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Sunday, June 03, 2007
TAIWAN TRIP 2007!
DAY 1:: 14 May 2007 (Mon)
[location:: singapore/ 士林夜市]
taking a break from work (& singapore) -
i'm flying to TAIWAN for a good 10-day trip! =)
been planning for this since more than a month ago
the participants are - my sister, Sharon, Yih Hong!
(the 2 buddies from the tokyo trip last year)
took a cab to changi airport in the late morning
Fabian & my sister's friend, Li Ou came to send us off
lunched at mac before rushing to board the jetstar plane at 1pm
wah, it's really a damn BUDGET flight can
my knees were pasted against the front seat,
there was no tv,
no drinks or warm towel served
& there was a new airport regulation - no liquid items to be brought onto the plane
which meant that none of us had water to drink throughout the flight
(unless you are dumb enough to purchase the overpriced water from the crew)
anyway, what can you expect out of a $270 two-way air ticket to taiwan?
5.40pm - arrived at taipei taoyuan airport! =D
boarded a coach to our hotel - 乔合大饭店 (deja vu hotel - what a name!)
it's located at 忠孝复兴 (zhong xiao fu xing)
it took quite a while for us to find it
cos not many have heard of it
the 4 of us SQUEEZED into a room for 2, oops.
save cost mahx
we spent our first night at taipei eating through 士林夜市 (shilin night
we tried a whole lot of goodies - 豪大大鸡排, 蚵仔煎， 臭豆腐， 超大香肠 & so on
the 臭豆腐 really lives up to its name
i could smell it before i see it!
粉圆加爱玉 was super yummy! some refreshing drink with loads of pearls
we witnessed a really hilarious scene
(well, not exactly funny to those involved though)
we were walking down a street lined with those mobile food stalls
when suddenly, someone behind me said,"警察来了！"
& a series of things happened -
every stall switched off its lights,
stopped all cooking,
& everyone was pushing their carts, escaping!
it all happened in a few minutes, wow.
they were really quick, able to disappear into nowhere!
i juz found it so funny
the crowded street that it once used to be, became dark & quiet
caught the last train back to our hotel!
the taiwanese style is to keep to the RIGHT on escalators - different from the singaporean style
& they were all so orderly
watched channel V almost every night, heex.
many entertainment shows + MVs! wootx.
now i'm so familiar with 棒棒堂 (& abit more about 黑涩会美眉)!
it's so cute in taiwan, that they don't use 弟弟妹妹 for young boys & girls
they call them - 底迪 & 美眉 instead
DAY 2:: 15 May 2007 (Tue)
[location:: taipei/ hualien city]
we would be leaving taipei (so fast?!) for hualien today!
don't worry, we will be back! haha.
visited the hotel's 商务中心 at the first level
it's somewhat like a lounge
where there was free internet access + coffee! shiok.
we planned to take the 12.30pm train to hualien,
but we missed it!
it's ok, we took the next one, which came at 1.15pm
we thought IT WAS OKAY to juz take the next one,
but we were wrong, haha
since we had no assigned seats on this next train
we ended up changing seats again & AGAIN & AGAIN
it was no easy task man
to bring down our luggages & move to the next empty seats
the scenery the ride provided compensated for it though
it was a coastal track
so i had a good view of the sea, the sandy shores & the mountains!
(so i didn't sleep at all!)
arrived at hualien at 4pm
& it started pouring really heavily
we hailed a cab
which brought us to our hotel - 蓝天丽池饭店 (azure hotel)
i didn't realise their drivers were on the left-side
till i wanted to take the seat beside the driver!
(i went to the left front door & found the driver there, haha.)
this time, we had a room for 4
so it was really comfortable, whew.
no more smuggling-in & squeezing onto a bed for the time being
the hotel provided excellent service too
we spent the night walking around the hualien city
the vicinity around our hotel
we bought several packets of mochi from their famous 曾记 store
also had 一笼的小包子 at a very, very low price! my god.
then we tried 鹅肉, which tasted like duck meat
& the XL-sized 泡冰!
too much for the 4 of us!
got back to the hotel
& bought 署圈圈 (curly fries!) from the 24hr mac
juz right in front of our hotel!
how i wish singapore's mac serves curly fries too!
