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FYI SOUTH Magazine, Fall 2007

  Fantasy Valentine's Day NT$24,000 in 24 Hours

Taiwanese man in Kaohsiung

Taiwanese man in Kaohsiung

Taiwanese man in Kaohsiung

Taiwanese man in Kaohsiung

Point of view: Taiwanese man in Kaohsiung

By Leifson McEnroe, translated by Ann Lee

On this special day, how to impress your girl can be quite a challenge, yet, it's not something that should be treated carelessly. First of all, on Chinese Valentine's Day morning, right around 10 a.m., make sure you and your girlfriend start making your way to Kenting. When you get there, choose from one of the many exotic eateries on the main street for lunch.

Around 2 p.m., choose a diving spot on the beach and explore the exiting underwater world with your lovely girl. After that, you can take her to the rocks or halfway up the hill to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Remember, sun and water are a natural aphrodisiacs.

After the sun sets, around 7:30 p.m., the two of you can head back to Kaohsiung. When you get back into the city visit The Bayou, where they will be offering a Valentine's Day special (bookings required). Delicate cuisine, wine and desserts can all be ordered in advance then picked up. Take a relaxing drive to Kaohsiung's famous Kaohsiung Harbor. Here you can hire a small boat and sail into the mystic ocean together. In this romantic setting, you can indulge in food and drinks while enjoying the cool breeze. Don't forget to put on some smooth tunes; it will certainly make your lady happy.

After getting off the boat around 10 p.m., go catch a flick. Perhaps a nice romantic comedy will be a good cap on the evening. When the movie's over, it's probably also about time to end the activities for the night. Grand Hi-Lai Hotel is a great accommodation choice. Book the suite with a sea view and surprise her with rose petals around the room and the bathtub. An excellent time to give her your NT$5,000 gift(s) is after a nice shower in the bathroom. Finally, you can both enjoy some peace and quiet as the night rolls by.

Cost List:

1.Kenting Tour & Lunch NT$1,000
Scuba Diving 1200 x 2 people NT$2,400
2. Dinner @ Bayou NT$2,000
Boat Rental NT$6,000
Movie 250 x 2 people NT$500
Flowers NT$500
Han Lai Hotel NT$6,600
Valentine's Gifts NT$5,000
Total cost: NT$24,000
* The price listed above may vary, please refer to the businesses for the exact costs.

 

Foreign Woman in Taipei

Foreign Woman in Taipei

Foreign Woman in Taipei

Foreign Woman in Taipei

Foreign Woman in Taipei

Foreign Woman in Taipei

Point of view: Foreign Woman in Taipei

By Dipal Khatri, translated by Ann Lee

With NT$24,000, I wield the power to transform an ordinary day into a fairytale 24 hours dipped liberally in luxury. Eager to feel like a princess, my imagination has been working overtime sifting through the A to Z of its romantic wish list. My date will greet me with a bouquet of pink roses right around noon and compliment me on how beautiful I look. The day of indulgence will begin with a noon lunch at Thai Town Cuisine. Though it is not an upscale establishment, the restaurant serves delicious food that complements its fine service. Although a white steed or Cinderella-like carriage would be welcomed, the most practical choice of transportation will be to rent a car for the entire day.

At 1:30 p.m., my date and I will head to the cool darkness of the cinema to watch a romantic comedy-Licensed to Wed at the Miramar Cinema. As we drive to Secret Garden Coffee Shop on Yangming Mountain around 4:30 p.m., we will get a sneak preview of the sunset and gaze at it until the lights of Taipei City twinkle on. At 6:30 p.m., dinner will be a feast of tasty European-style dishes at Delices De France (reservations required). This is quite a romantic choice for lovebirds; Chef Christophe will be serving up a lover's special which include courses like Australian Kobe with Balsamico Flavor Juice and Medal Lobster with Extra Virgin Sauce.

Then at 10:30 p.m., we will seek romantic seclusion at Cianshueiwan (淺水灣) in Sanjhih Township, where the lapping waves and gentle breeze will spy on our moonlit stroll. Finally, we will check into our comfortable room at Amain Motel TuCheng branch, (bookings need to be made 3 days in advance), which my date will have decorated with glowing candles. There will be an elegant box of red heart-shape chocolates waiting for me.

After I arise from my beauty sleep the next day, we will eat breakfast at the motel around 9:30 a.m. With the 24 hours full of my favorite things nearly over, my date and I will go for a refreshing swim in the motel's outdoor south pacific-style pool, we can work off that big meal we had the night before.

Cost List:

Bouquet of pink roses from NT$1,800
local street florist
Thai Town Cuisine NT$1,250
(02) 2175-3355
VIP Car Rental
Mazda 3 1600cc CD car NT$2,000
(02) 2713-1111
Miramar Cinema, movie for two NT$600
(02) 2876-3300
Secret Garden Coffee Shop NT$500
136-1, JingShan Rd
(02) 2861-4067
Dinner at Delices De France,
Valentines Special NT$5,000
10, Alley 113, Lane 25, MinSheng E Rd, Sec 3; (02) 2713-9212
Amain Motel- 1 night's accommodation NT$8,888
18, Lane 6, ChengLin Rd, Tucheng City, Taipei County; (02) 2267-3399
Candles from Working House NT$300
www.workinghouse.com.tw
three pieces of red heart shape chocolates
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store:NanXi branch B2: (02) 2567-3981/ A4 Branch B2: (02) 2723-9225
Briolette Drop Swarovski Earrings NT$3,130
Swarovski Store
Core Pacific City Mall: 138, BaDe Rd, Sec 4
(02) 3762-1705
Total cost: NT$23,918
*The price listed above may vary, please refer to the businesses for the exact costs.

