Monday, April 29, 2013

Taiwan, April '13: The Long Way There

So you already know all the drama that happened on my way to Taiwan last week. Now, with Photoshop re-installed on my MBP, you get to see snapshots of it. =)

Finally up in the air and on our way out of KL after a long delay.

 Feeding my son on the way up in an effort to protect
his eardrums. Also very kiasi hence the mask-wearing
to make sure we don't catch anything while travelling.

 Got a bassinet seat but decided to do away with the
Cathay Pacific bassinet. It didn't look very sanitary. :-/ 

The great thing about travelling with an infant is that you get priority in queues. Don't bother lining up to board the plane, ok. Just go straight to the front of the line and shove your kid in the stewardess' face. They'll let you through. Same goes at Immigration. Just go straight to the Priority Lane. (This applies to every airport I've been to so far – even when I was pregnant – EXCEPT KLIA. -_-''' Lousy place got no Priority Lane wan. Lame-ass third-world country airport we have la, I tell you.)

 Finally at Hong Kong International Airport
on one of their many super long escalators.

Anyway, we had a little extra time to waste in Hong Kong cos we missed our intended flight no thanks to the delay at KLIA so we ended up with some time to go look for food. (Food is of utmost importance whenever we travel with my FIL. =p) Went up to the food court and ate some very expensive Koay Teow Soup there. Over RM100 for four small bowls! Tsk tsk. Really ridiculous, man. -_-'''

 Flight path as seen in the plane before take-off at Hong Kong.

Taipei City is 807km away. That's 807km
for me to keep my baby happy... and quiet.

Arriving at Taipei Tao-Yuan Airport.

And then, over 12 whole hours after we started
our journey, we finally touched down on Taiwan soil.


 Semua kiassiiiiii!!! Say 'NO' to H7N9!

Newly renovated portion of the airport! I don't know
what it was about this sight but it stopped me in my tracks.

 There's always something special about
symmetry and repeated patterns.

 My baby and I are finally in Taiwan! Wheee!!!

 And then the horror of missing luggage hits. -_-'''

And after all that drama, we f-i-n-a-l-l-y made it out of the airport and saw the darkening Taipei sky. Boo. We were supposed to arrive after lunch! When it was still bright and sunny! Drats. There goes one day. Sigh. Thankfully, my aunt-in-law (MIL's youngest sister) was there to meet us at the Arrival Hall. And she's a real big ball of sunshine to be around. Always have been from the first time I met her over a whole decade ago. =)

My aunt-in-law looking very, very, very happy while
carrying my son. She's the best host in all the land!

She brought us back to her home in the city and The Husband and I quickly got our son bathed and cleaned up. In her laundry basket. With no soap. (Like the rest of our luggage, his inflatable bathtub and toiletries did not arrive when we did. -_-''') I mandi-kerbau-ed after that and had no choice but to put on my 15-year-old cousin-sister-in-law's clothes. AND SO DID THE HUSBAND. BWHAHAHAHA.

While I put my son to sleep, The Husband shamelessly took some time to tour the house on his own. (The rest had gone out for dinner.) And my oh my, did he fall in love with her place. Cosy, comfortable, well ID-ed with quality fittings and finishings – he loved it! And when I had the time to check it out for myself, I could see why. It was such a nice place to call Home! I didn't take any pictures of her place but I did snap away when it came to her flowers. =p

REAL flowers leh! So pretty, right???

After that, the rest came home, The Husband and I ate a quick dinner they tapau-ed for us from a shop near by (LOVED the stir-fried cabbage!), and then promptly hit the sack after. Zzz... It was a looong day. But hey, at least we made it to Taiwan in one piece. =)

p/s: You'll notice with this series that I won't have as many pictures as I usually have because (1) I'm carrying my son so holding and camera and taking pictures becomes a real chore, and (2) most of the pictures I take include people I am expected to censor so... you don't get to see them anyways. Boo. =(

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ch3ryl said...

wow the orchids look so beautiful!

Chun Leung said...

heh, well at least you've enjoyed very much the trip :)

msbulat said...

you really supermom. haha

pamsong said...

ATTN: ch3ryl
- They are!!! And can you believe that they're already 3 months old??? My aunt-in-law told me on our last night there. I was shocked!! They still look so fresh! And wait till you see the pictures of the flowers I saw at the flower market. Sooooo pretty!!

pamsong said...

ATTN: Chun Leong
- We went around Taiwan so it got a little tiring. Especially with a baby in tow. I think we would have had a better holiday if we had stayed put in Taipei city. Haha. But more on that later. =p

pamsong said...

ATTN: ms.bulat
- Haha. I try. But tired sial!!!

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