Archive for October 26, 2008


Day 6 is another one of the more relaxing day, lazing around in the hotel, and spend our time the whole day at Ximending.  I think Ximending is a heaven for girls, and yes a heaven for devil like me too!  Its really a trendy shopping place!  Let’s start with my itinerary alright?

 

  • Breakfast @ Hotel and Laze around!

 

  • Proceed straight to Ximending for Lunch.  We went to Jin Yuan Pork Chop restaurant @ Ximending.  The pork chops noodles are to-die-for. 
    • Its pretty easy to come here cos its situated opposite Modern Toilet Restaurant (remember from my last post?)
    • Just follow the instruction (direction) as Toilet Modern Restaurant.  When you see 7-eleven on your right, turn into the alley (the same alley where the Modern Toilet Restaurant entrance) right next to it and continue to walk straight.  You will see Jin Yuan Pork Chop on your right not too far from 7-eleven.  =)
    • I actually ask the Jin Yuan Pork Chop guys on which store is the original store and he mention that there is no original Jin Yuan Pork Chop store per say as the original owner son actually sold the franchise to a number of people.  And this store at Ximending actually was one of the first one to own the franchise.  He mention they are the oldest store among the other franchise.  So be your own judge.  =)

 

The Menu

 

The *seasoning*

 

The Pork Chop Noodle!

 

 

Fried Internal Organ (hiak hiak)

 

Tau-Foo

 

 

  •  Anyway we walk around buying stuff and then my next stop??  To do my nails.  Its seriously cheaper than anywhere I’ve ever heard off!!!  I just check the other day at one of my usual manicure place, they charge RM180++ for just the basic crystal (sui jing) extension.  And if you were to top up the nail art/beads/etc it will cost more!  And mine?????  All-in for NT$1499 (I’ve got 42 combination of small and big crystal stones on my nails) !
    • Actually there’s plenty of nail salons around.  So do browse around to find your own choice of nail place.  The one I went is known as Nail Party.  =)  The shop is next to this Red House Theatre in Ximending.

Choosing nail design!

 

Nail-in-process (check out the number of colour selections!)

 

Look carefully, the manicurist nail is so so much longer than the one I did.

 

End Product (Loving it, and I just removed it yesterday, sob sob)

 

  • On the same week,  Red House Theatre is having some creative design and you can get these artiste to draw pictures, etc and you can buy creative and interesting stuff there.  We let the pictures do all the talking ya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • After my nails and walking around, we went straight back to the hotel.. Why???  Cos my camera fail on me big time.  I lost quite a number of pictures and I was so so so so super sad.  Went back to the hotel to try to retrieve the pictures but to no avail….  After a while, I try changing my memory card and it finally works.  But I have already wasted my day and also some nice, really nice pictures.  So we end our day but felt relieve that the remaining (earlier) pictures all still work.

 

  • Its a short post but at least I got my nails done, bought some pretty stuff and end our day.

 

  • As usual some interesting pictures to end this post.  Check out those marketing style in Ximending!  And check out the last picture!  It really gives Ximeding the status as Harajuku of Taiwan.  =)

 

 

 

 

Love, blur-devil


Although tired from continuous walking from the previous days in Taipei, there’s still loads more place and things to see in Taipei.  Enjoy reading the devil’s journey in Taipei Day 5!  =)  Remember to click on the words (bold and coloured) to get to the respective websites for more details.  Leave some comments if you like my write-up (give me some love for documenting all these la… hehe).

 

  • Breakfast @ Hotel

 

  • Proceed straight to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.  CKS is one of the memorial hall or landmark in Taiwan.  As I mention earlier, I did not enter all the museums/historical places as I really don’t know how to appreciate.  =)  Took pictures and ciao after that.
    • Take MRT to Ching Kai Shek exit.  Come out from the MRT and you will pass through a mini park before getting to the main area.  Its a long walk (cos its damn freaking hot) to the memorial hall.  =)

 

 

 

 

  • Next up is to Ximending.  This is one of the modern and “hip” place to be in Taipei.  Hence I “reserve” Ximending for the next few days.  You can get loads of stuff/food, everything under the sun.  =)

 

  • Had drinks/dessert @ Ximending.  Their famous Taro stuff and for me?  Pearl Milk Tea (told you I can drown myself in them!).  I can’t read Mandarin hence I can’t intro you the shop.  But it taste good.  =)

The shop with the cute girl  =P

 

The “paging” system

 

