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Collaboration Travel Post- Things to do in Las Vegas and Taiwan

26 Mar

Hi there!

This week’s post is a really unique one. I had the opportunity to do a collaboration travel post with @Kendra Thornton from Chicago. The objective is really just to share both of our favorite travel places and the things we like to do there. I supposed you guys are able to guess the author of the article? (yes that’s right, Kendra on Las Vegas and yours truly on Taiwan).

Personally, I haven’t been to Las Vegas at all so looking at the article written by Kendra, I definitely want to visit the place some day!


 

Las Vegas- A Family-Friendly Sin City
Written by: Kendra Thornton

One of my favorite places for a family vacation is Las Vegas. Despite its nickname Sin City, this bustling desert oasis has plenty of kid-friendly activities that the whole family can enjoy. With spectacular shows, amusement parks and watery wonderlands, this city will entertain Mom, Dad and the kids.

Don’t Forget to Scream

The decibel levels in some parts of Las Vegas have risen due to the wild rides available. This is a roller coaster lover’s paradise. Adventuredome inside Circus Circus is home to many of the city’s most thrilling rides. The Canyon Blaster is the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster. Their record-breaking El Loco, just announced this past December will excite lovers of negative-G drops.

Learn a Little During Your Stay

I’m not a fan of musty museums, but Las Vegas has some fun, quirky places that make learning about history a lot of fun. The Neon Museum, located just off the downtown strip, shows off the city’s history in lights. The National Atomic Testing Museum features unique exhibits about the scientific history of the region. My kids love spending a day at Discovery Children’s Museum. It seems that everywhere you turn in Las Vegas there is a new learning opportunity.

Explore the Desert

I love that this booming metropolis lies in the heart of a desert. To see some truly magnificent scenery, take a Pink Jeep Tour. Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas picks guests up at their hotels. The guided tours then travel to various scenic spots in the area. When my kids get old enough to enjoy the ride, I look forward to booking the day trip to the Grand Canyon.

Train the Dolphins

The magic of Las Vegas includes some amazing watery adventures. At Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, guests can become dolphin trainers for a day. You’ll work alongside marine animal experts and interact with the resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. I loved this outing at least as much as my kids did. By the end of the day, I felt almost like a marine biologist.

 

Regardless of your personal preferences in recreation, you’re sure to find something fun to do in Las Vegas. My family always enjoys the wide selection of activities, and we have fun planning our Las Vegas itinerary together. Sites like Gogobot make it easy to plan so you are more prepared once you visit. It allows you to read user reviews of various hotels and even restaurants. I’m sure you and your family will enjoy Sin City as much as we do.


 

Taiwan- One of my all-time favorite travelling place
Written by: Raine Ong

A 5-hour flight takes me from where I am in Singapore to my favorite travelling place- Taiwan.

Taiwan is a country where you can immerse yourself in its diversity in the different culture, people, and religion. At the same time, you can plan your itinerary based on outdoors, nature, shopping, sightseeing etc. There are just so many areas which you can explore in this country, making it suitable for backpackers, travelers whom are seeking for leisure trips, whom are looking to shop, to eat; as well as, big family that are looking for a family friendly place to travel to.

Personally, I have been to Taiwan twice and am heading again this May. Taiwan is a huge country which is divided into different cities. The capital of Taiwan is in Taipei. Let me share with you some of the places that I have been and hopefully this will be useful for you.

Night Markets
If you are a real foodie and would like to try some authentic Taiwanese street food cuisines, visiting one of the night markets is a must on your itinerary. Night markets is one of the icons of Taiwan. It’s a place where you can find really yummy street food together with good shopping buys. Interestingly, different night market has different characteristics altogether, and of course the different ‘must try food’ on the list varies too! Here are some of my recommended ‘must try dishes’ when you head to Taiwan

1. Potato cheese

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Baked potato filled with your choice of ingredients (I had corn & ham), filled up with nacho cheese. Not counting the amount of calories in (who cares anyway when you travel), this food is a must try when you head to the night market, especially if you are a cheese lover just like me.

