6D5N Taipei Day 1 : AirAsiaX, Web Check In, Boarding Pass, Smokey Bbq Chicken, Taiwan Mobile, Youth Travel Card, TS Hotel, Ximending, Ximen MRT Station, EasyCard, Shilin Night Market, Stinky Tofu, Lava Taipei, Jellybird, Bodingtons Pub Ale, Instant Noodles Braised Beef

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05.37 am – Andy arrived at my house. Actually, I could HARDLY sleep the whole night. I think I only slept like 3 hours. Woke up at around 4. Too excited!

chris chee andy tai

05.48 am – Shawn in the car.

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06.15 am – Arrived in Penang International Airport, met with YK and took a seat in McDonald’s as Anthony’s fat hands appeared out of nowhere.

ying kiat shawn chin

One of his primal instincts kicking in.

06.43 am – By this time, we were already on the plane from Penang to KLIA-LCCT.

Began reading the super cool in flight magazine.

First and last flights to and from Penang are usually full flights.

And off we went into the air!

08.04 am – And then we landed.

08.30 am – Met up with the KL brothers and proceeded to LCCT Food Garden for a heavy breakfast.

Tastes crappy but we had very little choice.

09.01 am – Check in to International departures were quite easy as I’ve checked us all the way from Penang to Taipei and back.

Oh, and another thing, Airasia is VERY STRICT with their 7kg maximum carry on policy. All of us got stopped and had the weight of our bags measured. Although most airlines allow 10kg, none of them can match the amazing low fares of AirAsia. So I guess this is where they try to make back the money. Fair enough, I suppose.

09.39 am – Walked to our Airbus A330.

The guys walking up the steps.

All of us were in a row.

It was a really full flight and the experience was like in the wet market. All the aunties and uncles standing around and talking. Kesian the stewardesses who had to remind them to be seated every now and then.

10.01 am – Started watching Jackass 3D.

And this was my favourite scene of the whole show!

12.07 pm – Lunch time!

Very delicious Smokey bbq chicken!!

01.17 pm – Everyone in dreamland.

02.47 pm – Welcome to Taipei!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Having our usual toilet break right after arrival.

03.06 pm – The first thing we did after leaving immigration was going straight to buy ourselves a prepaid card each.

Filled up a form, paid TWD 360, showed our passports and driving license and received

our Taiwan mobile prepaid card, preloaded with TWD350. Believe me, with that amount, it can last me up to a month!

03.22 pm – After settling our phone numbers, we proceeded to the tourism counter to apply the Taiwan Youth Card.

How it looks like. With this, we can get up to 50% discount for admissions into many, many popular tourist destinations. Applicable if you are between 15-30 years old.

03.34 pm – The van came and we started loading our bags.

I remember we were so busy trying to get each other’s phone number in the van.

Hello Taipei!

04.25 pm – About an hour later, we arrived in TS Hotel aka Ta Shun Hotel.

Got us registered into our rooms.

04.54 pm – I was assigned single room 505.

I LOVED IT! It was just big enough for 1 person.

Also, it came complete with a television, hot water facilities, a fridge, a humidifier,

and a clothes stand.

The bathroom was modern looking and very clean!

There were 4 different types of water outlets in the shower stall.

I didn’t use any of the 5 breakfast coupons as I ventured into the streets of Ximending EVERY morning in search of the authentic Taiwanese breakfast experience.

05.26 pm – 7-Elevens were everywhere.

So convenient.

Bought myself a very delicious sesame seed bun.

05.49 pm – Began our tour of Taipei from the very nearby Ximen MRT station. Very, very near to our hotel. Very near. So, so, so convenient! Notice the very BIG billboards in the background? That’s the entrance of Ximending.

Inside Ximen MRT.

Went straight to the information counter and bought 8 Easy Cards for each of us. It cost TWD500. Each Easy Card came filled with TWD400 credit as TWD100 is subtracted for the refundable deposit.

Waited for the train to…

06.29 pm – Shilin Night Market.

Candy coated strawberries. Just by looking at it makes me feel diabetic.

Saw many people lining up for this stall. Should be nice I guess.

Some cheese coated thingy.

Super fried chicken.

The smelly tofu stall which I stood in line for 30 fucking minutes.

I NEARLY fainted.

Papaya milk juice stall which also had lots of people lining up for it.

08.15 pm – And so we bid farewell to Shilin and proceeded back to our hotel for the second part of the night.

08.36 pm – Arrived back at the front of Ximen MRT.

I did some calculations and found out that our hotel is approximately 3 minutes away.

09.52 pm – The early birds waiting outside the hotel for the late birds.

Taking the MRT to club! What an experience!

10.54 pm – Finding Lava was easy. Just look for the crowd at the Neo19 building.

And so we stood in line like the rest of the young Taiwanese clubbers, waiting for our turn to pay TWD700 for a truly free flow of ANY drink you point to on the menu. So cool!

11.21 pm – Found ourselves a spot by the side of the bar. It was near the drinks counter and it had a good view of the stage.

Saw lots of promo around the club for the Taiwanese branded Jellybird gelatin shots.

My first few consisted of Vodka limes and

my last few were cans of Bodingtons English pale ale. I think tonight was the night we drank the most compared to other nights. Free flow ma.

The rest of the guys saw ‘it’ but I didn’t cause I was too busy lining up to get my refill. 😥

‘It’ being the sexy dancers on stage taking of their bra, dancing with their hands covering their nipples! So out of this world! and I missed it!

(it simply means I’m DEFINITELY going back to Taipei) 👿

03.47 am – And then we had supper by the convenient 7-Eleven opposite TS Hotel.

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