Finding Glimpses of Christmas in Taipei [Part 1] – Taipei 101

A Video of Our Time in Taipei

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2016 Taipei 101 Mall Christmas Trees – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
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Canadian Trade Office in Taipei – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
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Christmas Tree in the Building where the Canadian Trade Office is Located – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

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.

Taipei 101

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.]

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Taipei 101
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Christmas Tree and Taipei 101 – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Sculpture Outside Taipei 101 [2]
Sculpture Outside Taipei 101 [2]
Close-up of the Art Sculpture around Taipei 101 - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Close-up of the Art Sculpture around Taipei 101 – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Kenzo Christmas Tree Outside Taipei 101 - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Kenzo Christmas Tree Outside Taipei 101 – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Christmas Tree outside Taipei 101 - - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Christmas Tree outside Taipei 101 – – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Christmas Tree inside Taipei 101 - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Christmas Tree inside Taipei 101 – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
3D Display around the Christmas Tree inside Taipei 101 - - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
3D Display around the Christmas Tree inside Taipei 101 – – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 Christmas Trees at Taipei 101 Mall - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 Christmas Trees at Taipei 101 Mall – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Hanging Christmas Tree @ Taipei 101 Mall - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Hanging Christmas Tree @ Taipei 101 Mall – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Omega Christmas Tree @ Taipei 101 Mall - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Omega Christmas Tree @ Taipei 101 Mall – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Heineken Display around Taipei 101 - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Heineken Display around Taipei 101 – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Keineken Display Outside Taipei 101 - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Heineken Display Outside Taipei 101 – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

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.

Krispy Kreme Christmas Donuts [2] - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Krispy Kreme Christmas Donuts [2] – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Krispy Kreme Christmas Donuts [3] - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Krispy Kreme Christmas Donuts [3] – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

Krispy Kreme Christmas Donuts - Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan
Krispy Kreme Christmas Donuts – Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

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?

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5 thoughts on “Finding Glimpses of Christmas in Taipei [Part 1] – Taipei 101

  1. Good to hear your son’s application to be a Canadian citizen went smoothly. Early bird catches the worm, and good to hear your little family had the rest of the day to see the sights. I really like that blue Christmas tree – there is something so calming about it. Forgetting things is part and parcel of life, but it did seemed that luck was very much on your side that day and you got your important bag back! 😀

    I too like Krispy Kreme dontus and eat them every now and then. I also like cake donuts, the kind that is more dense and filling. But when you got to have that sugar fix, you just got to have it.

    This year Melbourne’s Christmas decorations over here are the same as the previous years. Lots of crowds too. I did go down to the city to see some of the decorations the other day, and I saw a Mickey Mouse tree which I put on my blog. That was really nice 🙂 Wishing you well Constance, and your family too. There are lots of lovely things outside of the blog world, and I hope you live in the moment and enjoy it all, one step at a time.

  2. SPLENDID!!! xié-xié, Constance… ❤ all your pix are pleasant and unforgettable memories for me, as I often miss Taiwan…
    * * *
    our son and his Taiwanese gf who live in Paris will come over here this week… btw, they speak ONLY Chinese together, even though she's fluent both in French and in English… merry holidays & a serene new year! cheers and friendly thoughts, Mélanie

  3. Great pictures, once again. Love the one of the Christmas tree and the skyscraper. I understand the Krispy Kreme craving. I had to get some cider donuts when we arrived in New Hampshire. Next up, maple sugar candy. 🙂

  4. Fabulous photos of very different Xmas trees. It is fortunate you saved your bag; it is a terrible shock when one realizes it is missing. ( spoken by someone who left hers with passports and boarding passes) in an airport toilet in Denmark. I was lucky to on that occasion that it was still there when I went back. I look forward to reading more blog posts from you in 2017

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