We took the red-eye flight to Taipei, Taiwan and this is the awesome view that welcomed us minutes before the plane landed. Our family recently went to there to celebrate my parents' 30th anniversary. They chose Taiwan because it holds special memories for them, having spent their honeymoon there. After three decades together, they're back with grown-up children.
Beautiful architectural design of the Tao Yuan International Airport. Isn't it grand?
After catching up on sleep, we were off to a full day of sightseeing. We stayed at the YMCA hotel, which is quite near the Taipei Main Station and very convenient for tourists.
We had lunch at the Taipei Main Station foodcourt. In Taiwan foodcourts, people share tables. So don't be surprised if a stranger suddenly sits beside you.
How cute are my parents? They could very well come out in an ad, right?
We took the train to the zoo. You won't be mistaken because you get off at, you got it, Taipei Zoo station.
And here I am, posing by the signage with stone monkeys, wearing an animal print dress like an overgrown child because we were seeing animals. I wanted to be in theme, okaaay?
These monkeys were rowdy and entertaining. We were able to see the zookeeper bring out fruits and veggies for their feeding time.
Here are more monkeys. I mean, people.
Huge owl. I felt intimidated when he started staring me down with those glassy black eyes.
This Sun bear looked a bit annoyed by the tourist papparazzi.
Mutant insect! Ruuuun...
I know it's cliche already, but I never get tired of taking photos of butterflies. They're so beautiful!
This is a Malayan Tapir. Doesn't his trumpet-y ears remind you of Shrek? :D
We can't leave the zoo until we see the elephants! This big guy was swinging his trunk and tail back and forth and I imagined him listening to music only he could hear.
Ladies and gentlemen, in a never-before-seen photo, here is the rarest of the endangered pandas! Haha!
Animal Print Dress: H and M
Neon Yellow Jelly Belt: Greenhills
Off-white Sneakers: Hush Puppies
Hope you enjoyed the first part of my Taiwan trip. More photos to come soon. :)