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Taiwan Trip - Part One

Sunday, November 21, 2010

As you know (or you SHOULD know, LOL!), I was in Taiwan last week. I'm going to give a summary and hopefully post some pics in this blog and probably at least one more. It was a week long trip and if I told you about all of it in one blog, you would probably get tired of reading and I would definitely get tired of typing! emoticon

I left Friday, November 12th, at 9:30 in the morning. I listened to the advice of lots of people and decided to use what I thought would work best for me. I took carry-ons only (worked out well), drank a lot of water and walked around on the 10+ hour plane ride from Seattle to Tokyo Japan. I also stayed awake for most of the trip. Read one full book on the way over and started a second. Unfortunately, the second book was a book I had already read! emoticon Good thing we were on one of the new planes that had individual screens. So, I watched "Knight and Day" and "Despicable Me" before we landed.

The trip from Tokyo to Taipei was about three hours and I slept through the whole thing. I just couldn't stay awake any more. emoticon One of my co-workers was supposed to be on the same flight to Taipei from Tokyo, but I didn't see him. In Taipei, I did see two other co-workers who had traveled on a different airline and were heading to a different subcon. Turns out that the guy I was supposed to meet had his flight to Tokyo cancelled and he didn't get into Taiwan until Sunday night (I got there Saturday night). emoticon Thank goodness I was on a different flight!

That first night was not a good one. I had a headache and both the mattress and the pillows were HARD! I slept poorly and felt nauseous. Luckily, the next morning, the subcon rep (SR) was there to take me sightseeing. He had a full day planned. The National Museum, Lungshan Temple, Chang Kai Shek memorial, Taipei 101 and a night market were all on the lunch at Din Tai Fung. We met another co-worker of mine at the National Museum, so there were four of us total doing all of the touring. One guy told me that I had seen everything he had seen and he's been to Taiwan between 8 and 10 times! Pictures from my hotel room in Taipei.



The National Museum hosts a large number of China's national treasures. Chang Kia Shek apparently brought them all with him when he left China. Good for me...not so good for China! LOL! My favorite exhibit was a single piece of jade that had been carved to look like a head of cabbage with tow insects sitting on top of it. Picture below (I hope).

Here are some pics of the National Museum as well. I wasn't allowed to take photos inside, so the outside is all you get. emoticon

More tomorrow!

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CALIMAN1 11/22/2010 10:24PM

    Wow, Barb, that is awesome! Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more pics.

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MOM2ACAT 11/22/2010 5:47PM

    I love seeing the pictures!

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NEWNAC304 11/22/2010 6:22AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/21/2010 10:32PM

  It was much prettier outside your window at night. Thanks for the pictures, because I would never survive a ten hour plane ride.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/21/2010 9:32PM

    Thanks for sharing! That plan ride can be rough, and so can the adjustment at the other end. Sounds like you settled in well, though.

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GEEMAWEST 11/21/2010 9:13PM

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us. Never been (like the guy that has "seen it all before") so have to live vicariously through you.

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I'm sorry, did you say twelve courses?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

For one meal? Really? My first night in Hsinchu, the company I was there to audit took us out to dinner. There were 17 of us sitting around a huge round table with an almost as large lazy susan in the middle of it. There were three menus on the lazy susan with a list of the twelve different courses that we would be served that night. I did not see any of those menus until around course #6. emoticon

After the sixth course, I started taking a bite of each course and putting down the chopsticks (yes...every meal was eaten with chopsticks. I got pretty okay with them!). I had squid for the first time. Not bad, but had trouble getting past the fact that it was squid. One of the courses was frog fat soup. Really, it was milk based with tapioca. I was expecting it to be warm, but it was cold. A lot of that...expecting warm and getting cold. Weird.

Unfortunately, I liked everything I tried at that dinner. I was so full and it was so late and we had worked so long that I was almost falling asleep in my soup. Three hour dinners are not my thing.

More about the sights I saw tomorrow.

Good to be home!

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GEEMAWEST 11/21/2010 1:44PM

    12 courses?! That's insane!

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LMB-ESQ 11/21/2010 10:19AM

    Welcome home!

Oh, yeah... gotta love that Asian cuisine!! emoticon

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NEWNAC304 11/21/2010 10:13AM

    Welcome back!

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BKNOCK 11/21/2010 9:32AM

    Glad you are home safe and sound!