2. Shaved Ice Mango

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It can get quite hot in summer, chill yourself down with a cold shaved mango ice. The mangoes, or rather all fruits in Taiwan are really sweet and yummy.

3.  Oyster/ Pork intestines Vermicelli

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One of my real favorites and a dish which I will have it every time when I am in Taiwan. This is a popular street food in Taiwan. This thick, rich soupy vermicelli comes with either pork intestines or oyster. You will usually top it up with chili, garlic sauce and vinegar based on individual preferences.

4.  Stinky Tofu

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If you are wondering if it literally means that the Tofu is smelly, then bingo you are right! The strong smell basically came from the tofu’s fermentation and can be quite hard to accept. If you are quite adventurous, just like me, you can give this a try.

Shopping
Taiwan will be one of the places you can really buy at an affordable price. Other than the night markets which was mentioned earlier, there are also many other places which you can consider visiting in your next trip. One of my favourite is the wholesale area, Wu Fen Pu. It has a large variety of items. However to be able to get the stuff at a better price, you got to buy more in a shop. So I supposed the trick here is to go shopping with more friends so you guys can bulk up your purchases as a whole and bargain the price. Of course, other than the street shops, there are shopping areas as well in the city mall and the department stores.

Nature
I really enjoying going away from the hustle and bustle of a city and just immerse myself in the greenery. Taiwan has heaps of nature places where you can go to. I personally had been to Hualien, which is a 2.5hours train ride away from the city. Hualien is also one of the least crowded city in Taiwan. There are the well-known Taroko National Park which is a must visit to Hualien. Of course, other than visiting places, you can also do nature activities such as surfing, river tracing, dolphin watching etc. in various part of Taiwan.

 

Here are just a very brief introduction of the things which you can enjoy in Taiwan. I believe it is a place that is suitable for anyone based on your travel objectives. Oh, and here are some of the website I like to check out on accommodation and places to visit, as well as reviews from people whom have been there. Some of it includes lonely planet, agoda, trip advisor etc. which is really helpful in planning your itinerary.


I hope you guys enjoyed this collaboration post! You can follow Kendra at her twitter @Kendra Thornton.
Do leave a comment below if there’s any feedback or questions regarding any of the place.

Till then, I’ll be back at writing my Vietnam post soon.

With love,
Raine.

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Greetings from Hua lien, 花莲 (:

3 Jan

Hello there!

I’m currently in Hua lien, spending a night here. This morning we took a train from taipei & headed for a tour to tarokae straight after we reached. The place is really pretty & has nice scenery!

Hopefully on my next trip, I can take a solo travel to taiwan on my own round the train route! (:

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currently enjoying coffee at a place near where I’m staying.

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and here’s a reallly short snippets of the 1d am here. More to come after I’m back and done with my viet backlog..

till then!

love,
Raine

Goodbye 2013! Hello 2014!

31 Dec

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I’m currently at the airport now leaving to taiwan! (yay again). kinda first time flying on my own, kinda like the most last min packing I’ve ever did, getting lil’ excited! (:

Sorry I didn’t managed to finish my posts on vietnam.. I just got back on my worktrip right after my exams. Shall keep you guys posted drips & draps of my trip. You can also check out my insta hashtag #travellingwithraine to get live updates.

see ya!

Taiwan 2011- Day 7&8

12 Jan

Hi all! We’re finally at the last post of my Taiwan 2011 trip.

Day 7 & 8 is a really simple and short post.

Day 7 was a re-visit to Dan Shui and Shilin Night market for more shopping.  The weather was cold as it was rainy. While day 8 was the time we had to go back and so morning we spend our time at xi men ding.

Jump in the middle of Dan Shui Street 🙂

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Bubble Bubble tea!

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Love the bread with fillings.

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Supper at night from the take aways from Shilin night market in our rooms 🙂

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Last picture taken in our room!

