for tomorrow’s adventures!

I wonder how karaoke was…