Thursday. 22°c. Overcast.
8:46 a.m. Alexander woke to new surroundings this morning. Our second children’s hotel in Tainan. Much cheaper than our first stay, but of course much smaller. But not too small. Cosy with space I would call it.
Today we plan to goto a famous museum in Tainan called the Chimei Museum. If you know something about computer brands you may recognize the name. Chimei is a Taiwanese computer company that mostly manufactures LCD flat planel displays. Infact inside most brands whether it be Sony, LG, etc is actually a Chimei LED flat panel. In the same way that Apple uses Taiwanese computer manufacturer Foxxconn (aka Honhai) to make it’s iPhones etc. Anyhow Chimei invested alot of money in the museum we will visit today which holds art collections from all over the world. Really looking forward to it.
1100 a.m. Stopped by the Taiwan Sugar Corporation shopping mall. Which is not too far from the Chimei Museum. We had some lunch there and then headed off to the museum.
12:00 p.m. The Chimei museum is absolutely massive. It took us about 5 minutes to drive around to the back entrance in order to park our scooter in the public car park. Another 10 minutes to walk from the car park through gardens and along pathways marked with scuptures of Greek Gods and around to ancient Greek or Roman front of its monolithic entrance. If they intended to impress visitors it certainly does that.
1230 p.m. After taking in some of the exterior scenery and snapping a few photos of Alexander running around it the bright sunlight we headed inside. The entrance fee was $200 per adult. Well worth it after what I saw inside. Children under two are free. So that was good.
1245 p.m. After making our way into the facility we were greated by a white matble cavernous great hall with huge staircases stretching up the the 3rd floor. I felt like I had stepped into ancient rome, not some place in Taiwan.
After pasding thorough secrouty gates we decided to check out the great hall of animals. Inside I was a bit overwhelmed. It was filled very stylishly with animals from all over the world. Displayed in their respective regions. These were real taxidermy beasts. And they are all perfectly preserved and presented. I never knew I bull African Elephant was such a huge magnificent looking beast nor a Polar bear. But you name it and it was in there. The animal section also included real dinosaur fossils and bones. Both land and sea. In the human section, they displayed various skulls from pre-Neanderthal through to modern man. Modern mans skull is quite small and stramlined compaired to its ancient ancestors.
130 p.m. By this time we were walking pass didplay unpon display.of medieval armour from across Europe, Japan, China and elsewhere. The museum’s collection of the development of armory is mind numbingly extensive. A person with a passion for such things could easily spend a day or two just looking at it all. However our time was limited so we had to do it in 30 minutes or so.
Next was the fine arts on the next floor. Again the amount of paintings and other fine arts displayed was overwhelming. I think you would really need a full day from morning to late afternoon to appreciate it all. I did stop to ponder over an early hand stetch done by Pablo Picasso of a young womans face and some great paintings from the renaissance period. The detail that the artists had put into these paintings was very interesting.
2:45 p.m. Now we were picking up the pace abit and going through the musical instruments section. Everything from lutes and pipe organs to jukeboxes and a couple of very well kept early Edison Telephone systems.
3:00 We had to cut short our musuem visit as times was running out. I had to get Alex and Chia back go the kids hotel and then get off to work. It was a 20 minute drive from the Chimei museum back to our accommodation.
4:15 p.m. Afternoon changing into my work clothes I set off for my class.
5:00 p.m. Young learns class. Today we had to review the alphabet, classroom objects and numbers 1 to 1o.
7:00 p.m. Arrived back at the accommodation and needed to take Alexander to see a local doctor. He had a slight fever. Got him some medicine and then grabbed something to eat at the local night markets nearby.
8:00 p.m. Time to settle down and relax and watch some TV while Alexander has his night bottle feed.
10:00 p.m. I’m done. Can’t keep my eyes open. Time to sleep.