Where The Wind Takes Me – Day 20

Where The Wind Takes Me Series - Table of Contents

EntryNotable Places/EventsStart of DayEnd of Day
Day 0 - Apr 21-22 2024Plane (Edmonton > Tokyo)Edmonton, CanadaTokyo, Japan
Day 1 - Tue Apr 23 2024Akihabara, Sensoji, Tokyo Sky Arena, Taiwan Food FestivalTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 2 - Wed Apr 24 2024Nezu Shrine, Tokyo National MuseumTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 3 - Thu Apr 25 2024Akihabara, Ginza, Yurakucho, Bocchi the Rock! Exhibition (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 4 - Fri Apr 26 2024Craft Gyoza Fes, Niku Fes, Odaiba, Kameido Tenjin ShrineTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 5 - Sat Apr 27 2024Niconico Chokaigi 2024Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 6 - Sun Apr 28 2024M3-53Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 7 - Mon Apr 29 2024Train (Tokyo > Osaka)Tokyo, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 8 - Tue Apr 30 2024Tsurumibashi, Expo Commemorative Park, Osaka Station (with Miyu)Osaka, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 9 - Wed May 01 2024Kyoto, Takenobu Inari Shrine, SaiinOsaka, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 10 - Thu, May 02 2024Train (Osaka > Tokyo)Osaka, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 11 - Fri May 03 2024Reitaisai 21Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 12 - Sat May 04 2024Japan Jam 2024 (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 13 - Sun May 05 2024National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 14 - Mon May 06 2024Haneda International Airport, Plane (Tokyo > Taipei), Liaoning Night MarketTokyo, JapanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 15 - Tue May 07 2024Taipei Main Station Underground Mall, Ximending Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 16 - Wed May 08 2024Shilin Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 17 - Thu May 09 2024Raohe Street Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 18 - Fri May 10 2024Songjiang Market, Guang Hua Digital Plaza, Shida Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 19 - Sat May 11 2024Dihua Street, Huaxi Street Night Market, Guangzhou Street Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 20 - Sun May 12 2024Gongguan Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 21 - Mon May 13 2024Plane (Taipei > HK), Train (HK > Guangzhou), Stayed with KelTaipei, TaiwanGuangzhou, China
Day 22 - Tue May 14 2024Zhongfu Square, Alpaca Sighting (with Kel), Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 23 - Wed May 15 2024Panyu Square, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 24 - Thu May 16 2024Nancun Wanbo (with Kel), Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 25 - Fri May 17 2024Train (Guangzhou > Xiamen), Zhongshan RoadGuangzhou, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 26 - Sat May 18 2024Xiamen Railway StationXiamen, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 27 - Sun May 19 2024Mingfa Shopping MallXiamen, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 28 - Mon May 20 2024Train (Xiamen > Guangzhou), Stayed with KelXiamen, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 29 - Tue May 21 2024Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 30 - Wed May 22 2024Tianhe Computer Town, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 31 - Thu May 23 2024Comic City, Shangxiajiu Square, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 32 - Fri May 24 2024Train (Guangzhou > Hong Kong)Guangzhou, ChinaHong Kong, China

Sunday, May 12 2024 (Day 20)

The wind wasn’t taking me anywhere today — the cough I had yesterday persisted on and off and cost me some sleep and a bit of a headache, and then my nose got stuffy. And although I had a very pleasant video chat with Zian this morning, I thought my voice sounded weird, and I was constantly trying to stifle my sniffles. I went out to brunch, then sneezed messily all over my hand when I was at a 7-Eleven store and had to napkin myself down (thankfully no one was watching that I saw), and after that episode I decided to buy some tea and go back to my hotel room and vegetate there a bit to rest up.

There’s a few reasons for this — I don’t know if I’m actually sick as it’s a slight cough and a runny nose without phlegm, but I did lose my sense of taste mid-day, so maybe I was. I just largely sneezed a lot and wiped away a runny nose. But I wanted to be as un-sick as possible when I visit my sister over the next couple of days. She’s busy enough without getting sick thanks to me. Also, I’ve been walking a lot the last few days (and getting sweaty and sticky a lot, eww) and it’s nice to have an off-day, even on vacation. I also could use the time to plan out my next couple weeks a bit more clearly, I figured.

Lastly, it was actually going to rain this afternoon and evening, possibly even thunderstorms, with 100% certainty according to Google, so night markets seemed to be off the table anyway. Thankfully it looks like the rain is going to be tapering off by checkout time tomorrow.

Still, I went out for a couple of meals at least. I passed this interesting-looking mini outdoor market on one of the streets around my lodging and Songjiang Market that I had not seen until now.

Breakfast was porridge again, at yet another random warm shop within the labyrinthine maze of little roads near my lodging:

The porridge bowl was deeper than it looked, and basically went all the way down to the table. It was quite a bit.

