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Finally, the last post on my Taiwan’s itinerary.  FYI, there’s nothing much on Day 8 cos Day 8 is “balik kampung” day as the flight was damn d(f)eviling early!  As usual, Day 7 is also a very relaxing day cos I actually “reserve” the last day to go scout for things, you know, those just in case stuff…

  • Breakfast @ Hotel
  • Anyway, we spend our time (in the morning mostly) at the Taipei Main Station surrounding area after our breakfast.  Walk around at the area (those shop lots) behind Taipei Main Station known as “Hou Che Zan”.  Seriously, if you are into accesories, nails, this is the place to be.
    • First of, I think the clothings here are much more expensive than the other places (wufenpu, ximending).  But the accesories here are cheaper, so you just gotta walk walk and scout for cheap stuff.  =D
    • Secondly, I actually bought Kerastase Shampoo (the industrial bottle ok!) from one of the shops.  I think this shop is cool cos they sell perfumes (more expensive than duty free la, but slightly cheaper than Malaysia), branded shampoo, hair-related stuff, lotions etc.  If you find your usual stuff i think its worth it.  Just some hints, if you really spend your time “looking” you can find brands like Kiehl’s, Crabtree & Evelyn, Chanel Make Up etc but just for a fraction of the cost.  =D
    • Oh, another note, if you want to make your trip worth while you must be prepared to cover those small alley and don’t underestimate those shops which look a bit dodgy.  You might be suprised what you can find there!  =D

On the way, behind Taipei Main Station

  • After going left, right, with a damn heavy bottle of Kerastase Shampoo and a BIG Hair Wax (the price that I pay for one big hair wax is equivalent to one small bottle of hair wax in Malaysia – same brand!), then we went straight to Taipei City Mall, Underground Mall.  Hungry so went around and scout for food.  =D  After makan, walk around, and continue to shop for souvenir, etc etc.
    • One thing that is really worth mentioning here is to buy shoes here!!! Ladies, seriously, the shoes here are like NT$300 for 2 pairs!!! And guess what?  No bargaining required!  For certain new arrivals or new design, its probably around NT$250-300 for a pair.  But still, its so much cheaper!  =D
    • And if you find certain accesories which are quite common (i.e. Oversized Glasses,etc), don’t rush into buying first, cos chances are there will be a lot of shops selling the same thing but you can bargain and buy it at cheaper price.  Bargain, baby!  But of course if you are afraid you can’t get back the similar stuff, then don’t take chance lor.  hehehe

Inside Taipei City Mall – This dessert (at least I think it is) is good!  Sweet!

At a restaurant inside Taipei City Mall – “Mei Chai Kou Rou”

The Set Rice with “Mei Chai Kou Rou”

The Piggy Intestine Pepperish Soup with Preserved Vegetable

  • Spend half the day around Taipei Main Station buying souvenirs, shoes, sandals (cos feet pain), makan and then went back to Hotel to put back our stuff.  Heavy la!  After taking a short rest, out we go again.
  • We spend our last day in Taipei chilling out at Hooters Taipei!!!! How cool is that?  I shall let the pictures do the talking.  If you don’t already know, Hooters is actually a chain-store.  Its not just exclusive in Taipei.  But don’t be hoping that it’ll reach our shores anytime soon.  Nearest Hooters?  Singapore!!!  *Email me if you want the directions*  muacks..

Hooters Entrance

Even the menu makes me *drool* for all the wrong thing…

Hooter’s Girls Practising their *moves*

Tell me you have been having BIG EYES over their skimpy pants.  So we shall see what we ate, cos if I load too much of their picture, you might ignore the rest of my post! Hmphh…

And we drank like loads of beer.  I mean loads. Seriously.

Ok la, I know the girls are more tempting, let me give you more pictures to feast your eyes

The girls can Hoola-Hoop! I mean like at least 28-30 hoops at a time.

And I present to you my favourite girl  =D

  • As much as i was filled with alcohol, we wasted no time and went back to Ximending to do our last minute shopping.  I bought a funny Elmo, two Baby-G, facial stuff and much more.  Oh and did I tell you I manage to try the ColdStone Creamery Ice Cream.  FYI, for all the 7 days that I was there, the last day was the ONLY, I mean ONLY day that it was not packed.  =D

This is the girl that sold me my two Baby-G.  I think it must be the alcohol that gives me the impulse… kakak… And when I saw the Baby G (similar one) its double the price here!!!

