Month: 2018-09


devin 09:26:07
Hi folks. I arrive in Taiwan on October 2nd and plan to be in Hong Kong area around the 10th. Will begin to book an AirBnB in the next few days so lemme know if there is anything I should... know.
patcon 12:28:39
I'm likely looking to Airbnb too, as I will be hostelling in mid-sept when I arrive. @itsmisscs knows that I no longer have a couch to offer during the summit, so she's on the hunt for an Airbnb too. We could prob group-book?
devin 12:39:30
How many people?
devin 12:41:10
Looks like I can get a $40/night studio apartment between the green and blue lines, (blue being the line that goes to the Summit venue ) so any group deal should be better than that.
devin 13:09:48
Okay - after a bit of research I'd say 1 bedrooms are nice and cheap ($40ish). 2 bedrooms nice and cheap too ($60-$80). 3 bedrooms are actually kinda expensive and not many of them. ($120+). So at this point my inclination would be getting a 1 or 2 bedroom.
thebestsophist 06:44:31
i would be very happy to join in for the summit—trying to figure out if i am spending other time with family after
devin 07:28:16
what're your Taipei dates?
thebestsophist 09:12:54
no clue, haven’t bought a plane ticket yet
dzn 14:14:56
I’ll have to decide very last minute since I might have to be in India around those dates. Better not to count me in airbnb plans.
dzn 14:15:49
That’s where we stayed the last time. It’s a really nice hostel and right next to Tokyo main station.
patcon 12:29:11
Should @thebestsophist be in here too?
devin 12:52:02
ya def


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devin 00:58:14
I'd like to book my Taipei situation soon so if I don't hear back some affirmative responses in the next day I'll probably go solo.
thebestsophist 01:22:59
just realized i had double the vacation i thought i did…I can definitely split an airbnb with you the entire time you’re there
devin 01:31:08
patcon 05:37:17
if the price isn't too far off from my hostel rate, i could be in for the whole time, but my stipend doesn't pay out until oct 1, so i'd have to be on loan till then...? no pressure, happy to continue hosteling and paying last-minute
devin 05:37:40
whats your hostel rate?
patcon 05:39:06
so you two are looking to book tues, oct 2 - wed, oct 10? 8 days?
patcon 05:39:08
brb checking
patcon 05:49:59
heh $14/night...! sorry, must have been tired when I read the backscroll for the irst time. yeah $120 for 3bdrm seems crazy
patcon 05:51:32
i was going to say that staying together seems greater than the sum of parts -- as in, would help us stay in sync, even if we're not saving too much money. but still, that's really surprising that there's nil discount
patcon 05:57:13
Do we all want rooms? as in, i'm fine to sleep in common areas, and fine if my room has two beds
devin 06:12:39
I want my own room. $40/night is in my budget and doable for a 1 bedroom so I'd opt for that.
devin 06:15:05
Or I'd do a 2 bedroom with Cordelia
thebestsophist 06:25:39
2 bed+common area with a couch might work for three of us
patcon 13:49:34
ok, did some research. The "fantastic view" place is my fave so far:
devin 06:58:36
nice research here!
devin 06:59:02
fantastic view looks great but it's pretty far from the train.
devin 07:02:08
next listing down seems confusing. Are they saying two beds in one room?
devin 07:04:02
the one entitled ROOT looks okay.
devin 07:04:10
"Whole floor loft" is too far from the trains IMO.
devin 07:08:35
Can we all look at the listing and approve? If so I'm happy to put it on my card. Things are going fast so let's decide in in the next day? @patcon @thebestsophist
thebestsophist 07:16:44
looks good to me!
patcon 08:24:28
patcon 08:25:13
something looked a little funny about that one, and I dug a little deeper. i think they typo'd the location. They say there's in "Wenhan District" and near the zoo, and that means they're here:,+Taipei+City,+116/@24.9955491,121.5435135,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x3442aa7bbf60f80b:0x285fbedec79cd81a!8m2!3d24.9929212!4d121.57125
patcon 08:25:33
So seems that that's not where it looks to be
patcon 08:42:34
added three more from the filtered airbnb results. the "Love Taipei" ones seems a bit nicer (washer/dryer = big perk)
devin 04:15:22
any of those look good to me
thebestsophist 06:41:29
same all look fantastic! washer/dryer is *huge*
devin 07:37:33
Are we 100% sure because the refund policy is very strict. As soon as I book they charge 50%.
devin 07:37:46
10/2-10/10 is the current plan
devin 07:38:24
I'll arrive for 10/2, could leave 10/9 instead of 10/10.
thebestsophist 08:00:12
i arrive 10/3 and leave 10/12 (probably staying with family afterward) so whatever works for y’all
devin 11:55:25
Okay. Patcon give me a thumbs up and I'll rent it. You're on the couch!
patcon 18:36:58
yep! I'm in, if you are fine with reimbursement from me after Oct 1. (And just to confirm, I'm assuming I'm paying a little less with the couch, but happy to wrangle specifics later :slightly_smiling_face: )
devin 05:14:26
devin 05:19:25
thebestsophist 06:06:55
thebestsophist 07:53:31
~(can you give me the address? I have to tell the diplomatic office where i am staying)~ nevermind, found it in the airbnb invite!
patcon 08:42:17
Thanks devin!
devin 11:39:01
Uh oh the Airbnb is leaking! Message from hosts below.
devin 11:39:06
Hello Devin,
Good day,
We apologize that due to heavy rain in Taiwan last week, this apartment is leaking of water these days. We are trying to fix the problem as soon as we can, but maintenance work cannot finished during the days you stayed.
There are 2 rooms also near the Taipei City Hall MRT station 5min by walk. The website address as below,



