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I went to this small town Shimen by car this afternoon. You can find on the map here, it's the most northern town in Taipei. I found ...
We boarded the 747 at 1205A local time already well into Saturday morning for my body clock. Able to pre-board and settle into my aisle seat. Even though it was coach the seat was very comfortable. Two four hour naps, two movies, two meals and about 100 pages we arrived to Taipei airport. The airport is clean and shows signs of the Christmas spirit in both English and mandarin. Was able to get my cappuccino at illy before the final five hour leg to Kuala ...
... Shuttle bus also takes seniors for grocery store shopping.
We heard some people from overseas actually prefer staying there for short term, like one-month, during their visit to Taiwan. It's cheaper than hotel, and there's shuttle taking you to Taipei City every day. Just need to be 60 years old!
Curtis said that he wishes there's such place for middle age people. It's like a Club Meb for Seniors!!!
Climbing Jade Mountain has been a goal of mine since March of this year. The first time I went to climb it...my friend Jimmie and I were thwarted by mother nature. Landslides had blocked the road to the mountain and we ended up sleeping in some random dude's house in the middle of the mountain until the next day...when we were able to hitch a ride in the back of some guy's flatbed truck. It was an adventure for sure...but we left disappointed. I left there that day ...
So after that I explored the inside of the memorial hall. To be honest, I did not expect to spend 2 hours in there, especially since I'm not that good at reading the chinese and I don't know much about Chiang Kai Shek. But there were some nice exhibitions going on inside, such as the Darwin exhibition, and one that I thought was very innovative - people who painted pictures but then used real flowers as part of the picture to form ...