[quote=“Bao_Lisha”](Yes, I’ve done a quick search…)
I’d like to know where in Taipei (I’ll be in the central area, studying at Shi-Da for a year from late August this year) I can get hold of the following:
A [color=#BF00FF]viola[/color] - a cheap-ish model, a 2nd-hand one or a rental instrument would be fine. I can’t bring mine with me so I’ll also want to sell it back at the end of the year. (A viola is a stringed instrument that looks like a large violin, btw )
[color=#BF00FF]Tinned/canned tomatoes[/color]. When I was living over there back in 1997/8 they were like gold dust, very hard to find and pricey. Has availability improved at all?
Decent [color=#BF00FF]wholemeal bread[/color] that isn’t sweet! I can make my own, but when most places don’t have ovens…
[color=#BF00FF]Peppermint tea[/color] and the Chinese for it. Is it ‘bohe cha’?
[color=#BF00FF]Embroidery supplies[/color]. I know where the fabric markets are as I visited those last spring when we came over, but threads and so on were more elusive. I’m going to badly miss my workbox.
The only other thing is that my [color=#80BF00]laptop[/color] has just died and we’re considering waiting to get a new one until we get to TW. I know where to get them from, but what are the prices like at the mo in TW and what’s the chance of getting English Windows included? I can get a decent HP one here in the UK for under US$500 including Windows, that’s about NT$15700 at today’s exchange rate. I can manage with Chinese, but would rather not have to and I have all the other software I need already.
Thanks in advance guys! [/quote]
Lots of second hand instruments on the net -Yahoo Kimo - and especializwed stores -like the one on the Zhongshan-Zhongshiao Intersection, stone’s throw from Taipei Main Station. Anyway, new ones are dirt cheap.
Organic canned, spiced canned, diced or whole canned, all kinds of canned tomatoes come and go from COSTCO -best deal pricewise, and as Dragonbones says, not bulky.
From Shida, it’s a 5 minute MRt ride and then bus maybe 10 minutes. Or direct bus like 30 minutes -does a lot of crisscrossing. Bus top is right in front. Easy as pie. Taxi should be 150 to 200 nts.
Otherwise, now in Taipei there are lots of “foreign” supermarkets -City Super, Jason’s, etc…- or good quality localized like Careefour and Takashimaya and Matsusei. Plus plenty of organic stores, to browse and compare prices to your heart’s content.
Embroidery supplies: there are several especialized stores. I know of a biggie one in my neighborhood in Xindian, but also on Zhongshan Road and Chang An East Road intersection there is a small one that’s an institution. They have patterns and stuff. I’ve seen a few behind Taipei Main station, no biggie a worry, either.
Whole meal bread/meal: seach for the organic stores, I gave the address of a place in Beiping east Road, for example. No biggie, not hard to find either, just find one that fits your taste.
Mint tea is quite popular mixed with green tea. Herbal stores also carry it in bulk. High end supermarkets have the expenisve British and German brands, too.
As to the laptop, depends on what you want. 500 nts seems a bit low, though, unless it is a netbook. Might be more expensive here, though, but we have teh latest models.
Certain brands -like Toshiba and Acer or Asus- give you a choice of Windows in English or Chinese. Getting XP instead of Vista might be more challenging.