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Finally tried the mee sua from here! Really yummy and good 🙂

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Then we saw this the night before and my friend decided to make a bear book for herself.

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His’ working area.
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I bought a pen from him, yay! Really hard work to be gluing all together. You should see him pushing around a cart around ximending area.

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And then it was about time for us to go :((

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One last picture of Mr Li & us 🙂 Really thankful for him going the extra distance and teaching us so much more about taiwan.
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Our dinner in the airport!

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And that’s all! Glad that I finally managed to finish this taiwan post. YAY!

love,
Raine

Taiwan 2011- Day 6

3 Jan

Hi all!

Here’s the taiwan day 6 post! 🙂 Gosh, it’s had been 2 years && I’ve still yet to complete this post. But well, it will soon, by January 2013.

If you remember my earlier post on Taiwan 2011- Day 1, I mentioned about Mr Li (The driver whom fetch us from airport), recommended us to go to the theme park somewhere near 台中. We headed his advice and ‘booked’ him for another day trip over to that theme park instead of the initial one (Lefoo Village) which we wanted to go.

I think it is really good to charter a van and a driver if you have 4 people and above with you. Chartering a van & driver all to yourself allows you to have flexibility over the time as well as the comfort of your own friends. I do read on forums that people whom travel in pair in taiwan, they usually will share the chartered taxi/van with another couple just to share costs. So is really up to individual’s discretion to choose.

Two days before when we were with Mr Li for a trip to 九份 and 十份 (if you havent read this post, check it out here, Taiwan 2011- Day 3), he came to fetch us about 8am. This time round, it’s slightly earlier cause of the longer journey. He came to fetch us about 7am. After a long journey (can’t remember how many hours), we’ve reach our destination!

Here it is! Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, 九族文化村. Entrance fee is NT$650 (S$32.50)
From here, you can take the cable car and travel up to the famous Sun Moon Lake, 日月潭.

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We entered from here.

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and was greated by this amazing field filled with lavender flowers. The sun was so good that day, it made the view looks amazing.

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And then after a walk through the beautiful view, we reached the entrance.
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In the cultural park, they have rides & attractions. Other than that, they also have aboriginal villages and live show which reflects the local 原住民’s culture. 原住民 in taiwan is also known as the indigenous people all over the world.

Adapted from Wikipedia: Indigenous people are ethnic minorities who have been marginalized as their historical territories became part of a state. In international or national legislation they are generally defined as having a set of specific rights based on their historical ties to a particular territory and on their cultural or historical distinctiveness from politically dominant populations.

Stepping into the entrance, we were greeted by this warm singing by the locals dressed in their traditional costumes.
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Then, we headed for the rides & attractions. The Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village has five theme parks: the European Gardens, the Aladdin Plaza, the Aboriginal Villages, Amusement Isle and Ti Ka Er Rainforest. Below are some pictures 🙂

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Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
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Wanted to sit this UFO, but it was under maintenance 😦

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One of the most exciting ride is this! All of us bought ponchos to prevent ourselves from getting really wet! We probably sat for 4-5 times? Really fun.
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Then we headed for the indoor theme park! Don’t you love the merry-go-round?

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I DO! 😀

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Not only that you can pay to play games such as shooting & throwing the loop to earn yourself a price.

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After a day of game & fun, it started drizzling so we headed to watch the live show.

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Personally, I really enjoyed it but my friends whom were with me does not feel the same as me.
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Mr Li knows everything about the place, even the cable car timing. After he dropped us at the entrance, he told us to take the 5pm cable car up to Sun Moon Lake where he’ll be waiting for us over there. Mr Li, whom is kinda like a tour guide too was really nice to us 🙂

&& we are! Up to sun moon lake!

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As it was drizzling, the view up there wasn’t as good. We were supposed to see the sun setting at that time but it was so cloudy and misty, the view looks really normal 😦
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We reached the top! & met Mr Li at a meeting point.
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You can check out more about Formosan & Sun Moon Lake over here:
http://www.nine.com.tw/
http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002114&id=R2

On the way down from Sun Moon Lake, there were a couple of shops that sells souvenirs & a place where the peacocks are so Mr Li asked us if we wanted to stop over for a short while to take a look. So we went 🙂

There’s really nice tea-boiled egg and sausages!

