Our second trip to Taiwan is more “luxurious” than the last time.
With a big enough party, renting a chauffeur with car is not too expensive.
Everyone gets to sit comfortably and there is no changing buses midway.
Aiden is enjoying his first time at a hotel.
We’re teaching him to give Auntie Monkichi a massage.
He loves to walk through this hallway and towards the elevator.
So free and so much fun!
I think Aiden will enjoy the trip the most out of all of us, even though he won’t remember it when he grows up.
The second day the chauffeur is going to take us around.
First stop: 野柳
Our chauffeur estimated 2 hours here.
Look at the layers of the stone.
Amy didn’t pay attention and stepped onto the stone.
That’s a big no no!
There are many “security guards” making sure people follow directions.
Aiden loved to sit here.
He kept wanting to go back.
Auntie Monkichi even smiled for the camera just for Aiden.
Aiden is having a wonderful time exploring.
He didn’t want to hold hands.
Grandpa and Grandma had an umbrella up to keep the raindrops away.
Good thing it was only raindrops here and there.
Grandma has a surprise gift for Aiden.
Not just one, but 6 cars.
Next stop: 九份
This stop is mainly for the snacks.
Guava juice – Aiden absolutely loved.
Next stop: 黃金博物館
Look at that big gold bar, there’s a scale to let you know how big you’d be if you were a gold bar.
Time to write our wishes on the 天燈
Pink stands for happiness – so Mommie wanted to especially write it for Aiden.
Grandpa helped with the others.
Blue stands for Money-related so Daddie wrote this one.
Amy has always wanted to do things such as this.
Each color is supposed to stand for different things, but I’ve already forgotten what they stand for.
That’s smart of them to help you take pictures.
He told us where to hold and when to turn it.
Amy was super scared the “lamp” would catch on fire while she’s holding it.
If you decide to go, make sure you don’t make the brush too wet.
Otherwise you will be waiting a while before the ink dries.
Nor do you have to worry about being wasteful or “non-green.”
They have people to pick up these fallen lamps and recycle them.
Wow look at the lamp behind us, words looks so nice.
Makes Amy’s writing look even more juvenile than it already is.
But she felt writing it herself shows more 誠意．
Time to let go!
Up, up and away.
Bring the prayers to the heavens.
Amy’s praying for it all to come true.
Who knew she was so much into praying.
Time for some rare family pictures.
Aiden didn’t want to part with his blankie.
Everyone says he’s like the character in Snoopy – Linus.
He’s becoming more and more reliant on it.
We’ll have to slowly reduce the addiction…after we return home.
Our Auntie Monkichi unwillingly took a picture just so we would leave her alone.
Last stop with the chauffeur: 青桐
Aiden enjoyed standing there even though he didn’t really take more than a step.
If only he was this cooperative at the gold museum.
I don’t know why he was so happy.
But Amy on the otherhand was a mess.
There were more stray dogs here than the other places we went to.
She was alert and on guard the whole time we were there.
We also had 阿婆日本冰．
The Flower shaped red bean one was just looks, but the regular tofu ice cream we had was rich in tofu flavor.
We didn’t get to check it out last time, so here we are..decision at the last minute.
The elevator was super quick, just like that we were on the 89th floor.
They closed the top floor due to the weather.
They gave us some coupons.
Daddie bought an ice cream float.
Aiden and I shared a very sorry cup of vanilla bean.
It had no taste, quality was way worse than the vanilla ice cream at Baskin Robbins we had before leaving LA.
But Aiden didn’t mind it.
He was just happy to be about. He loved climbing up and down the benches.
But the view wasn’t very nice due to the weather. It’s probably prettier at night though with all the lights.
Fun on the bed.
Great way to relax the feet after walking.
Aiden just loves to play with the remote control.
We especially requested a crib just for him. He slept just fine.
Aiden loves this elevator ride the most, as it’s designed just for him! He’s the only one with a seat.
Supermarket stop. Aiden kept hitting his head on the bar but no complaining from him.
We’re at the airport and they actually have diapers and wipes there for usage.
There’s even a play area! Aiden had tons of fun!