a week ago, i went on a road trip through taiwan! it was a five-day trip that started in kaohsiung, which is in the southern part of the country and closest to the philippines. so the weather was warmer, a bit more tropical, and at times downright hot! then we spent a couple of days in taichung, which is in the middle, surrounded by mountains, so cooler and very windy; by evening, the temps drop to cold levels. finally, we ended in taipei, which was 10°C and had a constant drizzle. so you can imagine the schizo wardrobe we had to bring! it's all in the layering. and, of course, comfy shoes made for walking and that can get wet.
from NAIA1 to plane to kaohsiung, it's all about layers. good to pack a cardi and a pash for when it gets cold: my day 1 outfit: brown/white stripe cardigan and brown men's stretch trousers by collezione C2, red T-shirt by H&M, black ankle boots by gucci, red slingbag by carlton (which i used throughout the trip—i knew it would be raining, so i didn't want to bring a bag with "sensitive" material), red tote by longchamp, red pashminette (i.e., fake pashmina ;-) from madrid rastro, black belt by paul smith.
by the afternoon, it was hot! but the bus we rode was so cold, so i tied the cardi around my shoulders when we got out. here i am in front of the fab kaohsiung national stadium. obviously, i left my cheapo sunglasses in the bus:
day 2, we were on the road to taichung. on the way, we took a cruise around sun moon lake. temps were mild till the boat got moving, of course. my day 2 outfit: striped long-sleeved knit top by zara, navy blue men's stretch trousers by collezione C2 (yes, i got this in all colors!), black patent ankle boots by FS/NY, silk scarf by liz claiborne, cheapo sunglasses by topshop. for the cruise, i added a black raincoat by mango and a black rainhat by gucci.
by day 3, the rains started. but it wasn't strong rain, just a constant light drizzle that you can walk through, but you're sure to get wet. my rainy-day outfit: green raincoat by AK anne klein, black jeans by CPS chaps, liz claiborne scarf, gucci boots and hat. inside, i wore a black V-neck sweater by brooks brothers over a green T-shirt by H&M. o matchy-matchy, diba?
on day 4, we left for taipei, which was cold and drizzly the whole time. time to bring out the wellies! here i am in front of the grand hotel. what a building! my day 4 outfit: black belted jacket by polo jeans co. ralph lauren, black men's stretch trousers by collezione C2, wellies by burberry. this is what i wore inside: white sweater by folded & hung, black/white striped knit top by zara (see below). i'm slicing a cake because it was my birthday and the organizers of the tour got me a cake!! sweet!!
finally on day 5, it was time to go home. we had one last tour to the chiang kai-shek memorial hall, which is open-air so it was layers galore plus wellies. before checking in, i switched to a pair of footzyrolls folded flats, which i had in my tote, and i squeezed the wellies and heavy jacket into the maleta. because once you land in manila, the heat and humidity will kill you!