Nate and I took a short flight over to Taipei so we could watch the Pingxi Lantern Festival, one of the top 14 festivals in the world according to Fodor's Travel. We arrived on a Friday night, checked into our hotel, and then set out in search of one of Taipei's many night markets.
We began this Christmas season with brunch wtih some friends at the officers club on Kadena, where low and behold, Santa decided to visit! #santa! #iknowhim! Of course we had to take a pic with him while we were there #stepasidechildren #santalooksalittletoohappy After unlimited mimosas, and some day drinking festivities, we thought karaoke sounded like a great idea. #naturally For those who have never experienced karaoke at an Asian business or country - please do yourself a favor and go now. You get a private room (#nooneneedstohearmyhorriblevoice #exceptfriendsandfamily #andmaybepeopleinnearbyrooms...), with a phone that you can pick up and order food and drinks, which they then come deliver to you! #perfect Most places around Okinawa are either a BYOB and cheap price for the room per hour, or you pay a set price for 2 hours per person but it includes an all you can drink, drink menu. We had a blast singing the night away with our friends Charlie and Katie
On our way to Bali, we had a 23 hour layover in Taipei, so we thought: Sweet! Two countries for the price of one :) We took this opportunity to explore this island near where we live, even though their timezone is 1 hour behind ours - giving us an extra hour to explore. (FYI - Okinawa is a quick 1.5 hour flight from Taipei (Tokyo is 2.5 hrs flight from us)). When my dad had visited us in March, he kept saying that Taiwan had a very similar landscape, vegetation, and buildings, similar to Okinawa. (Think rolling green hills with tropical vegetation and cement buildings to combat the typhoons). I would say his assessment was pretty spot on.
Our flight arrived around 10:30am, so we hopped in a taxi and headed to our hotel to drop our bags off. Luckily, our $40 per night hotel was across the street from a metro stop, making it easy for us to get around the city.
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!