Five months after taking office, President Ma Ying-jeou and his wife Chow Mei-ching finally moved into the president's official residence in downtown Taipei Sunday.
The move began early Sunday and it took one big lorry and two medium-sized vans to carry the first family's belongings from Ma's private home in JingMei District to his new residence in ZhongZheng District, both in Taipei City.
A crew member of the moving company told a local TV station that he was really surprised when he knocked on the door of the customer and the president opened the door and handed him a carton full of the first family's belongings.
The first lady, who had packed all the cartons, was waiting at the new residence, which has been given the new code-name of ZhongXing Apartment. The code derives from the names of the ZhongZheng District where the official residence is located and XingLong Road where the president's private home is located.
Ma, who took office as head of state on May 20, had to wait five months before moving into the official residence because its sewage system was being repaired, an aide to the president said.
Unlike other first families that have lived at the residence, the new occupants -- Ma, his wife and their dog -- would not hire a cook.
The aide explained that Ma rarely eats at home because of his busy schedule and the first lady prefers to cook for herself unless she has guests, in which case she would order food from caterers.