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.

Bangkok Trip 2009 : Day 1

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07.30 am – Had soft boiled eggs,

a cup of oats milk,

an apple and

a loaf of bread.

08.30 am – This fella arrived.

Off we went in Dad’s car.

09.30 am – 6 of Bangkok 8 having breakfast at

Pinang Kopitiam. The other missing 2 consisted of the smoking one who was keeping the hiding one company. 😈 Sorry bro, had to pecah ur kang tao when checking in cause Tonkap teman-ed me.

My boarding pass.

The arrival card for international travelers arriving into Bangkok.

Wen huan : “I’m going to Bangkok, Ma!”

My roomie. Felt like sneaking a scissors in and cut out his fringe.

10.00 am – Everyone successfully passing through the boarding gate.

10.30 am – Our plane.

Look at the smile on everyone’s face. That’s what happens to anyone who travels to the ‘Land of Smiles’.

Airbus A320’s computer system.

Looks new, smells new.

“Take a peep and throw this jacket up into the air if you feel excited.”

As it was just a week after the Bangkok protests, the last 15 rows at the back of the plane was empty. 4 of us conquered ourselves a lot of space. On my left was Gaekap and

Tingkap at the

back.

In front of me was Jaekap.

AirAsia’s in flight magazine. Nice.

The air cond was so cold that you could see the smoky coldness coming out from the vents. The picture isn’t really clear. You gotta be in there to see the coolness of the smokiness.

10 minutes later.

Couldn’t help it. I just had to order this. I missed it the last time. Couldn’t afford to miss it this time around.

Had a bottle of Mount Fleur. hMMmmm…. fleur… sounds familiar.. 😈

Spent my first 1000 baht.

Another 15 minutes later.

Our champion again.

Got my water and

tom yam when the food tray reached my spot.

MY GAWD!! It smells soooOOOOOOooo gooooooooooooood!

11.30 am – And we have landed! woooOOOOO!!!! Bangkok 8 in Suvarnabhumi airport.

We just couldn’t wait to get out and breathe in some Thai air.

As soon as we got out, I went out to get maps from

the counter here.

6 of us bought ourselves a prepaid SIM card for THB100.

And Happy it was.

My Thai number.

Minus 1 hour from my watch.

Jaekap, Gaekap,

Songkap and I were in the same taxi.

01.00 pm – Half an hour later, we arrived at All Seasons Siam Bangkok. Nice hotel.

Nicer than our previous one. But not as strategic location wise.

02.00 pm – Left for Grand Palace of Bangkok. My taximates and I arrvied first. The other car was lost. The taxi driver ‘got lost on the way to Grand Palace’. Cockshit. How can you not know where Grand Palace is?

Anyways, we found our coffee shop

right next to Thammasat University and

went in first.

We were so hungry we could eat a whole Tonkap.

Our first authentic Thai meal. Mee krob.

Ka mu tom yam.

The rest arrived about half an hour later.

By that time, we’ve already finished.

03.00 pm – We almost got conned again. We almost decided NOT to check out the Grand Palace because of the touts standing at the entrance.

Luckily we decided to U-turn and managed to get in smoothly. As you can’t wear shorts in the vicinity of the temple, we paid the deposit and rented a pair of capoeira pants each.

The entrance.

The only group picture taken of the 8 of us together.

I took lots of pictures.

Lots.

The architecture of the Grand Palace was so beautiful.

Amazing.

Breathtaking.

How do you think I look in my capoeira pants?

I thought of making fun of the soldiers, but didn’t dare to.

I didn’t wanna die.

Arrived at the pants centre first and returned my capoeira pants. It was so hot that by the time I took them off, my nuts were already roasted crisp brown.

Dress code.

Saw a mini coconut ice cream stall outside and bought ourselves some.

~yum. However, I still prefer Midlands Park’s. More flavour.

05.00 pm – Arrived at Siam Paragon. ~ah, air cond at last.

(Side note: while writing this draft, I felt so much the urge to go back to Bangkok. I hope that we can go back there together some day. For someone’s bachelor party hopefully.)

Took a rest at the food court.

Taxi fare settlement.

05.30 pm – Took the juniors for a walk around the place. =P

7 of 8.

06.00 pm – Took a BTS Skytrain from Siam station to Nana station.

And then Gaekap bought

a pair of sandals for himself.

06.30 pm – Arrived at Foodland Supermarket and

went shopping for

cartons after cartons of water to last us till Day 5.

Paid 54.50 baht per carton.

07.00 pm – Found Took Lae Dee, which was part of the supermarket, and had dinner there.

The menu had so many choices of food.

In the end, I settled for phat thai.

The cool thing about this place was that patrons ate on a counter.

As such, it was pretty difficult for us all to sit next to each other.

10 minutes later. It was sooOOOOOOOOOOOooo delicious!!!!!!! Crazy delicious!!!!!!!!! I miss! I miss!

So was the caramel custard.

09.00 pm – Went back to the hotel straight after dinner, changed and came out again. Was caught in a road block. Thank God our taxi guy wasn’t a ‘red shirt’.

09.30 pm – Arrived at Grand Centara. Took the first lift up to the 22nd floor.

Went out of the halfway point and took the other lift to

Red Sky.

~fuh. I tell you. The view from here is magnificent man. Superb.

The internal structure of the restaurant was planned out so damn well.

Songkap said he felt at home. Home as in places where the high society in Bangkok hang out. nah ..|..

Ordered myself Red Sky’s very own cocktail creation. The Centara Pearl.

While the drinks were being prepapred, we took a tour around the restaurant ourselves and discovered several interesting items.

First was this HUGE, and when I say HUGE, I mean DAMN HUGE wine cellar.

It was 2 floors high.

Next was this light thingy on the floor.

So cool. Macam volcano lava flowing to the floor, forming the words RED SKY.

And then my drink came.

It looked pretty fruity.

11.00 pm – Went to THE place where cowboys of Bangkok go to.

Soi Cowboy.

Man. This place is choke full of Thai girls. And foreigners. Both men and women. Young Americans, British, Europeans. And old grannies too. Surprisingly.

I saw pretty eye opening stuff that I have never ever seen before in my life. Before this, I’ve only heard of them before in travels of my friends and relatives.

03.00 am – Went back to the 7-Eleven nearby our hotel and

bought an instant stir fried chicken with basil and rice for supper.

Tonkap deciding among the choices available.

Had to buy a prepaid card by this time as my credit has already finished.

It smells good man, I tell you. Tastes good too! Man, I miss it so much. I miss the availability of pork everywhere I go.

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