Travel Taiwan: Shopping is a type of Sightseeing, 来看看吧

I will not forget him… His face, his fashion, his butt and his black boots. They clicked as he walked, his iPhone glued to his hands as he talked.

His hair waved at me as well as about in the chilly Taipei afternoon breeze – it felt like I was back in Ireland’s 5 degrees.

好帅啊!We locked eyes in epoxy. He was strapping and tall, and teased me with confident swagger and a smirk.
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Obviously I was satisfying my carnal desires with… Shopping.

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On the normal streets, the people are less dressed and the everyday look is average.

Check out the hustle and bustle at Shinlin Night Market – one of the famed tourist spots of Taipei.

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In Dong Qu, however, the shops are inviting, cafes cosy… and don’t forget about the 帅哥s and 美女s! The locals here are vibrant, young and three-folds more fashionable.

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Even Edison Chen (Hong Kong Superstar of unnecessary sex scandal fame) was in da house. Here is a crowded ghetto mobbed with young hopefuls waiting for a likely photograph. He was up and around town to promote the spring collection of one of his clothing labels.

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Being there, my mind flashes back and forth to Orchard Road in Singapore. It is a pretty cool place to kick back, relax and check out some cuties. All in all, Dong Qu is a good looking district to spend an afternoon in.

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We went for a haircut…

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Ok sorry, I got distracted by the fat cats. Although I prefer dogs (man’s best friend), these were pretty cushy to play with and poke!

Back to that haircut.

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Deluxe Hair Salon on Dong Huan Nan Lu was a pretty set up and a pampering experience, and I had stylist Kin Wu to treat me like a princess. He was 帅 too!

800NT (S$36) for a haircut which included a careful stylist consultation, wash, 15 min head massage, cut, blow, and free styling.

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(Do you want to see more cats?)

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I found it amusing that the salon’s pet cats made for interesting decor, as well as an interesting value add for customers. Many of the customers had a cat on their lap while getting their hair done. I however, had my iphone.

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I wish I lived in Taiwan so I could come here every month. I would definitely recommend this place, tourist or locals are equally treated like royalty. Do look for Kin Wu!

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Kin Wu had my hair curled for Hotpot dinner with Tsubasa, drinks with Vivian, and clubbing at Marquee, Room 18 and Primo with friends.


Hotpot @ Orange


Tsubasa, me, Dana
Picture Credit: Tsubasa Nishitani

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Party time: After a hotpot buffet and endless rounds of eating meat, everyone was ready to pop some buttons I mean bottles.

But then, the waiter came… and added rice to the remnants of our hotpot to create… CONGEE.

I guess this is dinner round 2!

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Thanks to Tsubasa for inviting me to a yummy dinner! This is her, all dolled up and ready for our night out – round 2.

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I last saw her at my friend Ronalou’s birthday a year ago, so it was great catching up.
Throwback to 2010: The guy in the middle of the pic is John Langan – somewhat appropriate here too since he’s actually Taiwanese-American!

TIP: If you go for hotpot in Taipei and dare to spice things up, try mala hotpot (spicy hotpot). Bring money and friends!

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Drinks/Pre-Clubbing experience at Marquee

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After hotpot, I went to meet my old friend Vivian Dawson. I remember my first words to him was, “I’m sorry I got lost!” and “I can’t believe you still walk everywhere!” Neither of us have changed. Maybe he’s taller. He says that I may be shorter. :-(

We walked around for a bit and he decided to bring me to a place called Marquee, which he said was THE place to go for pre-drinks/before clubbing.

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The bartenders were male and hot! I was having a field day.

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Room 18

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Primo with Taipei party princess, Riya

After that, I went to meet Riya and our friends at Primo. 她是台北的party公主!

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Thank you to Jimmy, Danny Fang, Riya, Vivian and Simon! 我非常感谢你的主机!

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After-party breakfast: NY Bagel Cafe

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Vivian with a poster of himself at the entrance of Marquee.

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Vivian Dawson is a freelance model based in Taiwan at the moment (not attached to any modelling agency). Feel free to join his fan page and engage him for any campaigns or photoshoots!

He has a lot of fans and I personally think he has a great professional presence, good work ethic, and will be a fantastic spokesperson for any product.

Check out the versatility of his look in this video he posted here:
http://tw.nextmedia.com/subapple/article/art_id/33215424/IssueID/20110301

Or this commercial he did for a Taiwanese beer, which is funny for certain reasons:
1) In the commercial he peeks at 2 women, making him look like a playboy – which he is not in real life. He is a good guy and has only had a few girlfriends throughout his life!
2) 他不喝啤酒 He doesn’t drink beer/any alcohol.

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From a mosaic of clubs and cities, to stunning scenery and people, Taiwan 台湾 has an endless offering of fascinating places to explore.

Whether you’re a food hunter or culture vulture, a night owl or a nature lover – or like me, all of the above – Taiwan 台湾 is a place where you can do it all.

(More posts on food, culture, nightlife and nature in Taiwan coming up soon!)

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4 thoughts on “Travel Taiwan: Shopping is a type of Sightseeing, 来看看吧

    • Hi Simon, yes do you remember that after I introduced him and you guys offered him a drink, you guys were stunned that he doesn’t drink alcohol – not tonight, not now, not ever? He is one of very few of my friends who never drink alcohol. Respectable~!

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