6D5N Taipei Day 6 : Ximending, McDonalds, KFC Egg Tarts, Angry Birds Plush, Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodle, Aiyu Jelly, Betel Nut Beauty, Taoyuan Airport, Honbaryu Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, AirasiaX, Chicken Lasagna

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09.17 am – Woke up and took a loooooooong walk by myself around the hotel’s surrounding. Although I’m still physically here, I’ve already started missing Taipei so much!

Passed by the fresh brunch stall by the hotel.

Checked out the menu. Didn’t seem to find anything that interested me.

~aah~ the nearby Ximending on a Tuesday morning. Empty.

Ximending police station.

A huge billboard of Eason Chan by the entrance of Ximending.

Breakfast at McDonald’s crossed my mind as no fast food was consumed during the entire trip.

The streets being cleaned.

KFC occupying the upper floors.

One of the very few breakfast shops opened.

I had all the intention of the world to give this auntie some business but there were 2 problems. One, I cannot read Mandarin. Two, I cannot speak Mandarin. =(

It just didn’t cross my mind to check out Japanese food in Taiwan. Didn’t feel right I suppose.

Walk walk walk.

A free newspaper stand.

However, it is unlike theSun back in Malaysia as it was choke full of advertisements!

09.32 – And so after about 15 minutes of walking around Ximending, I finally settled on McDonald’s.

The counter.

The dining area.

Hot pancakes, egg mcmuffin, hash brown and a cup of coffee for breakfast.

Actually, I didn’t notice this throw away area until I saw people taking their trays here after eating. I think that’s why we found the dining area of the 7 Eleven near our hotel barricaded from the 4th night onwards. (for not clearing up after ourselves)

Ximen station, the starting point of many of our journeys night and day.

10.14 am – Started packing. So sad!!!

Unused voucher during our trip up Taipei 101. Taiwan beer float didn’t sound that inviting.

Targeted places missed during this trip. Ningxia road night market.

Jinquashi gold mine that was closed when we arrived on Day 2.

Missed shopping for clothes in Wufenpu and Raohe night market.

Missed Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall.

Missed Beitou Hot Springs + Hell Valley. Mannnn.. 6 days just ain’t enough!

Missed Primo night club. =(

Didn’t get the chance to experience Spark or Twiice too. Actually, we missed so much that when we come back for the 2nd time :twisted:, it’ll still be like a totally new experience!

Souveniers, souveniers. The glutinous rice balls and pineapple tarts were so good!!!!!! Totally heavenly!!

11.59 am – Went to Ximending for the second time after everyone woke up.

12.13 pm – Last minute souvenir shopping.

The complete collection of Angry Birds.

If you notice carefully, Geoffrey and Gabriel, both who are sitting down, are getting conned to buy super expensive pens to support the “so called girls who need the money for studying”. hehehehehehehe

12.16 pm – I just couldn’t help it.

Just had to have a bowl of Ay Chung flour rice noodles before leaving.

It’s just sooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!

Love it!

12.35 pm – At this point, we all splitted up to do our own exploring and last minute shopping.

Passed by an aiyu jelly shop.

Just couldn’t help it.

Zoomed in and out the mini lanes of Ximending, checking the products on display on both sides of the street.

A rather famous Taiwanese beef noodles shop.

Didn’t eat any as I was so damn full from ay chung. So damn.

6D5N Taipei Day 2 : Family Mart, Rainbow Channel, TRA Map, Keelung, Jiufen, Jinguashi, Pineapple Tarts, Aiyu Jelly, Gold Ecological Park, Miaokou Night Market, Oyster Omelet, Fried Vermicelli, Glass Noodles, Bubble Milk Tea, Train Toilet, Neo19, Room18, 7-Eleven

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10.30 am – Woke up to a beautiful Friday morning in Taipei.

Took a walk around the shophouses by the hotel myself and found many interesting places.

Was feeling super hungry and hopped into a Family Mart to get something hot to eat.

Decided on dumplings.

Both pork.

Very good milk shake. Very.

11.14 am – Went back to my hotel room to start preparing for the day’s tour while watching Taiwan’s infamous Rainbow channel every now and then. 😈

12.10 pm – Met up outside the hotel.

Started our journey towards Shilin MRT.

12.34 pm – Arrived in Taipei Main Train Station where almost every train and metro in the city network passes through it.

Walked towards the TRA lines (think KTM), to take a 45 minutes train to Keelung.

Boarding Platform 4.

The railway map.

12.50 pm – I like how there are ‘priority seats’ made specially for people who are old, preggers or disabled.

Enjoying the ride to Keelung, discussing about our adventures the night before. 👿

The view outside.

Priority seats, even on the waiting platform.

01.35 pm – And then we arrived.

Quickly proceeded to the Keelung Visitor Information Center to get directions to Jiufen.

01.45 pm – On the bus, on the way to Jiufen.

Higher and higher. Colder and colder.

02.38 pm – Little did I know that Jiufen was actually a place quite high in the mountains.

The weather was REALLY COLD!

Macho (kononnya) in shorts.

Look at the crowd swelling around the entrance.

Yeap, this small narrow lane right beside 7-Eleven is actually called Jiufen Old Street.

Lots of stuff to see. Lots of stuff to eat.

Halfway, a few of us excused ourselves to go to the toilet which was supposed to be right at the entrance of Jiufen Old Street, but was closed for washing. And so, we had no choice but to make our way further down to the toilet beside this HUGE temple. The water was really COLD.

02.54 pm – On the way back to the restaurant, some of us bought some snacks from the vendors along the way.

Stinky tofu. Out of the 8 of us, only 2 could actually eat it.

The SUPER restaurant we had our lunch in. REALLY delicious meat. REALLY.

Different types of drinks in gigantic baby bottles outside the shop.

Lu rou fan. CRAZY good!

I have no idea what meat this was but it was also CRAZY good!

The red meat was actually raw meat (duck I think), the soup was cylindrical fishballs and the uppermost dish is jellyfish.

We had a BLAST! LOVED everything that went into our mouths. AWESOME experience!

And then YK contributed bowls of wet and

dry glutinous rice desserts.

03.32 pm – Dropped by the popular pineapple tart shop and bought ourselves

at least 2 BIG boxes each.

03.44 pm – We also dropped by this shop to buy packets of their REALLY DELICIOUS dry glutinous rice desserts. I highly recommend them.

And then we continued walking and walking, sure as not to miss anything as there was only 1 path to follow.

Stopped and bought myself a cup of Taiwanese fig jelly called aiyu ping.

03.51 pm – Continued on after that.

04.00 pm – A crowd of people lining up caught my attention.

I have no idea what this is.

And then I continued on.

Stumbled upon condom world 😈

04.08 pm – Reached an open area at the end of Jiufen old street.

Found lots of guest houses here.