I went out with N. & her friends C., E., & A. to celebrate N.'s February 2nd birthday. We started off at a Japanese restaurant just east of the 中山MRT station, by 南京東路一段 & 新生高架道路. I feel like we had everything on their menu... it was a lot of food. There wasn't any sushi or sashimi though. I guess it was authentic Japanese dishes. It was good. We had plum & rice wine over dinner. C. knew the owner so after the food was done, they brought out another glass of plum wine for everyone & a bottle of sake on the house. Considering the amount we ate & the amount of alcohol we ordered, it was pretty cheap... $150 for 5 people.
After dinner, we taxied over to Opus, a lounge by 敦化南路 & 市民大道. Apparently E. is a shareholder of Opus. Makes sense why he walked in as if he owned the place =p We got through a bottle of vodka playing drinking games. They really love their drinking games in Taiwan. At first I didn't care to play, but it's actually quite fun when you win, especially when you're a newb & everyone's expecting you to lose hahaha.
We played 2 different games: a dice game & this hand game... so the dice game is kind of like bull-sh*t. You get a cup of die & shake it up & you go around the table saying how many of whatever die is on the table amongst everyone but you always have to be increasing the number of die or the number ON the die by at least one digit. I'm good at calling peoples' bull-sh*t. The hand game I think is pretty hard 'cause you need to go fast in order to win, but if you're tipsy, it makes it hard to react =p Basically you take turns calling out 0, 5, 10, 15, or 20 while changing your hands from closed/open position (the number referring to fingers). The object is to not put out the number that the other person calls. If the number put out by the two sets of hands is called by the other person, then they get to go again and if they call the right number again, then you drink. Probably sounds more complicated than it is. Some people take that game very seriously and are really really fast.
Anyhow, we left after finishing the bottle of vodka. It was a very small lounge. It had 2 floors to it, but the first floor only had one big booth with a long bar and standing room. The 2nd floor had 3 big booths, 4 little round bar tables, and a big bar that took up the center of the floor. It was dead at 10, but was filled by 11. N. has pics on her camera, so I will post when I get those.
Today we spent the day in 淡水 (Dan Shui), which is at the north end of the red MRT line. It cost just over $1USD to get from the apartment to the north end of the city (about 40 minute ride). I still can't get over how cheap transit is here. 舅婆 (maternal grandma's sister-in-law) has moved into a nursing home up there and is going into her 2nd week there. It's SO nice there! So not like the nursing homes I've been to in Canada/US. It's like a college residence. Gorgeous campus. You can see the ocean and the mountains from most of the rooms. And it doesn't smell like crap. Each room has a twin bed (though it seemed wider... definitely not a double though), a 36" tv (not flat screen though =p), a small fridge, bathroom, closets, desk, water heater (the Asian kind), and a rice cooker. If only college residences were like that too!
Dan Shui has some nice scenery. The air feels fresher there because it's by the coast. We did a lot of walking and got back home around 5pm. I was sooooo tired from the night before. Probably just going to rest tomorrow. Sorry for the lack of pics... I'm too lazy to upload. Check back tomorrow =p