Taiwan 2013 (Part 3) - Taipei Time (Take 2)!

Good day! Today, I'll be posting the next part of my trip to Taipei. It was a really short trip, but I'm really quite talkative so I need several posts to talk about my 3-day trip. Haha. :P
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Today's post will be about the small details. We will flashback in time before we went to Taipei 101 (which I previously talked about here).

So after checking we have everything we need, we headed out to do some exploring! I took some random photos so you can have a feel of what Taipei is like. ^^

Street, buildings, people.

Much of the trip was all about food, frankly. So for the first destination of this trip, we went to a bread shop... No, it's not really a bakery. They make something more like meat buns. Check it out.

I can't read Chinese, but for those of you who do, this is the name of the hidden shop we went to.
It's really hidden. We had to go into a very narrow alley to get here. It is however, very near the train station and a temple. I believe that's the Longshan Temple station.

You can observe some women make the meat buns here. I wouldn't say it's very hygienic. I saw some pet dogs inside too. But I can say that they are quite famous! There was a queue when we got there and we had to wait about 30 minutes to get just a couple of buns!

In order to pass time, though not in our itinerary, we visited Longshan Temple. Like I said, it's very near the place. :P

There was quite a lot of people praying. I wonder if there was an event of some sort? 





After some minutes staying there, we went back the shop (I'm sorry I don't know the name). We had to wait like 5 more minutes or so before we actually got our order. >< Was it worth it? 




YES. The wait was all worth it! Who cares about possible diarrhea? Just kidding. :P They are popular for a reason after all. They make super yummy buns!

After eating the buns and scalding our tongues, we headed for Taipei 101. The buns were super hot because it was cooked in some sort of coal oven. I did take a photo of it but it was not a good picture so I can't really show you. ><

So then, after Taipei 101 and Din Tai Fung, we headed for, what else? More food. :P

Mango Chacha is a dessert shop that serves only stuff made with, of course, mangoes.

The shop wasn't so big but it was cozy inside. Plus they had free wifi so I could "check in" on FB. lol

Mango beer.


Mango shaved ice.

Gonna take a bite.

Verdict: Let's just say that I've had better! The middle part of the shaved ice was not mango-flavored anymore. I dunno, it must be vanilla or just ice. >< The presentation was really nice, however. The taste is not disappointing, it was yummy actually. But like I said, I've had better.


Me, looking extremely haggard at this point.

They had mango-themed everything! Here you can see jams and soaps!

Well, I guess that ends this post. I promise, next time will be about Shilin. For now, I got to watch my movies. :P Thank you again for reading! If you want to get notifications about my new posts, feel free to "follow" me! You can see the follow button on the right side of my blog.

See you! <3

Part 1 - Grand Hotel
Part 2 - Taipei 1
Part 3 - Taipei 2
Part 4 - Shilin Night Market
Part 5 - Jiufen

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Taiwan 2013 (Part 2) - Taipei Time!

Honestly, I feel like I have so much to blog about but I'm being such a lazy ass... >< Now, before things seriously pile up, I think I have to finish all my posts one at a time!

After talking about the hotel, this time I'll talk about the little stuff I did in Taipei--the food, Shilin Night Market and more!

So first off, the iconic Taipei 101--the second tallest building in the world.

We went before sunset, intending to stay until the city "lights up" but we were too impatient to wait and we had lots of things to do in a short time, so we were only able to stay until nearly sunset. XD

Cloudy and dull, I think this photo captures perfectly the weather that day.
Not that THAT would stop us from having a good time!

The website I checked says it's 450NTD... Seems like there was a price hike. :P
These are the tickets to the Taipei 101 Observatory.

Unable to bag the title "Tallest Building in the World," Taipei 101 makes up for it for having the fastest elevator!
The change in pressure is so fast that you would need to swallow during the meager 36 seconds it takes to get from the 5th floor to the 89th floor!

And now, some of the views from up there! It was near-dusk and I had to take photos behind glass so... This is the best I could come up with with my micro 4/3 camera. >< I need to buy better lens though. I really really intend to do it but saving up is soooo difficult. TT_TT

Buildings to the left, greens to the right. I wonder how this looks like at night.

One of my fave pictures. Everything looks puny from up there!

Sunset. Not the best photo but... :(

So many buildings!!! Taipei is a big city!

This makes me feel sad. ; 3 ;

For dinner, we opted for Din Tai Fung again. Some of you might remember that restaurant from my old blog post from FC2, in Hong Kong. Anyway, we love their dim sum so although we wanted to try a new restaurant, for the lack of time and previous positive experience, we tried Din Tai Fung again!


Din Tai Fung cute Shorompo (xiaolongbao) mascot!
They are particularly famous for their shorompo. ^^

Taking random pictures while waiting for a seat to open up.
The place is so popular so we had to wait before being seated.

