By the third day, we were already completely petered out from all the walking we’ve been doing. When we got out of bed, it felt like our aching bones would give way any minute. These are seasoned shopaholics you’re talking about (in case you thought we were weak).
But of course, that didn’t deter us.
Right after breakfast, we combed the streets of Ximending to check out the shops which were closed when we went on the first night. I got myself a few more pairs of flats, Taiwanese magazines that came with tote bags and cosmetics, more facial masks and other beauty stuff. I ended up with so many shopping bags I had to get a big karang guni bag to stash everything.
Dumped our shopping at the hotel and went in search of lunch. We ended up at this eatery near our hotel where we had one of the most delicious beef noodles ever! The meat was so tender and the broth was rich and flavourful. Will definitely make a trip back if I visit Taipei again.
With round one of shopping completed, we made our way to Wufenpu (an area best known for its wholesale garment market) for round two.
It was quite a disappointing trip though. We covered every turn and every alleyway but ended up with only a few items each. Could be because it was supposed to be the winter season, there weren’t much stuff that were really suitable for wearing back home. It could also be the quirky Taiwanese fashion that weren’t to our tastes.
Thankfully, the weather was a comfortable 18°C — perfect to be outdoors and walking, so we were just happy to be popping in and out of shops.
We had earlier split into small groups to make it easier to shop. When we reconvened at a mini park nearby, it was late afternoon. And we were on the brink of DYING of fatigue.
Despite the blistered feet and aching calves, we decided to check out the nightlife in Taipei. We were that determined to make the most of our short stay.
Three of us were picked up by really aggressive local guys even though we had guys with us, it was crazy. We had a lot of fun and danced for four hours straight!
I went to bed that night with six huge Salonpas plasters slapped all over my lower back and calves.