DAY 3:: 16 May 2007 (Wed)
[location:: hualien - taroko national park]
the sun was up & high
& we started our day really early - 6am!
had the buffet breakfast, which was quite yummy! heex.
today, we were going to see the world-class attraction - the taroko gorge!
since it's located at a very ulu place
we decided to follow a day-tour package
the tour bus came to pick us up from our hotel at 8.15am
(heex, many nice chinese songs played on the bus!)
before going to other hotels to pick some others up
& can you believe how small this world is?
i saw Samantha (my ex-munchie colleague)!
at 9.30am, we arrived at the taroko national park
we took the amazing central cross-island highway up the mountains
(which starts at taichung & ends at taroko)
the itineary is as follows::
1. 太管处游客中心 (taroko tourists center)
2. 布洛湾台地 (buluowan trail)
3. 燕子口 (swallow grottoes)
4. 靳珩公园 (jinheng park)
5. 慈母桥 (the good mothers' bridge)
at 11.30am, we stopped to have buffet lunch at a 5-star hotel - 天祥晶华 (grand formosa - taroko)
what a buffet spread!
we continued our tour after buying some souveniers
1. 九曲洞步道 (tunnel of nine turns - we took a 1.9km walk through it!)
2. 长春词 (eternal spring shrine)
3. 名产巡礼 (we were brought to a store that sold various kinds of stones)
4. 七星潭 (seven stars lake)
the seven stars lake had a VERY beautiful beach!!!
the water was clear blue! wow.
but we saw many dead pufferfish on the shore
4.30pm, we were back at our hotel
6.30pm, we took a cab to a night market near 南滨公园
but it was so small!
we completed the area in juz a few minutes' time
we tried 甜不辣!
8pm, we walked into a nearby pub - allstar live house! (奥斯卡音乐复合餐厅)
it was still rather early for the 'live' band to start
so we juz had corona & played some card games
the 'live' band performance started at 10pm - with Evan (铭和) as the lead singer!
they started off with stand by me
& i thought it's gonna be an 'english songs' band
but it turned out that they sang many NICE chinese pop songs - 专属天使， 非你莫属， 我会好好过， 你把我灌醉， one night in 北京
along with english songs like - better man, smooth & sex bomb
totally ENJOYED the night! =)
we even took a picture with Evan, hoho
(he's so tall!)
& he asked us,"你们是花莲的学生吗？"
("are you students from hualien?")
& he was surprised that we were from singapore!
this allstar 'LIVE' house has its own website - Allstar Live House
& the boss had uploaded 2 photos of us on it!
here's the link to the photos::
us with our corona!
us with Evan!!
us with corona!
, Sharon, Yih Hong
, my sister, Evan
DAY 4:: 17 May 2007 (Thu)
[weather:: rainy/ cloudy]
[location:: hualien/ taipei]
some change in plans
decided not to stay for another day in hualien
cos there was nothing much to see anyway
so we cancelled our third night's stay at azure hotel
& took a train to taipei in the morning
(it was a comfortable ride this time)
1.30pm, we checked-in once again to deja vu hotel
strolled around the nearby SOGO departmental store
my sister & i then went taipei main station
while Sharon & Yih Hong continued shopping there
we visited new world shopping centre + many other malls
we queued for the famous 甜甜圈专卖店 - mister donut!
we had almost S$10-worth of doughnuts! wahaha.
tasted really yummy! =)
we continued walking around the streets
& came to AT-国际发型 (attractive) hair salon
since i had long wanted a haircut
i went in & had a 1.5hr haircut
almost fell asleep when my hair was being washed & my head being massaged
the service was so good!
i had milk tea to drink & tv to watch! =)
my hairdresser was a young lady, U-Li
who was so friendly
we chatted about the various places i should go in taipei
& the goodies i should try, heex.
she also recommended a hairstyle for me
so i ended up having my hair 烫!
how cool! this was my first time doing such a weird thing to my always-so-straight-&-flat hair!
i kidda like it! heex.
cos my head doesn't feel so heavy now, hoho.
after that LONG haircut,
my sister & i walked all the way down to zhong xiao fu xing station to meet up with Sharon & Yih Hong
along the way, we met this taiwanese guy,
who was selling a handphone pouch + keychain
he was so chatty & we bought it from him
to show support for his design on the pouch, hoho.
we went back to the hotel first
before taking a cab at 11pm to a very famous club in taipei - LUXY
we were entitled to 2 free drinks
& it so happened that there was a dancing contest that night -
merry monarc - girls gone wild
girls freestyle dance battle contest!