This is the guy from The Face Shop…. He’s just C.U.T.E. and well as you can see, TALL

And our final stop, ColdStone Creamery!

 I try to upload the Hooters Girls video but to no avail.  =(  I’ll try to upload here once its done ya….  And this shall end my Taipei trip.  =D  Yipee… Taiwan Rocks!!!

Updates:  Find the below video I’ve uploaded on the Hooters girls!  Enjoy!

*blur-devil*


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*


Seems like a good number eh… I mean the date la 28.08.08.  Hehe… Anyway Day 4 is also another more relaxing day but we travel for a longer time in the train la… Cos we are heading to Beitou for Hot Spring.  Actually don’t really makes sense cos the weather is as hot as …(I also don’t know how to describe).  But anyway its one of the must-visit place, so we went ahead lor.  Enjoy reading!

  • As usual light breakfast in the hotel
  • Since we think its a bit early to go hot spring, we detour to the famous Longshan Temple.
    • Mind you, this temple have their own website! But its in Mandarin la.  So if you can’t read, I think you can choose not to open it.  =D
    • Once you come out from the Longshan Temple exit from the MRT, you can see there’s quite a number of senior citizens hanging out around the area having drinks, playing chess, etc etc.  You will get to spot Longshan Temple easily!

Senior Citizens Hang-Out Place

Cracking-Head-over-chess

Longshan Temple Main Entrance

Nice marble carving by the wall

Flowers (for prayers) for sale by the entrance

Longshan Temple – Interior

 Mini Waterfall in Longshan Temple  =D

The side entrance to get into the prayer area

  • After some prayers (er..definitely not me le), we went to the shop 7-eleven inside the MRT station and got ourselves some food and drinks before heading on to Beitou.  =D

Hot-dogs!!! =D

Mini-hot-dog bun (looks like what???? tee hee)

Polo Bun Taiwan Version

 

Some celebrity endorsed drink  =)

  • Next up, Hot Springs!!!! There are actually two stops that you can choose to alight from, one is known as Beitou station and another one is called Xinbeitou.  We choose the Beitou station cos lazy to change train la.  Before you go for Hot Springs, do some research first.  Research on what??  Well, you need to gauge your preference over public or private hot spring.  Needless to say, private spring will cost much more but you will get to enjoy the hot spring comfortably without being stared or look at.  For me, I opt for the private hot spring and after doing some research I went for the hot spring at Asia Pacific Resort.
    • Usually the private hot spring provider will provide transportation from/to the MRT station to/from their respective resort/hot spring.  So to make things easier, do remember to choose the private hot spring of your choice and get their free shuttle services.  =)
    • So from Beitou MRT, we waited at the bus stop (with the Asia Pacific Resort sign) and waited for the shuttle to pick us up.  =D
    • Once at the resort, we choose the 2 person package for NT$1,000 for one hour.  Trust me, its more than enough to be in the hot spring (or maybe its just me… hiak hiak).  If you’re interested for Spa/food provided, do ask the staff for assistance.  Oh another thing is that if you’re afraid that the water is too hot for your liking, choose the room whereby you can add in cold water to adjust the temperature of the water.  Else they’ll give you the hot spring room where the water is at approximately 41 celcius and you can’t adjust the temperature!
    • Remember not to dip in too long in the hot spring at any one time!  Seriously!  Cos I almost fainted cos I dip in too long without realising! kekek blur-devil ma… =P

Asia Pacific Resort – Exterior

Would you pose here (not me!)

Everyone will be given a cotton bath robe, a locker to store your stuff, towel, shower cap

 

The hot spring “tub”

  • After dozing off in the common area, I woke up to a blur me and continue to walk around the resort area and towards the town.  Cos if you were to take their free shuttle back to the MRT, you’ll miss all the surrounding places.  Check out the pictures all the way down to MRT (I’m so proud of myself k… for walking so far la…)

The just-woke-up-devil

Slow baby slow..

Check out their so-clean “longkang”

Hot Spring Valley

Hell Valley?  Its at boiling point! Check out the smoke!

Its a long walk!

I think this is a library. Serious!

