One of the most exciting and anticipated days for the Mavericks is the day when they’re eligible for their Personal Development Fund (PDF). The PDF equals to one month of your salary. You can use it annually to do things that will improve yourself and broaden your horizon, but only to do things that are unrelated to work! This year, I was using my PDF for the first time, resulted with my very first trip to Taiwan. What was originally planned to be a reunion trip at a good friend’s wedding, evolved into an exciting culinary adventure.
Taiwan is a small island located just off the southern coast of mainland China. It’s also known as Formosa, Portuguese for “Beautiful Island”. What makes Taiwan interesting is the mixture of Chinese and Japanese culture with added spices of Western values that is shown at almost every aspect of people’s lives.
One of the places I would highly recommend to visit is Jiufen. The city had gone through such a fascinating history. It’s essentially an old mining city over a hill that had transformed into one of the busiest tourist destination in Taiwan. The narrow stairs and alleys are packed with souvenir shops, food stall and cafes. I found this city succeeded in captivating me, made me stayed there for one full day, letting my self bewitched by its beauty over a cup of cold tea.
Another recommended spot in Taiwan is Shilin Night Market. It is a night market in the Shilin District of Taipei city. Being the most famous night market in Taiwan, it offers you varieties of local foods. Although the place is always crowded during weekends, it is definitely a heaven for those who are interested in culinary adventure.
Surely, a trip to Taiwan would be incomplete without tasting the infamous Chòu Dòufu. Can be easily found almost everywhere in Taiwan, this fermented tofu with strong odor definitely has it’s own charm. Although it is the stinkiest tofu in the world, I highly recommend those who are planning to go to Taiwan to taste it. You might need to pull out the courage out of you to eat one, however it will give you an unforgettable experience.