A bitter-sweet adventure to Taipei (more sweet then bitter though)

Phew!! Just came back from Taipei at a landing time of 22:45 (GMT+8), on the 19th May, 2008. I left on the 17th of May, 2008, catching an afternoon flight bound for Taipei (台北)。But way before that, I told a very good friend of mine from Taipei about my impeding arrival. We had known each other while I was on a job posting a few years back (not too long ago anyway). James is an amazing fellow, full of knowledge and crappy jokes, but I love the hanging outs, chit-chatting all the while, exchanging culture, ideas and interesting things with each other. Now the circle of friends have just broadened! I introduced to him another 2 of my lovely friends and we all have fun hanging out the last 2 days around the popular spots, together with James’s buddy, Jerry! (Thinking back now, if they opened a store together selling any particular self-branded products or now, they can name their store JJ’s or J&J’s!! 好主意对吧 Sunshine? *wink*)
It was really very very sweet of James to even go pick us up at the airport! He went all the way to borrow his company’s vehicle to take us around, and for that, I am really really touched and grateful to him! Love you for that, Sunshine! Wink
We all went to Shilin night-life market for dinner, and I swear I was totally overloaded with food! Then James suggested we go for a little "skinny" dipping at the spa, and that’s where he introduced Jerry to us! It was a first experience for me at a public Spa facility, and it was unforgetful! (in Chinese that would be either to 泡温泉 或是/or 泡汤, from what I understood it to be). We also went to Yangmin Mountain (if I spelled that correctly; if any of you is reading this, correct me where necessary) That is where I had the bitterness of lossing my camera (it is a lovely Sony T-20), and I mourn more for the lose of the fond memories rather than the lose of the camera! If anyone ever picked it, would be really nice to return me the photographs! You may keep the camera if you want to. That last night spent with James was back to DanShui old streets, where we eat again, and simply stroll in the beautiful night scenery! It has been so tiring for James, I really felt very bad, and I urged him to come with his friends to Singapore so that I can return the same hospitality bestowed on me by them! 健翔!你和你朋友们或是家人都好,一定要来新加坡玩哦!!你答应过的!!
The last day was spent with Amanda’s family friend and his wife for a trip to Yilan fir a nice beautiful coastal tour and a taste of Fresh Seafood! Another "Paiseh" situation where they paid for the meal! but it’s also really sweet and generous of them to bring us around, and astound us with the wonderful history! I also wish they would come Singapore to play too! 你们也一定要来新加坡玩哦!要来哦!!
Finally, it all boils down to the priceless experiences and friendships shared, that will be etched in my heart and mind, for light years to come.
I am sorry to say to my readers, that I was unable to upload any pictures from this trip, or any recent months images pior to the sudden Death of my dear camera. But I will try my very best to make up for it! and hopefully by next week, I will have it updated. I hope James will be so kind to send me what pictures he took from the trip with us so I can least put up some to share!
Well, my bed is calling to me! Till another time, readers!

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