  • After getting some drinks, went straight to Danshui.  Our next destination is the Lover’s Bridge at the Fisherman’s Wharf!!!
    • After you exit Danshui’s exit from the MRT, turn left and go to aisle next to the river (you won’t miss the river la).  To make sure you are at the right direction while walking to the ferry pier, the river is on your left hand side.  =)  Locate the guys who sell tickets by the side for the ferry and queue to wait for your turn.  =D  oh, they do accept EasyCard too!
    • We were in time to see sunset and it was devily beautiful!  And we got out potrait drawn by one of the many street artiste.  =) The black and white potrait cost us NT$100 per person.  So if there’s two person in one potrait, it will cost you NT$200.  =)  You can also go for the coloured one for a fee.  =)
    • There’s nothing much at the Lover’s Bridge but the breeze and scenery was amazing.  =)

On the way to the ferry pier

Ticket to Fisherman’s Wharf!

Lover’s Bridge

Get your potrait drawn!

See how the boy posed!

  • After taking pictures @ Lover’s Bridge, we took the ferry back to Danshui and proceed to Danshui Old Street and start feasting away le… We ate here more than Shilin Night Market!!  Felt guilty for my waistline but never regret for tasting all the amazing foods!

Big big sausage again

But i got the smaller one… hiak hiak

Grilled Sotong! Must try!!

A-Gei Fishball @ Danshui Old Street

Fried Quail Egg (not too bad, NTS10 only)

Buffallo Horn? (its actually a croissant thingy) Must try…!

This ice cream puts McD’s sundae cone to shame! We got the “shorter” one.  There’s a “longer” version but we were to full.  =)

Last but not least, pearl milk tea!!! This one from CoCo is superb!

Went back straight to hotel after a long-tiring day!  But all the money spend on food was really worth it.  And to end my blog post, remember to get this hand-made clay chinese horoscope for your loved ones.  Its only available in Danshui and you can even request to mix and match accordingly for your family!

*huggie blur-devil*


In my itinerary for Day 3, everything was alright except for one particular experience that I think its the kind of place where I’ll only go once!  Stay tune to find out more!  Anyway my day 3 is a bit unorganised as we woke up a bit later, so we just decide where to go, spontaneously!  =D

  • As usual, breakfast + Fish Spa @ Hotel
  • Proceed to Taipei Main Station to take MRT to Jay Chou’s restaurant.  But But But But, we went to the wrong side of the world cos I wrote down the wrong direction and was lost for a while as i didn’t have the address in Mandarin! So the locals didn’t know when we show them the address in English.  They only direct us to the Jay Chou restaurant at one of the branch inside the University but I thought that particular branch is kinda hard to go (I remember you gotta take bus and stuff), so I did not proceed to that branch.
  • We were walking, like a lost person for a while and almost gave up!! I tell myself I just gotta see Jay Chou’s cafe, so I went into one of the cafe and start browsing the internet *thank god for wifi phone*.  In addition, the staff at the cafe was super friendly.  They even help us to google the map for the place.  Ended up I found the website and drew the map our for easy reference.

The cafe interior was quite cool (but didn’t take much picture cos busy looking for map)

Wi-fi-ing

  • So next up, lunch @ Mr J French-Italian Restaurant (opened by Jay Chou) at Guangfu S Road.
    • In comparison (from pictures), the branch at the university has more to offer in terms of ambience and its interior.  So my piece of advice, go to the one in the university.  =)
    • You can go duringlunch time as they offer a few set lunch menu that is pretty affordable!
    • Don’rforget to get some souvenir if you are a big fan of Jay Chou!  I did not buy as the only thing that I wanted to buy which was the poker card actually sold off a day earlier! Even when I offered to pick up at the other branch, the lady told us that the branch in the university also do not have any more stocks.  Sob Sob
    • Directions : Take MRT to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall exit and take Exit 2.  When you come out from the Exit, walk straight and keep on the most right hand side of the road.  Continue walking straight until you see Green Olive Restaurant (Signage in green) on your right.  You will see Lane 308 on your right, turn into that lane and walk straight until you see Mr J French Italian Restaurant on your left.
    • Don’t miss the entrance as its housed in a very cosy place and you might missed it.  The entrance is a wooden door.  Hope the pictures below can do much help.  =)
    • Address : No 43, Lane 308, Guangfu S. Road, Da-an District, Taipei.

