I got the time to visit the photography streets west of the Taipei Main MRT train station. I didn't bring my camera, but I'll snap a few next time. There are ALOT of shops. Some offering only high end name brand stuff. some offering cheaper offerings. I was looking for Benro (China brand), so i skipped the shops with Manfrotto and Gitzo. Also I was looking for colored flash gel packs. They didn't have anything close to that. Oh well, maybe i'll just make my own. In order to get there, I had to walk through the Taipei Main station underground metro mall. It's Huge! Excellent place to walk around, eat, shop, or watch the high schoolers killing time breakdancing and other sorts of group dancing.
Finally, I think i'm getting used to the heat. 100+ degree day with 90% humidity, sun is out and no breeze. Didn't have much of an issue. shorts would have helped though :(