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Friday, July 04, 2008
2008 TAIWAN + HONG KONG TRIP
the day started REALLY early - 4am!!!
we've been counting down to this day since 100 over days ago =))
stayed over at Qiuyi's house the night before
we were so excited that it was so damn hard to fall asleep!
(or was it cos we seldom sleep so early?)
we were really efficient in washing-up & dragging our luggages all the way to the mrt station
5.39am - we boarded the FIRST train! =)
another 2 of our travelmates - Rebecca & her mum were in the train as well
cost-saving tip:: take the train to the airport! =P
6.30am - arrived at changi airport!
we then checked-in our luggages, & very soon after,
we boarded our cathay pacific plane
8.05am - took off! BYE BYE, SINGAPORE!
9.30am - breakfast on plane was served! omelette! but it wasn't exactly very nice........oops.
11.55am - arrived at HK airport! juz for transit~
1.10pm - took off in the next flight towards our destination, taiwan!
3.00pm - arrived at taipei taoyuan airport! WELCOME TO TAIWAN once again! heex. =))
there was a coach waiting to pick us up to our hotel
4.30pm - long ride to our hotel. arrived at 长虹酒店 (rainbow hotel) finally! yippee! the location is DAMN good - right smack in the middle of 西门町(xi men ting - the shopping paradise!)
(forgot to take photos of our hotel room!)
it's a nice, cosy room with the essential facilities
good enough for 4 nights' stay!
we spent the evening shopping around 西门町 (xi men ting),
then took a train to 士林夜市 (shih lin night market),
then back to 西门町 (xi men ting) again! lalala~
shopped & ate our night away..........
the 贡丸汤 (meatballs soup) is excellent there! TRY IT! =P~
we tried rainbow hotel's breakfast buffet
(it's provided, BUT..)
TOTALLY CANNOT MAKE IT AH!
gave up eating breakfast there, oops.
Qiuyi & i then went for some HOT SPRINGS session! woohoo.
i didn't get to try it during my last trip,
so this time round, i had to! =))
we took a shuttle bus from 新北投 (xin bei tou) station
to 春天酒店 (spring city resort) - a classy-looking hotel!
they are kidda famous for their hot springs, so here we are!
on the shuttle bus, when we about to reach the hotel,
we could see BIG signs saying "春天到了！" LOL!
we chose the outdoor hot springs & paid NT$800 (~ S$36.80) each
a robe, slippers, towel were provided along with a basket
after changing, we then plunged into our first hot spring - sleeping bath! hoho.
the waters were all around 38 ~ 40 deg cel, OUCH!
some of the springs were COLD water though
there are 9 outdoor pools to choose from,
& each has its own benefits
i especially liked one which has strong falling water which will hit my back & kidda massage it
the hot weather had made the hot springs especially boiling as well?
(click to enlarge)
after the hot springs experience,
we went taipei main station to shop around
i thought there were quite many shopping places there,
but it seemed rather boring! zZz.
we tried the 饺子 and 锅贴 from 八方云集
& they were really GOOD! yumx.
we spent the evening shopping around 五分铺 (wu fen pu)
then took a cab down to 饶河夜市 (raohe night market)
we bought quite many things in these 2 places! woohoo. =))
the cab uncle even thought we were taiwanese who stayed overseas for a long time,
cos we spoke english so well! hahaha.
we had 鲁肉饭 (lu rou fan) for dinner!
i was there was last year as well - 胡须张鲁肉饭 (hu xu zhang lu rou fan), the one near 五分铺 (wu fen pu)
no more breakfast buffet for us! haha.
we could do without it anytime =xX
took a train + shuttle bus to taipei 101!
arrived at around lunchtime, so it's lunch first, at taipei 101's foodcourt!
this was the beehoon set i ordered - so many items! wow.
we spent some time "shopping" around taipei 101 mall
designer big brands like - COACH, LV, Dior, FENDI, PRADA, ... were ALL there!
didn't manage to buy anything of cos =P
went up to the 89th level observatory
all so familiar; still remembered last year's experience!
lots of pictures taken UP there:
after the trip to the world's tallest building,
we headed to 永康街 (yong kang street)
where we heard there were many good food!
we had the MANGO SNOW ICE from the famous ice monster (great!)