The not-so-grand entrance

Can you spot Mr J?

Menu

The interior (Ground Floor)

The bar counter

See-through kitchen

Interior (1st Floor)

 

The set lunch we had (Inclusive of salad, pasta salmon in cream sauce with one ice milk tea).  All for only NT$160.  We ordered another Escargot.  =D

Salad

Pasta Salmon in cream sauce

Iced Milk Tea

Escargot

The satisfied face =D

Get some souvenirs before you ciao at the cashier.  =P

Can’t get enough of Jay Chou!!!

  • Next up, we make our way to the infamous P.S. Bu Bu Restaurant for dessert.  Can you remember what is P.S. BuBu? No? Come on, just try to remember a bit la.  =)  Okie la, remember the show Meteor Garden that was like a hot craze in 2001?  F4 remember? Ok la, remember the famous character “Tao Ming Shi”? Yah, this is the cafe where “Tao Ming Shi” brought “Shan Cai” to have dessert in the restaurant where the designs are based on “used cars”.
    • Ok, this was the place that I mention that it was a disappointment.  After making our way there (need to take bus ok), we were so happy that we manage to find the restaurant cos we were quite lost lar.  Then when we reach the restaurant, there was only ONE staff working le.  So obviously she takes time to sit us lor.  FYI, the “Pink car” is only available upon reservation by phone!  How ridiculous hor?  I mean if at the point of time, no one is occupyingthe seat, why you refuse walk-in customer to sit la, right or not? (The pink car is made famous by the show Meteor Garden).  Not forgetting, she’s a bit rude k.  Not friendly like the rest of Taipei ppl.
    • Never mind lor, then we were seated in another car la.  Obviously we were quite full from lunch at Mr J French Italian Restaurant, our objective there is to have dessert.  So we proceed to order a banana split (not cheap hor…NT$250) to share.  Then the lady only inform us, “Sorry but we got minimum order imposed per person.  NT$100 per person”.  So I say NT$100*2 = NT$200 and our banana split is NT$250.  “Oh, one order one person”.  Ok lor, got rules have to follow lor.  Ender up ordered another drink and the banana split and one drink cost us NT$370.  Not worth it k.  If I know, i’ll order more in Mr J. )(##(#(#…
    • This is the place that you will only consider to come once, cos I don’t find the dessert any good.  Some more Oreo also split to make it look like there is two side of it.
    • Directions : Take MRT to Shipai exit.  Cross the road on your right and find the shop know as Cosmed (the signboard is Orange in colour).  There’s a bus stop in front of the shop and take bus number 601, R19 or 224.  Once you board the bus, inform the bus driver to inform you once they reach the last station.  Once you reach the end stop, walk down the slope (Not up) and continue walking straight until you see P.S. Bu Bu Fusion Food on your right hand side.

Main Entrance

Check out the door handle (Its a steering wheel!!)

The over-rated pink car….

Maybe its the autograph that attracts the crowd

This is where they made all your expensive drinks

I think its a bike, right?

Even the clock is decorated with cars, cars, cars

I’m “happy” enough to be sitted in the half-cut car compare to the pink car.

The “kena-force-to-order” ice lemon tea

The “not-worth-my-money” banana split.  They really show me how they SPLIT the oreo.  Cheapskate le, give la two oreo for a NT$250 banana split.  Not like they use Hagen Dazs right?

  • Then we spend our time around TienMu area for some window shopping.  There’s a number of factory outlet shop here.  But I think its okie okieonly.  Nothing great lor.  I came to this area only because of P.S. Bu Bu but then it disappoint me la.  So I think if i’m coming back to Taipei again, I will definitely give a no-go to this place!
  • After boarding the bus back to Shipai MRT area, we took the MRT and make our way to Miramar Entertainment Parkfor ferriswheel.  =)  Like kiddo only. No la, the name is just grand la.  Its actually a shopping mall with a rooftop ferris wheel and also one of the biggest IMAX theatre in Asia.  We only went there for the Ferris Wheel cos it was a bit early for night market.  =D
    • Remember to show your Youth Travel Card to enjoy discounts when purchasing the ferris wheel tickets ya!
    • Directions : Take MRT and go to Jiantan station.  Go to Exit 1 and once come out, you’ll see people queueing for buses.  Take the free shuttle bus to Miramar Entertainment Park.  Usually its the longest queue, if you are not very sure which line to queue, ask the peoplearound you.  Oh and remember, when you want to take the free shuttle bus back to the MRT station, its not the same place where they alight you earlier on.  There’s a booth under the Ferris Wheel.