The old couple who tended the store had the TV on for the patrons to watch, but the old woman was busy playing some sort of browser game between making meals for customers:

I thought that was really cute. Then, on the way back, I passed what looked like a little neighbourhood altar in someone’s shop garage.

I went back to the hotel room after that and drank like 8 cups of tea. I also bought two more of those fancy 7-Eleven sandwiches and had them for lunch. They were both good! But the Japanese Roasted Chicken & Egg one was weird, because instead of both sandwiches containing some chicken and some egg, one’s filling was entirely chicken and the other entirely egg! What the heck.

But on and off through the day, possibly due to being cooped up in my air-conditioned room, I felt my body temperature wavering too, like going hot and cold in a very dangerous pre-sickness sort of way. This worried me because the destination airports will sometimes often check one’s temperature after landing. I decided that the best way to combat this was to go out again for dinner, except I wore a facemask this time. And since it wasn’t raining yet by the time I left, I decided to go find a random night market anyway to complete my streak. I picked a small night market called Gongguan Night Market somewhere to the south of me and rode a bus there. Definitely wasn’t going to walk there in my condition and under the threat of a thunderstorm though.

As night markets go, this was pretty awful. This was all the night market street there was:

And that’s it! It was one short street with stalls. Many of the carts I saw were identical to the ones I saw on other, larger markets, and I’ve pretty sure the milk cart was 50 yuan in other markets but 70 at this one.

There were a good number of shops in a district around the mini night market still, and it was right by a train station which is also nice for convenience, but the night market was tiny and expensive. The district around the market looked like this:

Honestly not bad but a little generic at this point, or maybe I’m a little jaded since I’ve seen a lot of streets and regular shops at this point!

Nearby, there was also a neat market called Shuiyuan Market, found via following this sign pointing to the right:

A gallery of pictures of this two-storey market follows.

The market was largely a mix of fruit/vegetable stands, cramped hot food stalls, and fabric/clothing stores. It was nice, even though half the market was closed as it was evening (and these markets usually skew toward being open in the mornings, I believe, even if the actual market’s opening hours stretch into the evenings too).

I also saw a girl dressed up in a wedding dress and being fussed over by a seamstress or something.

Pre-congrats, random person!

After leaving the market, I headed toward a nearby Malaysian restaurant that I had found on Google Maps. Along the way, I passed this security guard sleeping at his post, a gatehouse guarding some residential area.

The restaurant I ended up at, Mr Chee Kopitiam, was very busy — they had an entire queue numbering system for groups needing tables for 1-2 people, 3-4 people, and 5+ people. Basically newcomers took a queue number and then waited outside for 15-30 minutes until their number was called, at which point they could be seated, make their order, and then wait another 20 minutes to get served. The board showing the current number being served can be seen on the right side of this photo:

I was not about to go in since I was still feeling a bit under the weather though, so I declared that I wanted take out (wài dài / 外帶) instead and got to skip the first queue. 20 minutes later, I had my food and eventually brought it home to consume.

The reason I had wanted this particular meal was that this was Hokkien Char Mee, or Hokkien Fried Noodles, and there was the potential that it was my favourite dish, so I wanted to try it. However, it wasn’t — as per the linked Wikipedia article above, the version in the first column (Singapore hokkien mee) is the version I like, but the one that this store sold was the Kuala Lumpur version, which was okay, but meh. It was also expensive, clocking in at 250 NTD (just over $10 CAD) for just that bowl, though the bowl was fairly deep.

It finally started raining on my way back, although by the time I alighted from the bus the rain had largely stopped. The roads were glittering though.

I took one bus there and a different bus back, and got a discount on the second ride as it was within a transfer window — the bus rides for the evening cost me 15 NTD and 7 NTD respectively and together didn’t even total the equivalent of 1 CAD (23 NTD). Very cheap.

While walkin back home, I passed a woman who had dozed off in her shop in front of the TV. This was the second person I had seen that evening who had been lulled to sleep by the incoming (or recently outgoing) rain which had helped cool down the city.

Also, I went into a Familymart store and found yet another two new sandwich flavours that I had not seen yet. I’ve added them to the list at the bottom of my blog post two days ago now.

Finally, I saw a couple of sandwiches on sale at a 7-Eleven so I bought them for tomorrow morning.

I then got home, washed my clothes, finished this blog post, blew my nose a lot, and got ready for my trip to Hong Kong the following day. Funnily enough, since it was raining as I did the laundry, the balcony floor was wet and so was the tarp cover atop the washing machine.

If I remain possibly sick, I might spend an extra day in Hong Kong holed up in some last minute random hotel before heading to meet Kel in Guangzhou. We’ll see, though!

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