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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*


I know I’m supposed to finish updating about Phuket … but but but but I can’t stop myself from blogging about my vain moment in Taiwan!!! hahaha :D

 

Before I went to Taiwan, I did plenty of research and I know I gotta try the hair salon in Taiwan!!!!  I read from somewhere on the internet that Taiwan has more than 5,000 hair salons!!!

 

Before I flew to Taipei, I make an appointment with Elvis of H Park Hair Salon.  Apparently this is one of the more well known hair salon in Taiwan.  Its situated in Eslite building and inside the hair salon is one small corner where you can do your nails.  That is not any simple nail salon cos its open by Jolin Tsai.  =)  But I didn’t do my nail there cos its more expensive.  :)

 

Eslite Building

 

Exterior 1 (nice graphics eh…)

 

Exterior 2 (“H” stands for H Park and Ooops J is Jolin’s nail salon)

 

 

Interior (they are so advance that each mirror has a small TV screen)

 

Blur-devil : Before haircut

 

Blur-devil : Work-in-progress (I think Elvis is cool)

 

Blur-devil : Finished product (haha! :) )

 

Total damage done for haircut?  NT2,800 but I think its worth it cos I wouldn’t want to risk cutting my hair short at a cheaper place and come to regret later.  :)  furthermore, the massage that comes with the haircut is fantastic that I fell asleep halfway!

 

My next vain moment is getting my nail done at Ximending.  :)  Its not any typical manicure but instead I opt for the crystal (“sui jing”) extension.  =)

 

Blur-devil: Nail-in-progress

 

Finished-product!!! Pink Crystal extension with crystals beads!!!

 

Close-up

 

Total damage done : NT1499 (but its still cheap compare to Malaysia!!!)

 

End Results – Vain Blur-devil

hahah…okok…. I’m vain eh…. Anyway, I’m going Penang for a short getaway with Satan and my colleagues, so I’ll try to finish updating my Phuket blog then my Taiwan trip ya!!!!

Oh and before that, I thank Satan for granting me a Burberry bag… I lurve it so much… Add to my collection eh….  =)

*broke*