Saturday, September 24, 2011



 D A Y   E I G H T

if you haven't read on Day Seven, click here.

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It was a rushing day for us. We had to catch our flight at around 7pm that night.
I think we were all tired and that's why Fennie & Chris overslept on that day.
Yvonne & I went to get breakfast for all of us while the two of them bathed and get prepared.

Yvonne & I had famous and yummy beef noodles just around the corner from our hotel.
Bought 炸酱面 for the two of them and also additional wanton soup to share.
We were so rushing so no pictures for the whole morning :(

We were all rushing because we had to check out before 12pm.
We left our luggages in the hotel and head out to Longshan Temple...

Following the people brought us to Longshan Temple easily! :)
It's quite a huge crowd in the temple even though it is a Tuesday.

I'm not a person who will go temple very often, but I found something rather interesting.
We went in the temple and were looking for the incense. We followed people and saw the person giving out incense. We were given 7 sticks of incense each and thinking why 7?!
In the end we realized there is seven different 'pots' for the incense in the temple.
Is this common in all temples or Sg?

After Longshan Temple, we went back to Ximending for the last round of shopping.
There were some things that we wanted to buy but we had serious problem of overweight luggages.
Bought a little more stuff and also yummy Ah Zhong Mian Xian to eat when we reached airport.
We called Mr Mountain (the driver who brought us to Jiufen) to send us to airport. His charges is definitely cheaper than the rates the hotel had offered. Hotel rates are around NT1200, but we only paid him NT900! Good deal! :)

See our luggages! Came with 4 luggages, went back with 6 luggages plus 2 big 'plastic' bag (Elmo & Leopard) and Chris's blue hand carry! I even used my pink Adidas bag to some of the things as well!

We reached at 4.45pm when our flight is 7.10pm! Hahaha! Kiasu!
We were all still happily waiting for time to pass before we can check in at 5.20pm until......

Our luggages overweight when we were checking in.
Situation was....
All the 4 big luggages were checked in. The Elmo bag overweight so we were told to remove some things from it, but the whole Elmo bag was filled with ALL masks and cup noodles!
Then we were told that masks contained liquid so can't hand carry up the flight. So how?!!
Then we asked to have our big luggages back so that we put the masks into our luggages and take out some of the things we bought (like clothes, shoes...) BUT our luggages all went down!!! No way to take it back! :( All we can do is to do a little switching of things here and there from our hand carry and paid the additional baggage fee which cost total NT42000, SGD$45 EACH!!! 
I should totally blame the hotline that we were given before we came to Taiwan. The hotline is for buying extra baggage but the number didn't work! So we got no way but to pay for the extra fees!

This is our receipt for extra 7kg of baggage. It was actually 8kg but the lady at the check in counter was SUPER nice! She saw us struggling with our luggage and she helped us to cheat 1kg of it! Really have to thank her! :) Taiwanese are really nice people! :)

When we were waiting to board our flight, one of the airport attendant walked to us and said due to the huge amount of hand carry luggages, we will help you to check in your luggages for FREE! Damn it lo.. If we knew this was going to happen, we wouldn't had paid that $45 to check in that Elmo bag!!!

See that Doritos? They were all laughing at me because I insisted on taking it from the hotel room even though we barely have space for it! But it's free!!! Hahaha! :) We were all famished by 7pm! From the morning till 7pm, I only had the beef noodles plus half of Ah Zhong Mian Xian! 

I was so hungry that I ordered a curry chicken rice on the plane.
Cost freaking SGD$8 and it's quite little...
When we touched down Sg, we sorted out our things, Chris & Yvonne left first.
Fennie & I went to had Burger King and chatted about our trip before going home.

It's a very long trip, 8 Days 7 Nights. 

A little summary of total expenditure.
Took Jetstar, ~$450 inclusive of extra leg space.
Cityinn Plus Hotel, $250 for 7 nights.
Expenses, $1200
Total Expenditure = $1900

All places are fun and good! Taiwanese are very polite and they provides very good services.
Most of the food are yummy and cheap! Clothing are more casual and that is why I didn't buy a lot.


T H E I R  F O O D
 Seriously, missing a lot of the food!

This marks an end to my trip, shall post my birthday photos after I get it sorted out.

g s i a n g , t h e  e n d

Monday, September 19, 2011



 D A Y   S E V E N

if you haven't read on Day Six, click here.

What's up for Day Seven?
小人国 - Window on China

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Did I mention everyone in Taiwan keep to the right on the escalator?
They do that 80% of the time, it's not like Sg. Sometimes people won't bother keeping to the left in Sg.

We took a train to Jing-an Station 景安站 and have to take an hr long bus to Window on China.
Coming out of the station, we saw a sushi shop and rushed in to grab some food. In fact I think we bought quite a lot... 

Tadah! Our brunch! :)
We bought 2 rice boxes and many sushi!!! 
 Fennie & I actually brought the same bag we bought in Ximending! :) #Random

Thought that the salmon were cooked just by looking at the colour of it but IT'S NOT! :(
Raw salmon... Anyway, saw the cute orange 'balls' in the bowl??? Those are yummy!!!
When you bite it, juice will squirt out in your mouth! :)

This is the place we have to wait for the bus.
The bus will bring you to either Window on China or Leofoo Village Park.
We wanted to go to both places but realized that it was quite late when we reached Jing-an Station and after having our sushi, it was nearly 2pm.

