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Taiwan Leisure Trip, Part 4

Category : Foods, Lifestyle, Travel Dec 30th, 2015

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Early morning of 九份老街

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Majority of shops are still yet to operate, we can start messing around again.

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Cats were still dreaming.

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Exploring on those area that we did not went on day before.

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Sakura blooming on our visit.

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Pass by 阿蘭草仔粿 shop on the early morning, they are one of earliest that opened.

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They are busy preparing for 草仔粿 and 芋粿, look at different colors of sweet potatoes, amazed by the quality of ingredients and good cleanliness.

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Others, still sleeping perhaps.

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新北市瑞芳區九份國民小學, primary school. Kinda envy because students here got wide variety foods to choose for recess time.

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Long road trip began on late morning of Day 5, we were fetch by bus and took a few stops at tourist spots.

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幾米主題公園 at 宜蘭.

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Indication of train station locate at opposite. Something that our local government should learn, look at creativeness of it.

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Bus station.

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One day, i’ll bring my titanium road bike and ride here.

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Technical problem on transportation.

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清水斷崖 on 蘇花公路.

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Leave a jump pose here will do.

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At a beach filled with rocks, named 七星潭.

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Mickey mouse.

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Leave a jump before went off.

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Reached 天璽商務酒店 at 花蓮, after a short rest, we head to 自強夜市.

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Food hunting, learned a thing in Taiwan, when we see a queue at a food stall, it won’t disappoint you.

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Absolutely delicious, like this a lot. 蔣家花蓮創意官財板, ordered potato salad ingredient.

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北港春捲

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Fairly good, on par with Sungai Long’s famous Poh Piah. Head back to Hotel to take a deep sleep after stomach were filled

Taiwan Leisure Trip, Part 3

Category : Foods, Lifestyle, Travel Dec 29th, 2015

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Quiet morning at 水田園溫泉農莊

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Tot spring area, there are around 6 small pools with different temperatures and a big pool available here.

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A bigger pool with every pool consist of digital temperature board.

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Rules and regulation at 水田園溫泉農莊 if you going to camp here.

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Take a walk around the area

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Farm area

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Jump shot it is

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Motorcycle with a windscreen and even equipped with a wiper.

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Found a yellow duck floating at a own build pool.

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Road is so ready for cycling, the quality of pavement will help carbon bike to last a little longer compare to riding on our country’s road.

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Curious one checking on visitors in his territory.

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Pedestrian bridge at 十分.

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十分鐵道, an old railway where part of the movie “You Are the Apple of My Eye” (那些年,我們一起追的女孩) taken here.

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Rise Sky lantern (天燈) activity available here.

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All activity will stop to make way for the train to pass by.

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Draw and write wishes on lantern, lit the small candle at bottom and it will rise to the air.

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雙色螺絲捲, black sugar mix with original Chinese steamed bun taste.

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Unique police station in 十分, built in Sky lantern shape.

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菁桐車站 built on year 1929, which is a railway station.

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Local planted green date and rose apple (Jambu air), green date is very refreshing after a long walk.

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黄金瀑布 at 瑞芳, Golden waterfall caused by copper mining on the upper level.

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Main entrance of our Home-stay at 九份.

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Most of the room are located at lower floor, long stairs was built because of the hilly terrain.

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For the record, 龍門客棧 is the one that arrange for our stay, transport us from lower ground to home-stay and transport of luggage.

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The actual home-stay that we sleep for the night.

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九份老街, crowded on late afternoon. Numbers of Korean and Japanese visitors can be seen here.

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If you planning to visit 九份老街, do reserve a one full day or two days to avoid rush and miss out.

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Compact built of building due to limit flat area in the hilly terrain.

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Famous 花生捲冰淇淋, peanut roll with two scoops of ice cream in it.

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芋圆 is common here, we picked this shop named 阿昌芋圓專賣店。

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The view here is nice, enjoy a nice 芋圆 dessert accompany by scenary of 九份 and ocean.

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阿蘭草仔粿, long queue for our turn, worth a try.

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Shu-ku Tea Store (樹窟(木窟)人文茶堂), our dinner place that mainly built with woods.

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Excellent view from second floor of restaurant.

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You won’t disappoint on the food and traditional tea they serve.

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Enjoyed our dinner time here.

Taiwan Leisure Trip, Part 2

Category : Foods, Lifestyle, Travel Dec 29th, 2015

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Early in the morning at 西門町, not use to cold weather, especially for us that stayed near equator line.

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Breakfast time, a stall nearby by mrt station.

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Warm rice ball and hot soya bean.

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It was a week day, where student going for school and peoples getting to work.

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We continue to another stall for breakfast hunt. Numbers of them can be seen selling foods nearby transportation hub.

