September 17, 2015 § Leave a comment
To get to the Ambassador Cinemas (at Changchun Road) I developed this pattern.
Catch MRT train to Songjian Station, leave by Exit 7 and walk north in the busy main street.
If it’s lunchtime and a weekday, you will see the woman (in this video) selling her home-cooked food. With sign language I learned she has been here every week day for five years with her home-cooked foods. There was always a line of office workers waiting to buy. Always a good sign. There is a Seven Eleven shop a few meters away from her regular spot. She displays what appears to be her mobile phone number. Maybe that is a law?
Eventually I tried her food. Chicken wings cut into small pieces on the spot, bamboo shoot, carrot, potato and other vegetables. Pork and beef is probably available. The chicken was cooked with a herb that reminded me of curry. To eat use a stick or skewer.
The Ambassador theatre is further north at the end of the street. Turn right and look for McDonald’s ahead.
Walking around the block will show heaps of other small shops. A bit of time can be enjoyed here. It’s a good area for food and clothes.
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April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
Scooters are everywhere in Taipei, half the footpath is now parking space, especially outside shops that have closed.
7/11 stores are the most common of this genre.
One of three restaurants next door to each other – which is typical of shops in Taiwan.
Antique vases in shop window
A popular print – around the world.
Chili pippies (clams) in garlic sauce with steamed rice
The return journey was along or under Civic Blvd walking west.
A walk along three blocks on the southern side of an ordinary city street to a fish shop for lunch. Definitely not the fashionable east area of Taipei – this is a street of office workers at lunch time. Views in shop windows include clothing, poster advertising and an art gallery with a ‘sort-of’ “Blue Poles” in the front window. An antique shop with old vases – these seem popular in Taiwan. All the fast food outlets have workers with face masks, which is nice to know.
Uploading almost 30 pictures was more convenient with the hotel internet speed – about five times faster than what I get at home, (at present). Pictures are all full size. Click on any to enlarge.
I don’t expect Taiwan readers will find anything too exciting or different here. My point today is, there is more of interest (for me) in these three blocks, chosen at random for this experiment than there is in most Australian towns (all masquerading as ‘cities’).
What about the window model in the green and silver Cheong Sam?
Go further east and the street features many closed shops. One block north is the more prosperous Nan King Road East. The best part of ChangAn Road seems to be the west area – which is heading toward the river and the old part of the city called Dadaocheng which prospered in the 1920s with tea exports.
Another street in that area is Yan Ping Road – it was once the equivalent of ZhongXiao Road East today. Worth a check for bargains.
This writer enjoys the older part of Taipei more than the modern area on the east side.
April 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
Sometimes listening to music on a transistor radio and dancing. Sometimes arguing with an invisible person. A screech today that could have been from a wild animal was heard across the busy road. You can be sure some of the local taxi drivers could throw light on the mystery of who she is.
White plastic shopping bags are always at her feet. And yes, that is a mat of very long hair. I’ve spotted her at this same spot, during my Taiwan visits during the past seven years or more.
What is her life story and why has she chosen this corner to spend all day every day in all kinds of weather?
Is it for a promise to meet someone at this corner one day? The mystery woman has a good story to share if someone can tap into it.
UPDATE, October 2018 : She stopped appearing sometime in 2016. No appearance during the 14 weeks I was in Taipei during 2017. Some form of mental illness? Seemed she was waiting for someone to meet her. Always had lots of plastic shopping bags. There was a dirty patch under where she stood I noted. What is interesting is the tolerance by authorities to allow her to live her life freely. On occasions I gave her small sums of cash. On one occasions I saw her screeching at people like she was a wild bird. That was a bit scary.
In Australia she would have been taken away and medicated indefinitely.