There was no prospect of another hunger strike on Tuesday as former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian returned to the Taipei Detention Centre. After a marathon bail hearing that put him back behind bars, Chen headed back to the centre with more than NT$15,000 (HK$3,500) in spending money, Taiwanese media said. He spent about NT$700 on daily necessities such as towels and toothbrushes, and more than NT$1,000 on milk candies, canned eel, mineral water and stationery. It was a contrast to the 15-day hunger strike he launched when he was first detained in November. Taiwan's United Daily News said Chen had spent the time so far preparing notes for his defence, sleeping and eating, as well as reading and meeting visitors. Local media said that on the first day his son, Chen Chih-chung, gave him a spiritual-themed book called Nothing Left but Money, a title laced with irony given the corruption charges against the former leader. He is charged with collaborating with his wife in embezzlement, forging documents and money laundering, which includes NT$141 million in embezzled secret state funds and bribes of NT$100 million and US$8.73 million from developers of two projects. But Chen's lawyer said the book, written by a Taiwanese clergyman, was intended to encourage Chen to value relationships with family and friends. Former Taiwanese vice-president Annette Lu Hsiu-lien and some Democratic Progressive Party legislators also visited Chen. Ms Lu denied an earlier report by a Taiwanese magazine that Chen had offered her NT$200 million to found a newspaper. 'It's groundless because he is unable even to fend for himself and all his money has been frozen,' she said. DPP legislator Hsueh Ling said she brought Chen magazines to help him through the tedium. Chen was sent to the centre on Tuesday when, after a 12-hour hearing, Taipei District Court judges overturned an earlier ruling that Chen be freed. The court said the ex-president had to be detained because he might flee or collude with witnesses.