Day 1 En Route (2005-04-16)

 It was our first time flying Eva Air and the service and food was good.  They have the most user-friendly console for the personal TV screen and KL and I both were able to watch a movie and half of another which we had been waiting for them to come on video, so the three hours and ten minutes flight to Taipei seemed to go very quickly.

We landed at CKS International Airport around 10:35 pm.  The airport is clean and modern.  After immigration and customs which took no time at all, we followed the sign and headed straight to the Airport Bus Passenger Waiting Room.  We double-checked that Airbus company (kanji) does stop at our hotel and bought our tickets ($3 for an adult).  We missed the 11 o'clock bus by five minutes and had to wait for the next one which departed on time at 11:20 pm.

There was only a handful of passengers and the trip took 40 minutes from the airport (50 minutes from Terminal 2) in light traffic.  The driver does not speak English and he announces the name of each stop in Mandarin.  Since I speak Mandarin, it's no problem for us at all.  If you don't speak the language, I suggest you write down the name of your hotel in Chinese and show it to the driver before the bus takes off.

When we finally checked into Sheraton, it was already 12:10 am.  The reason I picked this hotel is because it's one of a few hotels where there is an airport bus stop right in front of it (I don't want to be dragging our luggage across the streets looking for our hotel in the middle of the night).  There is also a MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) station and several bus stops just a few meters from the hotel, making it convenient for us to go to places.  (Doing my homework prior to the trip pays)

The hotel has been undergoing a major restoration over a year ago and is near completion.  There is no sign of any outward construction or renovation anymore.  The lobby is clean and spacious, the staff is very friendly and helpful.  Since we are a member of the Sheraton group hotels, we got a nice room on the 12th floor and not too far from the lifts.

Our room is large and the bed is absolutely enormous.  It can sleep two more of us easily! There is also a welcome "basket" which looks more like a welcome dish to me, with an apple and a grapefruit on it.  But the hotel does replenish the fruit everyday, so if you add up the ten pieces of fruit we could have gotten from our 5-night stay, you could say the hotel gave us a basket of fruit!

We were dead tired but too excited to fall asleep because the next day's a busy day for us.

To be continued

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