Day 3 in Taipei: Free umbrella reminded me of Glenn Close

“Is it made in Taiwan?”

That was the question asked by Alex Forrest, played by Glenn Close, when she saw Dan Gallagher, played by Michael Douglas, struggling to open an umbrella in one of the first scenes of the movie Fatal Attraction.

The umbrella in the pic above isn’t the one used in the film, but it’s most probably made in Taiwan. It’s a so-called “courtesy umbrella,” which Taipei Metro passengers can get for free on a rainy day.

I find this courtesy umbrella feature in Taipei Metro stations impressive: it’s a simple yet useful way of showing passengers that their needs are taken care of.

The rain didn’t prevent me from playing basketball today. I searched online for free indoor basketball courts and found the Adidas 101 court:

The nearest Taipei Metro station is Taipei 101. Head towards Exit 2. You won’t miss it.

Oh, speaking of Taipei 101. There were times when its full towering glory couldn’t be seen totally as clouds partially obscured the view. 

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