Taipei January 2014 Part 2

Our next few days in Taipei were spent just going around the city for random sightseeing and possible shopping! I say “random” and “possible” because we literally did not have an itinerary, and my whole family was depending on me to Google and ask Crissey (who went with her family to Taipei the week before us) where to go. Secretly, I like organizing these things. In a parallel universe, I’d probably be a flight attendant, travel agent or a tour guide. If I have control over the itinerary, I can go to all the places I want, trolololol. #thisfaillogic

We’ve already went to the touristy places outside the city during our first trip to Taiwan, so this trip was pretty much for “relaxation” a.k.a. non-stop shopping and eating.

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Early morning photo of me at the park near Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, another high-end Japanese department store with malls all over the country.

They had IPPUDO here! Made me miss Fukuoka a bit.

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DURAS! By this time, I wasn’t surprised anymore to see Japanese brands so readily available.

SO JEALOUS THO.

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E hyphen world gallery!

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Brothers waiting outside the mall.

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Wild Ryhorn appeared!

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Had the most awesome yakiniku lunch at Hutong.

Red scarves were in.

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Spotted on the way to the nearest station. Lovely street style!

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Single-journey token. SO CUTE.

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Romwe sweater / Jeanasis skirt / Urban Outfitters boots / Proenza Schouler bag

Me outside the Red Theater in Ximending. This place has been around for more than a hundred years now. It was built during the Japanese rule and was designed by a Japanese architect even though the style is totally Western.

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Inside, you can find a small exhibit about the building, as well as a mini-bazaar of sorts where you can find some quirky products made by young artists and designers.

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My brother Juju came to Taiwan some time ago to watch a Miyavi concert. He showed us where it was held!

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Red on red.

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Ximending time! Chocoolate is a brand that I always see in Hong Kong and Macau. Good to see it here too!

Bruce Wayne seems like a fan.

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Quirky snapbacks everywhere!

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In my last post, I mentioned that Taiwan had the craziest obsession with EXO. So many girls were taking pictures of the cardboard!Luhan outside Nature Republic.

Hello to Taeyeon at the back!

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WE WENT TO MODERN TOILET. And it was gross. What would you expect?

Modern Toilet is a bathroom-themed restaurant where your food gets served on mini toilet bowls and urinals. Taste is nothing spectacular but I guess people just go there for the experience.

So glad I was able to cross this out of my list of things to do in Taiwan!

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So many of these printed sweaters and outerwear in Ximending! I guess it was all the rage back in January.

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There’s a store in Ximending called Mag Freak (or something similar to that) and they have the latest issues of Japanese magazines!

Of course, no travel post (in Asia) will ever be complete without some Arashi.

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I also found a store (sadly the name of the store was in Chinese, lol, but it was about 5 minutes walk from the Red Theater) that sold Japanese and Korean music CDs and concert DVDs!

Got myself a copy of Arashi’s Popcorn.

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Adorable Hello Kitty sneakers for kids.

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Taipei is such a dog-friendly place. I’ve never seen a better place where dogs and humans coexist! So many establishments allowed dogs, and so many people also brought their dogs around with them everywhere.

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Costumes for small dogs!

Would buy these in a heartbeat if only our dogs didn’t weigh more than 70 lbs, lol.

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CANDIED STRAWBERRIES! It’s hard to focus on just one agenda in Ximending. After every block, you’ll get distracted by all kinds of yummy street food.

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Most people call Ximending a mini-Shibuya. There are similarities but I personally think they have their own charms!

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Pink-haired girl outside the station.

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Wedding photoshoot in the middle of the street.

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The next day, we found Spongebob and his mom.

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No, but seriously, we killed time by walking around the city again.

Somehow, my legs turn into steel when I’m traveling. I can walk for hours and never get tired.

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We went to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park thinking we would find something like a mini Central Park where we could take pictures of pretty trees and flowers.

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But we were greeted by this new mall called Eslite Spectrum where we spent the whole morning spazzing over the stores inside. #priorities

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EMODA necklace, top and skirt / Jeanasis coat / Urban Outfitters boots

Took some full body photos because I was starting to forget that I also document my outfits on this blog, lol.

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PLAY by Comme des Garçons for Converse.

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Accessories store display inside the mall.

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Can I live here?

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Had another awesome lunch at a restaurant inside Eslite Spectrum. You can never go wrong with food in Taiwan!

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Band practice!

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Dropped by the famous Hello Kitty cafe. Didn’t try anything because of the mixed (leaning on bad) reviews, but I’m glad they let me take pictures!

This place is only about 10-15 minutes away from our hotel. I told you Zhongxiao Dunhua / Daan District / whatever you call it = the place to be. Barbie Cafe was also in the area.

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Too pretty to eat.

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There’s a box on the road where motorcycles are supposed to stay while waiting for the traffic light. I wish we had something similar here too so our roads could be a wee bit more organized.

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Quirky fashion stores were everywhere in our area.

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Street food break. You’ll wonder how the Taiwanese are all able to maintain their slim figures. Because FOOD.

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Nighttime stroll.

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This little fluffy fella was patiently waiting for his/her owner who was fitting clothes inside the store.

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On the day of our flight, we went to mass in the morning. On our way back to the hotel, I found little red riding hood walking with her mom at the park!

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Had a fixation on middle parts last January.

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Perfect weather. Note to self: first week of January is a great time to go to Taipei.

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Cool-looking station by the park. Spotted a cosplayer and a photographer having a mini photoshoot on the left.

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Lunch time! I must confess that we were just in this restaurant the night before.

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The restaurant is called Du Hsiao Yueh and it’s also near our hotel. HOOKED. This place serves great, affordable food!

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Pink and yellow. Print on print.

Guy in the background also had an interesting outfit. Funky pants!

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Coffee and cake at TJB (The Jeans Bar) Cafe. The interiors were so pretty. That pale shade of pastel blue!

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One final walk around the side/back streets of Zhongxiao Dunhua before heading to the airport.

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I should’ve bought this off-shoulder ribbon sweater. REGRET. /cry

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Blue for boys. Pink for girls. Couldn’t pass this couple photo up because it has always been a staple in my travel diaries.

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Looks like a scene from a movie.

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Taipei was so good to me. I’m so psyched to go back again, preferably with Crissey! Food and fashion? Definitely right up our alley.