A Video of Our Time in Taipei
The Canadian Trade Office
I have to admit that the overall purpose of our recent day trip to Taipei wasn’t to check out the Christmas displays around the Xinyi area of the city. The date was strategically planned with that mind, however.
Our main purpose for going to Taipei last week was to apply for our son’s Canadian citizenship. And since they only accept applications in the morning, we had to leave home bright and early.
Before I get to the main topic of this post, I should further touch on why we left home at 6 a.m. See, I have been to the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei a total of three times in the past. My first time was to get an affidavit indicating that I wasn’t married in Canada and I had to wait a very long time to be served. The second time was to apply for a new passport and I faced the same waiting game. The third time I was smart and showed up at 8:58 a.m., waited for two minutes, got served at nine, and was out at 9:02 a.m.
So, with that in mind, I wanted to be there just as the office opened.
But, that meant facing the morning rush hour commute to Taipei which I was not looking forward to. But, in all honesty, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be as it was only a short driving distance from where we branched off the freeway to where we parked in Xinyi District.
We arrived at the Canadian Trade Office at 9:05 and were there a total of about 8 minutes. Mind you, most of the time was spent waiting for my husband to pass the metal detector because he forgot to take off his belt.
So, after my son applied for his citizenship ‘in person,’ the rest of the day was ours to explore.
The Canadian Trade Office is now located just a couple of minutes walk from Taipei 101. We decided to head there first and enjoy the Christmas displays in and around the building.
We definitely lucked out as far as the weather was concerned. It was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies – something that is rather uncommon during the winter months in Taipei. I just love how the Taipei 101 building looked in the morning light.
So, without further ado, let’s get to the pictures. And if you scroll down further, there is more.
[Oh, I am not too sure how I feel about Heineken displays outside of Taipei 101. Kinda cheapens the place, in my opinion.]
My Moment of Stupidity
When I lived in Canada, I only had Tim Horton’s occasionally. Now, whenever I go to Taipei, I have to have a few Krispy Kreme donuts. Maybe it is because I can’t buy them where I live and as the saying goes, you always want what you can’t have.
So, after checking out Taipei 101, we went to Krispy Kreme and I had my sugar fix.
When we left, I felt that something was different. I thought about it for a moment and there was something different. I had left the bag containing our marriage certificate, my son’s birth certificate, and my birth certificate. My husband had put our passports in his bag, just in case. Luckily, I was only steps away when I realized that I had forgotten them and got them back.
I can’t imagine what I would have done if they were gone.
Needless to say, I held onto them for dear life for the rest of the day.
Once again, thanks for dropping by and reading. I don’t really get to blog a lot and I am not really that active on social media these days as I am quite busy taking care of our son who turns six months on Wednesday. [I know! I can’t believe he is a half year old myself.] However, I hope to post and share the rest of my Christmas pics on the blog this week, so stay tuned!!
Are there any public Christmas displays where you live? If so, do you check them out?