I now know what I would do with a million dollars:
Have my hair washed by an Asian stylist every day for the rest of my life.
SERIOUSLY! A hair washing in Asia doesn’t just mean a hair washing. It includes, a 30 minute butt/lower back massage on one of these nifty chairs:
As well as a thorough scalp massage, warm wash cloths, a marathon of ultra-deep-cleansing hair products, and complimentary tea and coffee.
For all expats in Taipei–and non-expats for that matter–I give two thumbs way way up to Eddie Tham at Mix&Match Salon (across from the Sogo Mall in Zhongxiao Fuxing). You can check out his website here. I had heard one too many horror stories about haircuts-gone-horribly-wrong in Taipei before, so I was extremely hesitant to let anyone even touch my hair here. But I had also heard many good things about Eddie and I was in desperate need of at least a trim (sorry to say it had been half a year since I last went to the barber), so I went on whim since my roommate was going anyway and I am infinitely thankful for it. Eddie is a great guy with many years experience; he told me he has been cutting hair since the age of fourteen and spent a decade in Britain studying with Vidal Sassoon. Besides that, he is also fluent in Mandarin, Malay and English (with a nice British accent). So, thanks Eddie!
Who knew a haircut would ever make me so happy? I will post a picture of the finished product soon.
Also, tomorrow I will take a short trip to Sun Moon Lake. Expect a post about that, too, in the near future!