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warm 馒头蛋 that just got out from steamer, simple but satisfy and easy to carry.

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淡水漁人碼頭, peaceful place. Thanks to our Travel expert, Mr Bryan Lee for planned itinerary. From day 3 onward, we were brought to visit some of the well known tourist spots around Taipei and Taichung.

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Jumping shot it is, Michael Jordan’s Air Walk pose.

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A place called 小油坑, a volcano at 陽明山國家公園. Too bad not allowed to climb to the top.

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At last, something to eat, 碗粿, soft rice cake with salt mixed in.

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White calla lilies field can be spotted on 陽明山, you can buy it here, but don’t step in to the farm as you might get scold by farmer.

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The famous and over crowded 野柳地質公園, look at the amount of visitors at middle left.

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Squeezed and walk like duckling to take a look at 女王頭 (queen’s head)

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水田園溫泉農莊 at 台北金山, numbers of hot-spring home stay nearby, and this is strongly recommended by our tour guide 袁大哥 (志宏) because of the well cook of local traditional dishes.

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Winter melon chicken soup.

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涼拌過貓, so delicious that we ordered an extra of it.

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Forgot the dish name, guess is a kind of 鐵板豆腐 with vegetables.

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Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, look at the percentage, it truly burns, thanks to the generous boss for letting us tested bit of it.

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For the record. Operating hours for Restaurant: 11am to 9pm, Hot spring: 8am to 10am.

Taiwan Leisure Trip, Part 1

Category : Foods, Lifestyle, Travel Dec 23rd, 2015

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Reached Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on night before, reached Taipei at late night. Stayed at 絲達爾時尚精品旅店 at 西門町.

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Woke up earlier than others, walk around the street for breakfast hunting. Saw numbers of peoples queuing at a store and it was 永和豆浆.

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Ximending (西門町) on early morning, a neighborhood and shopping district in the Wanhua District of Taipei. It was the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan.

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Taipei Main Station (台北車站), main transportation hub for Bus and different types of train services. My partner planned a for today’s itinerary, where we will go to Taoyuan and take 小烏來線巴士 (a special design route planned by local government that will stop by only on tourist spots).

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Took a traditional train service to Taoyuan, as the ticket stated, seats are only available until a specific station, after that we went to entrance / exit space and sit on the floor.

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Reached Taoyuan safely around 40 minutes after.

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小烏來線巴士 one day ticket, that cost around RM 16 – RM 18. It will brought us from 桃客桃園總站 to 小烏來 (天空步道) -> 舊百吉隧道 -> 慈湖 -> 大溪陵寢 -> 經國紀念館.

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Funny, Friendly and knowledgeable bus driver, thanks to him for giving us short briefing on how the tour bus works and reminders.

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The endlessly traffic light on this stretch.

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Reached 小烏來 which located on the mountain site.

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小烏來天空步道 (Xiaowulai Sky Walk), a bridge which extend the stretch to middle top of waterfall.

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With look through glass as walk way.

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A selfie before we part.

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舊百吉隧道

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Nothing much to explore here.

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慈湖陵寢, Chiang Kai-shek Mausoleum is the temporary resting place of President Chiang Kai-shek

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Nice scene, nice place but nothing much to do here.

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A handshake before we part.

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Stopped at somewhere nearby, flower can be bought and food can be found here.

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Walk all the way down from Love Story Building as we can’t see tour bus stop by. Found this store selling Dry Tofu, absolutely delicious, a must try.

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Reached our last destination of 小烏來線, the 經國紀念館. The operating hours finishing soon, lucky still can get ourself in for a visit.

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Worth a visit here if you are interested on Taiwan earlier days history.

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Fancy this kind of stamping? Remember to bring a notebook or piece of paper to collect, as most of the tourist spots will have own unique stamp design.

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Waiting a long time for the bus to bring us back to TaoYuan Bus station.

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Arrived Taipei, we went to 艋舺.

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艋舺夜市. Night market is a culture in Taiwan, you can see them in most of the cities.

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华西街观光夜市 (Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market), another night market connected to 艋舺夜市, with covered roof and smaller size shop lots.

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Dessert time, a 55 years old dessert shop. Need to wait our turn to get a seat for our tired legs.

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Sweet rice cake porridge and Grilled pounded rice cake with peanut spread on top.

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Not sure what this suppose to call in english, check out their official page: 頂級甜不辣. Lots of crowd and again we have to wait for our turn to get a cup of it.

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Crunchy egg rolls, freshly make on the spot, highly recommend.

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阿宗麵線 at 西門町 with a long queue.

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Overrated or not? it depends, IMO, worth a try, at least got a topic to talk about after the trip.

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Risotto 阿毛石鍋燉飯, Golden Retriever themed restaurant.

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Street performance, enjoyed our night here.