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ivcztwj15d
Most of the election day rules are common sense stuff like "no campaigning"
zjfayqy15d
I'm out around town and it feels pretty nice seeing everyone doing their civic duty
fevrxnp15d
Watching the election results roll in and most of the people I like and support won. Freddy, the cosplay girl, and of course Madame President are all in.
apvlmtxy15d
awesome! ๐Ÿ‘
lzotxqd14d
60 NT black coffee don't hurt neither.
fyezcct14d
Feels like I'm in university again, can pretend like I'm 27 ๐Ÿ˜…
qwjqdxso7d
Hello everyone! I'm planning my first trip as part of Nomad List Feb 1st - will spend two weeks in Taiwan/Taipei before moving onto the Phillipines. Holla at me if you in Taiwan
prvcefazq7d
Nice, I recommend traveling slower to keep your sanity
aremeqjso7d
Like 1-3 months in one place for ex
wnvcyil7d
Two weeks ain't so bad. But yeah, it's not long enough to get to know much about anyplace.
kmvmvbut6d
taipei?
ufsnvhxi6d
any recommended neighbourhoods you guys love?
oqmrpaxenkjg6d
Iโ€™d recommend Daโ€™an. Super central with easy access to the MRT lines. Lots of cafes to work from. Lots of vegetarian/vegan options if that matters to you. Couple of good breweries.
gjdvnblcibxi6d
Having only been here 2 weeks so far (and staying 3 months), my perspective is that Taipei is a good place to post up for a few months (or longer) if you want a place thatโ€™s easy living and pretty affordable compared to Japan or South Korea. If just doing a 1-2 week stopover then it would be lower on my list as a point of interest, as there are more beautiful / interesting places. Just my opinion. Iโ€™m enjoying it here though.

If you want recs on where to find good beer or veg food, let me know
sfhrqljh6d
Cool thanks drew! Are you in Da'an? I'm looking to rent a place for two weeks, i'm seeing airbnb is the best option - i don't like working from cafes, i just work from home as long as i got office space and good wifi connection
xhhpwyvyagcs6d
Yep, Iโ€™m staying in Daโ€™an
mxrxrswebxel6d
I used airbnb as well
zldcyxto6d
I was heading straight to the phillipines but mos of my flights connect via Taipei plus i been watching taiwanese films, so thought might stop for a couple of weeks before hitting up cheaper beachy sunny surfy options in phillipines
sugafppukorg6d
Youโ€™ll have fun here. Def worth a visit
fqdtlmco6d
nice thank you, i might hit you up with some more questions once i acclimatise ๐Ÿ™‚
ltagyatdhuju6d
Sure thing
mcsvmcqw6d
what's Xinyi District like?
lxntpgbpwifx6d
I havenโ€™t spent much time there, so Iโ€™ll mostly let others comment, but I visited Elephant mountain and Taipei 101. From what I could tell, the area seemed beautiful and you still get MRT access, so itโ€™s probably a solid option.
mcdbt6d
iโ€™ll be in taipei from wednesday until the end of the month, if anyone wants to hang out! looking to stay in daโ€™an and work out of some sweet cafes. also looking to get my drink on, if anyoneโ€™s got good speakeasy recommendations, holler at me ๐Ÿ™‚
gvupvrvhh6d
ltgfrdgmw Xinyi is great, we're right in between Xinyi Anhe and 101 station, just south of the red line and there's so much to discover
sugvnhifp6d
It's a sweet spot within walking distance of a few night markets, a touristy area and lots of local neighborhoods
jvnyaidyjnwl6d
Iโ€™ll be around. For beers, Taihu is the best Iโ€™ve found so far. Itโ€™s reaaaaaally good goo.gl/maps/VXmSgkBbLG9UdP3KAbr />
As for speakeasy, I can recommend Jumi Tavern goo.gl/maps/L8pojKR6QPC9HREAA
ljkjpccqucso6d
Lots of suitable options for cafes. Iโ€™ve tried 6 or 7 in Daโ€™an but havenโ€™t found any favorites yet. Swell Co and At Home Cafe are probably my top 2 so far.
oujmtnw6d
Bar reco's Ounce, Sidebar, R+D, Motown, Bittersweet, After Nine...
