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Friday, 24 July 2015

Getaway to a Country that Shaped Like Sweet Potato, Taiwan #Flashback #Taipei #Part 1

Just Chilling

Flashback! There are just too much memories, happening, events, etc, which i have missed out. Believe you too! Life have been busy. Life have been hectic. Life have been hard. Time flies. Time was limited. After the Bangkok-Pattaya posting, now lets see what Taiwan have to offer. 

Taiwan is an island nation, shaped like a sweet potato. Taiwan is densely populated, quite a modern city, with very interesting cultures, traditions, night markets, historical areas and also known for its steep mountains and lush forest.

Sexy Glass Toilet

We, double couple, will be visiting Taipei, the national capital of Taiwan. This will be a leisure trip, just chilling, 5 days 4 night. A quick getaway from our stressful country.

Shangrila Leisure Farm, Yilan

Leisuring in the Farm

Just about an hour ride away from city. We went to the Shangrila Leisure Farm which is located in the foothills of Dayuan Mountain in Dongshan Township of Yilan County. I find this place a very peaceful place, with a mild climate, with very beautiful landscapes. Great place for a stroll and breath of freshness.

If you are up for such a wonderful place with nature, staying a night or two will be great. There are beautiful resorts here. At night, you are able to watch fireflies, releasing sky lanterns at night and enjoy the peaceful night in the beautiful greenscape with the sound of nature.

The Famous Wooden Swing
Great Farm
Always wanted to play this :D

Shihfen Station (Sky Laterns and Old Street)

The Local Restaurant

Now we will be heading to Pingxi District of New Taipei City, Shifen Old Street, one of the famous stop along the Pingxi Brance Line. The Shifen Old Street is filled with souvenir shops, stores, restaurants and mainly the sky lanterns. Your trip to Taipei, Taiwan is never complete without visiting this wonderful place.

We stopped for a quick lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Ordering. Challenging our Chinese Language
Delicious Noodle

Done with lunch, we took off and finally arrived in Shihfen Station. This place is a beauty. There are so much to offer along one short stretch of train line, with shops at both sides of the track.

The Double Couple Tourist

Time for lantern writting to record our wishes before releasing. I am always feeling regretful for not learning my chinese language well. It is always better to write chinese than english. Not only the artistic point of view also the great meaning behind the chinese characters.

Careful. The Train do pass by!
Done. Time to Light it up.
And send it Flying!
Craving for Snacks.

It have been a great visit here. We enjoyed ourselves. The experience was execeptional. Part two of my posting i will share a really interesting place called the Jingtong Station close by to here.

The Original Din Tai Fung
The Entrance

Dinner time! Din Tai Fung have been pretty famous in the Malaysia Food Industry for quite some time. Although there have been many new competitors but DTF is still famous for their Dumplings. Xiao Long Bao. One of Taiwan Famous.

Another no trip to Taipei will be complete without a visit to DTF! There are many reviews on the long ques and so on, however, don't worry, the waiting list moves really fast. Well, how long you want for eating dumplings and noodles!
The Pork Dumplings and Beef Noodles are Execellent


Chilling in Ximending

Ximending is a shopping district in the Wanhua District of Taipei. It is a pretty happening place with lots to offer. Something like the "Shibuya" in Japan.

Hunt for the Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle (Ximending). The soup is not too thick or starchy, great texture and nice taste. Pretty yummy.

Ay-Chung Noodles! One of Taiwan Famous
Lining Up
Adding sauces and herbs
Looks Yummy
And taste yummy.. the noodle...
Try the Super Long Ice-Cream!
Delicious Pork Rice
One of Taiwan Famous
Good Night!

Besides Ximending, Taipei is also famous for their Night Market. Shilin Night Market, around Wenlin Road and Dadong Road for some really tasty Taiwanese food. Is a must. Another "authenic" experience will be Raohe Street Night Market, a short walk from the Xinyi Distric, Taipei 101. Plenty of Merchandises ranging from clothing, electronics, hourseware, food, etc.

Better not Miss out the Taiwan Sausage
Shopping Items


When i need to take a SHIT!


suituapui said...

Good grief!!! For all to see? Reminds me of the no-door toilets at the ethnic longhouses here in the 50's and 60's...but at least their pit latrines were so far away from the house, not possible to see what there was to see, anyway. LOL!!

Went to Taipei in the 80's. nice place, friendly people, nicer than Hong Kong - the people then. Somehow I don't feel like going back there again.

The Yum List said...

Shaped like a potato - hee - I don't imagine that's too hard to do...

Irvine Chin said...

suituapui, yeap, new concept. lately many new apartments in Malaysia, they have this sexy glass concept too. only not that sexy, maybe just a standard window size. hehe.

Taipei is a great place. but yea, did not make me wanna head back for more too. but still love the place.

YumList, yup lol.

Yee Ling said...

I miss Taiwan mee sua.Ohh...their sweet potato ball is good too.

Been there once and would love to go back some day again.

Huai Bin said...

Very nice!

I like the ultra long ice cream - how long is it? 1 foot/12 inches? Everything looks so good, would love to go to Taiwan. The language is simpler for those who can speak Hokkien (tai yu sounds pretty much the same) and they speak Mandarin anyway, while Korea is a bit of a challenge (been there twice, work related, and the company hired a translator).

Nux V said...

lotsa street foods to hunt for! but other than that I dun think of any interesting place I could visit in Taiwan...it is food + shopping only ;-)

Rose said...

Think of it, Taiwan does look like the shape of sweet potato. Lol. Never heard anyone describe Taiwan in that pretext.

I think 5 days sound like just enough to see and feel Taiwan. I also want to visit Taiwan one day. Been planning to go during CNY but price is more expensive during that time. Still kiv. ;)

Small Kucing said...

Alamak. ..how to start commenting ya...everything look so nice leh.

am still not use to see through bathroom/toilet in the hotels LOL

Leisure farm looks like a fun place to go. Hehehe wanna play the bubbles

Cham...havent have lunch yet. Drooling at the food here.

May the lantern make your wishes come true :)

Shirley Tay said...

What a lovely couple! Seems like a real romantic trip!

Nancy Chan said...

Now I am convinced that Taiwan is a nice place to visit with all the yummy food to taste. Every thing looks good except the see-through bathroom! I must remember to pack my sarong along...lol!

mun said...

Which hotel did you stay in that has this see through toilet? If only two of you stay in the room, should be no problem right? Since you are a couple. Only if the other couple stayed with you then it is a problem. Seems like you covered the most important things to visit in Taiwan very well.

Irvine Chin said...

yes yeeling, mee sua, awesome!

Huaibin, erm roughly 12 inch kua. hehe. yea korea and japan can be very challenging, since most of them dont actually speak english at all. i really wonder did they study english as school!

Hi NuxV there is some interesting places! but it all comes with food! hehe. the lantern and old station are quite interesting.

Hi Rose, yup got that saying from the internet hehe. Taiwan is really worth a visit. do make the plans and u wont regret them.

Thanks Small Kuching. I also hope i wish come true! can bring all of you travel dy!

Thanks Shirey!! :)

Haha Nancy, dont worry. not all toilet are see through mah!

Irvine Chin said...

Hi Mun, couple is also a problem. I never feel right shitting while someone is looking. Probably pretending playing phones, secretly taking photos/video. never know :P

mun said...

I don't think your girlfriend will look at you when you are doing your big business. There's nothing there thar she hasn't seen before, right?

Irvine Chin said...

haha very true mun. but sometimes she likes playing dirty! she may keep my weird pictures to tease me!

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