When Plans Go Wrong – Christmas 2015 [In and Around Taipei 101]

christmas-tree-taipei-101-2015

[A Video]

Planning

I am sure that those who know me in ‘real life’ would vouch that I am a planner.

And I am a very big planner when it comes to traveling, vacations, and holidays. Yes, I usually go all out planning the details.

I am the one who organizes where to go, what to see, and how to get there. I am also the one responsible for finding and booking suitable accommodations.

I do it because I love it. I love the feeling of anticipation, the build up of what is to come.

And I usually applaud myself for being so thorough.

But, that was not the case last December.

Taipei 101 sign
Taipei 101 sign
Taipei 101 and Christmas Décor
Taipei 101 and Christmas Décor

Christmas Décor Close-Up outside Taipei 101 [December 2015]
Christmas Décor Close-Up outside Taipei 101 [December 2015]
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Pandora Display and Taipei 101 [December 2015]
Pandora Display [December 2015]
Pandora Display [December 2015]

 Planning Gone Wrong

I guess I should rewind a little and start from the beginning.

I hadn’t been to Taipei for quite some time and I was missing some of the Western luxuries [i.e food] that you can only get in the bigger city. So, with that in mind as well as the approaching holiday season looming, my husband and I decided to head to Taipei for a few days in December.

With the dates settled, I got to work booking a hotel in the Xinyi district of Taipei. I had most plans made and everything arranged and then…

I started feeling very sick the next week– vomiting, fatigue, and the whole she bang. And what I hadn’t planned for was…

being ten weeks pregnant when we went.

Yes, we had wanted a baby for quite some time by that point. And when my sister passed in the summer of 2015, I lost focus on having one as my mind was more in a ‘mourning’ phase. But, like many things, it happened when we least expected it. The news came as a big, but pleasant shock and we were both thrilled that we would be parents in 7 months.

And I learned that some things are better left unplanned. I learned that surprises and being caught totally off guard can be such an amazing feeling. I also learned that life should not be all planned out and being spontaneous creates some wonderful memories.

OK. I seem to have gotten abit sidetracked. Back to December 2015 in Taipei….

Dior - Taipei 101 Mall [December 2015]
Dior – Taipei 101 Mall [December 2015]
Décor around Taipei 101 Mall
Décor around Taipei 101 Mall

Taipei 101 Mall Décor [2] - December 2015
Taipei 101 Mall Décor [2] – December 2015
Taipei 101 Mall Décor [3] - December 2015
Taipei 101 Mall Décor [3] – December 2015
Taipei 101 Mall Décor [December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Décor [December 2015]

December 2015 in Taipei

So, with everything booked and paid for, there was no turning back – cancelling or postponing was not an option.

In the couple of weeks leading to our trip to Taipei, I experienced morning sickness morning, noon, and night. This unfortunately continued during our time in Taipei as well.

Most our plans were thrown out the window because I found it hard doing the bare minimum. I complained a lot and I am sure I was a drag to be around. Our little getaway turned into a reminder of why I don’t live in Taipei anymore – the crowded MRT [packed like a can of sadines], the rat race during rush hour, etc.

I was not enjoying myself as all, but I tried to make the most out of the time there that I could.

However, at the end, I listened to my body and asked my husband would it be OK if we took an earlier HSR [high speed train] home. I think he secretly did a happy dance inside because I know he isn’t that fond of Taipei and I am sure my companionship wasn’t helping matters.

Taipei 101 Mall Christmas Tree [December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Christmas Tree [December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Christmas tree Close-Up [December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Christmas tree Close-Up [December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Christmas Tree [4][December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Christmas Tree [4][December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Christmas Tree [2][December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Christmas Tree [2][December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Christmas Tree [7][December 2015]
Taipei 101 Mall Christmas Tree [7][December 2015]

The Moral of this Story

So, I guess the moral of this story is that everything doesn’t go as planned and that’s OK.

Sometimes planning isn’t all it is cracked up to be as no one can predict what will happen in the future.

Plus, surprises are the best! [Hey, we have the cutest baby in the world now! It is crazy how much attention he gets wherever we go.]

And if your mind says ‘go’ and your body says ‘no,’ you should listen to the latter [well, when you are pregnant, anyways].

The Purpose of this Post

I guess the main purpose of this post is to share some of the photos [and I video] I took during those few days in Taipei. When I look back at the pictures, it seems that I did a lot and it wasn’t as bad as I remember because I find myself smiling when I see the photos at the thoughts of the memories we made [I know that sounds real cheesy].

This will be the first post in a series of posts that I plan to share [see, here I go again] before Christmas.

But…Let’s see how it goes.

Now over to you…

Are you a planner? Has there ever been a time when things did not go as planned for you?

A Christmas Tree and Taipei 101 [December 2015]
A Christmas Tree and Taipei 101 [December 2015]
Taipei 101 at Night
Taipei 101 at Night
Taipei 101 and a Christmas Tree
Taipei 101 and a Christmas Tree
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5 thoughts on “When Plans Go Wrong – Christmas 2015 [In and Around Taipei 101]

  1. Despite not feeling well, you did get out and take lots of photos, all of the excellent, as usual. I’m always happy when someone else does the planning for a trip. I don’t like to do it.

    I suppose if one gets used to living in a large city, it could be pleasant, but I prefer smaller cities. I even enjoyed living for a few years in a town on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. (Port Vila, Vanuatu).

    LIfe sometime throw us a surprise. In your case it was a happy one.

  2. I agree with Nicki. Though you weren’t feeling well, these are some excellent shots, and excellent night shots too. So bright, and so crisp. Taipei certainly knows how to put on Christmas decorations. So pretty. I am a planner like you, and I like to plan and love the anticipation, and also partly because I am OCD that way and want to be prepared as much as possible. Then again, sometimes you do feel the most relaxed when you can just let go and go with the flow – and it brings endless possibilities 🙂

    I like living in large cities for the convenience and the feeling of life all round. But crowds are a big no-no for me and I try to avoid them at all costs!

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