Super excited!! I finally have a flight to Taipei! It’s been last December 2015 since I last went! And also I’m going to see my dad again. When my dad came to Dubai he went straight to Taipei for a 10-day vacation and I am to meet him there and take him back on my flight to Dubai where he then will continue on to Zürich.
So I arrived at the hotel at 18:30. The plan was to meet in the lobby at 19:30. My dad is staying in Tian Mu where we used to live. But it’s only about a 20-minute ride with The Taipei Metro MRT. As usual, he is always on time! Even 5 minutes earlier! So we take the MRT and head towards Ximen. Even though Shilin is the bigger and more popular Night Market the Ximending Night Market is the closest to the hotel.
So for dinner tonight STREET FOOD!! the best! First, I found, was Cong You Bing with Egg (A scallion pancake is a Chinese savory, unleavened flatbread folded with oil and minced scallions. Unlike Western pancakes, it is made from dough instead of batter.) And they put sweet Soya Sauce! YUM! Second on the street food menu! Chicken popcorn with onions and garlic. I’m going to regret this garlic later tonight. My dad first wanted to go eat at a restaurant but I just wanted street food so he always ate some things that I got and he really enjoyed the food too. And of course, I had to get my all time favorite Tapioca Milk Tea! We looked around the shops and did some shopping. I bought 3 pairs of shoes! I love shoes in Taiwan! They are so cheap and so comfortable! It was getting late already and we did a lot of walking around the night market and I was feeling tired after an 8-hour flight. So my dad went back to his hotel in Tian-mu and I went back to min 2 stops away. I had a shower and got ready for bed. But it was one of that night where I just couldn’t fall asleep and I was also getting that garlic taste in my mouth and it was making me awfully thirsty.
Waking up at 9 am in the morning I felt like a hadn’t slept at all! My dad is arriving at the hotel at 9:30. We’ve decided to hike up Elephant Mountain. It’s funny that we’ve lived in Taiwan for so many years and didn’t know about this beautiful hike! It had a spectacular view and it was a very clear day! I really recommend anyone visiting Taiwan to take the time to hike up this trail its about 30 mins hike up and the view overlooks Taipei City and Taipei 101 all the way to the mountains in the back. It’s just breathtaking! After 100 pictures later we hiked back down and took the metro back to the hotel to get out of our hiking clothes. My dad brought his suitcase this morning as we will be joining me on the crew bus tonight to go to the Airport.
We took the MRT to Zhishan station.I really like riding the MRT its cheap, fast, clean and there is a beautiful view of Taiwan! We had to sort out some bank stuff which ended up taking 2.5 hours. So we finished around 16:30 I wanted to get a haircut because they do a really nice treatment but since we were running out of time I decided to just get my hair done in Dubai. We had a little coffee break at Wendels and then walked up to the Tian Mu intersection. I went to get my favorite Bao Zi Pork Buns from where I always used to get it! I was still hungry so I got a plate of rice, vegetables and pork chop! YUMMY! I miss the food in Taiwan so much! Everything just tastes so good! You don’t need to go to nice restaurants all the good foods are the local street foods!! It was getting a late, wake-up call is at 8 pm and it was already 6 pm so we took the MRT back to the hotel. We got back at 6:45 so I could take a shower and lay down a bit before the flight. But I didn’t really sleep. I was still so hyped about Taipei I couldn’t just go to sleep.
The flight back to Dubai was 9 hours and 10 minutes. It was a really easy flight only half full and my dad really enjoyed his VIP Service! We got to have crew seat rest for 1 hour 50 minutes which really helped because I felt like I hadn’t slept since I left Dubai. I’m glad my dad got a chance to fly with me while I was on duty so now all my family members were able to experience a VIP Service with me! We landed early into Dubai which I was very Thankful for I could not wait to get into my comfy bed for a long sleep. My dad, on the other hand, had to wait an hour longer so that means 4 hours until the 8 am boarding for Zürich. But he always finds a way to occupy himself with all the newspapers!
Thank you, Papi, for the great layover in Taiwan! I really miss it so much I can’t wait until I can go back for holidays!
Here’s a pic of my new haircut!!
Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoy it. Sorry if I rushed through it but I actually have to go for my turnaround flight to Tehran now!