& also had 小笼包 (xiao long bao) & 烧卖 (siew mai)
it was drizzling a little
took a cab back to 西门町 (xi men ting),
again the cab fare was so CHEAP! =P
we really could take cab more often! haha.
shopped around till 11pm,
then returned to hotel for a shower!
then we caught a MIDNIGHT MOVIE! wahaha.
it got a little too boring towards the end,
& so i fell alseep! oops.
it's our last day at taiwan (so fast?!?)
took a train + shuttle bus to 美丽华百乐园 (miramar entertainment park)!
there was so much to shop around the mall,
especially the 诚品书局 (eslite bookstore)!
took the miramar's ferris wheel as well
as usual, we took a cab back to 西门町 (xi men ting)!
did our very last shopping in this area,
then had dinner at the cute 蛋蛋屋 (dan dan wu)
the food was not bad!
after the shops were closed,
we went back to our hotel & displayed all the stuff we'd bought!
these were Qiuyi & my collection over the past 4 days! WOOHOO.
off to hong kong tomorrow! =D
8.45am - boarded the coach to taipei taoyuan airport, had a good sleep on it!
12.30pm - took off on cathay pacific flight CX421
(lunch was 鲁肉饭 (lu rou fan) & it tasted really good!)
2.00pm - arrived at hong kong international airport! yahoo~
we spent quite a while waiting for other tourists to arrive, so that we can proceed to the coach to our hotel
3.45pm - boarded the coach to our pretty hotel, dorsett olympic hotel @ mongkok
it's really a very nice, cosy hotel,
juz a little inaccessible
we spent the evening walking around mongkok!
full of signboards!
had dinner at 大家乐 (cafe de coral)!
seemed famous! yumx.
the standing menu
it's shopping time!
hong kong shopping streets are quite different from taiwan's
we could bargain for all we like in hong kong,
but not in taiwan!
seemed so hard to do business in hong kong!
hardly could find any toilets around along the streets, zZz.
had to hold my bladder for HOURS!
rise & shine!
we're into day 6 of our trip~ lalala.
& today was the 2nd day in hong kong!
a fantastic breakfast we had at 金华餐厅 (jin hua can ting)!
we took the train to 中环 (central)
walked.. walked.. walked..
reached the peak tram!
we took the tram up to the peak!
where the madame tussauds wax museum is!
we took LOADS of wacky photos with those wax figures!
muahaha. (SO FUN!!!)
came out of the wax museum into the open space!
it was rather misty & cooling!
we love this mirror-pillar, wahaha.
(you should know why)
walked around sogo @ 尖沙咀 (tsim sha tsui)
as we bought quite a few boxes of 老婆饼 (lao po bing),
we decided to return to the hotel first!
it poured so heavily on our way back! -.-zZz
we came out shopping again!
the same areas in mongkok!
it's our last night! boohoo.
dinner at 大家食 (da jia shi)::
the SUPER-NICE fried rice!
this pork cutlet was good too! yumx.
this bowl of noodles was totally UN-touched - we didn't like it!
after walking for a while,
Qiuyi suddenly sat down at a street stall
& ordered a bowl of wanton mee to eat! hahaha.
she had it the last time she came, & it was yummy! =P
our goodies from hong kong (so little!)::
returning to singapore tomorrow
it was a darn stormy, rainy, windy morning!
we ta-bao-ed breakfast from mac
12.00pm - checked-out of dorsett olympic hotel
1.15pm - boarded coach to airport
as we were quite early,
(there was an hour's delay to our flight due to bad weather in the morning)
we had time to have some desserts at the well-known-for-its-mango 许留山 (xu liu shan)! wootx.
its mango is REALLY fresh! =P
4.50pm - boarded cathay pacific flight CX711 home!
i watched the movie, CJ7 on the plane! hoho.
the dinner provided on the plane was quite good!
chicken with rice, potato salad and...
CHOCOLATE ICE-CREAM! wee!
9.00pm - arrived at changi airport! HOME!
really enjoyed this trip!
covering 2 cities & had so much fun! heex.
juz hooked on travelling
sighx, when will i get to travel again?
& we were really LUCKY (understatement) during this trip!
on the night before flying off,
i saw on the news, that tyhoon feng shen (that caused so much destruction in philippines) was heading towards taiwan
& most probably hit taiwan on tuesday & wednesday
(on the week that we'll be there)
even on the coach to our hotel at taipei,
the driver was warning us,
to stock up on some instant noodles in our hotel
cos it would be really stormy on this week when typhoon feng shen struck
so sad! (that's what we thought, plans spoilt!)
when we woke up on our second day (tuesday),
the sun was shining so brightly!
later we realised that the typhoon had decided to change its route - it hit china instead
(including hong kong)
so the next challenge came
on thursday, juz one day before flying to hong kong,
Qiuyi's sister sms-ed her saying that hong kong was hit by typhoon
we were worried we couldn't tour hong kong as planned!
when we reached hong kong, the weather was not bad!
it only rained in the evenings
the typhoon had subsided! whew.
are we lucky or what, to escape TWICE! =))