As you can see via the reflection in the pic directly above, all three photos were captured with an N79 — a fine camera phone in its own right…
Thanks once again to Tom and WOM World for entrusting me with an N86. And to my loyal readers, first-time visitors, even comment spammers, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday close to the people you care about. For yours truly, some exciting things are afoot in 2010… Stay tuned!
Though reports on TripAdvisor tell of shoddy run-down rooms the place looked like it was in pretty good shape to me. It would be a good choice for travellers not planning to actually leave the hotel — conference-goers, honeymooners, that kind of thing.
You could probably catch some pretty cool views of the city from the higher floors, but as a non-guest it didn’t seem to me like I was allowed up there…
Here’s David and Carol (Sandy Chen‘s Mom and Dad) outside the world-famous dumpling restaurant DinTaiFung. As you can see from their expression, folks in Taiwan take their dumplings very seriously.
Oh, ignore the mascot…
Further proof: As soon as I sat down with Mr. & Mrs. Chen the server handed me this Laowai guide to Taiwanese soup dumplings. Little did they know I live just down the street from a soup dumpling shop back home…
The soup dumplings were indeed delicious, but by far my favourite dish was the taro dumplings we had for dessert.
The caption for this photo on Flickr: “You have no idea how sweet ass-crap-delicious this is…”
Okay, seriously… How can you not want to eat at a restaurant chain who’s tagline is “Shit or Food”?
Though Modern Toilet is a Taiwan-wide chain with multiple locations in Taipei alone, I chose to eat in the trendy Ximending shopping district. It proved quite challenging to find, and took a combination of Google Maps, the GPS on my N86 and an ad from a tourist map I brought with me from my hotel to arrive at this spot.
Though I was early for dinner I wasn’t early enough to beat the after-school crowd, and was sat at a large glass-covered bathtub with some non-English-speaking locals. I didn’t let that stop me from ordering up a big black toilet-full of chicken curry.
Okay, the toilet wasn’t actually to scale…
My meal also came with dessert, served up in a mini squat toilet. Can’t say it was as good as the curry, though… It looked like ice cream but I couldn’t really taste any dairy in it.
At the counter where you settle up you can also buy some souvenirs, like an oversized plush coil of poop with stitched-in plastic flies.
I can certainly recommend Modern Toilet as a unique dining experience. About the only complaint I had about my visit there was that I couldn’t use the actual washroom, as it was being cleaned at the time. Gross!
The architects who designed this monolith cleverly stuck a mall in front of it that you’re forced to walk through to get to the tower. Evil!
Facing northwest from the 89th-floor gallery. That building with the yellow roof is the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. The large domed structure behind it is the Taipei Arena, and just a bit further down the street is my hotel. Can you see it?
Two floors up on the 91st is an outdoor observation deck — surprisingly calm until you realize there are guards keeping people from the windward side.
But there was this odd whistling sound that you can hear above.
You can thank my N86 on loan from Nokia for the awesome pics. More on that in a future post…