Saturday, December 30, 2006

Last Day in Taipei

The Hectic Taipei Tour:

We first visited Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

8:30 in the morning, everyone was still sleepy. (It's the day following the wedding reception)

It was actually a nice day,

...and quite windy.

The next stop was Longshan Temple.

At this time, there were already a lot of visitors.

There are many different things to see in this place.

Then we went to The National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine.

Jeff also guards in front of the soldier.

The buildings on this compound are beautifullyl crafted.

And it's a very sacred place.

The changing of the guards occurs every hour.

... and is quite an elaborate process, worth to see it!

We moved to Tamsui area, and had lunch there.

It's always a popular area.

The final place we visited was Fort Santo Domingo

It's a nice area to walk around.

There was a small museum section inside the building.

Our last Taiwanese dinner was at Din Tai Fung.

We all enjoyed their famous Xiaolongbao (small steamed dumplings)!

Even though we need to wake up early in the morning to catch the flight, Fiona went out with her friends for the last fun before leaving Taiwan.

So the rest of us (Fiona's parents, Paynes, Jeff & Shanon, and Taddy) had a drink together at home.

:::Good Bye Taiwan:::

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Longest Day in Taipei

Episode III:
The Wedding Banquet

•1st entering•

•2nd entering•

Let's drink!

The basket and other decorations were actually created by aunt Mei-Hui.

After the banquet, some folks came to our room to have another drink.

Jeff doesn't speak Japanese, and Mutsumi, Yu, and Kenichiro don't speak much English either.
However, they somehow could communicate and had a great time together. That was amazing.

Let's toast...again!

Analyzing his tattoo.

:::Thanks for watching:::

The Longest Day in Taipei

Episode II:
Serving Tea to the Groom's Family

Our suite in Sheraton Taipei Hotel.

Caitlyn and Jesse were holding Fiona's dress to the room.

Taking pictures with Kenichiro's family.

The Paynes, Popo, Samantha, and Yun-Te.

Until Taddy's parents show up, we were just chilling.

Fiona's best friend, Chi-Ching was beside her all the time.

It's time to lift the vail.

And we are ready to serve the tea.

Taddy's parents and Fiona's grandma.
Grandma can speak Japanese so she was with them all time.

...and the bride receives red envelopes with money inside from them.

With Taddy's parents and the Fouquets.

Fiona is now relaxing.

Ok kids, it's snack time!!
On the table were bubble tea, McDonald's, and meat buns.

They were actually starving, so they ate like crazy.

Adults were hungry too, especially Taddy's mates. Taddy didn't even let them eat lunch.
It's too bad that they ate too much finger food before the banquet...

Soma was kissing Rin and Rio.

Again, just hanging out until the reception time.

Almost time for us to get ready for the banquet.

Going to the banquet hall!

(To be continued...)

©Most of Photos by Jeff & Shanon