GIRLS GONE WILD!
the music was so-so
& i STILL don't like the clubbing scene, yucks.
preferred last night's pubbing experience!
we left the club at 2.30am
but we still didn't go back to the hotel yet! wahaha.
we went up to the 14th level of the same building (as LUX) to play snooker!
it's a 24hr snooker gaming centre, woohoo.
had so much fun during that few rounds
though i could hardly play
a guy-in-charge came to us & said
i didn't quite understand what he meant, so i asked,
& all of us juz burst out laughing, muahaha.
i could understand what 'coffee' means,
juz not quite sure what were they doing with the coffee
原来, they wanted to give us 4 cups of coffee, on the house
coffee at 3am?!?
when we approach the counter to pay for our games,
the cashier was nodding off behind the counter!
took quite a while for us to wake him up to collect our money
4am, headed back to hotel for some rest!
DAY 5:: 18 May 2007 (Fri)
[location:: taipei - national palace museum, ximenting]
had the hotel's buffet breakfast with my sister
the food was so cold! yikes.
when the rest had gotton up,
we walked to 忠孝敦化 (zhong xiao dun hua), one station away
had desserts at 糖朝 (tang chao), a chinese restaurant
i had mango sago, so SUPER sweet.
this restaurant was opened by 吴宗宪 (Jacky Wu)
but he's no longer one of the shareholders
"他已经退股很久了。" - according to one of the staff
next, we took a train + a bus ride to 故宫 (national palace museum) near
& we were lucky!
today was the international museums day,
so the entrance fee was waived! wahaha. =)
but it was so crowded, with many students
the museum exhibited several ornaments from the olden times
very exquisite, but we could hardly appreciate their value
at 4pm, we left the museum for 西门町 (ximenting)!
even tried the FAMOUS-ka-siao 阿宗面线 (ah zong mee sua)
it's juz S$2 for a small bowl!
one interesting thing was - there were no tables in the store
& people seldom take-away,
everyone was juz standing outside the store, eating the mee!
then they would put the bowls into a pail orderly
when we returned to the hotel,
we were so tired,
but still didn't go to bed, hoho.
watched a dvd - eternal summer (a R21 gay movie!)
before sleeping at 2am!
DAY 6:: 19 May 2007 (Sat)
[weather:: cool/ cloudy]
[location:: taipei - taipei 101, raohe night market]
even though the buffet breakfast kidda sucks
i still woke up early to have it with my sister
(she seemed to enjoy it very much)
today we were going to visit the WORLD'S TALLEST BUILDING - taipei 101!
wow wow wow.
at 1pm, we took the WORLD'S FASTEST ELEVATOR up to the 89th observatory level
there was a 电梯小姐 (a lady in the elevator being our guide) bringing us up
it was rather cloudy, so everything looked so misty to us
this experience reminded me of the tokyo tower
where we were also viewing the city outside from somewhere-up-there
i also paid NT$100 (~S$5) more to go up to the 91st level outdoor observatory
it was so chilly out there, cos it was drizzling a little & the wind was strong
once again, it was too cloudy!
we stayed at the observatory for 1.5hr before going down to shop around the mall
my sister & i were planning to visit 阿里山 (alishan) tomorrow,
so we did our registration with a tour group through a 7-11's fax machine
(oh yeah, they do provide such service there!)
we then spent the next half an hour searching for Sharon & Yih Hong in that BIG BIG mall
walked around new york new york & neo19
both rather similar shopping malls with nothing interesting
took a shuttle bus back to taipei main station, freaking packed!
