Tuesday in Taipei

November 3rd, 2009. Categories / Taiwan

On Tuesday morning, I ate breakfast in the lobby and went out for a quick three hour walk. I didn’t know where to go, so I headed in the direction of the Taipei Tower. Reaching it, I decided not to try going to the top. Instead, I wandered through the neighborhoods north of Xinyi Road. I got a little turned around on all the non perpendicular streets and ended up walking pretty far away from the hotel. Despite my keen navigation sense, I keep getting lost on the last leg of the walks. I made it back to the hotel with just enough time to shower before heading out to the production company office for the rest of the day.
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Shadowy entrance to a parking garage.
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BW view of scooters on the sidewalk.
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Under construction or abandonment.
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Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mermorial Hall.
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Meditating in yellow.
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Two incredibly old people in wheelchairs getting pushed around the park. One of them kept making a low, rumbling grunt in response to his caretaker’s stories.
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The arching roof.
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Dr. Sun, I presume.
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Stoic guard.
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The changing of the guard.
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The view outside the door of the memorial hall.
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Vending machine.
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Iron fence.
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Old woman in wheel chair.
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Onions outside a restaurant.
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A man stands in his rice and grain store.
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Scooterists at an intersection.
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Food & beverage. Food & beverage. Food & beverage.
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An old exhibit at the convention center is sent to the landfill.
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The mind boggling ugly architecture of the convention center.
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Confused construction worker stairs at me on Xinyi Road near Taipei Tower.
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An unusually located public garden on the main street near the convention center and tower.
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A bumper crop of boots on a stick.
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Stray dog in Korean Mission parking area.
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Gas canisters.
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Pig feet and pig meat greet me on the street.
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Seen through an alley fence.
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The entrance to a street market.
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The market.
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Golden eggs.
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One vendor’s sad selection.
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Old women picks some cuts.
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Sweet potatoes.
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Our two hearts beat as one. These captain beef hearts were hung at dog-accessible level.
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Fried noodles and rice.
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Water roots and a scale.
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Jumbo cucumber with markings.
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Live Pasta. It’s Live!
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Junk.
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Marinating meat.
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An oddly park patrol car at a small police station.
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Junk collector’s vehicle.
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The driver’s seat.
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Alley garden behind apartments near the production company.
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Colorful bike.
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Jungle tree.
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Tiled garage.
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Man collecting plastic for recycling.
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A park full of tai chi on a windy afternoon.
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A colorful view.
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Street side discussions.
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A ceremonial furnace on the sidewalk.
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Chicken hearts on a stick at dinner.
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Prawns.
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Grass jelly!
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The frog logo of a chain store that only served crushed ice desserts.
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I ordered a big bowl of crushed ice with grass jelly and sweetened condensed milk. Very good.

I’m glad I’ve had some time to explore Taipei on this work trip. It has been a long time coming, but on Wednesday we actually get to start shooting. From there, my adventures will be solely professional.

6 Comments


J:

I can’t decide if I think this batch of photos is the best you’ve done in a long time, or if I am more impressed with what you see when I don’t see it myself. So what I’m saying is that you’re amazing.

Now come home because I miss you.
J

Gag! That convention looks like something out of Q*bert! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q*bert

The sharpness and DOF isolation on the hearts photo is wonderful —

jon:

that convention center also looks like marble madness.
http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/Emulators/images/arcade/Marble_Madness.gif

Nik:

Haha, I agree Jon. That game pissed me off so much.

that 2 hearts photo would make and AWESOME valentines day card.

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