余(魚)眼看臺灣 2014 - 第二部曲 - 台北
Taiwan in Fisheye 2014 - Part II - Taipei City
這是我們第一次寫旅遊文章，而且還是中文和英文都有喔！全部照片都是以Canon 7D + Rokina 8mm Fisheye lens所拍攝的。之所以為叫作＂余＂眼是因為我們的Cedric大哥姓余，也是他第一次來台灣觀光，所以 Cedric 用魚眼鏡頭拍下余眼看見的台灣！
For our friends and family in Taiwan and Vancouver, this will be our first post written in both Chinese and English from different perspectives. The mandarin title includes a play on the word "fisheye"; Cedric's last name is "Yu", which sounds like the Mandarin word for Fish (pronounced "yu"). It is Cedric's first time in Taiwan so we thought it's an appropriate title. All shot on Canon 7D + Rokina 8mm Fisheye cine-lens. Enjoy!
*ps* some of these group shots are shot on the Canon 24mm f/1.4
Cedric arrived in Taipei at dawn, and that very evening, Ruby brought him to a dinner with her friends who live there.
這是 台北101。曾經是在2004~2010之中世界最高的大樓，是個設計很特別的地標。過去的幾年內，很多大型活動都在這邊舉行，其中包含了世界級的跨年煙火。很可惜，來台北 101 這天天氣不好，天濛濛地看不清楚。
Taipei 101, once the world's tallest building, still stands a giant; towering several times over every other building near it. The mall is huge and spacious. We didn't get to go up to to the observatory, partly due to the weather. Would definitely like to go up there on the next visit.
這兩個俊男美女是 Ruby 的小學同學，一位是醫生，另一位是畫畫老師。 過了這麼多年還能連絡見面真的是很令人感動的。我們去了子芳同學介紹的永康街上一家餐廳名為＂嗤飯＂。很好吃的台菜！
Another dinner with Ruby's friends! The gentleman pictured below is a doctor, while the lady an art teacher. We had some awesome Taiwanese cuisine. Cedric can be finicky with his food though, avoiding innards and "unusual body parts" whenever he can.
這幾個女生是 Ruby 的好朋友們，難得有機會能同時在台灣碰面逛街吃飯。（圖下）
Cedric never got to meet these good girl-friends of Ruby's (below) as this happened before his arrival.
來台灣當然要帶 Cedric 去一趟有名的＂士林夜市＂（下圖）
To the famous Shilin Night Market! Cedric felt that it reminded him a lot of Bugis Street in Singapore. Taiwan's shaved ice ("ice kachang" to Singaporeans) is blended with milk (evaporated probably). We had to have it despite it's winter in Taipei.
Ruby在溫哥華的一位朋友 Wei 正好來台北觀光三天，難得有機會在溫哥華以外的地方聚會。我們又跑到永康街這邊來吃飯，那晚吃了好吃的台南小吃。
Met up with another friend of Ruby's, who was also visiting from Vancouver en-route to many other countries. One of the few successful group photos with the fisheye lens.
Taipei MRT; much like Singapore's MRT, but with more intersecting lines. Very busy places. It must be very interesting to see the blueprint or map of subterranean Taipei (or any other city).
To Maokong via MRT and Gondola! The first gondola station starts at the zoo, which Cedric also hopes to visit someday. The MRT line towards the zoo fascinated Cedric with its amazing views. Some of the scenery seemed like a blend of Brazil and Japan- dense, asian/utilitarian-looking architecture on tropical hills and forests. The cemeteries of Taiwan also looked very cool, pictures on next visit (if possible).
We picked the crystal cabin for our gondola ride up Maokong, which had a see-through bottom. It wasn't as scary as we thought, as the cabins were never too high up above the canopy of the forests.
It was a real windy ride, which swung the cabin wildly at times, adding to the thrill.
There were a lot of charming cafes and restaurants up on Maokong. Cedric loved the little pools of light along the streets.
We visited Ruby's relatives for lunch! We had what Singaporeans would call Poh-Piah, and to the western world- the wrap.
終於有機會帶 Cedric 來到很有名的西們盯，晚上來比較漂亮，很適合拍照。
Ximending, where all the young and hip (probably not the hipsters though) congregate/shop at.
Elementary School Reunions! Cedric misses those, but was happy to be a part of this gathering!
What used to be the Songshan Cigarette Factory is now a museum for art shows and exhibitions. The tall building nearby houses an Eslite Bookstore + Hotel. Eslite is more more like an artsy department store than just a bookstore. You can find a lot of cool gadgets, souvenirs, and locally made or designed products. In this particular outlet, you can learn handicrafts such as glassmaking, textiles, and even a modern bonsai-ish plant growing method.
Many Taiwanese didn't know that the Eslite Bookstore in Taiwan is the only bookstore that opens 24 hours in the whole wide world.
Taipei is a huge city with plenty to see and photograph. Definitely worth visiting often just to wander around to sight-see, or patronize its many local stores and get to know its people.
Ruby's cousin and aunt, we had fun playing cards and taught them how to play Ninja like pros.
最後來一張我們這些美麗的魚眼照片幕後的攝影師 － 余／魚先生！
The man behind the camera for most of the photos - Mr. Yu/Fish!