Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Travelogue: Taipei, Taiwan (Day 4 & 5)

Finally got down to blogging about the last two days of the trip! If you've missed the previous posts, you can click here (Day 1 and 2) and here (Day 3). 

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Day 4

Lunch at SOGO Departmental Store


Japanese Chicken cutlet-curry rice with omelette


Tako Balls 


The only food area is at the food court at the basement of the building and a few cafes on some of the levels. SOGO is a large departmental stores that is something like Singapore's Takashimaya .

太平洋SOGO百货
106台北市忠孝東路四段45號
Nearest MRT: Zhong Xiao Fu Xing

Jiu Fen Pu


We travelled to Jiu Fen Pu by bus and it takes around one and half hours to get there. Jiu Fen Pu is in the midst of mountains so the ride up might be rocky and jerky. Take bus 1062 (towards Jinguashin) and it costs $150 TWD ($6 SGD) if I'm not wrong! 


Ice-cream wrapped in a croissant bun


Peanut and ice-cream wrapped in popiah skin (Super nice) 


Finally, we reached the peak of Jiu Fen Pu! Just look at the beautiful scenery (if not for the foggy and rainy weather that day, we might have had even breathtaking sight)


#fearlesskitty 


Me and my bright yellow umbrella (proud taiwan buy)! Bought it when we reached Jiu Fen Pu as it was raining, but 5 minutes after the buy, the rain stopped. Nevertheless, I still love it. 


Everyone waiting for the bus from Jiu Fen Pu to head back to the city! 


The night view is amazing, especially after all the lights from the city has lit up. It feels so surreal and peaceful to be looking down at this sight. 



Shida Street Night Market 

We then headed to Shi Da Street Night Market and lucky for us, our church friend who is a Taiwanese offered to bring us around that night. Speaking of which, taiwanese are really very friendly and helpful, till a point where I just hope not to return back to Singapore #justkidding. Hopefully, I could bring back the friendly and helpful vibe to Singapore and Singapore will be a friendlier and happier place! #optimisticmuch


Chocolate-Banana Crepe 
(My favourite! What's new?)


Smelly Toufu

My first try at smelly tofu! Was kind of looking forward to it but still had some reservations about it. On the first bite, it tasted quite normal and tasty in fact, but after a few more bites, the "smelly" taste starts to set in and lingers around your tastebud. Still, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. 


Oyster Omelette

Tasted different from the one we find in Singapore. Singapore's oyster omelette is more clumpy, with lots and lots of flour. I prefer taiwan's version, since the omelette is a lot smoother and there's many oysters available. I especially love the sweet oyster sauce!

Shida Night Market 師大夜市
No. 18, Lane 39, Shida Rd, Daan District 
Nearest MRT: Taipei Power Building Station (Green Line) 


Desserts at Tai Yi Milk King


Red Bean/Green Bean/Black Bean/Natadecoco Shaved Ice


Strawberry Shaved Ice

Tai Yi Milk King
No. 82, Sec. 3, Xinsheng S. Rd, Da'an District, Taipei City 106
10am-12am Daily
Nearest MRT: Gong Guan, Exit 3 and walk around 5-7 minutes

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Day 5 

Breakfast at Yong He Dou Jiang


Soya Milk and You Tiao


Dan Bing (Omelette bread)
Awesome! Must try! 


永和豆漿 Yong He Dou Jiang
No. 30 Hankou Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
(They have many other outlets all around Taipei too) 

Last roam around Xi Men Ding 


Packing and heading to the Airport


HOME SWEET HOME!


Like I said, I seldom travel so whenever I have the chance or opportunity to travel, I find joy in it, a lot of joy. I came back all recharged and refreshed, looking forward to graduation. Though it was just a short five days trip, I thought a lot throughout the trip and was greatly enlightened and inspired by the people I meet and the beautiful sights that I see. Therefore, that is when that I decided that it's time for me start things fresh (upon graduation). Will blog about it very soon, after I settle down at work! 

When people say that they travel, they wander, to find themselves, it's true. 

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