Thank you all for the suggestions. Our designer has found bamboo for us, although I have not seen samples. I'll be visiting Taipei next month so will probably be visiting a lot of shops/showrooms then.
The first big decision is to decide if we want to keep the porcelain tile in the living area. Our designer's estimated that if we do change the living area to bamboo, it will cost approx. 90,000 plus demolition fees. Both she and my husband advise that we keep it. But I'm still on the fence. If we do decide to keep it, that same tile will have to be installed in the kitchen and dining areas too because of the apartment design. So the killer is the fact that if we keep this flooring that I already don't really like, we actually have to spend more money to install it in additional rooms.
Sorry for venting here. I guess my question is then, are there any of you who have and love the porcelain tile? I'm sure you've seen it, the big shiny 12in by 12in tiles, I think they're called pao4guang1shi2.