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Look at the peacocks! So fortunate to see a peacock opening its father!

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My friend whom is advertising for the steamed sweet potato, her favourite! 🙂

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While we were driving towards the night market, I see a stall selling a fruit which I’ve never seen before. Been very curious, I asked Mr Li what it was and he stopped by the side of the road and ask us if we want to try it. Without saying more, he alighted (Isn’t he really nice?) and bought us a bag of this, do you know what is this?
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Make a guess! (I’ll revealed what this fruit is at the end of the post)
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We then headed towards the Fengjia Night Market, 逢甲夜市. I’ll just post the pictures I have on hand, but overall, I must say I really love this night market than any others!

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As time was really a constraint by then, we split up and went to shop before meeting up at a place hence the very few photos for the night market. The shopping here is slightly cheaper & personally I feel that there’s a lot more things to buy! Totally regretted not staying a night here but that’s also because we already paid in full our hotel rates already.

And that’s the end for taiwan day 6, did you managed to guess what fruit that was? (Drums roll)

It is………………..  Pipa 枇杷 fruit or also known as Loquat. Did you managed to guessed it?

YAY! And that’s the end of this post, hope you enjoyed it 🙂

Love,
Raine

Taiwan 2011- Day 5

22 Dec

 

Hi there!

Hurray! The much procrastinated me is finally into blogging entry of my day 5 Taiwan trip! This post is going to be really shorter than the rest, mainly because day 5 we did not do much other than shopping.

Because the schedule from day 1 to 4 was pretty hectic, one of my friend and I was really tired and jaded out, we decided to sleep in and skip the itinerary of going to the ZOO with my other four friends. So ya, we slept in till about 10 plus in the morning and headed to xi men ding for our brunch and shopping.

One thing to note about in Taiwan is that there is usually some teenagers will try to sell you some promotion card telling you all the benefits and the participating stores etc. PLEASE DO NOT BE TRICKED AND BUY IT. Well, speaking from my own experience, my friend and I whom are quite soft-hearted, taken in what they said and totally regretted right after.

Anyway, skipping that bad experience part and move on… We had lunch at one of the noddle stall along xi men ding. I think is pretty decent! love the dumplings which the stall has. But apologise, do not have the address of the stall.

Look at the menu they offer

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and here’s the noodle I ordered 🙂

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After lunch, we headed to meet our friend at Wu Fen Pu (五分埔) for more shopping! 🙂

Just in case if you do not know anything about 五分埔, it is one of the popular wholesale shopping places which most people like to shop when they are in Taiwan. Personally, I feel that the choices in 五分埔 are not as many as where xi men ding, the road stall or the night market has. One of the reasons is probably because all the shops sells similar items, designs etc. so there isn’t much to see. If I did not remember wrongly, I only bought a shirt or 2 when I was there. Not really sure if it was due to the winter season hence the reason why.

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But I must say the Guava which we bought from here was really yummy and sweet! love it 🙂

 

Despite what I personally felt, I did read on forums how some shoppers are really able to buy a lot of stuff from there so if you would like to just give it a try to find some worthy clothes, you can find out more information on how to go to 五分埔 etc., you can check out this website: http://www.wufenpu.com/

One pity thing for me is that I didn’t get to try the famous 胡须张滷肉飯, braised pork on rice just right opposite wu fen pu. But read from many blogs and forum that it’s really yummy! 🙂 I’ll probably try the next time I’m there.

 

After the disappointment of not buying much things, we head to the next place on our itinerary, which was 饒河夜市, rao he ye shi to hunt for yummy food.

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We were so tired and hungry, we just pop into this shop to have our dinner.

Address is stated below! It’s basically a place that sells hot plate food

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My friends and I. They serve free soups as well 🙂 taste is good enough.

