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Taiwan Leisure Trip, Part 8

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士林夜市 on the morning

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Some wastage that haven’t been clear, rubbish still can be seen on the floor after the busy night market on day before.

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Our mission for today, cycling around 八里老街 and 淡水老街 for food hunt.

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Rent two bicycles from 小麥町腳踩車有限公司, nearby 關渡捷運站.

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關渡宮

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Taiwan is suitable place to ride.

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關渡自然公園自行車道, well build pavement for cycling.

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關渡大橋, heading to 八里自行車道.

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Hopefully our government can learn from Taiwan, look at their excellent build of cycling path.

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Crossed the bridge and reached 八里左岸.

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Nice scene, but mind the speed, as number of pedestrian will be around.

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Vegetarian biscuit/bread! Love it.

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Not bad if stay here for good.

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Reached 八里老街.

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Majority of shops are selling foods here.

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Famous 30 years old shop, 姊妹雙胞胎.

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Ordered 雙胞胎和芋頭餅, 雙胞胎 is actually 油炸麵條.

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Clearer version of map.

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Bike Station where you can ask for info, pump tyres and rent bikes.

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Eye opener for me, where a person can bring his/her precious bike into the toilet to avoid stolen case. The toilet got an extra space where able to park a bike properly.

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Yellow duckling again.

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Ferry tickets to cross river.

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Instead of traditional ticketing, taiwan version of touch and go available too.

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Bikers need to wait for instruction to board.

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How the bike parked in Ferry.

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Reached 淡水老街, 正宗阿給老店 on the left and 一口口企業有限公司(黑金傳奇) on the right.

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My favorite products, brown sugar ginger tea. This is where it originated from, bought few packs back to Malaysia and it is much cheaper here.

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Friendly auntie that keep pour ginger tea in our cup and ask us to drink more due to cold weather.

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Tested on the new products, 兰香子 (basil seeds).

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Full range of 黑金传奇 products.

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We move to 正宗阿給老店 at opposite, staffs are busy on making 阿給. which “consists of a piece of fried tofu, stuffed with cooked Cellophane noodles, and sealed with surimi”. (Wikipedia)

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It was full house, we waited for our turns.

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阿妈的酸梅汤, (A-mam’s plum tea), one of the marketing commonly seen in Taiwan is by putting words such grandmother, mother, father and combine with the product.

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Sponge cake, looks good but too bad the portion is too big for us.

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Look at the size.

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Puff

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sliced in half with ice cream added in between, Ice Cream Puff.

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Street performance

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A pic before heading back to 士林.

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高麗菜包, my favorite in 士林夜市, the queue is long even though still early for a night market.

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Freshly make.

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Last dinner at 三杯三怪媽媽小廚 in Taiwan before our flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

Taiwan Leisure Trip, Part 7

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By 4 a.m., all of us need to get ready at railway station for 阿里山小火車.

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The sleepy faces.

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Still waiting for the train after half an hour.

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Super crowded train

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Quite a small size train due to heavy clouds.

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At the top

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Cold and no luck for sun rise.

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Mario on the move.

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Queue again for return.

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Same crowded.

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Tour guide brought us for a walk into the forest.

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Tall thin trees.

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Finally, the sun rise

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Looks like a cow or a pig?

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Pavilion by the lake.

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Shallow lake

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Reached 奮起湖, at a shop named 群峰山莊.

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For the record.

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Alishan tea. Our tour guide showing steps of how to make a Chinese tea in correct way.

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奮起湖 market.

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The very nice ginger slices with brown sugar, 黑糖姜片. Too bad can’t be bought in Malaysia.

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Longan was added in the ginger slice to boil over time.

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Unique flower which i don’t know it’s name.

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Delicious cream puff bought at the R&R while on the way back to Taipei.

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My gf was collecting this stickers from 7-11 to exchange Line‘s character cup.

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Reached Taipei, went to 臺北立法院 to take a look on Sunflower Student Movement rally.

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Dinner at 統一阪急B2美食街, ordered from Gugu 廚房義式料理.

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Taipei 101

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Great location for photo shooting, few visitors gathered here to take the shot of Taipei 101.

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A jump will not be miss before heading back to 林天倫旅社 at 士林.

Taiwan Leisure Trip, Part 6

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Woke up early again on Day 7, explore inside of 清境國民賓館 since it was too cold outside at 1 Degree Celsius.

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There are sheep themed design and display can be found.

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Miniature version of 清境農場.

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1°C

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After breakfast, the road trip start again.

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Jetty at 日月潭, lots of mist, cold and crowded.

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Pretty clean lake but not allowed to swim.

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阿嬤の古早味香菇茶葉蛋, worth a try, lucky that our tour guide helped us to buy with a long queue of 15 minutes due to big amount of China visitors came in at the same time.

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Top view

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Impossible just to have an egg for our brunch. With a limited time, we able to bought 红茶手工蛋捲 (Red tea handmade egg roll)

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And a 阿萨姆红茶 (Assam tea).

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Not sure where we are, guess it a spot called 夫妻樹, monkey jump it is.

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Then, we reached destination of the day, 阿里山 (Alishan National Scenic Area).

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Season of Sakura blooming

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Lucky us and thanks for our travel expert, Bryan Lee for picking the right timing.

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crowded

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Rarely saw huge big trees here but mostly tall thin trees.

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山葵椒鹽 (mixed of mountain wasabi + pepper + salt in powder form), Extremely nice if you like spice. Just pour on foods and it add in flavor of salt, spice and nice aroma.

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神木颂, not understand.

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Calla Lilies planted in area of a temple, 慈云寺.

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Our dinner place after a long hours walk.

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Steamboat with local vegetables.

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Bought a cup of hot 檸樂煲薑 (mixed lemon + Cola + old ginger) to ease our nose and throat from the cold weather. After that, head back to 阿里山閣酒店 for a good rest.

Taiwan Leisure Trip, Part 5

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Early birds messing around at 宜蘭.

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Students not even here yet.

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It was left on the side road.

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Road trip begin again after breakfast at 天璽商務酒店 hotel.

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太魯閣峽谷

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Ballet in the dark

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Became monkey in the bright.

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Landslide happens, wearing helmet is a must.

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Not even sure where we are now.

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Keep messing around and let body loose, as 70% we fall asleep + 20% eat + 10% karaoke session on the bus ride.

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Highest point of Taiwan road (台灣公路最高點), 武嶺.

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At here, you can have a panoramic view of different mountains with a board of list available for reference.

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Flying above mountains. It was freaking cold up here, winds keep blowing continuously that makes us shivering.

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Our tour guide, 袁大哥 (志宏). Tired after taking care of a group of monkeys.

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On the way up to 清境農場, stop by half way for lunch.

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At 伊拿谷景觀咖啡餐坊, the group in hungry ghost mode

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碧湖砂鍋魚頭 at above, also ordered 高山高麗菜 and 甕缸雞 which are their famous dishes, worth a try.

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Then, we reached the famous 清境農場. Crowded but the field area is big enough to cover.

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What special to do here? Feed them.

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Feed the sheep.

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Continue feeding.

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Do not miss any of them, just feed.

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The area is big, where able run around as much as you wish.

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Went to 清境雲舞樓 for dinner, so hungry that dishes are cleared within 10 minutes.

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Watched a very decent local performance and headed back to 清境國民賓館 for end of the day.

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