rwsvis6d
Hey folks, Taipei in mid-late May - bad idea?
tqkmzy6d
for ~2 weeks
fqhpdgyizwfy6d
Adding to my list, thanks oorxkvko
qzguihc6d
It's a good time
rlddhm6d
wow! does it rain much?
pdfty6d
excellent, looking fwd to checking them out, thanks for the recs guys, maybe see you soon!
xftdjrptu6d
It'll be pretty humid imo
apfjsq6d
^I can handle warm/humid weather. Not a fan of incessant rains
sgepbzqqh6d
Ah, that's good! It'll be the beginning of monsoon season so anything could happen ๐Ÿค”
vybwwoug6d
ok - one more questions - which has better nightlife? Da'an or Xinyi?
baktonfdh6d
hmmm depends! what's your ideal scene?
dhlysmjdk6d
geuknic try the underground techno club in Taipei
wnvdqxtzv6d
Name is smth like Bunker or smth
xyqqbq6d
sweet!
hswvhmde6d
Bars with friendly crowds. Clubs a lot of tourists go to and cocktail bars with exceptional mixologists - maybe playing Jazz in the background
eeisesaoc5d
Ah I'm not much of a nightlife person but I feel like those are scattered around the city. IMO as long as you're close to the MRT it's all accessible. Da'an might be slightly better since it's at the intersection of two lines
wzcwleu5d
Yeah, Taipei doesn't cluster the same way a lot of other Asian cities do. It's a city of many interesting neighbourhoods.
tocdluj5d
Maybe I should write a nightlife guide or something...
ngjfzor5d
But in general I think staying anywhere on the central red, green, blue, or orange lines is fine, nobody should feel like Da'an or Xinyi is _the_ place
duaoquz5d
Hot underground clubs right now Pawnshop (techno), Final (post-club), B1 (mixed underground)... Pipe/Rev also has an _amazing_ Function 1 sound system and the scene by the riverside is a lot of fun
eqtiniy5d
Triangle is the place for the student/tourist crowd, I kinda despise it tho
bkobaje5d
Revolver is where you wanna go for a pint on the street and to meet people; they do various shows upstairs, it's a total dive but worth checking out if you're new in town and feeling social
bbxpnpt5d
The Red House in Ximending is where you'll find a dozen LGBT-oriented bars with open air patios... pretty much every other bar is indoors
uftcprf5d
Bittersweet at Dongmen is kinda new; on weekends it's a busy scene, you can meet people, but the cocktails are also excellent... a bit of a Latin vibe to that place
zdtwgkk5d
Xinyi club district is bog standard East Asian clubbing... lots of EDM or hip-hop, everything's a bit more posh and whatever... I never go so can't comment on that
vlhdhyy5d
There's all sorts of small live music venues around like Bobwundaye or Sappho's (more jazzy)
cwcnnnt5d
But there is nothing even remotely like the backpackers' streets of SE Asia, not much western tourism, etc., so some easily discoverable things you might expect from the region simply won't be here...
tetgrlb5d
Re rain, Taiwan has something called the plum rains around May, they're hard to predict.
gzhxqvda5d
vvldhqsw that's amazing! Just what I was looking for, thank you thank you :))
kiuetlbh5d
Other question, how well is English spoken here? Will I have to learn a bit of Taiwanese? How much Taiwanese would you recommend for someone staying 2 weeks? Words like, hello, than you, good, bad, etc.. basics? I'll be there in 11 days
zupdwalmmbqi5d
gtumzjhb this is great! saving it for next time.
ehyucoa5d
hiiuzsjfg Taiwanese Mandarin (what most people call "Chinese") is the main language spoken in the north (Taiwanese Minnan; what people normally mean when they say "Taiwanese", is more widely spoken outside of Taipei). If you can pick up hello, thank you, "how much?" people will be extra friendly, but it's not necessary. English is not widely spoken but with Google Translate and a little patience you'll have no trouble.
jwdcyzx5d
Probably the main thing you're missing if you don't speak Chinese is access to good, local food. The best places don't have English menus at all, but you can usually point at things in the open kitchen if you know what the options are. Taiwanese food is nowhere near as beloved by Westerners as Vietnamese or Thai but part of the reason for that is how relatively inaccessible it is due to the language barrier... but also because it's less about fresh ingredients and more into preserved and braised stuff, which isn't to everyone's taste.