Next up! Ferris wheel! *woot*

Show your Youth Travel Card to get discounted tickets

The queue was manageable

And here we go!

I’m cool, k? =D

Enjoy the view!

Everyone is also busy “snapping” away

The view from top

One last picture!

  • And this should be one of the most satisfying time for the day.  Shilin Night Market!  Shilin Night Market is situated opposite Jiantan station.  =)  So once we got back from Miramar, we head straight on to Shilin night market!  Eat and eat and eat.  See the pictures below ya!

 The famous Shilin Night Market

This is the first stall we came across

As much as the fruits looks super nice, don’t try it ….. cos we make a mistake ..we order a slice of mango (mind you, its a slice, not even half of the mango ar), one slice of dragon fruit and peach.  Cost us NT$300!!!! I eat a set lunch at Mr J also not that expensive le.  Felt so cheated lor.  Either that or its just the fruits in Taipei cost a bomb!

You can get all sorts of lingerie and “uniforms” here, no?

The Boss went crazy!

Accesories with sold by hot chicks

Cute Boxers for Guys!  Cater up to XXL!

There’s a lot of such machine in Taipei.  But I think my money is better spend at food!

Cartoon-shaped!

Hello Kitty is just one of them!

The *star* of the night. Check out the queue.  FYI, I’m taking the picture from the queue and i haven’t even got to the queue next to the stall!

Its actually Hao Da Chicken Steak. In front of Yang Ming theatre.

While queueing, each customer is given a plastic bag that spells “hot star”.

After much waiting and waiting, I finally got my chicken.. hahha =D

Next is the super big, thick sausage!

Big le!

Shanghai Fried Bun ( I was too excited munching down the food, I forgotten to take pics)

I don’t know what is this called but its all over the night markets.  =D A bit sourish yet sweet.  I think its called “A-yi-pin”.

End my food-spree with ballspearls.  Its superb k.  I can basically drown myself with Pearl Milk Tea, Taiwan style!!!

  • Next : Piggie la… Go back and online and sleep.  Kekeke…

Last picture of the day! Elmo!

*wink-blur-devil*


I realise a lot of people are not familiar in navigating around blogs (or probably just mine..hehe), any highlighted words in bold will link you directly to the mentioned-websites, hence you’ll save a lot of your research time!  Love the devil more la… teeheee…. =D

  • Breakfast + Fish Spa @ Hotel
  • Walk over to Taipei Main Station from SLove Hotel.  *freaking hot* I can fry an egg on my ass head.
  • Proceed to the MRT counter and purchase EasyCard.  You’ll need to pay NT$500 (with NT$400 deposit and NT$100 deposit refundable upon return of card).  In my opinion, its easier to get the EasyCard rather than purchasing the daily ticket.  =)

EasyCard

 

  • Next we make our way to National Dr Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall.
    • We didn’t bother going to the museum or anything like that as I don’t really know how to appreciate such stuff yet.  =P
    • Look out for the bronze statue of Sun Yat Sen and other statues around the park.  Find the hidden park with a lot of senior citizens relaxing their day there.  Its not hidden per say but you won’t really see it la.  =)
    • Address : No 505, Jen-Ai Road (3rd Blvd), Sec 4, Taipei, Taiwan
    • Operating Hours : 9am – 5pm
    • Directions : Take MRT and exit at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Station.  Proceed to Exit 4and walk straight, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall will be on your right.

Way to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Signage

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

School children enjoying themselves by the hallway

The cute lil girls trying to balance themselves

See the bronze statue?

The Park @ Sun Yat Sen

I just want a picture. Won’t take your drink, k?

Find this side of the park where a number of senior citizens hang out

The Lake near the hidden park – Cool right?  Inside Sun Yat Set itself.

NEXT : Taipei 101!

