Since we last wrote, we have been pretty busy. Friday night, we went to see Spiderman 3 at the semi-vacant mall / cineplex across the street. It wasn’t a good movie, but was a nice diversion.
Yesterday, we went and had another prayer service with a different monk. More of Jen’s extended family was there, and we got to meet some of her cousins. With over 40 cousins, Jen hasn’t actually met them all, or was too young to remember when she did, so that was nice. After the prayer service, A Bei and A Um took us around to some of the other sights in Taipei. We stopped quickly by the National Palace and the Martyr’s Shrine (a history of the Republic of China, from a military point of view). We are going to go back with Chris to spend more time there in the future, but it was nice to see, if only briefly.
Last night, we went out to dinner with Jen’s cousin Steve, a microchip designer with multiple patents who lives here with his family in Hsinchu. We went to a really nice restaurant that was very moderately priced. Great food. After that, we went to three electronics superstores. It was geek paradise.
Finally slept in to 8 am today. Nice.