We’re now a few days into 2016 but still I want to say: Happy New Year! Writing this blog post I realized that I didn’t see any fireworks this year. I didn’t go to any big party in Taipei or Kaohsiung to be with a bunch of strangers, being poked by 23 different elbows during the course of the night. Instead I decided to stay in Tainan with my friends and visit a couple of different parties. You have to hand it to this city, somehow every body ends up in the same place. Everyone knows everyone and it’s huge community that comes together on every special occasion.
Happy New Year! You have to watch the video on your computer.
I hope all of you had a great start into the new year, hopefully together with your family, friends, and loved ones.
Tonight will be something very special I believe. We’ll go to see German DJ Ben Klock in Taipei.
Feel the vibe.
Before that we’ll check into our Airbnb which is hopefully as nice as the last one we stayed at. Let’s see. Afterwards we’re going to eat something in Ximen before we head over to a friends pole dance studio for some serious business talk.
I’m pretty sure that I’ll have more pictures to share once the night life is getting started and all the beautiful people are floating through Taipeis streets.
At least I hope I’ll see the cat again! One of the bartenders brought her cat to work, in a bag and on a leash! When she came in the bar was filled with “Ahs” and “Ohs” followed by “How cuuuuute”. Three month is she old and not afraid of people at all. I love this addition to the drifters family.
Of to a good start with a delayed boarding because of a late arrival of the airplane and then some sort of emergency with one of the passengers so we had to go back to the terminal. This inconvenience caused the airline to give a generous discount of 30 percent, excluding drinks, food, and the pen you might to buy to fill out your entry card.
Luckily we selected the seats at the emergency exit, otherwise I’d probably need to cut off my legs. The flight went by really fast, even though the plane comes without any sort of entertainment, unless you count the awkward smile of the stewardess.
I noticed the first difference to any other country when we arrived at the baggage claim: no one was standing in a big huddle, instead a lady working for the airline lifted the heavy luggage of the transportation band and placed it swiftly on the floor.
We brought our luggage to the car and drove on the left side of the road (first time for me) to Narumi’s home. Sadly her mom misplace the remote of the AC so our first night was a little colder than both of us had hoped for. Continue reading
The tattoo street doesn’t deserve it’s name. At least in my opinion, since there’re only a handful of stores. It’s peculiar that the stores have no windows and you can almost touch the people getting a tattoo from where you’re standing on the street. I expected something different because I read there are real artists on this street, but what I saw on the walls of these shops looked like your typical tribals and dragons you can get in every other city.
A bit disappointed I walked down the street when I saw a guy and walking hand in hand with a girl in a dark alley. They both had a lot of tattoos down their arms and looked really cool. I followed them and first tried to take a picture in secret but couldn’t quite get it right. I wanted to take one from the front and so I walked up to them and simply asked them to take their picture. The guy was really friendly and asked me what I was doing in Taipei, if I were a photographer, your typical small talk I’d say. Then I asked him what he’s doing in Taipei. You won’t believe it! He told me he works as a model and was looking for jobs in Taiwan. Then I noticed the clothes he and the girl were wearing: Remix Taipei. The same brand I wanted to buy the T-Shirt of! I really like the picture and the details in their tattoos. Thanks again for letting me take your picture and check out their profiles on Instagram: @ohheyjason & @mandeebence