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CARLANNIE 11/21/2010 9:25AM

    I feel full just thinking about 12 courses! But then, that's kinda like our Thanksgiving meals - too much. Sounds like a good experience. Did you get the recipe for that frog fat soup???

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PLAYBLUES22 11/21/2010 3:42AM

    Sweetie, sounds like you had a wonderful dinner

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DEUSMACHINA 11/21/2010 3:15AM

    Oh yum! I love squid! It's a very big favourite here in Oz.

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ELYMWX 11/21/2010 3:03AM

    I've been to a couple of the 12 course meals; they really are more about the social aspects more than the food, but the food's delicious!

Good job on the chopsticks and the squid. Did you have a chance to try the shark gin soup or the jellyfish?

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This is it!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Laundry is done. Clothes are packed. Morning items are going to be packed as soon as I'm done using them in the morning. Passport is in the folder. Laptop is checked out and charged up. I am ready to go! emoticon

Now for the hard part....sleeping through the night without waking up every five minutes because I'm paranoid that I will miss my alarm and therefore my flight. Getting the rest of the morning items packed without forgetting anything. Not stressing that I am forgetting something as I'm walking out the door. Hmmm....

Oh well! If I don't sleep, I have a few hours on the flight to Japan to sleep! LOL!

I don't know how much I'll be able to just in case...See ya in a week!!!!

Okay...gotta go and stress a little more. emoticon

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KRICKET4 11/13/2010 12:03PM

    As I write this, you're already at your destination. Hope you have a wonderful time and a great experience. Looking forward to hearing about your adventure/s.

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DONNAORLENE 11/13/2010 1:46AM

    I'm really excited for you. Just stop worrying about every thing and do your job and have a good time! We'll be sitting back here being jealous but we'll also be praying for you and wishing you have a fab time! Do a Great job and we'll be waiting to hear about everything and see all those pictures!
Take care of yourself!

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Donna Orlene

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BKNOCK 11/12/2010 10:05PM

    Have a very safe trip and remember you are in our thoughts and prayers! Have fun!

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NEWNAC304 11/12/2010 11:37AM

    Have a safe trip.

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ELYMWX 11/12/2010 8:29AM

    Have a great trip!

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TRIGFROST 11/12/2010 1:20AM

    Relax and Enjoy the Trip emoticon This place will be wating on your return... emoticon

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USFBULL 11/12/2010 12:29AM

    Have a great trip and enjoy the adventure, take plenty of pictures and then take more pictures emoticon emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 11/11/2010 11:57PM

    I would be awake all night too for the same reasons. Have a great time and don't worry that we didn't get that little thing taken care of yet. I know you're busy and I probably shouldn't have put it on you, but you're just so good at this kind of stuff. We'll take care of it when you get back.

Hope you'll be able to Spark some!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/11/2010 10:36PM

  You're too much like me. I would be awake all night worrying too. I'm always afraid I'll oversleep for some major event.
Have a great time, don't work too hard, and watch those calories.

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LMB-ESQ 11/11/2010 10:35PM

    Have a great trip!

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STEELKICKIN 11/11/2010 10:30PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Get outta here and enjoy yourself thoroughly, my dear! We will miss you and look forward of hearing of your escapades. AND SEEING SOME PHOTOS!!!

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SKYLOR 11/11/2010 10:29PM

    Have a safe and fun trip

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Time change, eleven hours sleep, still tired?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I went to bed at 11:00 last night and woke up at 10:00 (according to the clock that had not been changed for daylight savings ending). That's eleven hours of sleep! emoticon

Got up, went to the gym (after eating the breakfast DH made), started the stew for dinner, made bread, had lunch, went shopping for a new suitcase, made cornbread, ate dinner and made enchiladas for tomorrow. And now I'm ready for bed. And it's not quite 8:30. I'm getting old... emoticon

Oh, and DS is sick. He might be getting the flu. I love him, but I HAVE to avoid him for a couple of days! I can't get the flu right before I travel! I just can't! Earlier, when DS said he was sick, DD looked at him and said "Really? You don't even have school today?" LOL!! Poor kid!

Off to read a little before going to bed. Night y'all!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/8/2010 10:56PM

  So glad someone got to take advantage of the time change. We went to bed at midnight and got up at the eqivalent of 6am. For me 5:30.
Avoid your DS at all costs. You must stay well to travel.