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That’s my meal. Hmmmm totally can’t recall what I had, some spaghetti thing?

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After dinner, we headed to try the famous pepper ‘biscuit’. I think we got two to share! Personally, I think it tasted nicer than the 大饼包小饼, worth a try! (:

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And that kind of conclude my day 5 posts. Yay hurrary! I”ll probably combine day 6&7 Taiwan post together and move on to my Bangkok trip! (: till then, watch out for this space for my cafes post!

Love,
Raine

Taiwan 2011- Day 4

9 Sep

Hello there! It’s September.

I’m finally back from Bangkok last week & I can’t wait to blog about it. Sadly, my school semester has just started and my calendar for September is really busy and packed. I really hoped I could finish blogging this Taiwan Travel Log so I could start on the Bangkok one really soon. Are you getting as excited as me? Cause I am 🙂

Alrightly, now making use my hour lunch time, I hope I could finish this post on time for you peeps.

If you are travelling to Taiwan, how can you missed out visiting DanShui, 淡水?
if you are travelling during the Winter period, how can you missed out soaking yourself in Hot Spring, 温泉 right?

Yes, you’re right! Day 4 is a visit to Hotspring 温泉 & visting Danshui 淡水 😀

Started the day, having breakfast at MOS Burger! 🙂 I really love MOS burger & being a previous employee there for 4 years, I would love to try the MOS burger around the world.


First Stop: Hot Spring @ Asia Pacific Resort 北投亚太温泉生活馆
I came across this hot spring place via flowerpod forum recommendations by one of the podders.
You can check on more details over here: http://www.apresort.com.tw/
I booked online prior to the trip for the timing. initially we only wanted to try out Hot Spring. However, there was a promotion going on for couples, a package of massage and hotspring so in the end we changed our mind and went for that 🙂 The price of the package was NT$1650 (S$70) per person.

Look at how nice the walkway to the place is.

There are different rooms for the Hotspring. You could either opt for the public (shared) Hotspring, which will be cheaper OR opt for rooms like what we did. The room that we were allocated to is for TWO people.  Prior to heading to the hotspring, the staff will lead you the changing area where robes, towel are all provided for you to change out before heading into the hotspring rooms. Lockers are provided as well to keep your stuffs, so don’t worry about it.

I was pair up with one of my friends. Kinda awkward initially cause we were suppose to go into the hotspring nude (even though we are both girls). The Hotspring session was booked for 1 hour.

& yes, that’s me testing the water temperature.

Me & my Hot Spring partner, WANNING 😀

Water is provided as well to prevent yourself from dehydrating. That’s our leg resting after 30 mins of soaking in the Hotspring.

After you are out of the Hotspring, there’s a tiny corner as well for you to shower before wearing back your robe & head for the massage 🙂

Here’s me with the hot green tea while waiting for my massage

After relaxing ourselves for first half of the day, we headed to Danshui! 🙂
Personally, I really love the Danshui area, by the river, nice scenery and artists along the streets of Danshui.

One of the street artist that was performing.

It was close to evening time for dinner! We headed to Kanpai Restaurant.
I’ve read reviews about this’ place from other bloggers and forums, seems like a must-try place and there we were.

They have a couple of outlets other than the one in Danshui, you can check it out here: http://www.kanpai.com.tw/index.htm

The shop is filled with Polaroids of the customers

A picture of us before we start eating.

BBQ-ing. This’ is one of it you must try! Ox-tongue, really tender and yummy.

&& after a light dinner, we headed to 淡水老街

Along the streets, you can many yummy street food to try. This explains why we had a light dinner at Kanpai, despite its really yummy 😦

There’s a museum as well where you can find weird and interesting things in the museum. It’s similar to Ripley’s believe it a not museum, but just a smaller version. Only me & another friend went.

Pictures from the museum below 😀

As we were walking along the streets, there was this really cute shop!

阿给老店, read some of the blogger’s blog posts that it’s a must try when you are at danshui.

