Last night Seth, his roommates and I went out for dinner and then to a bar. We went to a ganbei, it's just a restaurant where you get a few dishes to share and drink a lot of beer. Ganbei also means cheers. We had spicy bamboo shots, sweet and sour pork, a fried tofu dish, beef, sauteed cabbage and of course rice. The food was really good.
Then we took the MRT to a bar called Revolver. When we walked in it had to most non-asian people I had seen (at least in Taipei all in one place) in two weeks (not including my five days in Thailand). I could also understand what people were saying! We got some more beer and some tequila shots. Tequila certainly reminds me of home. It was a lot of fun but it was an expensive night.
Today we had to wake up at 10AM to get ready for the movie "The Help" because Seth got free tickets from his work. Waking up wasn't easy at all. We got a cab because we were running late. Then Seth realized he forgot the movie tickets. So we had to tell the man to turn around while I waited in the taxi Seth ran to get them. The driver didn't really understand where we wanted to go at first but once we showed him the tickets he knew. He ended up calling his neice who spoke english to tell us that we were going to the right place, not to worry and that he was sorry he didn't understand. We get to the theater earlier than expected and go to McDonalds (I know I know but we were hungover) order two burger meals, end up only getting one but the guy charged us a cheaper meal price (79TWD instead of 103TWD). Confusing and also a complete lack of understanding.
We get to the theater, they have assigned seating, meal tickets with hot dogs, churros and sweet or salty popcorn (I got cheddar cheese popcorn at the 7eleven and it tastes sweet, not a fan of sweetened cheddar cheese). The movie was not dubbed but it did have mandarin subtitles. It is a good movie by the way, some tears were shed.
After the movie we just wandered and ended up at a free exhibit with Buddhist relics. It wasn't all free, we paid 100TWD to put gold leaf on a buddha statue. In doing the act we were ensuring a healthy heart, mind and future happiness. A nice gentleman from Singpore helped us with the gold leafing and was eager to talk to us, he was going to Florida in a week to see his son. I felt obligated to participate because he was so nice. There were also monks there and even some kind of ceremony with humming and praying. Overall today was a great day!