So another week rolled by and it was a Sunday again, we had arranged to meet Joy and her sisters earlier this time, at 9am. Needless to say I think I had the latest night staying up all night to watch football but I was the first one there waiting outside of Shilin MRT station for Jen. When she called me to say she would not be there for a while, I decided to go outside and get some breakfast. I got one of those Chinese Pizza things from near Shilin MRT there so damn nice, and I wish I could one around here in Xiemen. I ordered in Chinese and tried to have a small conversation to practice my Chinese even though I still felt like I was half asleep and really tired.
Then as I was sitting waiting at Shilin eating my breakfast Jen called me and told me to walk back to the MRT exit so she could find me easy enough, I told her there was no point because where I was sat I would be able to see her easy enough, and where I am is on the way to the bus stop but she was having none of it. That meant I had to get of my fat lazy arse and go and stand and wait by the exit.
When she arrived we walked along to the bus stops, which were the same as the ones I used to stand at when I stayed at Olivia's when I arrived here in Taiwan so I knew where we were headed for those little bad lads. When we got there Jen scouted out which busses we should take, looking at the Chinese and everything but it was me who seen the sign for the bus. Happy days, I thought I was amazing because I had found the right bus stop, but Jen just yelled, I know! I am seeing if there is any others! Wonderful eh? And there was me trying to help out, I know what I have to do next time, just chill and wait. As it happens when we looked down the road the bus we needed turned up straight away.
When we got there we went inside, and I thought it would of been a quick flash the tickets and in job, well it seems I have never learned. The reason I say that is because you have to bloody que for every kind of attraction and exhibition like this in Taiwan, and especially Taipei because there is that many bloody people. Not only did we have to que, but we had to que for bloody hours.
At this time it was just me and Jen in the que, but then she seen Joy and her sisters. She shouted at them and then helped them jump the que to come and stand with us. I don't really condone que jumping but we were supposed to be going together, and it wouldn't be right to enter the exhibition 1 hour before them so I guess it was ok that we let them get in line. Otherwise me and Jen would of seen nearly everything inside and Joy and her sisters would be just beginning. The problem is I think after the 3 hour wait to get inside everyones feet were killing and people were starting to get sick of waiting which is a good job we didn't have to wait any longer otherwise I think there would of been some killing going on down the front of the que.
|Part of the 3 hour long que to get inside.|
|Sitting on a chair, that looks very real.|
After the chair, I went to the very next picture, mainly because I wondered why people were taking pictures through a very tiny pin hole. When I got closer I seen the exact reason for this, because when you looked through the pin hole, the picture at the other side looked like a candle, on a table with its reflection showing on the table. If people pretended to sit on the other end of the table it looked like they were sat at a candle lit table. I really liked this one, and the effect the small hole makes on your camera kind of gives it a little spying effect. That your peering through some little peep hole or something to see what the occupant is doing inside....anyway less babbling and let me just show you the picture.
|Jen sitting at a candle lit table.|
I thought this was such a simple idea, but the different poses and stuff people were pulling inside were great fun to see and I wanted to try and get some pictures in here too. While I was queing for it though, Jen came a long and stole my camera because she had forgot hers. I was thinking bloody hell I hope she comes back in time before I get to take some pictures of this one though, because it would be shit if I qued and got right to the very front then had to let other people go before me because Jen was taking pictures too. In the back of my mind though, I had a feeling she would keep an eye on the que and be back when she needed to be.
While Joy, her sisters and Jen were wondering around they took pictures in different parts of the exhibition that they liked. Took pictures pretending to be captured, pictures with clocks etc etc. Anyway none of them were really amazing to see some just ok, but I did really like the clock. When you looked at it even for ages it still looked like a real clock, and then when you got closer you realised it was just a picture on the wall.
|Joy with the clock|
|Top picture, Joy's little sisters, bottom picture, Jen and Joy. I love this idea of the mirror effect|
This is the first thing that came to Jens mind when I told her to do something quick:
|Jens first thought for an 'action pose'|
The second last main part that we walked past was like an animal area. First I seen a big massive giraffe this one looked brilliant because it really did look look like its head was coming out of the wall. The que was quite big for this though, but when I was waiting I seen one that really amused me. People were putting the heads in what looked like the pouch of a kangaroo to show that they were the kangaroos baby. Now that I was firmly in the mood and enjoying the exhibition I decided I wanted my head as a baby kangaroo. If I was a baby kangaroo I would look good I tell you, feast your eyes on this sexy kangaroo:
|Yes I would make a sexy baby kangaroo.|
By this time, Jen, Joy and there sisters were next for the giraffe so I was thinking bloody hell what can I do that would look good to the giraffe, so I thought I know I will kiss it, yes kiss it. I didn't know how it would look on the picture but what the hell like I said by this time I was having a lot of fun with the different pictures and how good they looked.
|Me kissing the giraffe, Jen stroking it.|
|Top Picture, one of Joys sisters looking happy to be eaten, bottom picture, me struggling to stay alive, this gorilla obviously has a big appetite.|
We all took turns with our head in the box, I must say if your a big lad its quite a small hole. I banged my head on the way out and everyone thought it was amusing even me. These things happen in life I guess, and my head is used to it from time to time so its ok don't worry about that.
|All of us taking turns with our head in the box. Let me know who you think is the best.|
When we arrived at the place the hotel just looked like any other building in Taiwan. Like most buildings in Taiwan it looked a bit drab, and not very inviting from the outside. Once we got inside that opinion quickly changes because it was so fancy and designed wonderfully inside it felt amazing. Then on we marched to the afternoon tea. It was more like a fancy buffet. The food they had there was excellent. They had quite a few different options of meats, fish, salads and rice dishes, as well as this they had a nice selection of delicious fruit and cakes. They also had fruit juices, teas, and every bodies favourite end to a meal, ice cream! It really was lovely there and I totally enjoyed a lot even though Jen thinks it is not worth the money I had a wondeful time eating there and Joys family seemed really nice and friendly.
|The lobby area in the hotel.|
|Jen and Joy in the hotel.|
I just want to add some more pictures from the 3D art:
|The houses on the street were the same picture and An an, got really excited to show me it. Was great though when you moved from side to side it actually looked like the houses were moving.|