But personally, my friends and I didn’t really like it at all. I guessed it’s really up to individual.

I have to tell you a really epic story that happened. We were trying to find where 淡水渔人码头 was cause we thought it was within walking distance. SO we approached a ah ma and ah gong to ask them for directions. They told us that the fisherman wharf was 10 minutes walk from Danshui. In the end, we walked along the pathway for half an hour but still see no sight of the place.

We asked another passerby and was then told that if we were to continue walking, it’ll take more than half an hour! Well….. So in the end we took a bus after asking for directions cause it was already late at night by then. It was a kind-of-felt-cheated feeling by the grandma & grandpa whom gave us directions =.=”

To add-on, we were all carrying our shopping bags… & not a soul within sight.

After boarded the bus, it was another 15mins rideeee! (I really can’t believe how we can walk within half an hour)

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Picture of me & us.

&& that’s marks the end of my day 4 post. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Taiwan 2011- Day 3

13 Aug

Hello people! I apologise for the hiatus. My exams have finally come to an end and I only have a one month break before my school starts again. Before my start of school in september, I’ll be going travelling end of this August to BANGKOK! Woah, it’ll be my first trip to Bangkok hence I’m really very excited. Therefore, I’ll try my very best to finish my taiwan travel log soon 🙂

So on day 3, we chartered a van to bring us along 九份 and 十份.

The van came to pick us up early morning around 8am outside our hotel and we headed first to 野柳地质公园. In summary, the Yehliu Geopark is famous for its sea-erosion landscape, where the spots are very close to the sea and due to the sea-erosion you can see the different shapes that was formed. You can check out more on the website here http://www.ylgeopark.org.tw/ENG/info/YlIntroduction_en.aspx

The entry tickets to the Geo Park is NT$50, S$2.50

First up, a picture with the sign.

The icon 🙂

My friends & I with our tickets

They also have volunteers that will bring you through the trip and explain to you the different shapes and tell you more about the landscape

Take a look at some of the landscapes here! Can you make out what shapes are they?

This is actually, 牛郎与织女 or Romeo & juliet. Do you know which is the male and female?

The famous ‘Queen’ head which has loads of people taking pictures with it.

You should totally head down for a look if you are interested. Pretty interesting I would say. Something you’ll never find in Singapore.

Next, Mr Li brought us to buy yummy cuttlefish and some souvenirs back home. I bought around NT$400, S$20 worth of cuttlefish for own consumption and as gifts.

&& Then we headed to must go 九份老街.
Along the streets, there are many yummy foods that you can have. It includes the famous 太阳饼, muah chee, jelly, peanut ice cream, yummy mushrooms etc.

And we headed to this shop for lunch!

Peanut Ice-Cream! Pretty interesting, you can give it a try.

This is one of the stalls you can try as well 🙂 It’s kinda like muah chee but with fillings inside. HEHEHE.

You can check out more on jiu fen over here 😀 http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/pda/m1.aspx?sNo=0002091&id=290

Next, on our way heading to 十份, we pass by 黄金瀑布。Stop by to take a picture! 🙂

That is us with our driver, Mr Li! 😀

After that we pass by yin-yang sea which has 2 different colours in the sea. Didn’t take a picture of that though. Thereafter we headed to our next destination to 十份!

十份 is famous for 放天灯 so if you were to come here remember to do so 🙂

The different colours represent different meanings. My friend and I shared one for NT$85 each, S$4.25

If you are wondering where do we release the sky lanterns…. It’s on the railway track. The railway track still has trains passing by and the locals know when to avoid the tracks. It was such a cool sight seeing train just passes by you so near.

Further down the streets, you can find a few photo taking spots.

&& then you can get some souvenirs for your family and friends, got 3 for NT$220, S$11

That’s about it for day 3! We end our day doing more shopping at ximending.

*As we chartered the van to drive us around, I do not have the address nor know how to travel to those places via public transport.

