In three hatchbacks our group drove south to Tainan: siblings Ryan and Sara and their parents; sisters Annie and Ting Ting with their mother and grandmother; and siblings Jack and Jessica, their parents, and me. Our destination was the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel. Once we arrived, we battled the weather with umbrellas and flip flops and enjoyed a mini-vacation away from Hsinchu.

Warning: two pictures show men who have flogged themselves.