  • Next up we walk our way to nothing but to Taipei 101!!!  We could choose to take the MRT but I think its quite ok to walk la.  Approximately 15 minutes walk under the super hot sun but I could see more things!  =)
    • Directions toTaipei 101(If you are taking MRT) : Exit at Taipei City Hall Station, go to Exit 2 and board the free shuttle bus with the sign “Free 101″.

Lake in the middle of the city (Picture taken on the walk towards Taipei 101)

Taipei 101 Structure Close Up : Spot the feng shui element

  • Once we got to Taipei 101, we make our way to the Observatory Hall situated at Level 5.  You need to get to Level 5 to purchase the ticket.
    • Show your Youth Travel Card and get to purchase the ticket to the Observatory Tower (89th Floor) at discounted price of NT$350 per person (Original Price : NT$400 per person)
    • Taipei 101 is deemed to be the highest Observatory Tower and also dubbed to have the fastest elevator in the world.
    • Once in the observatory tower proceed to obtain the free audio tour equipment, available in various language.
    • Get your picture taken (with Taipei 101 digitally integrated into your picture) and with a certificate for NT$450, or if you just want a photo taken its NT$350 or if you only want the certificate its NT$200.  I took the certificate and photo at NT$400 cos when i purchase ticket they gave me a NT$50 voucher.  =)
    • Operating Hour : 10am – 10pm

Observatory Ticketing Counter @ Level 5

 Ticketing Counter

Security Check

Show you Youth Travel Card and get the ticket at NT$350

 The 4 cute mascot of Taipei 101

Your audio tour guide

Enjoying the good view of Taipei

Send greetings from up up up in Taipei 101!

Give a goodbye hug to my fave mascot

  • We had lunch in Taipei 101 food court and there’s plenty of choices.  If you’re going on a weekday, try to go slightly earlier to avoid the working crowd making their way for lunch.  For those “banana”, that means non-Mandarin literate, you just gotta rely on the pictures on the menu.

This is good! Pork Chop with Minced Pork Rice + Vege + Soup

See.. even the chopsticks is engraved with Taipei 101 wordings

Inside Taipei 101 Mall

Louis Vuitton @ Taipei 101 (I think this is cool with loads of cctv)

  • After lunch, went opposite to New York New York Shopping Mall.  Nothing much over there.  Wanted to have ice cream to cool us down but Cold Stone Creamery was pack!  When I say pack, its just an understatement, the crowd actually queue till the outside aisle next to the main road!

New York New York Shopping Mall Iconic Statue

U know what this mean in Johor Hokkien? No? erm, its kinda a bad word

  • Next up is to Eslite Bookstore nearest to Taipei 101.  Got hair cut appointment with Elvis of H Park Hair Dressing.
    • H Park Hair Dressing is one of the more prominent Hair Salon in Taiwan.  Even the website itself is impressive.  A cute one I would say.  =)
    • Remember to book your appointment if you intend to make an appointment there.  I did mine like one month in advance and confirm the appointment again a week before my trip.
    • The going rate ranges and my hair cut with Elvis cost me NT$2,800.  =P
    • Directions (if you were to take MRT) : Exit at Taipei City Hall Station, take Exit 2, and you’ll see Eslite Bookstore (a silverish building).  The hair salon is situated at Level 6.
    • Contact : 886 (02) 2722 6188
    • Email me if you want Elvis email ya.  His off day is Thursday.  =)

Eslite Building

In front of Eslite Building

 

Colourful, no?

H Park Salon

 After Hair Cut

  • After my haircut, took MRT to Wu Fen Pu for shopping!!! Not your average shopping experience, but this place is a wholesale area.  =)
    • On the way to WuFenPu, must try their famous “Lu Rou Fan” (Braised Minced Meat Rice) from “Hu Xu Zhang” (Beard man).  The shop is known as Formosa Chang.
    • Ideally to go after 4pm and avoid going on Monday/Friday as they cater to suppliers/retailers.
    • Prepare at least 4 hours there as they’re loads of shops for you to browse!
    • Shop smart, some generic items are cheaper at other outlets.  Practice your bargaining power!
    • The cheapest pants/clothes I got cost me only NT$100 per piece.  Average I think its approximate NT$150-NT$180.  Depends on what you buy but guy’s clothing are usually more expenisve than their female counterpart.
    • Directions : Take MRT to Houshanpi Exit, go to Exit 1.  You’ll see the Beard Man logo restaurant (main entance of the restaurant) on your right.  Follow the crowd, you won’t go wrong.  WuFenPu is somewhere opposite the main door of Beard Man shop, but you need to walk up a bit.  =)

