I apologise for the all the late postings. It seems like I don’t like writing whenever I don’t have the mood nor time.
This is the last installment of my chronicles in Taiwan. Sunday, being Dies Dominca, is the day we worship. Thanks to the girls from the Duns Scotus Center, I managed to get the Mass timing and location of some Catholic churches. I actually attempted to find one on Friday night. Unfortunately the doors of the nearest church were closed and there was no bulletin of any sort. The priest house seemed to be empty as well. Nonetheless on Sunday morning I took the public bus to Church of the Holy Family. This parish is located in Da-An (大安區).
I was expecting to hear the Hokkien Mass but then it turned out to be the Mandarin Mass instead. I had little problem with following the liturgy. The Mandarin hymnals in Singapore are all imported from Taiwan. They don’t practise tongue communion though; I was denied it.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
St Theresa of Avila
There was stained glass all over the church. This one depicts the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.
The next place I went to was the Cathedral.
Modern architecture, obviously.
Mother and child
Our Lady’s altar
Thus concluding the church visiting for the morning. I made my way back to Ximen for some last minute shopping as well as for lunch.
The Cathedral is closest to Shuanglian Station. I took a long walk in the underground street that connects it to Zhongshan Station and subsequently Taipei City Station. This street is known as Zhongshan Metro Shopping Mall. It is home to many bookshops.
There is an open space straight ahead where there are youths practicing Hip Hop dances.
The Rapid Transit Administration building is also located here.
I finally made my way to Taipei City Station where I changed trains towards Ximen. My room mate Jing Wei informed me the night before of the existence of a maid cafe there. It took me quite a while to find it but fortunately I made it in time for lunch.
This place called Moe Moe Centre sells manga, anime and other related goods. The main attraction is of course the Maid Cafe. I regret to inform you that I was not able to take any pictures as it was expressively forbidden by the management. Maybe next time.
In any case the experience was quite weird. The waitress was dressed in a French Maid’s costume and when welcoming you into the restaurant, would curtsey and say ‘お归りなさいませ、ご主人样’.
‘Welcome back Master.’ Oh dear, how embarrassing. The waitresses are quite pretty though. Food is decent, though you have to get the salad, soup and bread ala buffet style. They also refill your water regularly asking ‘主人要加水吗?’ When you wish to place the order for the main course she will ask ‘主人要点菜吗?’ I wasn’t really used to it. Still, I will pay a visit there again if I ever go back to Taipei.
All good things must come to an end. I made my way back to the hotel to catch the bus to the hotel.
Gundam on display at the airport duty free shop.
Home sweet home. On display are spoils from Taiwan.
Ah! I miss Taiwan! When can i go back? =(