The trip was fun but too short. Yes, I did get lost (many times) and there were indeed lots of hand movements/signing used when communicating but I had a great time. Taipei was particularly fascinating. The people over there were super friendly (at least to me) and the strange food concoctions were oh-so-yummy. If I was to compare Taipei to a city, I would call it the lovechild of Tokyo + Kuala Lumpur.
Hong Kong, on the other hand, fail to captivate me. It's similar to Singapore but much busier and louder. Maybe I'm just not a big fan of crowds and how commercial and brand-conscious it is? Don't get me wrong, I had a memorable time there - especially the neighbourhood I stayed at on Hong Kong Island. It had little lanes filled with small, quirky shops that sold items ranging from antiques, traditional medicine, herbs, books to bakeries and cafe. I also really like the islands and the harbour at night.
I'm itching to travel again. Family is planning a trip to China (another place I have yet to visit) in March/April. Thinking of tagging along but sadly I do not think I will be able to accumulate enough leave. Hmm... what to do?