The Taro Ice Thingy

 

And of course my pearl milk tea (again)

 

  • Next up we went to Modern Toilet restaurant in Ximending.  Its one of the much-talked-about restaurant because of the concept.  The whole restaurant is based on toilet themed.  See below for illustration that comes along with the pictures!
    • If you come out from Ximen exit (from MRT station), come out from Exit 6, look for this small lane/alley-like with loads of Tattoo shop around (note for a start, you can see Kevin Tattoo shop).  Walk through the lane and cross the road to the other end and you will see a 7-eleven store on your right.  To know that you are on the right path, opposite this 7-eleven store is a multi-storey car park, you won’t missed it.  The Modern Toilet restaurant is situated opposite 7-eleven and the car park.  You won’t missed the big toilet bowl hanging on the building wall!

I don’t think you’ll ever missed this Toilet-Bowl

 

 

The entrance to Modern Toilet Restaurant

 

One of the well-decorated toilet

 

The Menu (its reusable, just choose your meal and mark it with the whiteboard marker!)

 

The interior

 

 

Ideas for your toilet bowl??

 

 

 

 

And time for food!

 

 

 

Pork Chop stuffed with cheese!

 

Close-up

 

TT – Toilet tomatoes anyone?

 

Sunken Bath Tub

 

Sorry no bubble bath, its cheese seafood bath!

 

Last but not least, the squating toilet – with shit-like ice cream… keke

 

 

 

 

  • I spend my time after lunch to shop around Ximending.  If you missed Wufenpu earlier on, don’t fret, there’s plenty of shop that sells ladies clothing at NT$100-NT$150 (note: you can’t try on) and also NT$250-NT$300 for skirts, pants.  I don’t mind paying the premium cos you can try it on and its still cheap compared to Malaysia.  And if you are uncertain those NT$100 clothes can’t fit, I think its still worth it to buy.  Just to make my point, I saw one blouse selling for NT$100 and I was hesitating and ended up I didn’t buy cos I was afraid that it doesn’t look good on me.  After my Taipei trip, I saw the exact same (same!) blouse selling for RM79.90!!!

 

  • After jalan jalan a bit, I bought skirts, blouse, bikini top, tubes and was famished!  So what’s famous in Ximending???? Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodle!!!! Or some ppl just called it A Zhong Mee Sua.  The queue was crazy but manageable.  And you gotta try this when you are in Taipei!  How can I describe this? Hmm… Its juicy, accompany with fat chewy intestines and sometimes I felt the mee sua practically melt and blend well with the gravy.  *gosh*  Ppl from all ages queue and eat this superb mee sua, standing!!!

Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodle

 

Check out the queue

 

Everyone stands at every corner enjoying this delicious, magical mee sua

 

Including me!!

 

The picture doesn’t do justice to its taste k…  =)

 

  • After makan, what to do?  Continue shopping lor.  LOL…  Shopping needs a lot of endurance ok. Hhaha… If you realise the trend in Taiwan, most of the youngster don’t wear cool sandals like me *cough*… heheh No la, they actually wear sneakers ranging from Converse, Nike, Adidas and others.  So my next purchase shall be a casual sneakers!!!

Pink colour!!!!

 

 

  • After walk n walk, I decided to go colour my hair.  Head itchy la, so I went ahead to colour my hair cos its cheap lor.  NT$799 to colour and someone went to cut his hair.  His hair also itchy lor.  Heheh… But my colour turn out ok ok only la… Should have chose a brighter colour.  heheh..

Hiao-hiao man went to cut his hair

 

Me and my hair dresser (ain’t she cute??)

 

  • Then we went to this Bar by the side of Ximending and ordered some Beer and relax. 

Taiwan Beer!!

 

 

Blue-Girl Beer

 

  • Then before heading back to Hotel, we gave a try to their famous 85 Degree Cafe.  I think for the presentation of the food, the price is well worth it.  =D

 

 The interior

 

No smokeing?

 

Dessert Time!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • As usual before I end my post, Some cool stuff spotted in Ximending!! Enjoy the pics.  =D

Big Red Bull on a Mini (ironic huh?)

 

Ximending – Day time

 

 

Mua-chi..

 

Ximending – Night time

 

 

 

Last but not least…. meet Puki!!! (haha)

 

Wonder what they call Puki’s mother??????

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No la, don’t be so bad, its called Pu-Ma!!! (hiak hiak)

 

*hugs, blur-devil*