A random photo of me--waiting! :P

Sticky weird rice.

Shorompo! We ate lots of shorompo but left a lot of space inside or stomachs because we will still visit a desert shop and Shilin Night Market later that night.

You can observe how the staff makes the shorompo. Here I am, trying to copy them. :P
Gawd, I look like a little kid. D:

So this is it for now! On my next post, I'll talk about the secret desert shop (not really a secret, I just want it to sound interesting) and Shilin Night Market!

I also have a lot of other stuff to blog about so see you guys next time! <3

As always, thanks for reading. xoxo

Part 1 - Grand Hotel
Part 2 - Taipei 1
Part 3 - Taipei 2
Part 4 - Shilin Night Market
Part 5 - Jiufen

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Taiwan 2013 (Part 1) - Grand Hotel

For some strange reason, I felt weird typing "2013" on the title. ><

Anyway, so here's my post on Taiwan, finally! I'm sorry I've been so lazy to post this update. I think most of you wanna see pictures so, I'll try not to make it so wordy. I will try. OK? :D

After a bit of trouble in the airport about my "rescheduled" ticket, I flew to Taiwan, eager to get my short vacation started.

The hotel we stayed in was around 40 minutes away from the airport. It was pretty nice, very oriental. It's really "grand" as the name of the hotel suggests. However, most taxi drivers can't understand us when we say Grand Hotel although it's quite an iconic building. I think they have a specific Chinese name for it.>< One taxi driver said something that I don't really remember anymore. lol

Here are some pics of the hotel:
Lanterns~

Red pillars~

View upon entering the hotel~


Ceiling detail~

Excuse me for the lame captions and I'm sorry about the blurred pics...I got shaky hands. TT_TT

But as you can see, everything is so pretty! <3

In Agoda, there was no mention of bath tub, so that was a pleasant surprise! I love soaking in bath tubs. Maybe some of you are unaware, but bath tubs are not popular in the Philippines since we have quite a temperate weather. We were also provided with free internet access in our room. I think internet is free only because we stayed in a Prestige room, otherwise, you have to pay a substantial amount. The internet wasn't really fast either. Haha. :P

Looking down from the veranda of our room, you can see this~


Room ceiling detail~

Fruits we never got to touch. :P

Beds~

Toiletries~

We came in to a half-used toilet paper. I'm not sure if it's a good thing though. I mean, yep they sure are saving resources that way but~~~ >_<

Moving on... The view, ah the view! It was so pretty! I always love a good scenery, especially at night. :)


So friggin' enthralling, ain't it?!

It's interesting to note that they have antibacterial fluid near the entrance of the hotel and ground floor elevators. I think that's really good because we have disease everywhere and having them nearby promotes better sanitary practices.

When it comes to service, I thought all of the staff were courteous. We left a small amount of money for tip in the room but no one touched it, it was where it was after we came back from exploring Taipei. I guess they don't accept tips? But it also suggests they are very trustworthy.

They have a shuttle bus that goes to the nearest station every 15-20 minutes. I think it's very convenient. The hotel is also quite nearby Shilin~ It's a night market. I will post about it some other time!

Overall, I'm happy to have stayed in this hotel! It's really quite different from the other hotels that I've stayed in--the interiors really stand out. I also really loved the night view!

Anyway, this is it for now, see you next time! ^^

Part 1 - Grand Hotel
Part 2 - Taipei 1
Part 3 - Taipei 2
Part 4 - Shilin Night Market
Part 5 - Jiufen

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Happy May!

I got back from Taiwan a couple of days back but I'll be posting about one of the "omiyage" or souvenirs that I got from there. It's soooo cute!

It's called a Soft Toy Postcard. Basically, it's a postcard, really. But you can peel the fabric top off, cut the pieces, sew it together and get a super cute mini stuffed toy! Here is one of the designs I got, the Rabbit (of course)!

The postcard. White thread, needle and cotton not included, but you'll need them.

After peeling off the fabric, you can see instructions inside. Better instructions on their website here.

Left handed me, struggling to cut the sheet.

And semi-success!!!

SEWING TIME!
It took me some time because I could only do it during my 5-minute break in between classes. TT_TT

And the finished product....

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Tadaaa!!! It's not so neat but see, still so cute! <3

And allow me to camwhore one time ok?

I look friggin' sick. Ugh. Haha.

Anyway, it's super cute right? You should totally get some for your friends when you go to Taiwan. I got mine from Jiufen but they should be available elsewhere? It maybe costed me 55 or 60 NTD to get the postcard and the cotton. I think that's not so bad!

So that's it for now. I gotta get back to work shortly. :P See you on my next post. xoxo


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