Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ron's trip to Taipei, Taiwan

From Shanghai, Ron took a plane to Taipei on Sunday, the 29th of May, 2016.  It was high on 31ÂșC and it was very tempting to take something cold, and an ice cream stick was a very accessible option.


But then, it was not enough for a starving stomach, so he had a siopao, while he was waiting for the check in time to Cosmos Hotel.  He strolled around Dihua street, where there are many commercial establishments.  During the two weeks before the Chinese New Year, Dihua bustles with people buying what they need for the festivities.

He found his room big and comfortable and with complimentary welcome snacks and fruits.

It was quite late, when he decided to go out and explore Taipei, he needed a good rest and a shower first, and he found his way to the Shilin Night Market, considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city.  This is how he found the Shilin Night Market, very busy and bustling with people.  Luckily, he found some quiet spots where to pose.



The next day, he got to the Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, with 101 storeys.  It is known to be the tallest and largest green building in the world, and earthquake proof at that!  Wikipedia


He visited the National Theater and National Concert Hall.

He also pictured the Liberty Square (Freedom Square) a public plaza covering over 240,000 square meters in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei.  It has served as the public gathering place of choice since its completion in the late 1970's.  Wikipedia

And partly saw the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.

He had dinner with a group of Spanish delegates to the European Innovation Week (with the purpose of bringing Taiwanese and European companies, clusters and institutes together to facilitate business and research cooperation). 

When I asked Ron, where they ate, he said "I really don't know" because it is not clearly indicated here:  heh, heh, heh...

It seems it was not all work,  but mixed with fun, the seminars that Ron participated in.   What an opportunity for Ron to have been able to mingle with people of his age in Taipei.  I am sure, he would have widened his circle of friends.  

Monday, May 30, 2016

Nanshi Old Town, Shanghai

Despite time pressure, luckily Ron was able to visit the old town of Shanghai, Nanshi, as it used to be called (or Southern Town as most of the residents of the city call it.

This part of town predates the colonial presence in Shanghai. It's bordered by Renmin Lu and Zhonghua Lu, roads that echo the line of walls built in the 15th century to keep out Japanese pirates and since demolished. Source:  Viator

Here are some photos taken by Ron.

But first of all, to try the dimsums...



It was a rainy day and pictures were not easy to take.

But no rain can keep Ron from having fun...




What a colorful town.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tianzifang, Shanghai

Ron at the Convention Center showing us his work area and the Convention Room.  Note his Chinese name.  He is quite relaxed, don't you think?

That must be the cleaning lady and Ron staying for some shots after everybody else is gone.  It must be their distributor who is taking his pictures.

I wonder how he catches up with the lectures, nobody else seems to be paying attention.  This must be during a pause period.  What a face of being so interested... jejeje...

The 5th International Bridge and Tunnel Technology Conference 2016.  Ron's company is selling software for this type of technology.

After work, Ron went toTianzifang, an arts and crafts enclave that has developed from a renovated residential area in the French Concession area of Shanghai.  

Tianzifang has become a major tourist attraction and has more than 200 diverse small businesses such as cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries, craft stores, design houses and studios, and even French bistros. 

 It is adjacent to the SML center which is among the largest shopping malls in Shanghai upon completion. (I guess this must have the same owner as the SML in Manila).  It is also near the Shanghai Metro Line 9's Dapuquiao Station which is immediately to the south.

Inside SML Center




Outside Dapuquia metro station


Despite all the businesses selling trendy foreign goods, the area does not have the look of having been overly beautified - electricity cables are still strung overhead, and air conditioning units are obvious on the outside of the buildings.  Wikipedia.

Typical alleys and streets in Tianzifang.





Moments of simple pleasures, enough to last a whole lifetime.  Such blessed moments of bliss!