Compass Food Fest 2015

September 19, 2015

I wrote on my goals list for Taiwan Year 2 that I was going to start exploring the Taichung area more. It is where I live after all! For a few months all my friends and I could talk about was the food festival coming up in Taichung. One, I love food, and two, I love festivals. Then I started having stomach problems. With minimal dairy and spicy food allowed in my life I wasn’t looking forward to the festival as much, but I still went.

It was a beautiful, sunny day! I drove Kristen and I down to Taichung. We checked out NOVA (like the Best Buy of Taiwan) where I asked a couple camera shops what was wrong with my Nikon J1 camera. I got the same answer both times: “the lens is broken”. At that point I had to make a decision: either buy a new lens for my camera, which I opted out of because it was wayyyy to expensive, or buy the same exact camera but a red one that was used and had no warranty. I couldn’t make up my mind so Kristen and I walked upstairs and started looking at the brand new cameras. I was seeing some beautiful cameras with expensive prices. After walking around and not being able to make a decision I finally stopped at one shop that was selling the Nikon J5. It was a major upgrade from my J1, it was brand new, and if I paid in cash I could get some added bonuses. For 16,000NT (533USD) (I’m going to go cry in a corner now) I got my new J5 camera, a case, an extra battery and a 16GB memory card. The clerk was very nice. The best part about NOVA was almost everyone I spoke to could speak English. It was great since I already don’t like shopping for cameras.

My beautiful model posing for my first picture with my camera.

My beautiful model posing for my first picture with my camera.

With my expensive purchase in hand Kristen and I drove to the Compass Food Festival near the Art Museum in Taichung. We met up with our other friends there and spent the rest of the evening walking around, looking at booths, and of course, eating food. I was on my special diet so I couldn’t drink or eat certain foods, but it was still enjoyable none-the-less.

I had to try out the flip screen option on my camera.

I had to try out the flip screen option on my camera.

How cool looking is this dog?!

How cool looking is this dog?!

A group that performed with Japanese style drums. They were amazing!

A group that performed with Japanese style drums. They were amazing!

Group Shot!

Group Shot!

After awhile Kristen and I left for our friends’ Sean and Laura’s apartment. They were hosting a Cards Against Humanity game night. I got to meet a bunch of new people that Laura works with and find how truly awful they could be (or show them how truly awful I could be!). Kristen won the game so she was duped the worst person of us all.

 

Selfie again at Laura and Sean's House.

Selfie again at Laura and Sean’s House.

We had so much fun that we didn’t leave until well after midnight. I drove us home in the nice, cool air. Although I had spent a lot of money 😦 I had a great Saturday with friends.

I hope for more fun adventures in the Taichung area.