the driver was so humourous!
he was briefing us about alighting later, so he said,
(later when you alight, there will be people who will be boarding through the backdoor, kindly push them
everyone on the bus laughed! hoho.
took the train to houshanpi station
where we had a quick & cheap dinner at 胡须张卤肉饭
then walked past 五分埔 (wufenpu) to get to 松山 railway
(don't worry, we will be back to 五分埔!)
but we still managed to grab some snacks while walking through it, hoho.
my sister & i bought our train tickets to 嘉義 (chiayi)
we had quite a few hours to spare before boarding the train,
& so we went 绕河夜市 (raohe night market)!
it's a really good place for food + shopping!
everything was so CHEAP!
we spent every remaining cent we had there,
then ended up drawing more NT$, oops.
but there were juz too many things to buy!
at 11.15pm, my sister & i boarded the overnight train to 嘉義 (chiayi)
intended to have a good night's rest on the train
(my sister did)
but i wasn't feeling at all comfortable sleeping on the train,
so i hardly slept at all, throughout the long, dark journey
DAY 7:: 20 May 2007 (Sun)
[weather:: rainy - FREEZING!]
[location:: chiayi - alishan]
4am, we arrived at 嘉義 (chiayi) station
when the train stopped at that station,
i looked out of the window, it was almost pitch dark
from far i could see a sign saying 嘉義
but i still wasn't sure if this was the RIGHT station to alight
cos, it juz didn't look like a proper platform to alight!
so after much hesitation,
we alighted, & phew, it was the correct station
& since we were really early,
we waited at the station (my sister juz continued her sleep) till 8.30am,
for someone to pick us up
at 9am, we took the forest railway train up 阿里山 (alishan)
(there are only THREE such railways in the world!)
it was a long 3.5hr ride & very bumpy!
but it was a really beautiful journey, especially when we climbed higher & higher
we climbed more than 2km above ground!
we saw a huge stretch of 云海 (sea of clouds!)
it felt like we were above lots of cotton candies! hoho.
the train had to travel backwards quite a few times
cos of some obstacles at the front i guess
halfway through the ride,
we also had 便当 from 奋起湖 (fenqihu) sent to us at lunchtime!
not quite used to the taste,
but it was alright!
1230pm, we arrived at 阿里山 (alishan)
it was raining rather heavily
& it was FREEZING!!!
the temperature - 12 deg cel!
it was due to the high altitude we were at + the icy wind + the rain
cannot take it!!! *faintx*
i was practically SHAKING
what a waste, we were at this beautiful place,
but we could only shop around the shops near the station
many goodies to buy!
even bought a sweater there cos i really couldn't survive in juz a polo tee
the aunties there were asking me,"你这样穿不会冷吗？"
of cos 会 la!
we were picked by a driver at around 3pm+
drove downhill to 奋起湖 (fenqihu)
while driving downhill, the driver had to be so careful of falling rocks!
due to the rain + wind
shopped at 奋起湖
& had 便当 for dinner there
we then continued our journey down to 人间
arrived at 嘉義 (chiayi) station at 6pm+
& we bought the train tickets back to taipei!
but there were no seats on the train!
(since we chose to have the cheaper tickets, boohoo.)
so we were standing at the area between 2 cabins initially,
then after a few stations, my sister took an empty seat
an elderly man was sitting beside her
& HE GAVE HIS SEAT UP TO ME!!!
so that my sister & i could sit together
i didn't want to take it
but he insisted, & even stood together with me
he said he was alighting at the next station
(but hello, in taiwan, the next station could mean an hour later)
i took the seat eventually
very nice of him though =)
11pm, we finally arrived at taipei! our familiar ground!
got back to deja vu hotel
& planned our activities for the next few days!
