Saturday, June 30, 2012

Taipei part 1

Din Tai fung

How to go there: Alight at Taipei City Hall Station. Exit from the station and walk toward taipei 101. It took us around 15 minutes to reach. As this branch is big, the waiting time is also quite short.
I will recommend the 3 yummy dishes i ate here.

Xiaolongbao: It is delicious and juicy. The skin is not too thick just nice enough to keep the soup inside. The fillings is also well cooked.

Shrimp fried rice with egg is really fragrance and quite evenly cooked. It is also not oily at all. It taste delicious.

Shrimp and pork pot stick which is quite unique not found in Singapore. It is crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside. The fillings inside is similar to wanton except the way it is cooked is different.

Overall it is quite an nice experience to dine in here. The food is more delicious than the din tai feng in Singapore and the price is also cheaper. As it is located at taipei 101, u can also choose to go up after ur meals to enjoy scenery of the taipei :)

Wu fen pu + Raohe night market
How to go there: Alight at houshanpi station. Just come out from the station and cross the street. U would found urself at wufenpu.

Wufenpu: It is a Garment Wholesale Area where u can get all kind of clothing and accessories at cheap price. It is really a shopping heaven for the girls. As for guys, there are some shops but it is quite limited as compared to the girls. If u buy more, remember to bargain.

To shop the whole area can easily take up 5 to 6 hours so plan your time well. Remember to take note of the days to visit as some of the days are allocated for the wholesale so the shopkeepers wont entertain u much.

Raohe night market: It is 10 minutes walk away from wufenpu.

Must try food:
-black pepper bun which is located at the entrance
-Yuan yuan shao which is located at the middle of the night market
The night market is whole long stretch and very crowded so it is better to buy all the food and gather at one point to eat. There are also shops selling clothes, gift and accessories. Recommended time for this night market around 2hours. With these 3 locations, it is sufficient to make 1 day trip.

Friday, June 29, 2012


In the morning, waking up early ordering the tang bao, you tian and soya milk for everyone since we want to try it again before leaving for taichung. This time we took the tai tie from kaohisung all the way to taichung railway station. The whole journey was around 2.5 hours. On the train, there is bian dang service which u can order to eat breakfast and drinks. As we were too full, we decide to give it a miss >.<
At taichung

The hotel is located around 5minutes walk away from the railway station and there are quite a lot facilities around. It is also quite cosy and comfortable However, I don't recommend staying at this hotel as some of us get bed bug bites ... I think it is due to the renovation in hotel.

For lunch, we went to taichung rou yuan. It is just located along the main road which we can find it quite easily. It is over 60 years recommended by the hotel staff.

Yummy rou yuan. It is really super nice and we order more after we finish the first one. The skin is really thin just nice to hold fillings inside and there is a lot meats inside XD

The white chill sauce but dont be fooled by the look. It is damn spicy.

This is how they cook the rou yuan but it is not oily at all when we eat it.

How can we miss out the milk tea? It is like almost every meal there is milk tea xD

After lunch, we went to take a cab to hou li horse farm. It is not easy to travel there and the journey took us quite long.

Ticketing booth

Say hello to the horse!!

Trying a horse ride for the first time!! That is me on the horse!!

As we went there quite late, most of the facilities are closed ... So we decided to play some archery!!

See the arrow at the centre!! It is bulleye!! Dont mess with me!!!

For Houli horse farm, I recommend u visit on weekend and early in the morning where all the facilities are opened. It is far away from the city but still worth visiting if u have nothing to do.
After that, we asked the cab driver to drive us back to fengchai night market to have our dinner and shopping time!!

Da chang bao Xiao Chang. The taste is quite nice and there is quite a lot different flavor to choose from. Personally I prefer the spicy one

Cactus ice cream which is nice not too sweet. Just wondering why it is pink in color

Stores at fengchia night market which are worth trying

Yummy prawn!!

Soft toy machine which I really love it cause I can catch a lot lot of soft toy xD. Manage to catch quite a lot for my friends and my sister. After which, the guy and gal separate to do their own shopping.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 2 in Kaohisung

Day 2 in Kaohisung I am the first one to wake up in the morning to bath while everyone still asleep. I made the breakfast call delivery service while the rest slowly wash up and get prepare. I ordered the tang bao, you tian and soya milk for everyone. The delivery service was quite fast.

The tang bao is really damn delicious and big, the soup is overflowing. You tian is quite crispy and soya milk is still warm. It is strongly recommended breakfast if u are going to stay at walking story. The person at counter will provide u with the detail.

Lotus Lake / Spring and Autumn Pavilions / Dragon and Tiger Pagodas
To go this place
By MRT: Take MRT Red Line and get off at Ecological District Station. From Ecological District Station Exit No. 2, then take the Bus Red 51 to Lotus Lake stop.
photo of Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

view from the top

Lotus lake

One of the temple along the stretch
Nice craving in the temple
fortunate teller machine where the doll will go into the house carry paper and come out to drop it for u

Nice views along the stretch

It is a good place to visit but not during summer season as there is hardly any shelter and need to really walk for a distance as each attraction is some distance apart. There is also a number of temples along the whole stretch where u can go in to pray and also look at the craving in the temple. They are really nice. At the end of this stretch, there is Kaohsiung Confucius temple

Kaohsiung Confucius temple
gate at the kaohsiung confucius temple

card to make my wish

There is nothing much at this temple, quite empty except to make wish >.< I dont really recommend coming here unless u really want to make some wish especially for ur studies!! haha so far going well for me. Can consider fo guang shan at kaohisung as substitute for this.

lunch at shin kong mitukoshi

yummy foods at the food court. They have a lot choices of food and most of them really taste nice.

Sunset at Sizihwan
How to go: Kaohsiung MRT Sizihwan Station → Kaohsiung Bus (Orange 1) to Xiziwan stop.

flight of stair which we have to climb on top *fainting

sea view at sizhihwan

sunset view
It is really a nice place to visit especially for nice sunset view as there is nothing else to block ur view.

Love river

here to take love boat

It is like Singapore clark quay where u can take boat to tour around the river. At both sides of the river, there is quite a lot pubs and cafe for u to relax.

last stop of the day: Liouhe night market
As we reach the liouhe night market, it was raining heavily so we didnt manage to take any photo. We just ran to buy all the yummy food and reach back to our hostel. It was really quite an unique experience.
let the feast began!!

fried hotdog and squid!! It is really quite crispy and nice.

unique noodle meat bun which u cant get in Singapore!! 
fried shitake mushroom!! If u want to make it in Singapore, ask me :) I have mastered it.

popcorn chicken!! yummy!!

Omelette but I dont really like the taste ... 

Egg with prawn which is quite nice too!!
As it was raining heavily, we did not go out anymore except to get some drinks from the 7-11.
End of day 2