Mission: Conquer Shilin

Wow...this week has been crazy at work and had to finish 400 slides worth of Training Deck. Now it is 90% complete I can now update my blog. :D.

Last weekend, since it was our last here in Taipei I wanted to make the most of it- SHOPPING of course was I had in mind. I was thinking this would be my last chance to go to Night Market and revisit spaces that I haven't been to. My first Mission: Conquer Shilin. The first time I have been there, I feel that I wasn't able to explore much of it, thus the need to go back.

My Shilin adventure would be slightly different since I will be going there alone. Everyone had different agenda for the weekend and this was mine. Honestly I was freaking out a little since it will be a rare opportunity that I will be be venturing to foreign place where most speak little English...but behold, I found my way and maybe every shopping destination may be home to someone like me- Shopaholic Monster.
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Mission: Conquer Shilin. I will be taking the MRT but will be going down Jiantan Station which was one station away from where we originally went down during our 1st visit.
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Brought my Tourist map with me just in case
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What I wore to the market. Something really comfortable- Tank Top and Denim Shorts . Ready for that humid day.
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Ximending in daylight.
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Z, we are going to ride same MRT but will go seperate ways in Taipei Main Station
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I was taking shots of signs like crazy. Specially with English- Chinese Translation. Just in case I get lost, I can show it to the cab driver and find my way home. ;) ...Started with Ximen Station.
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Went down Taipei Main Station and will take the red line MRT and go to Shilin
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While riding MRT, took shots of some places along the way.
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I think this is a water pipe with "San Francisco-like-cables"
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Right beside the water pipe bridge is this Temple like 5-star hotel. This building can be seen from miles...from our office terrace were we usually have our cigarette break.
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I am not really sure what is this structure...whether it is residential or commercial building.Looks lovely though...
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Yehey, I have arrived. As per my "study" with Taipei's MRT Map, it will be more convenient going down Jiantan Station...which I did.
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Again...taking landmark photos for that "just-in-case-moments..."
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Truly Jiantian Station is only 5 minutes away from Shilin. Initially I said to myself, "Crap...how I will go to Shilin with Chinese signs." Good things there were English "subtitle" hehe. I arrived safely at Shilin, sweating a bit since it was freaking humid.
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It was a Saturday afternoon, most vendors are getting ready...even occupying the middle aisle for pedestrian. I am feeling "at home" all ready.
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I think I arrived in Shilin around 4pm and I was enjoying myself so much that I didn't notice the time. It was getting darker. This was the first time I've been to this part of the market...mostly food stalls are here.
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This was such a surprise...in the middle of the crazy market lie a Buddhist temple
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I have to take a shot. In my month long stay here in Taipei, I think I have only seen 2 temples and this was the 2nd
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I remembered, I was so thirsty and I can't find a 7-11, so I tried my luck to buy traditional milk tea and I was asking how much...but she couldn't understand me. Went a little thirsty till I found Family Mart...another version of their 7-11.
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Cute store and looks delicious.
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I swear...I was able to check every nook and spot of Shilin and I decided it was about time to go home. That was around 8pm. I took this shot near Jiantan Station and look at the density of the crowd.
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Another shot of the intersection from Jiantan to Shilin
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..waiting for my train ride
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Yehey...I found my way back home in one piece. Ximen Station. It was a really really tiring but very fulfilling shopping day.
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Some of the things I purchased. A Navy-inspired brooch and a Black Cone Ring
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Carrot Pants
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Rocker Tank Top
To conclude my post...Shilin really didn't live up to its reputation. In reviews, they are saying that this is the best Shopping Destination...however after looking around I found that the Market is small compared to Ximending. I wasn't able to find underground stores (which normally sells hard-to-find-goods). I enjoyed Shilin however wishing it will be bigger and better the next time I come here. (Sorry...nag feeling ako na Shopping Destination Critic. Hehe) :D

Next post, my supposedly "Last Shopping Day in Ximeding." Which, I doubt will be my last...since the other night I just bought an extra luggage around 27 inches- to fit most of the things that i bought.

Someone please stop the Shopaholic Monster. :D

Will post as soon as I can.



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