Jandy’s classes were soon to begin at the second week of June and, to mark the end of summer, we planned a overseas trip to Taipei (Taiwan), a first for both of us.  We left Manila’s NAIA Terminal 2 Airport on an uneventful  7:20 AM Philippine Airlines flight (PR-896), arriving at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport 2 hours later.  An Edison Travel Service representative was already on hand at the airport to bring us to our hotel.  The drive from the airport to the city proper took less than an hour.

Taipei Gala Hotel

We arrived at our hotel by 10:20 AM and checked in at a de luxe twin room, one of the hotel’s 150 spacious and luxurious guest rooms (NT$4,300-5,200).  The hotel also has 10 suites (NT$6,800).  All rooms and suites are decorated in a classic, contemporary style with art nouveau accents, and all incorporate state-of-the-art technology. Aside from the usual central airconditioning (with temperature regulator switch), private bathroom with bathtub and shower chamber, hair dryer, cable TV, minibar, IDD telephone, in-room safe, coffee and tea making facility and DVD player, we also had free unlimited internet access.

Room 2912

Established in 1980 and recently remodeled, Gala Hotel’s distinctive address, along Song Jiang Road, in midtown Taipei, placed us at the heart of Taipei’s most prestigious shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood with the financial district right next door and  within walking distance from the hotel. Approximately 100 m. from the hotel is the MRT Xinzhuang Luzhou line Exit off Xingtian Temple Station.

Golden Ear Restaurant

Gala Hotel has 2 food and beverage outlets: the ground floor Golden Ear Restaurant and the second floor Golden Pot Chinese Cuisine which can accomodate wedding feasts, company banquets, family gatherings and birthday parties.  The former was where we had buffet breakfasts, dining on Western and Eastern cuisine over a cup of Blue Mountain or Santos coffee.   The latter, where we had lunch, serves traditional Cantonese cuisine such as steamed fresh abalone with green onions, lobster with mush garlic, shark’s fin soup, deep fried king prawns and steamed garoupa.  The hotel also has conference facilities, function rooms and business center.

Song Jiang Road

Taipei Gala Hotel: 186 Song Jiang Rd., Taipei 10467, Taiwan.  Tel: (+886-2) 2541-6888 (reservations) and (+886-2) 2541-5511 (operator).  Fax:(+886-2) 2531-3831.  Website: www.galahotel.com.tw.

Golden Pot Chinese Cuisine: lunch (11:30 AM-2 PM), dinner (5:30 PM-9 PM).  Tel: (+886-2) 2541-6889 (reservation)

Edison Travel Service: 4/F, 190 Song Jiang Rd., Taipei 10467 Taiwan.  Tel: (+886-2) 2563-5313, (+886-2) 2563-4621 and (+886-2) 2541-6785.  Fax: (+886-2) 2563-4803 AND (+886-2) 2531-1353. Website: www.edison.com.tw.