12/21/08, we arrived at the airport (??????) late and by the time we checked into the Sheraton hotel, it's already past 11pm.
12/22/08, we had traditional taiwanese breakfast at (????) on the 2nd floor of a nearby market (????). Must try the thick sesame cake(???), it's too die for (or wait at least 20 minutes for).
12/22/08, took Taipei MRT (????) to Eslite Bookstore (????) and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store (??????). We had lunch at (???), the birthplace of pearl milk tea (????). Although good, it's not worth spending NTD150 for a cup, I thought!
12/22/08, same night, we visited ??, Han was excited to see and taste bell fruits (??) and Taiwan guava (??). To my surprise, she didn't like the bell fruits too much.
12/23/08, was Han's photo shoot session that we had pre-scheduled with Lemon Studio (????). Lemon Studio specialized in American-style children photography, which means no costumes and no make-ups. Just trying to capture the most nature expressions of the child. We are really pleased with the result; take a look at the picture, and see for yourself!
12/23/08, Han was pleased to see some tropical fruits that she's never seen before - cherimoyas (??) and dragon fruits (???). The store owner called her "Dragon Fruit Princess" as we were taking this picture and made Han real happy the whole day...
12/24/08, we went to Peitou hotspring (????) to enjoy a nice, relax day. We reserved a private room so all three of us can bath together. We had the room for 70 minutes but it's not quiet enough to bath, shower and rest; 2 hours would have been perfect.
12/25/08, I took Han to meet with my middle school classmates. Although we all have grown olders (and wiser), our looks haven't changed much, really!
12/26 - 12/29
12/26/08, we took the high-speed rail (????) to Taichung. Amazingly, it took only an hour and we arrived before we had a chance to eat the Railroad lunch box (??), yikes! Upon arriving, we went to Mark's aunt's house first where Han met her Taiwanese cousin, Ying-Ying, for the first time. And they both enjoyed sugarcane (??) for the first time very much! BTW, Ying-Ying is only 3.5 years-old, can you belive that!
12/27/08, we visited the graves of Han's great grandparents (???). It was the first time Han had seen incenses (?) and saw burning paper money (??). But her favorite part was eating the dragon fruit after we were done! :)
12/28/08, we went to see the Mammoth Exhibition at Taichung National Museum of Natural Science (???????????). It would have been a good experience if the musume was not soooo crowded. A word of advise for those of you planning to travel to Taiwan - never visit any point of interest on weekends if you can avoid it. Plan on seeing more people than the actual sight if you do...
12/29/08 - 1/2/09
12/29/08 we returned to Taipei. That night, Han really craved for dumplings (???) so we went to Din Tai Fung (???) for dinner. We had planed to arrive 20 minutes before 6pm and were able to be seated right away. I highly recommended the dumplings (???) and the chicken soup (????). You can tell it's good by the satisfied look on Han's face. She even snatched a dumpling before I had a chance to take a picture!
12/30/08, we took Han to Baby Boss City on the 7th floor of Core Pacific City Living Mall (???). It's a theme park like place where kids can pretent play different professions. Han was a little reluctent to participant in the first place. But after 1 try, she loved it! She was a nursery nurse, a gas staion worker, a delivery man, pizza chef and many more. We didn't have a chance to experence all BabyBoss has to offer (about 70+ jobs to try), but we sure had fun!
12/31/08, Had had agreed to have her hair cut so I took her for the royal treatment - a wash and a haircut. I was very pleased with the result; see for yourself!
1/1/09, my best friend from high school, Yvonne, went to Tai-Shui (??) with us. Han got a first hand experence on some of the things I used to play when I was a child - pinball (?????), paper-net fishing (??) and catching the clay dolls (???). Didn't she look like a pro already?
The path along side the Tan-Shui River resided a lot of vendors selling food, games and souvenirs; almost like a day-time night market. I had a chance to try fried oyster cake (??), popcorn chicken(???) and dried plum juice (?????). Although there were many more tasty treats and I'd like to try (??, ??, ?????) I'm already stuffed! Interestingly, Han and Yvoeen were more interested in Dunkin' Donuts and the bagels, my goodness!
1/2/09, This is it! After almost 2 weeks of non-stop-eating, it's really time to say good-bye. Bye-bye Taiwan; we will miss you dearly and hope to be back soon!