|Hop onto the thrown at Modern Toilet Restaurant|
Of all the things that brought a big smile to my face today, the Modern Toilet has to trump the list. It was never a wonder that the South East Asia culinary experience can be quite something, but this is something that the most valiant connoisseurs of the ‘weird’ would scrunch their nose at – atleast just for a second. The manga character, Dr. Slump on the toilet, inspired the ‘loo’ themed restaurant and it was only months before it became a rage with locals and tourists alike. It’s been just over a decade since it started and the excitement around the Taipei restaurant doesn’t seem to wane. A trip to Taipei without the welcome ‘squirt’ from a western commode or plastic yellow turd replicas and a ‘throne’ for a seat would not be complete. (www.moderntoilet.com.tw)
|Xia Hai City of God Temple|
Another grin worthy spot is the famous Xia-Hai City God Temple, tucked away in the Dihua Street of the old town, especially for those looking for love. Of the cluster of many Gods who resolve a number of issues for devotees to temple, one of them is specifically assigned for matchmaking and fidelity. The busiest building in the block, the temple has a steady stream of devotees armed with incense sticks, scrolls of holy paper to burn, fruit, chocolates and more for the Gods. Photography is allowed and no one seems to bat an eyelid with tourists knocking devout locals with elbows, lenses firmly pointed at the small shrines inside. Infact, a polite bow and sorry is what you get in return.