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CATHERINEL66 11/8/2010 6:03PM

    I'm an Airborne fan too! I also like espiritox, which Whole Foods carries.

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JOHNTJ1 11/8/2010 5:04PM

    If you become ill you cant have coffee with Dutchie!!!

The time change always has the opposite effect on me. I get up early and seem to have more energy. I guess I'm a winter kinda guy.

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RWETHAIRYET 11/8/2010 4:11PM

    i was still tired after the extra hour's sleep. But I think it was from the company. Boy can my toddler granddaughter toddle fast...and non stop haha!
Definitely wash those hands. Perhaps look into the Airborne if you're not showing any symptoms (my step daughter who is a 1st grade teacher swears by the stuff.) And rest.

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NEWNAC304 11/8/2010 12:22PM

    I hope you avoid hubby's germs.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/7/2010 11:29PM

    Wash those hands like crazy, even around your own house!

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GEEMAWEST 11/7/2010 10:48PM

    No, No don't get sick! That would be a very bad thing. Tell DS to keep his distance.

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Is it too early to pack?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Okay, so I confess. I did pack for my trip to Taiwan last weekend! emoticon But I HAD to! I had to pack to make sure everything would fit! And it did. But I did unpack! Now I want to pack again! I want to have everything in the suitcase and the laptop case and whatever. I want to be at the airport and getting ready to board the plane. And I want to do it now!

Of course, I don't even have the laptop yet. And I don't fly until Friday. And not all of my clothes are clean. Minor details, right? LOL!

Fine! I'll wait. I can't promise to be patient, but I will wait. emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 11/7/2010 9:51PM

    Do you have any nails left?? I'm actually sitting here biting mine because I can feel your excitement! Is there room in the suitcase for ME?? IWANNAGO!! And if I can't go, I don't want you to go because I'll miss you! Dang it, yes, I want you to many opportunities does one get to go to a foreign country??? And I just know you're going to have the time of your life. Pack and unpack and pack some more because it's so much fun! I do the same thing when we go to Tucson!
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AUNTIEANNE22 11/7/2010 7:47PM

  You're like my son and the countdown to the new Harry Potter movie. I get an update every day on how many sold out shows there are. We are driving and hour and a half to see the midnight showing. Can you say crazy?

Friday will be here before you know it. Be sure you get your laundry done!

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GEEMAWEST 11/7/2010 12:59PM

    You do realize that we all expect you to send us postcards, don't you?

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ELYMWX 11/7/2010 10:14AM

    Are you flying carry-on only or will you be checking luggage? I usually have a change of clothes and my toilet kit in my carry on.

One more thing; I have a small bag (I think it was intended to be a pencil case) that I put all my electronic accessories and cords in, and that slips easily into my carry on. That way I dont have all the cords loose and if I have to unpack for any reasons (cough customs cough) I can pull it out quickly and not then have to worry about making sure I found them all or remember where I had them stashed when it comes time to repack.

Enjoy your trip! Take plenty of pictures, and you'll be fine.

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CAROLEHZ 11/7/2010 8:42AM

    I once watched a documentary about the Queen of England. It showed about how they set things up for large dinners and all the places she lives at and owns and her dogs. But, the thing that fascinated me the most was when they showed how her clothes were packed for travel. Everything was wrapped and stuffed with tissue paper for minimal wrinkling. I think she probably has an easier time getting through Customs. I know that you have thought of everything but don't forget the converter kit for electricity. Have a fun trip!

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BKNOCK 11/7/2010 8:07AM

    Just remember to take pictures so that you can show us Taiwan! Even if you take pictures of the food since you won't have much time to escape! Then set up a web cam so that you can watch your family! LOL! I know that you want to be a fly on the wall at home as well.

When I traveled I used to keep a journal to jot down stuff to jog my memory on the pictures that I took.

Just think a week from now where will you be?


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CARLANNIE 11/7/2010 7:39AM

    What to say? What to say? You're excited - yahoo! What kind of souvenirs are you bring back for us?

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KRICKET4 11/7/2010 2:14AM

    Oops, I always pack the night before my trips :)
You sound so excited! Hope you'll have lots of fun on your trip. I know, it's a work trip, but nevertheless. It'll be an awesome experience.

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