Those 2 rooms are private rooms at the same floor. Both have independent bathroom. If it’s ok, we will helping you to transfer the rooms.

Thanks for your understanding, hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

devin 13:29:28
AirBnb cancelled. Asking the ROOT people for a more specific location. Doesn't seem there are many other good AirBnB options for with 2 bedrooms. :/
patcon 13:31:58
haha oy, oh man, this is hard
devin 13:38:08
its bed time for me. Let me know what you think. If we can't find another place within a day I'll start looking to book solo.
patcon 13:38:12
perhaps silly Q, but you're saying T1 is the same situation as the T1A we have that had the issue?

Or could you ask whether they could offer those two at the same rate??? that's prob crazy town, but you could mention that I am planning to be in taiwan until mid-dec, and if it goes well, he could book long-term during that time :wink:
thebestsophist 22:41:35
(i am happy to go with whatever y’all decide!)
thebestsophist 22:41:58
(sorry I’m less present than i should be—rushing to the end of an intense project at the end of fiscal year)
devin 22:58:29
@patcon the room linked isn't available those days.
devin 22:58:50
And ROOT is actually by the zoo, not the mapped location, so it's quite far.
devin 06:00:21
AirBNB gave me a $65 coupon because of the cancellation so it'd be $110/night for 7 nights 10/2-10/9.
devin 06:01:24
I booked. Have 48 hours to cancel with no fee.
patcon 06:02:39
This is kinda getting into the range that I have to blink at, even with reasonable offset -- I could stay the whole month at my hostel for NT$7700 (ie. $250)
patcon 06:03:45
So I think if the amounts go down with just 2 beds (is. No couch), then I think i should tap out...!
devin 06:05:14
what do you want to pay?
patcon 06:09:07
USD$10-15/night was my original range?
patcon 06:14:04
Also, I have a sleeping bag, and am happy to sleep on floor too
devin 06:20:02
well it's $113 a night. If you pay $13 then it's $50/night for Cordelia and I for a much bigger place than either of us could get on our own.
thebestsophist 06:20:48
@devin if you’re fine with that, i am, too!
devin 06:21:20
great - and if Patcon wants to sleep on a floor then we could get a 4th into a bedroom. :slightly_smiling_face:
thebestsophist 06:21:20
it’s below my budget, since i guess I’m staying with family afterward
devin 06:22:36
alright - so it's done then. give the listing a last glance and if no action is taken we're in in in.
thebestsophist 01:19:24
I’m booking my plane ticket tonight!
patcon 05:51:45
and we're not feeling this place, huh?

Star Hostel Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan

Star Hostel Taipei Main Station offers simple but comfortable accommodations near Taipei Main Station.

devin 06:14:30
I'd feel that place but there are no single rooms at this point
patcon 13:49:34
ok, did some research. The "fantastic view" place is my fave so far:

g0v summit planning

Accomodations Who's in? patcon, thebestsophist, devin Location: near venue (within an hour?) Map to drag around Nights: Tue, Oct 2 - Wed.

patcon 14:03:05
@thebestsophist any recommendation for best locations?
thebestsophist 19:55:32
i know about as much as y’all do!
thebestsophist 23:35:33
(lol, i have to notify our diplomatic office that i’m going on this trip)
devin 23:51:17
how's the service design for that?


thebestsophist 00:23:55
google form!
thebestsophist 08:11:35
flight booked! I get in on the 3rd (happy to pay for the 2nd even though i’m not there)