Cheers! Await for my day 4 post.
My next post will be regarding my trip to The Costal Settlement Cafe in Singapore. Do check it out sometimes next week 🙂

Be blessed!

love,
Raine

Taiwan 2011- Day 2 Part II: Shilin Night Market here we come!

15 May

Hello there!

Well, before I start, I need to warn you that the pictures may make you drool, so it would be better if you don’t see this post if you’re hungry.

Here we go! So continuing from my Part I posts, we ended the day at flora expo at around 6ish. Thereafter we took the metro 劍潭 (Jiantan) station, which is just a few stop from 圆山 station to Shilin Night Market.

士林夜市 (Shilin Night Market) is one of the must-go when you come to Taiwan. It is one of the must-go night market if you go to Taiwan.

Well, one thing you might be confused when you arrived would be that there’s 2 parts to the night market it self. The first area which is enclosed by shelters has lots of foodie places where the famous XXL chicken is, the oyster mee sua etc.

And the other part, has firstly, a stretch of foodie road-side stall and secondly, places for you to shop in. The areas to shop in is really huge and large.

We headed to the latter first and we saw the oh so famous 大肠包小肠 which is always seen in the tawian drama.

Tried it and I totally adore it. Well, it is something like rice roll wrapping the tawainese saussage. And it’s only NT$50, S$2.50

And right down along the stretch, there’s also……………..

Smelly Tofu & Pig’s Blood Soup!

The stench of smelly tofu was so strong! My friends & I were contemplating to try it or not. In the end we decided we should try all food since we’re there already. Gosh, I don’t take pork’s blood… EWWW.

The smelly Tofu!
My opinion: You should give it a try! It actully taste good  😀

Pig’s blood soup.
My opinion: It doesn’t have much taste. It looks like pig’s liver but well, i don’t take pig’s liver so I don’t like it.

Then we came across this! Gosh Potatoes & Cheese? Yums!

Preparing for us

Ta-da! Really yummy! Love the combination with the corn 😀

We actually passes by some shops that sells clothes, accessories then we came across this stretch of road that has road-side games such as shooting, poking balloons (kinda like how singapore’s pasar malam) is like.

CORN CORN, WHO WANTS GRILLED CORN?
My opinion: Very different from the corn we have here. The corn they sell as grilled to almost charred with a very sweet/spicy taste. Didn’t really like it cause it tasted burnt. Perhpas I didn’t know how to appreciate it.

Then after exploring the first part of the area, we reached the 2nd part of food exploration! Which is the one I mentioned earlier.

Tried this famous 大饼包小饼.
You can choose the flavors you want, they have the sweet & savory ones too. If I didn’t remember wrongly, they sell it in 3 for NT$100 (S$5).
My opinion: Pretty unique but couldn’t finish by myself. Would get a little sick of eating if I were to finish the entire biscuit.

The whole stretch of food places in this area

We also had this awesome shaved ice! 🙂 loved mango ice.

And also the famous HAO DA DA JI PA! If i didn’t wrongly it was about S$2 or 3 bucks

And the oyster egg which I still prefer the Singapore one thoughhhh 😦 Didn’t really like the saucee.

And yes! I’m sorry for posting such late! Thats all I could remember for this Shilin trip.

Hope it helps you! 🙂

My next post would more be on MAY BELLA BOX! 🙂 AWAIT FOR THAT.

Taiwan 2011- Day 2 Part I: entering into a floral world

31 Mar

Hi there! Are you up for my day 2 posts?  It’s gonna be filled with beautiful pictures 😀

Daily Breakfast was included as part of the hotel package.
There was quite a fair range of food included (Porridge, bread with spreads, eggs, orange juice, coffee, tea) which I find it taste pretty okay and edible.

The breakfast which I took. apologies, cause I didn’t take the other food.

Then we headed to 西门町 to check it out how it’s like 🙂

A must have JUMP shot 😀

It was kinda chilly, so we headed to Starbucks to grab a drink. Hearts the Starbucks in Taiwan, 3 storeys high!

