[Left photo shows the CHIANG KAI SHEK Memorial Hall which is built within the CHIANG KAI SHEK Memorial Center and which is more popularly known as the TAIWAN DEMOCRACY SQUARE or simply LIBERTY SQUARE. At right photo is a familiar sight at Taipei’s typical night markets which preferably are located at the most popular SHILIN Night Market. Together with us in our TAIWAN escapade are my daughters’ BFs; Vimi Rivera, who is Shayna’s beau and Jayjay San Juan, that of Cheska. Cheska is still actually preparing a video which I intend to attach to this BLOG too. You may just click the LINK below to view the TAIWAN 2016 VIDEO. I wish to thank JEFF LIN who served as our tour guide, as he made our TAIWAN Trip truly amazing and so enjoyable.]
I never ever thought that She could offer MUCH,
I thought an island country is not that SUCH;
But now it’s good I’ve gone to TAIWAN,
I would dare even say, She’s NUMBER ONE!*
In an hour or two you could see it THROUGH,
The EASTERN Sea **; the hot springs at BEITOU;
‘Tis the northernmost tip of the isle of FORMOSA,
That’s the former name of this island FANTASIA!
At the YEH LIOU Geopark, that’s a northernmost PART,
We danced/jumped on that BIG eroded ROCK;
And the billowing waves of the EASTERN SEA,
It was so exciting to gaze and to SEE!
The sea-salt aerosol from those billowing WAVES,
Seemed as though detergent with much cleansing RAVES;
And by inhaling them into one’s inner bronchial SAC,
It surely would make one’s lungs healthy with LUCK!
And the hot springs as BEITOU near the YANGMINSHAN PARK,
It surely could scare you off, like a gnome in the DARK;
Those tiny tinge of sulfur fumes, they’re not so harmful, in FACT—
Warm water at the public bath could soothe an aching BACK.
At the sleepy rustic SHIFEN DISTRICT,
SKY LANTERNS abound just like in an EPIC;
With lots of ebony writings AROUND,
They’re hoisted and launched with giggling and gleeful SOUND!
At the CHIANG KAI SHEK Memorial CENTER ***,
It’s an amazing park that could perhaps even BETTER…
The TIANANMEN Square of CHINA in BEIJING?
–For strolling through it, you’d feel like a KING!
The CENTER houses THREE huge EDIFICE…
The one at the middle possesses the biggest ORIFICE;
Perhaps because it houses the MEMORIAL —
Of TAIWAN’s greatest hero ****, as written in the ANNAL.
At one side is the huge NATIONAL Theater HALL,
On the other is the exquisite NATIONAL CONCERT HALL;
These THREE combined sort of document the DEPICTION,
Of CULTURE, GOVERNANCE and of MUSICAL RENDITION!
Our brief stay in TERRIFIC TAIPEH,
‘Twas enjoyable indeed as though in a MOVIE;
And our LUNCH at the MODERN TOILET RESTO,
It came as though COMICALLY LOCO!
The strolling at the SHILIN Night MARKET,
As well as the shrimp-fishing with tiny rods on SET;
Made us yelled and laughed and SHOUTED—
That’s why we got famished, even though we always FEASTED!
It was eating, munching and GULPING!
As though our stomachs have been set for ENLARGING—
And every bite, every munch, every gulp and every SWALLOW,
Was like a pleasing act of ingesting MARSHMALLOW.
At the XEMINDING Shopping AREA,
There’s a long line, a queue like an ARIA;
It’s the AY CHUNG RICE NOODLE Food HOUSE,
If you’d wolf their noodles; you leave none for the MOUSE.
Just like at the DIN TAI FUNG RESTO,
Guests-diners would even wait till its past TWO—
Their XIAO LONG BAO is so really YUMMY,
You’ll eat more, till you’ve had a distended TUMMY!
We’re grateful for JEFF LIN, that’s our GUIDE!
He’s so FUNNY and tells stories on the RIDE;
Even though while he’s driving and CRUISING—
His mouth won’t stop in all those COMMENTING!
At the TAIPEI 101-S Hotel along CHENG DU,
We’ll surely miss their luscious food especially the TOFU—
And the lady staff who’s nick-named SEVEN,
Gave us all the directions even going to 7-11!
But the most laughable moment of ALL,
Was when I scooped lots of abalone from the CASSEROLE;
And when my stomach started its CRAZY RUMBLING—
My son Ton heard the long farting sound at the W.C.’s ***** door-a-SWINGING!
This experience that we’ve gone through till day FOUR,
Is a memorable chore, that we will always ADORE;
And all those meandering and playful GALLIVANTING—
We’ll surely never forget,’cause TAIWAN’s TANTALIZING!!!!
[*-Price-wise, I would say Taiwan is the best tourist destination nowadays in ASIA. And the street-food carts at the SHILIN Night Market were so truly enticing.]
[**-EASTERN Sea is the strait which separates Taiwan from Okinawa, Japan. It is similarly known as the FORMOSA Strait or the EASTERN CHINA SEA.]
[*** – The CHIANG KAI SHEK Memorial Center is more popularly known as the TAIWAN DEMOCRACY SQUARE or simply, LIBERTY SQUARE.]
[**** – TAIWAN’s greatest hero is of course, General Chiang Kai Shek.]
[*****- W.C. is actually Taipei’s customary appellation for the TOILET, it is actually an acronym for WATER CLOSET.]
[You may just click the LINK below to view the TAIWAN 2016 VIDEO.]