 

Taiwanese Woman in Taichung

Taiwanese Woman in Taichung

Taiwanese Woman in Taichung

Taiwanese Woman in Taichung

Taiwanese Woman in Taichung

Point of view: Taiwanese Woman in Taichung

By Lishea Zhen, Translated by Ann Lee

This month's cover story gives you NT$24,000 and 24 hours to make the best Valentine's Day imaginable. Here are a few promising activities you and your significant other can try.

Sleep in a bit, then take your significant other along for a very special kind of ride with remote controlled helicopters. The owner of Glider Shop, Mr. Huang, not only sells RC planes, but also helps customers by remodeling purchases.

Next, take a trip to the recently opened equestrian recreation center located near Tunghai University. This horse riding experience includes your personal coach, three photos with the lovely steeds, and two "Horse Piss" Coffees. Yum.

After the workout have a steamy lunch at Ruth's Chris Steak House. The restaurant is great for enjoying a panoramic view of Taichung. From August 17 to 19, Ruth's Chris will offer Valentine's Specials. The specials start off with two aperitifs of Moet Chandom champagne, and a choice of and appetizer or Lobster Bisque. Choose U.S. Prime Filet (8 oz.) with Lobster Tail or the 12 oz. U.S. Prime Rib-eye/New York Cut Filet. For a side order choose from their Sauteed Mushrooms, Creamed Spinach, or Mashed Potatoes. A valentine's meal is not complete without desserts and this steak house gives lovebirds an exquisite 4-inch Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake. What a treat!

After lunch find some shade at the Leisur Motel. This 130-ping, glamorous emperor-style palace offers rooms with a servant suite, carpeted bedroom, living room area, Japanese-style spa facility, and has both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. It is the perfect place to relax before making your way to Taichung harbor, where you can enjoy a ride on Teak Yachts. The romantic setting will go nicely with a snack of fresh fruits and seafood.

When dinner time rolls around, try the New Palace Restaurant in Wuqi. They will be serving Seafood Specials with a variety of international cuisine including He-Feng (Japanese) Style Abalone, rich and creamy Crab Leg with Chicken Bisque, French-style Mussels with Garlic, Virgin Crabs, wild prawns, goose liver, scallops and clams. Finally, you can enjoy an exquisite display of desserts like cakes, fruit and green papayas. The sweetness of it all will ensure you a night of sweet dreams. However, don't forget to make a reservation in advance. Before heading home, stop by The Coffee Shop, where the night just keeps getting more romantic with city lights and a fantastic view.

Cost List:

Glider Shop
Remote Helicopter NT$3,000
(04) 2425-9636
Horse Riding
(04) 2538-2688 NT$2,200/hr
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Choice 1 NT$2,490
Choice 2 NT$2,190
(04) 2323-2872
Leisur Motel
(04) 2255-8080 NT$2,580/3hr
Hong Xing Enterprise NT$7,000/2hr
(04) 2657-8282
New Palace Restaurant
Valentine Specials NT$3,000
(04) 2656-2222
The Coffee Shop
(04) 2652-4693
Total cost: NT$24,000
* The price listed above may vary, please refer to the businesses for the exact costs.

 

Foreign Men in Taichung

Foreign Men in Taichung

Point of view: Foreign Men in Taichung

By Matthew D. Flint, translated by Ann Lee

For Western Valentine's Day I took my wife to dinner and a play and bought her flowers, nothing special besides time spent with my love. For Japanese Valentine's Day I bought my wife a gold necklace, cooked a pasta dinner, lit candles all over the house and watched romantic movies. So, for Chinese Valentine's Day, I want to be pampered. Apparently I have NT$24,000 to have spent on me in 24 hours. This should be easy...

First, breakfast in bed served to me in only an apron. Bacon, Eggs, French Toast, Hash Browns, Sausage, Swiss Mocha Coffee and freshly squeezed Orange Juice. Once out of bed I am surprised to see a Nintendo Wii sitting beside the TV. We will spend the morning playing tennis and bowling in our underwear before planning lunch.

I walk outside and notice that my car has been washed, waxed and tuned to like-new condition. "Thanks Baby" kiss. Now we are rollin' in style and hungry. Time for Ribs at Fridays! Gimme three plates of ribs and a pint with each, then step away from the table, this is going to get messy.

Now, what could be better than an afternoon at a hot spring? We can relax in the soothing water and let our food digest while she serenades me with traditional Chinese fables and massages my scalp. It will be glorious. I can drift off to a water-nap in the loving arms of my caring wife.

"Wake up honey...it's time for dinner," she says. I would suggest more ribs but I think a light dinner with a side order of two bottles of whiskey sounds better to me. So off to Show House for live entertainment, some snacks and a heck of a good time watching girls-that aren't nearly as beautiful as my wife-shake their stuff for our viewing pleasure.

When we arrive home I instantly pass out with a smile on my face, and a new watch on my wrist, while she discovers a hand-made card on her pillow containing a poem and a lock of my hair...Happy Valentine's Baby.

Cost List:

Early Bird Diner
Deuces Wild breakfast NT$222
(04) 2320-2608
Wii Nintendo Wii NT$7,060
New Hipster Tiger NT$1,300
www.ausiebum.com
Tune up and Wash NT$2,000
at any full service mechanic
TGI Friday's
3 Full Racks of Ribs NT$2,460
Three Pints of Beer NT$360
(04) 2322-7769
Taichung The Sun
Hotspring and Resort: NT$1,000/2 people 人
(04) 2239-9000
Show House NT$1,600/2 people 人
(04) 2251-5888
Seiko Automatic 200 meter Diver watch NT$7,800
http://sh2.yahoo.edyna.com/my-watch
Total cost: NT$23,802
* The price listed above may vary, please refer to the businesses for the exact costs.

 

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