While waiting for the bus, cam-whore time! :)
Anyway, I swear that we waited for so damn long for the bus to come!!! I think at least an hour!
This is just like probably 1/5 of the total amount of photos we took while waiting for the bus to come, so you can imagine how long we had waited... 

The bus journey is about an hour. 
Please take note, you don't have to top up your easy card (ez-link) to pay for THIS bus.
The bus will stop somewhere for all passengers to buy the tickets to Window on China or Leofoo Village Theme Park plus the bus tickets.
We were quite shocked by the price of the tickets.
Total cost us about NT800 over each. Quite exp but impossible for us not to go because the bus is stopping at some weird places... So in the end we chose Window on China only since it is cheaper!

Finally reached and all of us had a good nap in the bus! :)

First thing when reached! TOILET!
Anyway, I spent quite awhile to figure out how do I use the below tap!
I even pressed the white circle thing stupidly! :( Totally clueless!
You know how to use??? Hahaha!

Answer revealed!!! 
See the gold colour thing? You just need to press upwards and the water will flow out...
Quite stupid design, bcos what if the person's hand is dirty then she will make the sides of the tap dirty too! Not very hygienic...

Start walking around and finding all the cute miniature places....

Toilet, then buy drinks!!! :)

Some performance going on, but not our kind so we just moved on...

Can tell very clearly from the name of this place, so it's all about miniatures! :)
See how the mini the things are! ...

The people will move a little in actual. Very cute! :)

All these vehicles will move as well!

Spot Karen's company, Evergreen!

Car accident!

Airport! :)

Entertainment park!
Actually there is a board to describe each and every miniature but we didn't really read it. All we did was just taking photos non stop! Hahaha :)

This looks like I'm standing at somewhere high up taking a real entertainment park right below, but in actual fact, I'm just beside it.. Hahaha!

The structures of all the miniatures are really amazing. They are miniature but in quite a large scale and very detailed!

See the miniature human! And steps....

Anyway, we went to Taiwan Bank to exchange money and the exchange rate is slightly better than Sg.
Below is how the Taiwan Bank looks like.

Looks like the scene in Sungkyunkwan Scandal! Hahaha! :)

Typical palace in those ancient time dramas. Hahaha :)

This is how detailed it is...

Singyee's panda land! Hahaha :)

Anyway, Window of China is split up into a few different areas, so there is mini Taiwan, China and some other countries...

Taking train to the theme park..

Too too train is here...

A very  nice candid shot of Chris & Fennie! :)

Here we are at the Egypt theme, Nile Adventure! :)

Main attraction over here is the water playground AND..........

If you are wondering why is there a glass sheltered area in the picture below, you will know why very soon! :)

This is the impact of the ride!!! Super huge gigantic enormous water splashing!!!

The photos above not clear enough? Let me show you a video of it which was found on Youtube! 

Everyone will definitely need the poncho and shoes/feet cover!
Even with that, you can see who didn't cover properly!!! Hahahahaha! :)
I'm very dry even after the ride, Fennie as well! I think we are too afraid that our make up will get ruined, esp my eye liner! Hahaha! :)
Yvonne....tsk tsk tsk... Hahahaha!

See Yvonne's sian faceeee...!
Chris was a little wet only.

Fennie & I, YEAH! Full coverage! Hahaha :)

We look kinda stupid in that poncho and shoes cover. And, the shoes cover is super slippery, I almost fell down! Hahaha! :)
It was soooo fun, but we played twice only because it was quite late and we haven't even played/walked through the whole place.

Very caring thoughts of having hair dryer!
Just insert some money and you can use it for 3mins if I'm not wrong.

See how wet Yvonne is!!! I still think it is damn funny!!! :)

A booth for you to buy the pictures, but these pictures are never nice plus totally can't see my face in those pictures!

Another country of miniature!

Tower of Pisa, Italy! :)

Chris trying out funny poses!!! :)

Indoor theme park! :)

Merry-Go-Round! :)

After Merry-Go-Round, we played Bumper Cars for like 4-5 times and played an indoor roller coaster before going off...
Taking the train back to the main exit...

Bye Window on China! Super nice scene when the night falls.

Took the one hour journey bus followed by train to Ximending.
We were all too tired after a day of fun, decided to pack food back into room to have our dinner.
Randomly bought two bowls of Risotto to share and of cos some other roadside snacks!!!

Our risotto, not nice at all! Mr J definitely did a better risotto! ...

Yvonne bought a new burger from their KFC.
No bread, the bread is replace by chicken... Not nice too. Hahaha :)

Not very nice donuts too! Different from the soft fluffy kind we have in Sg.

Most NOT YUMMY 青蛙下蛋!!!
This is the imitation one that I was talking about from my earlier post!
See the cup already knew it was different! I only drank a quarter of it and threw the rest away! :(
Please don't get this 巫记 brand of 青蛙下蛋!

Very sad that the last night we had all the not yummy food other than the usual super yummy 大肠包小肠!
Since it's the last night so spent quite a bit of time packing and sorting out all the things.
We did very crazy things will going to lobby to weigh our luggages in the midnight like 3plus am!
Hahaha :)

Anyway, that's almost all for my 7nights in Taiwan.
I will still be posting a little pictures of Day 8 and rounding up the whole experience I had in Taiwan.

Time to sleep.
It's BLUE Monday again...!

g s i a n g , L U C K Y