6D5N Taipei Day 4 : Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Ximending, Ten Ren Tea, Red House Theater, Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle, Goose Meat, Mirada, Bittergroud Drink, BABE18

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11.53 am – Wandered around the streets of Taipei with my ‘roommate’ (out of 8 of us Anthony and I were the only 2 having rooms of our own while the others were 2 in a room) and found an authentic looking Taiwanese shop.

From the conversation we had, I think they served wan than mee.

Hi roomie!

The wan than mee that I didn’t like. Tasted so bland.

Meatballs and lu rou fan for my roomie.

Stumbled across one of the many bubble milk tea stalls and bought myself a cup.

~yum~

12.17 pm – Walked around for awhile before returning to our hotel.

01.30 pm – Took a shit, washed up and went down to do a little bit of research by the computer in the lobby.

02.09 pm – The guys had lunch.

So did I.

Broccoli and

some meat soup for lunch.

~yum~

Super delicious latte from 7 Eleven. No idea what the brand is though. Can’t read Mandarin. =(

02.37 pm – In Ximen MRT.

Waited for the train from the dark green line.

02.44 pm – Clean and bright. Oh how I miss Taipei. =(

The very big CKS Memorial Hall MRT station.

02.54 pm – Ta da! Arrived at the National Concert Hall in Liberty Square.

The National Theater, directly opposite the National Concert Hall, in the distance.

The very big west gate directly facing CKS Memorial Hall.

Cheerleading practice. Makes sense to do it here as there is so much space.

Cheang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

Walked through the souvenir stalls.

Had fun by the entrance.

The view from the top.

The bronze statue of CKS gracing the entrance.

The grand ceiling.

The soldier by the entrance.

Little did we know, the exhibition halls were actually underground!

Chinese calligraphy. Did you know the Chinese invented paper and ink? By the way, I Chinese roots but culturally I’m 100% Malaysian. ^.^

6D5N Taipei Day 3 : JSP, Danshui, Fisherman Wharf, Lover Bridge, XXL Chicken, Tai Dan, Lu Rou Fan, Luxy,

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11.49 am – Woke up and found myself a bright and sunny day.

Arrived a minute later at one of the only few places that are open in Taipei for breakfast.

Is that what JSP stands for? Just Start a Powerful day?

Pork sandwich for breakfast.

A cup of coffee.

01.10 pm – We started our day. Our journey today was to the coastal area of Danshui.

Not a seat available in the packed MRT. The Saturday crowd.

View outside.

Little did we know that we had to change trains to get to Danshui.

Luckily we asked and were able to make it in time for the next train to Danshui.

02.00 pm – 1 hour later we arrived at the coastal town of Danshui.

The view was beautiful.

There were many stalls by the side of the walkway, facing the sea which many of us stopped by along the way to the pier.

And then this ice cream stall caught my attention.

~yum~

02.15 pm – Reached the pier and

bought our tickets.

Cost us TWD100 for a return trip.

Waited for our boat to come.

Some other company’s boat.

02.34 pm – Lined up for our boat.

More modern than the other boat.

02.38 pm – And off we went to the Fisherman’s Wharf.

The hotel that was still under construction when we arrived.

The funnily shaped triangular rocks.

The Lover’s Bridge.

The wharf.

02.47 pm – The arrival.

Cool winds and clear blue skies!

The really long walkway of Danshui’s Fisherman’s wharf.

At the edge.

By the Lover’s Bridge.

We wanted to walk onto the rocks but it was just too dangerous.

03.09 pm – And off we went to the other end of the wharf.

03.12 pm – Nearing Danshui’s almost completed hotel/resort.

The viewing tower/platform.

Little did we know that it could actually move!

03.26 pm – While the guys took a rest, I ran all the way back to the beginning

from the land entrance of the fisherman wharf to find a toilet.

03.29 pm – After much searching, I found it.

03.49 pm – Met up with the rest of the guys who were taking a rest in

Latte.

Outside, you could find

Andy enjoying his XXL fried chicken from

the American Fried Chicken Room next door.

04.02 pm – Saw a couple of people cycling in a two seater bicycle and I thought of Vivian. ♥

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.