It would be perfect if I had a book with me to just chill and do nothing

Sat in for a while & we headed out to explore! Our drinks 🙂

Spotted a road side food stall, which is very common in Taiwan

The streets in Taiwan

And taking the metro

We are going to……. FLORA EXPO which was in Yuan Shan station.
We were thankful that the flora expo period was when we were there! looking at pretty flowers just cheer my day up.

Even the trees are preparing for SPRING!

Before we enter, its time for lunch. We were sourcing for lunch around the area (at yuan shan station). I would say its a beautiful place with cosy little shops just round the corner. In the end we settled for lunch at….

21工房 Worker’s House
Address: No. 10, Lane 25, Jiuquan St., Datong District, Taipei,  (Yuan Shan station Exit 1) 台北市大同區酒泉街10巷25號 (圓山捷運1號出口)
Directions: Exit from exit 1 and walk along the streets. The shop is just along the roadside.
Yummy for: Handmade Noodles

It was just a stall where we pop by and decided to give it a try. Did not do any prior research to that but it was really a good hunt 🙂 Perfect eatery for a chilly weather then.
You can check out the menu over here: http://www.21workerhouse.com/menu.html

It’s a open concept where you can totally see what they are preparing for you.

My Noodle! Can’t really remember what I ate but it sure taste good 🙂

Thennnn, we were walking along the street. && I spotted this cosy little cafe (which I obviously did not take the exterior)

Is Taiwan Is Chocolate 手工巧克力專賣店
Address: Taipei 10, Lane No. 1, Jiuquan St., Datong District  台北市大同區酒泉街10巷1號
Directions: Just down a few shops from the worker’s house
Yummy for: CHOCOLATES

Even though this shop was also an ‘occurrence’ that we passed by it but I heard from my friend that it has been featured on television shows as well as magazines. So this ‘occurrence’ was after all a pleasant surprise for us.

Entering the shop just made me felt very cosy. The walls are hand-painted by an artist. The range of menu and the display of chocolates are just alluring. You could see that they have a small working space to make the chocolates. I love cosy cafe.

oh && you can check out the amazing range of chocolates they have over here : http://www.istaiwan.com.tw/


The range of drinks they offer


The painted drawing on the wall

The chocolate & drinks I bought was hot mocha with dark chocolate.
My friend got the rum & raisin.
I’m a total fan of dark chocolate, it was good!

After a full lunch & desserts, we’re finally heading in! A group shot with the backdrop.

Our tickets 🙂

Ain’t the flower so pretty? More pictures of the flowers I’ve taken during the expo.


Me & Dawn

I was so captivated by the beauty of the flowers, I just can’t stop snapping it. Feel so beautiful too just by looking at them 🙂
There were several segments to this floral expo so I’ll briefly run through the segments I’ve been to alright? 😀

One of the segments was inspiration by artists which they created artwork inspired by the theme, floral.

Another segment: Culture. Into the ancient ‘built’ houses to the traditional food, puppet show- basically anything with cultural

Me & Shu Ning

An artwork design, do you know what the meaning behind this artwork?


Here’s the explanation

Took a Break and headed to the flower food fair they had! 😀


flower ice-cream!


Flower Tea!

The tea was made fresh on the spot. Please do not think that the two the two guys are just purely making tea. They are seriously making the tea & they taste the tea before pouring into the container. I believed they are tea tasters as well. Looking at them preparing our tea just feels like an art itself. I believe they can appreciate tea very much.

It’s ready!

Moving on to the next segment is the european style 🙂

Walking behind the house


& taking a picture

There were also display by all the different countries 🙂
Well I can’t really remember which country did which so I’ll just post the pictures alright.

#random I love travelling with my slippers

A couple of jump shots before we leave.
There was actually a few segments we didn’t went to cause the queue was absurdly long.

A chop for you before we leave 🙂

That’s all for Floral Expo!

Stay tuned on day 2 part II- Shilin Market Yummy Yum Yum!

TATA, have a blessed week ahead! 😀

<3,
Raine

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