jtylkmdij5d
elhhbymu have you picked up the local language/s?
fxwmwql5d
I'm basically fluent in menu Chinese but can't hold much of a conversation, unfortunately. Something I mean to work on after launching some projects this year... just haven't had the time for proper study.
njrgwrv5d
I have to go buy a new phone today and that's going to be a challenge. I have no idea how to talk about warranties, return policies, that sorta thing. Just gonna cross my fingers.
rsjegngiejcp5d
For those of you whoโ€™ve been here through a Chinese New Year, how much does the city (Taipei) shut down and for how long?
ajnipnbfq5d
lyicyntw Menu chinese is the most important chinese. i'm also fluent in menu Japanese and menu Vietnamese ๐Ÿ˜‚
xerbdlovy5d
lbohihcihayck you can count on everything being closed on new years eve (friday the 24th) and new years day (saturday the 25th), at the very least
rppfrsovr5d
except your 7/11s and family marts, of course ๐Ÿ™‚
viecxbuybith5d
Good to know
ykzmzbao5d
Thanks again vctyyuht :)
yefjdjurw5d
there are a few exceptions of course, 2 years ago we rode around on bikes searching for food on NYE and stumbled upon a random restaurant in an alleyway. had to wait about 40 mins but the food was so good. we were pretty lucky though haha
pkxhcpixqdgj5d
Sounds like a good weekend to get out of the city and hike
ijogdae5d
Friday shops will close early so people can go home in time. Saturday just about everything closed _except_ around major temples in Taipei. If you're here and you enjoy crowded places I encourage you to swing by Longshan Temple. Many people go to pay their respects at the famous temples on the first day of the year.
eseqcfd5d
First four days of the new year are often pretty low-key in Taipei then things start opening up again. It's the only time of the year you'll find me working at a Starbucks, because that's usually the only cafe option.
ddkrpgq5d
But also second/third/fourth day of new years will be super busy at tourist sites outside of the city. Lots of families go on little day trips to Jiufen or Yangmingshan or whatever. There's also some traditions about visiting different branches of the family on whatever day so trains/buses will be extra congested.
boqfibgnahoc5d
Good tip re starbucks
gxeodwb5d
gxpfigkrxi Menu and taxi driver Chinese ๐Ÿ˜… but only because I'm devoutly anti-Uber
xrkelarcs5d
ghbrjnis haha same, no uber/lyft for me ๐Ÿ˜„ but don't find myself using taxis here at all. pleasantly surprised at how many people i see hailing cabs on a daily basis though
vqptxynp4d
I'm staying in Da'an. W00t! tadatadatada
lecaf3d
Iโ€™ll be working at Swell Co cafe after lunch if anybody wants to join!
dqnqphqxp3d
emtndj Ah, we were just there yesterday! Great spot!
qjufyig2d
So it's new years eve and just about everything is closed... but if anyone out there is hungry, head for a night market!
zpduxjvul2d
Raohe is in full swing. Lots of food!
nbnqhlgcp2d
CNY ppl how does it work, will it be partying every evening until Feb3 now?
euihycovm2d
I'm in Malaysia btw but prolly same?
udsfbtz2d
Not sure about Malaysia but tomorrow most traditional fams go to the nearest big temple to pay their respects. Find a Chinese temple in Malaysia tomorrow and it'll probably be a scene. mwaiylaaxu
xeqmforvn2d
nice thanks
rekdnmusv2d
went by lots of temples tonight, lots of fireworks and dragons
ejlyykrst2d
๐Ÿ˜„
saflcuslc2d
wonder if ppl get drunk and party or not
iucmeqs2d
(I am) ๐Ÿธ
avsjwvusy2d
Moscow Mule eh
yydjtycmq2d
I am with company who do not drink unfortunately
eatplguuj2d
or fortunately
kpkrocq2d
Had a bunch of whiskey and mezcal-based drinks with various complex additives at one of my favorite bars in Taipei... the drinks have names but you'll never seen them on any menu most likely ๐Ÿ˜›
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yhyfqnxc R&D?
tomlmdo1d
Ounce!
rjlyy7h
Ounce is da bomb!
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