DAY 8:: 21 May 2007 (Mon)
[location:: danshui/ raohe night market]
got up rather early for the buffet breakfast
& this time, Sharon joined us!
today was a sight-seeing day!
very good weather for what we would be doing today, cheers!
set off at 10.30am to visit 龙山寺 (longshan temple),
a very famous temple in taiwan
then we moved on to 台湾民主纪念馆 (C.K.S. memorial hall)
there was some construction going on
took a train + cab to 八大电视台 (GTV),
the tv station that makes 娱乐百分百 (entertainment 100%)!
but it was quite a wasted trip,
cos we didn't see much! =/
had a quick lunch - 蚵仔面线 (oyster mee sua)!
next stop - 淡水 (danshui)!
we walked through 淡水老街
there were so many things to buy + eat again! woohoo.
even saw snoopyland there! ahhh~
took a bus to 渔人码头,
what a pretty place!
we had planned to watch the sunset there,
& WE DID! heex.
the weather was so good,
the sun shining so brightly! =)
we went up 情人桥 (lovers' bridge)
the entire bridge was lined with couples! haha.
the wind was SUPER strong on the bridge!
felt like i was about to be blown away, seriously!
after viewing the beautiful sunset,
we left for 五分埔 (wufenpu) -
LOADS of clothes there
but we hardly bought any, haha
cos all were more or less the same pattern
we then went to our favourite 绕河夜市 (raohe night market)! heex.
bought a whole lot of stuff again
we were so exhausted that we took a cab back to our hotel!
stayed up till 2am to view our crazy photos today!
DAY 9:: 22 May 2007 (Tue)
leaving taiwan tomorrow! =(
time flies, really!
got up early for the buffet breakfast,
but i didn't have anything
getting really sick of it! *puke*
so i juz had a cup of hot coffee,
to keep myself from freezing.
took a bus to 九份 (jiufen),
a famous tourist attraction somewhere at taipei county
there were lots of mountains there,
& the road up to the town was so narrow, steep & dangerous!
but the bus driver was so pro la
we alighted at the terminal stop - 金瓜石 (jinguashi)
& realised there was only scenery to see
not the 九份 (jiufen) streets
so we took some photos of the surroundings
then took a bus downhill to 九份老街
shopped around that area - many exquisite stuff!
went back to the hotel in the afternoon
then went for our gala dinner (gonna be our last dinner in taiwan!)
at 飞天麻辣 (fei tian ma la)!
from the name, you could have guessed - yesh - we had ma la steamboat dinner!
& mind you, the stuff there was so FRESH!
especially the salmon fish head, omg. YUMMY!!!
i had kilos of 金针菇 again
& there were various flavours of ice-cream to choose from too!
(luckily we still had 'space' for that after the steamboat, heex.)
did some last minute shopping at 西门町 (ximenting)
(yeah, we're back again!)
we spent our final night in taiwan at taipei's NEWEST KTV BRANCH - 钱柜 partyworld (cashbox partyworld)!!! =D
it's located at 西门町 (ximenting)
the check-in counter was at a lobby, which looked like one of a high-class hotel! wootx.
had so fun in the ktv, wahaha.
we sang sang sang till 3am!!!
then took a cab back to the hotel
but we didn't sleep at all!
we displayed everything we've bought (since day 1!!!) on the bed
& took photos of them!
then painfully packed (read:: SQUEEZED) them back into our limited luggages
DAY 10:: 23 May 2007 (Wed)
[weather:: cloudy/ rainy]
[location:: yangmingshan/ shilin/ taoyuan airport/ singapore]
it's our final day in taiwan
i skipped the er xin buffet breakfast again
while the rest went to "enjoy" it
9am, we checked out of deja vu hotel
we deposited our luggages with them
as we still had some places to visit! heex.
went to 杨明山 (yangmingshan)
& we took a tour bus around the area
but i was sleeping throughout, oops.
too tired le! can't help it.
also made a last visit to 士林 (shilin),
ate what we craved before leaving this place!
i had 虾仁煎, which tasted good! =P~
went back to the hotel to collect our luggages
& boarded the coach to taoyuan international airport
took the jetstar flight back to singapore at 6.25pm
& arrived at around 11pm
Fabian came! =)
his dad (who's a cab driver) gave us a meter-off ride home!
so nice of him! =)
(still gotta get up in a few hours' time for WORK! oh god.)
(MANY, MANY photos will be up soon! stay tuned.)