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Thursday, September 06, 2007

My last day in Kaohsiung, was a gift

With all the major moves and relocations I've been through, the last day before I leave is usually a frenzy filled day of last minute packing and preparations. Along the way I try to squeeze in get-togethers and goodbyes with friends and family. It is usually all a blur of activity. In fact, I don't think I remember exactly how I spent my last day in New York before leaving for Taiwan.

So it was truly a gift when my friend- A said he'd come down to Kaohsiung from Taipei to visit me on my last day (June 30) in Kaohsiung. I wasn't sure what to expect. I was just thrilled that he was going to be visiting me because I knew I'd miss him dearly!

The day he arrived was a beautiful sunny day and we played the role of tourists as we made our rounds to Kaohsiung's major sites, including some newer ones that I hadn't yet had the chance to visit.

We started off at the Tuntex Sky Tower aka 85 Skytower, the tallest building in Kaohsiung and went up to the viewing deck for a view of the city.

For those of you who have ever visited me in Kaohsiung- if you look closely, you might recognize some of these buildings.

The Dream Mall, a nine floor shopping mall, which opened up in March is one of Kaohsiung's newest sites and now Taiwan's largest mall. It has a ferris wheel on the roof with a view of the ocean. The ferris wheel is tremendously popular. The last time I went there in the evening with my cousin who was in town for a visit, there was an hour wait! Better luck next time... So of course A and I had to make a stop over there to ride the ferris wheel, which stands at 102.5m tall atop the roof of the mall.

Well of course the ferris wheel had to be a Hello Kitty themed one. This is Taiwan where one of the major airlines has introduced a Hello Kitty airplane! Someone has even blogged about it here. Here we see the backside of Hello Kitty and her "friend" Daniel. Oh the things you learn about Hello Kitty after having lived in Taiwan for six years...

A view of the 85 Skytower in Kaohsiung from the ferris wheel.

The containers of Kaohsiung harbor.

Hello Kitty and Daniel-san wave from the ferris wheel car.

Looking out from the ferris wheel.

Look down! Look way down!

It was a beautiful day full of many mixed emotions.


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