Formosa Chang (“Beard Man”)

Formosa Chang Plum Juice

Fried Chicken

 

Braised Minced Pork Rice (Only NT$30, egg not included la)

Porkie…*sinful*

WuFenPu Shopping Area (Didn’t take much pics cos busy shopping)

  • After a tiring shopping spree, went to Raohe St Night Marketfor dinner.
    • From WuFenPu (I can’t tell you the exact location cos you might come out from different part of WuFenPu), walk to Songshan Station (ask the locals if you are not sure), then you’ll see a red bridge next to the station (you can’t see it pretty well if its at night), use the bridge and cross to the other
    • Try all their snacks and find things that are not available in your home coutry!
    • Btw, if you smell some pungent, unbearable smell, its actually Stinky Tau Foo.  I can’t take it, it smell worse than Malaysia “longkang”!

The entrance to Raohe St Night Market

Tau Foo Fah!

Better still, serve cold!

*satisfied but tired from shopping @ WuFenPu*

Some Egg + Tuna thingy

Almost similar to our Yong Tau Foo

I think this is one famous beef noodle shop.

What do you mean why?  Check out the autograph on the wall

The salted vege that goes well with the beef noodle

And here goes the killer!  The beef noodle!

Was tired after that we took a cab back to the hotel and it cost us approx NT290!  Could have save much more if I were to take MRT! Haha

Something to end this…… *find something special in Raohe St Night Market!!*

*lotsa love, blur-devil*


Flew via MAS and best part is I got the ticket at discounted price during the MAS Fair a while ago.  Actually saved more than RM800 per ticket!  How cool is that?

 

 

Inside the MAS Golden Lounge

 

 

Beer to cool you down =)

 

Enjoying Soto Ayam  =D

 

  • Then its time to board the flight.  The flight was delayed and it was a very tiring trip down because the flight schedule is via Kota Kinabalu.  *sigh*

 

I love flying!

 

One of the set they serve on board

 

Forgotten what its called but its some fish-thingy

 

 

  • Upon immigration clearance, we immediately proceed to obtain the Youth Travel Card
    • Youth Travel Card is available for any individual from age 15-30 years old.  Once you get hold of the Youth Travel Card, you are entitled for discounts from various participating outlets.  For example I got discounted price for purchase of tickets to Taipei 101 Observatory Tower and Miramar Ferris Wheel.  Browse the website for the list of discounts you are entitled for holding the Youth Travel Card.
    • Upon claiming your luggage and exiting the custom clearance walk out and turn to your right hand side and you’ll find the Visito/Tourist Counter and request for the Youth Travel Card.  You’ll be required to fill in a simple form and show your passport for identity verification.  At the same counter, you can request for Taipei map for easier reference.

 

Youth Travel Card 2008

 

  • Next up we proceed to the shuttle bus counter situated at the left hand corner of the airport.  We purchase the ticket from Kuo Kuang Bus to Taipei Main Station.  Total cost per person, NT$125.
    • There is various bus counter at the airport, you need to know your destination prior to purchasing your ticket as different bus serve different route.  There’s Free Go Bus, Kuo Kuang, Evergreen to name a few.  Click here to see the list of buses, and the corresponding fares according to destination.
    • Alternatively you can take a cab right to your hotel doorstep, BUT it cost so much more, minimum around NT$1200 per cab.

Double-check your destination before purchasing your ticket

 

Bus ticket and Luggage Tag

 

Kuo Kuang Bus (The attendant will inform you where to queue accordingly base on the bus company)

 

  • Once we reach Taipei Main Station, we walk to SLove Hotel with some help from the locals.  They are a friendly lot compare to other countries I visited.  But that’s if you can speak Mandarin.  Else you’ll face some slight difficulty as English is not a common spoken language there.

Rushing for check-in @ SLove Hotel

 

Was exhausted by the time we check-in.  Comfy bed is all I need!

 

  • End of Day 1  =)

 

*love, blur-devil*