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{travel} shieh sibs in taiwan: myst and tainan

March 4, 2017

When we were planning our Asia trip, my siblings and I definitely talked about going out to bars and whatnot since the legal age is 18. But I did have reservations about going clubbing with my brothers. I mean, Steph and I are almost a decade older than Clay and Neil… and I wasn’t sure I wanted to see what the “young kids” do at clubs these days. Well, I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to see my brothers grinding on girls. But it doesn’t matter what the age difference is right? No one wants to see their siblings get freaky..

However, since we wanted to check out of the most popular clubs in Taiwan, we decided, “Screw it, it can’t be that bad!”

Before we went back to our Airbnb to get ready and pregame, we stopped by a supermarket to buy some snacks to bring back to the states. Even the supermarkets in Taiwan are so much better than the ones we have here! T__T We found Kavalan, so we had to bring two bottles home!

The four of us were planning to take a half day trip to Yilan to visit the distillery, but we ended up not going because we didn’t want to waste hours sitting on a bus. Next time!

Dara, who moved back to Taiwan a few months ago, came over and we started pregaming! Luckily, after dinner with Phil’s dad, he gave us each a gift bag that included a few items. But the most important item was a bottle of 高粱酒 or Kaoliang that was made and labeled in celebration of Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing Wen. Kaoliang is a strong (like 40-70% ABV) distilled liquor made from fermented sorghum. That stuff burns so bad! But Dara, always a boss, was downing these shots like no big deal… and with no chaser.

Off to Myst!

We were able to meet up with friends we made in Taiwan last year! 🙂 And also, since it was ladies night, Steph, Dara, and I continuously went to the bars (we switched it up so they didn’t think we were passing off our drinks) to grab drinks for an hour. 😀

We tried to play matchmaker so Dara could marry into my family, LOL!

Halfway through the night, they stopped the music and turned on all the lights because the cops were here! We were a bit confused cause they checked everyone’s IDs at the entrance and this never happens in the states. Tons of cops just went around checking people’s IDs, and after 20 minutes, the lights were off again and the music was playing. Clay’s friend of a friend ended up being one of the DJs that night. So awesome! We partied until 3am (they close at 4am) and headed home. Who knew I still had it in me to party that hard… and with my siblings? Hah!

The next morning, we were off to Southern Taiwan! We were originally going to visit both Tainan and Taichung, but we ended up only having time to visit Tainan. We took the high speed rail and got to Tainan in about 2 hours. The oldest city in Taiwan, Tainan used to be the capital of Taipei and has lots of culture compared to the city life of Taipei. Tainan and most of the Southern cities of Taiwan are very pro-independence and don’t associate themselves as a part of China for the last century or so. I was a little nervous about checking out Tainan because I heard the people there mainly spoke Taiwanese… and the only Taiwanese my siblings and I know are how to say, “I’m full” and “Let’s eat.”

Unlike Taipei, they don’t have a MRT station so it wasn’t convenient getting around. We ended up walking everywhere which took forever! Our first stop was Chou’s Shrimp Rolls. Apparently, this restaurant (it seemed more like a fast food joint) is where everyone takes visitors. It was just okay. :X

Since it was pretty hot, we all grabbed a cup of boba for our trek to the next food stop!

We got to Yang Ping Street, which is their popular street market. They were selling lots of shrimp chips and the sorts because that’s what they’re famous for. After checking out a few stands, we went to look for Old Fort Oyster Omelet. This was the birthplace of oyster omelettes! I wouldn’t say it was my favorite, but I’m glad I got to try it!

Phil is the only person that is Snapchat friends with all four of us, so he thought it was funny seeing the same snap four times every time he checked. What can I say? Our iPhones always eat before us!

Since we had to be in Kaohsiung for a dinner with our family, we decided to call it a day and headed back to the high speed rail station. People say the food in Tainan is really good (even better than Taipei), but we didn’t really think so. Maybe I didn’t research enough or I don’t know the hole in the walls… Next time we visit Tainan, we’re definitely telling our family to bring us cause it’d be more convenient with a car, haha!

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2 Comments

  • Reply The Mew Life March 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Looks like a great time at the club. glad it wasn’t awkward with the siblings 😀

  • Reply Starr March 7, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Eyyy glad you’ve still got lots of party left in you, don’t forget to bring some to DC in 2 weeks! <3

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