Wow! This past season was so incredible. I am so thankful for the opportunity this year to video blog in partnership with Ford. My favorite part was getting to know RIP City fans through communication on the Web site. Please check out some of the behind-the-scenes footage from the year!
Another early morning, and after a big yummy breakfast, we headed out for a tour of a beautiful temple called the Lung Shan of Manka. Our tour guide taught us many different things about all the different Gods, offerings, and reasons why many people in Taiwan visit the temple. Since it was so HOT we were then taken to enjoy a local treat that many people eat to cool off on a hot day. It consisted of sweetened shaved ice that was topped with beans, mochi, baby peanuts, potato roots, taro, lentils, and green peas. As they set the bowls down in front of us we all tasted it despite its strange appearance.
NBA madness was our next adventure, our first stop was the restroom which is always fun because we enjoy being escorted by the many, many security men. After dancing on the hottest day here so far, we enjoyed some authentic McDonald’s fried chicken and 60 chicken nuggets, each! Just kidding. But seriously that’s how much food they provided for us, we are very well taken care of.
After a short break at the hotel we headed back to NBA Madness for the closing ceremony. This had to be the largest group of fans yet! We helped out with some fan giveaways including tickets to the upcoming sold out NBA game, Nuggets vs Pacers, in October. The fans were ecstatic as we handed out event posters and other NBA gear. The NBA Madness Taiwan closed with a bang and we are thrilled to have had an opportunity to be a part of it.
SURPRISE! In the middle of the night Caitlin’s bag finally arrived. Thinking we would be fast asleep all night we were very surprised to wake up at the 5 o’clock hour. Excited to get back down to the breakfast buffet, we headed down early to fill our bellies.
Our first destination was the Grand Hyatt where we found out that we were supposed to be staying but plans changed due to the fact that the hotel is “haunted.” We had fun taking pictures next to the two photos that are there to protect all of the guests who dared to stay there. After performing in the nice air-conditioned venue and taking photos with fans at the DHL VIP Party we were served an amazing meal with all kinds of delicious food. Full to the
max we headed back to the hotel for some afternoon rest.
Since we were done for the day we got ready to head out on the town for the night. Our tour guide, Howard of NBA China, had a wonderful plan laid out for us. Our first destination was back to Taipei 101 to experience the building from the top! We made our way to the roof on the elevator that only takes 37 seconds, we felt a bit sick to say the least. What an amazing view and special feeling to be looking at Taipei from the tallest building in the world.
Our first day in Taiwan was wonderful. We woke up early and headed straight to breakfast. Talk about a lot of food!!! Dim sum, a chocolate fountain, many tropical fruits, an assortment of pastries, fresh juice, congee, a very large assortment of authentic Asian cuisine, and much, much more!!! As we made our way out of the hotel for the day, we met up with Jordan Farmer of the LA Lakers, as he would be venturing around Taipei and the NBA Madness with us.
We packed up all of our things for the day and headed out to “Spark,” the club we would be performing at later that night which is at the bottom of Taipei 101, the largest building in THE WORLD (including 91 floors)!! We took a look at the venue and set our two routines, “damaged” and “walk this way.”
Our next destination was the Shin-Kong Mitsuikoshi Shopping center where The 2009 NBA Madness Taiwan event is being held. We were greeted by lots of happy faces. We were very excited to find that we had our very own “VIP” room including air-conditioning and lots of yummy snacks. We took a look around and were stoked to find a larger than life size poster of our faces and BlazerDancers written in Taiwanese! We did a few high kicks to show our enthusiasm =)
We were given a quick lesson on common Taiwanese phrases and proper etiquette to best interact with local media and all of the fans. Next we headed out to the stage to perform for the first time!! We had a great time dancing, answering questions for the media, and signing things for the fans. The weather was way hot so it took a lot of energy! We were part of a quick tour of the activities at the event where we spent a few minutes in each tent. Mari played some bball and nearly clinched the win over Jordan Farmer, phhhhhh Lakers! We were part of a photo including the NBA championship trophy where we took measurements so we could find a place for ours in the Rose Garden this season! Hoping to arrive back at the hotel to find Caitlin’s suitcase, we were very sad to find that it hadn’t arrived yet.
After some rest back at the Shangri-La hotel we all headed out to Spark in our only uniform to perform and mingle. We had a lot of fun walking the red carpet and dancing in the famous night club, in the Taipei 101. Next we headed back to our hotel for some much needed rest.
Our once in a lifetime journey started at 8:00 am at PDX. We began our trip to NBA Madness 2009 in Taipei, Taiwan and Hong Kong!
So much excitement in the air as none of us have ever been to China. This is the first International trip for all of the ladies as BlazerDancers. Our journey took us through San Francisco, directly to Tokyo and finally about 20 hours later to Taipei, Taiwan! Of course through customs and the challenge of finding our way to correct baggage claim area. Luckily we have Eri who understands some of the language and was able to guide us through the airport. Or first challenge – Caitlin’s luggage with all of her uniforms, shoes, accessories is missing! Our first event is in the morning and Caitlin has nothing to wear! Luckily each dancer packed one uniform and shoes in their carryon just in case of emergency! Thank goodness for that last minute idea. Always be prepared!
We were greeted at the exit by our fabulous escorts Doris and Zeno who will be with us for our stay here in Taiepei. The nicest two people we could be lucky to work with. The second we exit the airport we’re overwhelmed by the heat and humidity! It must have been 90 degrees but it felt like 110. Our Rockstar Energy Drink sweats were perfectly comfortable for the long journey here but it was time for a quick little adjustment to survive the temperature. As we traveled for an hour by bus to the fabulous Shangri-La hotel in Taipei, we were able.to see the city by night. It never sleeps. It’s like New York City. What stood out most…..the Vespas1 They’re everywhere. We were later told there are 22 million people here…..and……22 million Vespas! One of our hosts says he has three of his own. Just imagine New ork City cab drivers on Vespas, weaving in and out of traffic and serious speed. Everyone rides them, adults, kids and familes, yes we saw three people on one Vespa! We’re hoping to rent some for a tour of the city while we’re here.
Once checked in at the Shangri-La we had a late dinner at one of the many bar/restaraunts here at the hotel on the 38 floor. We were able to see the beautiful city of Taipei by night and for the first time, the tallest buidling in the world, Taipei 101. Amazing! Can’t wait to see it up close.
Time to nestle in and try to get some sleep. NBA Madness 2009 begins tomorrow!
Wan an – good night!
Caitlin, Taren, Cristi, Eri, Mari, and Mary Ellen
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