Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Having a baby in Taiwan has left me too busy and tired to write about it. The above is a clinic in Yonghe, just across the river from Taipei City reasonably close to Dingxi MRT station. This was my first time going through the process, so I have nothing to compare it to. I was generally satisfied with the clinic, and will probably go back again if the need arises.
The doctor went to med school in the US, so he can speak English but clearly is more comfortable speaking Chinese. The nursing staff for the most part do not speak English. This was fine for me since my wife speaks Chinese.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Now open in the Xinyi District. They have a nice selection of beers and the pizza is good too. The pizza toppings are very flavorful, only the crust leaves a little more to be desired. The price is a little high, but not outrageous. Beers are $210 per glass, or you can order 6 beers for $999, which makes it significantly cheaper if your party will drink that much.
It is on the second floor and they have outdoor seating on the sky walk. If you are coming by MRT, use the Taipei City Hall Station. Walk South to Songgao Rd. and between the Eslite Bookstore Building and the Shin Kong A4 Building there are stairs to the sky walk. When there is a left hand turn you will see the restaurant straight across this bridge, which is the A11 building.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Xinyi Store Taiwan
• 地址：台北市信義區松壽路11號2F (新光三越信義新天地 A11館)
• Address：2F,No.11, Songshou Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan
• 訂位專線 TEL ： 886-02-8786-7588
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This restaurant specializes in fried port. Meal sets include a drink, white rice, miso soup, dessert, and 2 types of pork. It is around the corner from NY Bagels. If you eat pork you will find something you like here. Menus are in Chinese only but have photos.
Friday, February 15, 2008
A larger pharmacy which is often suggested if you are looking for something hard to find is the Shanghai Pharmacy.
衡陽路32號 / Héngyáng Lù 32 Hào / Hengyang Rd., No. 32
walking distance from Ximen MRT (Blue line, just west of main station).
Use Exit 4. Hengyang ends at 228 Park.
Monday, February 04, 2008
If you catch the 518 from Shuanglian going east during morning rush hour be prepared for a cramped and painful experience. There are times when the bus is filled beyond capacity, and people need to wait for the next bus. Since there is no orderly line in place, getting on the next bus can be just as bad as trying to get on the first bus.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
There is a staircase from the sidewalk, so you don't have to go inside.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I never finished researching this topic, but I know it is possible to arrange transport within Taiwan.
If you are leaving Taiwan and want to take a scooter with you, it is best to forget about it. Most countries have import restrictions. If allowed it will not be cost efficient. It's best to plan on selling your scooter and buying a new one at your next destination.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Taipei City, Qingcheng St., No. 29 / 北市慶城街29號
02 8712 9098
423 Jinhu Rd., Neihu District, Taipei (北市內湖區金湖路423號)
02 2632 2229
Mapquest: They have a map, but no point-to-point directions. As with most English language map sites, the Romanization is questionable.
Maporama: They offer a decent map. It does include a search function to map from point-to-point. The site is randomly about half English and half French.
MRT Station area maps: they have detailed maps of areas around each station. The maps are not always formatted with North on top, so be sure to check if you orient yourself that way.
Taiwan Map: This site lets you search by landmark or street. I don't care for this site. The map is not detailed and the search function can be frustrating.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Taiwan's Post Office:
International Parcel Postage Rates
English Home Page
Chinese website for Taiwan
Customer Service: 0800-769-888
English Website for Taiwan
Most of these sites have their own entries somewhere on this site.
Sites in Taipei
Taipei 101 Building Observatory
I haven’t been up yet, but if we get a clear day we should go.
This is easy to see and can be done quickly. It is a large plaza surrounded by ornate Chinese buildings. This is where a lot of the political rallies and holiday festivals take place.
Longshan Temple / Snake Alley / Night Market
Longshan is a small but very nice temple. Snake Alley is creepy and as the name implies they have snakes. There is a good night market which is like a flea market. They are all within walking distance of each other.
National Palace Museum
This is a little boring, but a very cultural experience. Lots of Chinese antiques and artifacts.
YangMingShan National Park
A mountain inside just off of the city.
Maokong Teahouse/Zhinan Temple
This is an excellent temple located in the mountains. There are also scores of teahouse offering a mountainside view of Taipei. Good during the day or at night.
Ximending Market / Red House Theater
A more modern night market. Next door is the Red House Theater which is cool looking as it is back lit in red. It has a nice gift shop for souveniers.
Boutanical Gardens near Xiaonanmen MRT station
Never been there, always meant to.
228 Park and Museum
A large park with 2 small museums.
Never been there.
Baishawan or Fulong Beaches
Baishawan is closer. Fulong is bigger. Fulong could also be done as an overnight trip.
Keelung Seafood Market
Buy fresh sea food just off the docks at the market and the restaurant will cook it up for you.
Keelung’s Heping Dao
Strange rock formations along the coast.
Yingge and Sanyi, the pottery and wood carving capitals of Taiwan
Never been here.
Get back to nature and swim in the river. Nothing particularly cultural about this place, but it’s one of my regular camping spots.
Sulfur hotsprings. We can hit this the day after you arrive to try to cure the jet lag.
Wulai falls and hotspring
Scenic area with free riverside hotsprings.
Danshui Coast and Fisherman’s Wharf
Scenic area, but not terribly special or having any cultural significance.
Taroko Gorge National Park / Hualien Ocean Park
Taroko is an amazing site as the cliff goes straight up on one side of the road and straight down to the river on the other side. The nearest town has an ocean park where you can swim with dolphins.
East Coast Hot Springs
More hot springs, Taiwan is famous for them. That’s why the Japanese didn’t want to leave.
Found this excellent website on Taipei.
Check out the PDF maps for hiking, biking, and hot springs. Good basic background on the areas listed (in good English). Also the basic map of Taipei is useful for locating cultural, culinary and religious hot spots.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
The Taoyuan Taiwan International Airport (formerly CKS airport, and still using this as the airport code) is Taiwan's primary international airport and is the only option for international arrivals to Taipei. If you arrive here and are flying to another destination within Taiwan, you will need to transfer to the Songshan Domestic Airport which is located inside Taipei City.
Official Site: http://www.taoyuanairport.gov.tw/web/english/about/all_e.jsp
airport buses: This is a simple and cheap option with regular buses to Taipei and other destinations.
airport limos which are actually nicely kept Mercedes Benz sedans are available for a reasonable rate.
Otherwise taxis are always an option.
Pets (and other items subject to quarantine): http://www.taoyuanairport.gov.tw/web/english/tourist/commodity_e.jsp
Monday, January 07, 2008
台北市信義區松壽路16號2樓 Taipei City, Xinyi District, Songshou Rd. No. 16, 2F. This is located in the food court of the theater complex (Formerly Warner Village).
美麗華店 台北市中山區敬業三路20號B1. This is in the food court of the Miramar.
There is one on Dunhua S. Rd. Sec. 2 at the South-west corner of the Heping Rd. intersection.
See the complete list of BKs in Chinese only
See the complete list of BKs put through a machine translation
Saturday, January 05, 2008
What does Forumosa have to say:
Health and Fitness
Why does it hurt when I pee?