Taiwan · 13 Days · 14 Moments · April 2017

Mike's adventure in Taiwan


21 April 2017

Last day: in the morning I went to 7-Eleven to eat breakfast. It was so delicious! I ate皮蛋瘦肉粥,奇美肉包,喝米漿。afterwards I ran into a Street market and looked around. My uncle and aunt cooked lunch for us. My favorite was Chinese sausage- it was very good. Then my cousins and my uncle and aunt sent us off at the airport. For lunch we ate at the airport, and it was delicious. I plan to return to Taiwan again!
Day 12: i ate the leftover from yesterday for breakfast. Then my dad and I left for Taipei via high-speed rail. After arriving at Taipei, we went straight to a restaurant to eat lunch. There I met L劉秉恆. He still look the same, just older. He was trying to get me involved in Melaleuca. Then I had dinner at 小姑's house per mom's instructions. I packed up for tomorrow. 小姑父's pineapple cake is veey good! I plan to eat them myself.

20 April 2017

Day 11: I could not finish all 3 肉圓 today. I did try Taiwan Beer, grape flavor. It tastes like wine cooler. Later we had lunch at 大伯父 's house . We met my dad's old neighbor, and they were saying medical care in Taiwan is much cheaper then other countries. Afternoon we visited a bakery museum, and ate some treats there. The almond pudding was very good. In the evening I rode an electric scooter to a local night market, and I enjoyed the chocolate cookie and soft banana cake!

19 April 2017

Day 10: Again i had 肉圓 for breakfast, but I had 3, with almond drink. Then I went back to sleep until lunch. We had mountain chicken, but I thought the fried rice was the best. Afterwards we came back, and I had Stinky tofu, and it was great. We went to Anping to eat, and the food was good. We bought some sweet treats as well. I went to buy some stuff at Poya, a convenience store. Later we went to a night market nearby.

18 April 2017

Day 9: I finally got to eat 肉圓. It was so good! In the morning my dad's brother's daughter treated us with coffee and tea at her house. It was quite big for Taiwanese standards. Then we had lunch at a beef hot pot shop, and it was quite good. Braised pork rice is refillable. We ran out of beef, so I just eat other stuff in the pot. But, I had a terrible dinner. Just think about it- chicken testicles, turtle like creature called Trionychidae, and some sour fish soup. Afterwards I ate at my cousins' beef soup shop. Shiu Mei 表姐 asked me what is the heart of Christianity. I said those who believe Jesus is God has eternal life. She believes in herself, she said.

17 April 2017

Day 8: I got up early today and had 刈包和米漿, and they were tasty. I enjoyed playing with 球球-he likes to lick me! We went to my grandfather's grave and grandmother's moselium to pay my respects. My aunts do not want me to take photo at the grave site because they are afraid their souls will be disturbed. I did not know my name was etched into the tombstone for almost 30 years. Then we went to eat shabu shabu hot pot. God knows I want to eat to this, so he brought it to pass without me planning. God is so good! I love the drinks there, including wintermelon tea, lemon tea and barley tea. We went to大伯父's house to sit for a while, then we went home to sleep. We slept for about 4 hours before embarking to dinner. It was at a Japanese restaurant, and the food was very delicious. I love the salmon sashimi, shrimp tempura and Pork chop. I chatted with my cousins for most of the night, eating fried potpourri and drinking bubble tea.

16 April 2017

Day 7: After breakfast we left for Tainan on The high-speed rail. My 3rd aunt and cousin picked us up and took us to lunch. I met many family members there. Then my cousin bought more goodies for us to eat at his house. Still full, we went to dinner and ate more food. Afterwards we ate beef soup at relative's shop.

15 April 2017

Day 6: Finally I was able to sleep through the night! I ate mostly 油飯 for breakfast.My cousin treated us to 鼎泰豐。 I especially like the pork dumplings with green vegetables. The bathroom have a special toilet to wash and air dry your bottom, and I tried it out. Later my cousin showed me around Yongkang street. Auntie Guo and her son Witley treated us to a wonderful dinner at a Taiwanese restaurant. I would like to return here again.

14 April 2017

Day 5: I ate breakfast at the original 永和豆漿。I can taste that the soybean was roasted. Then we visited 安舅媽 and her daughter Vicky and granddaughter Diane. Afterwards I went to Taipei 101 and bought lots of gifts as well as souvenirs. I had to carry them back home first before going sightseeing with Vicky 姐姐。 First she took me to a VIP winetasting event. Then we visited 國父紀念館和中正紀念堂。when we tried to visit the presidential palace, there was an evangelistic meeting there, praying for the entire country of Taiwan. Later we went to gugong Night Market to eat 刈包 和肉粽。

13 April 2017

Day 4: I ate Japanese salmon triangle sushi and drank green tea for breakfast. Since that was not enough, I got some 燒餅油條 also . Then I met my relatives for lunch. Koh gong shu shu is 94 years old, but mentally he is still young, and so is his wife. Lunch was extravagant including oily rice, hot pot, Buddha jumped over the wall, etc. afterwards I went to Gwang hwa digital plaza to check out the electronics. Then I went to Raohe Night Market. It was wonderful! My main course was pepper 🌶 bun and flame 🔥 broiled steak, followed by a delicious plate of Stinky Tofu! I also drank a cup of low sugar taro milk tea. It was my best experience at a Taiwanese Night Market.

12 April 2017

Day3: I went to永和豆漿 to have breakfast.雖然鹹豆漿很好, 我還是覺得燒餅油條最好吃。then my uncle took me to a local supermarket, and I got some groceries. He was so kind to pay for my groceries from the gift certificates from his daughter. For lunch I had leftovers from the previous day. In particular, 台鐵便當不怎麼好吃、不過臭豆腐非常好吃。刈包不好吃。 小姑的兩半黃瓜特別好吃。in the afternoon I walk the local streets and found a nice stationery. I bought more pens there, needless to say. 晚上我和劉致意共吃晚餐。 I think this is the longest reunion I ever had with anyone- nearly 30 years!

11 April 2017

Day 2: It was raining in the morning, so I went for a haircut. The haircut was only $250 NT, and the barber did a great job. ($50 tip) she even digged your wax for the person ahead of me! Then I went to Ximending to try the beef noodle soup. It was delicious, except that there was not enough beef. I also bought 20 pens from the stationary. I rampaged thru Ximending and later at Taipei Main Station and donghu street for various treats- see pics. I also saw a doctor for my eyelid inflammation.

10 April 2017

Day 1: I slept only about 4 hrs from midnight, and played a tough chess game against Magnus age 9 and lost. I had a wonderful shaobing and yiutiau! The sesame flavor was great! Afterwards Mom and I met aunt Shiu Fong and went to my grandparents' grave to pay my respects. Then I ate at Jinfeng Braised Meat Rice near Chiang Kai Shek Memorial. It was heavenly. I slept for about 4hrs till evening, and had Oyster vermicelli. It was really good!

9 April 2017

I flew from Detroit to JFK to meet my parents, and together we took EVA airlines directly to Taiwan. I met my uncle, aunt, and cousin today. They treated us with authentic Taiwanese food. My fav is the cucumber dish!