Taiwan May 2012 Day 1

Alright, I admit. I’ve been reallyyyyy lazyyyyy when it comes to blogging for the past two months what with my taiwan trip then now work.
Time really passes fast.. it’s been about a month and a half since I came back from Taiwan and I miss it so much!
I’ve just got to apologise for not finishing my project on photo of the day what with me having preceptorship so hardly any photos are taken.

Alright!
Enough of the rambling. I’ll get started on sharing about my first day in Taiwan on May 23 2012

dear daddy driving choo and I to the airport at 5 am in the morning <3<3<3
just realised that there are a lot of heart shapes in the picture:)))

Choo and I early in the morning hahahhaa.

new decoration in T1’s departure hall that makes me think of the big alien fish from avengers hahahah.

at the departure gate:)
when im almost overwhelmed with happiness hahahah

mandatory airport toilet shot! HAHAHAH

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booked a jetstar flight due to budget constrains:)
it’s really not bad just that i’ll probably take novomin next time when I’m on my flight back in the night to help me sleep.

rainy rainy day. I always love to have the window seat on daytime flights:)

the two travel buddies!

the lighting was good so couldnt help but take a few selcas. hahhaa

take off! wheeeeee taiwan here i come!!!!

bye Singapore!!!!

can you see the rainbow?:)

i just love seeing white clouds and blue skies every time I fly.
It makes me fall in love with flying:)
#thingsimthankfultoGodfor

selca #2

selca #3

look at this!:)

hi Taiwan! I’m back!

the mountain ranges of taiwan:)

AND WE ARRIVED!!!
The immigration queue was really crazy long. LIKE CRAZY LONG!
The best part was when the airport police brought a lab retriever round us to sniff out bombs and drugs and it was SO CUTE!
No pictures for obvious reasons hahaha. (NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED)

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal One had undergone a renovation (and is still ongoing) since I was last there the year before and the bus bay had been upgraded!
It was really nice:)

We chose a bus company that had buses to taipei main station!
But it was actually the wrong one ><
yes, it was the cheapest at NT90 butttttt it had stops a long the way making it a journey that was longer than an hour. BOO.

SO TO PEOPLE GOING TO TAIWAN. PLEASE CHOOSE THE E-GO BUS which is i think NT130!!!! ITS FASTER.

new bus bay!!! 🙂

waiting for the bus!

There was a model train in front of taipei main station:)
Had to do the touristy thing!:D

Then I sent Zac and Choobs to go get lunch first while i went to collect our train tickets to Hua Lien.
We were going to stay in Hualien for 3 nights:)
I ordered the train tickets two weeks before the train departure so as to get the timing we want.

You can buy the tickets on http://twtraffic.tra.gov.tw/twrail/English/

Instructions on how to do so are on  http://taiwan2009.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/how-to-book-train-tickets-to-hualien/

🙂

when i entered the atrium where I could collect my tickets, I gasped.
IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

the nice ceiling

I collected the tickets and headed to the food court on the second floor to meet the two of them.
We decided to walk around and in the end we went to a food court which only sells noodles!
I think many people who have visited taipei main station have been there cause I’ve seen it in the travelogues of others.

The couple had beef noodles and I had jia jiang mian. 🙂 炸醬麵

beef noodles!

jia jiang mian!:D

The food was ok although pricey.
Ah well, that’s food courts for you! It’s the same in Singapore so I have no complains.

After lunch we headed to buy some refreshments to have on the train ride and then off we went for my first trip on the TRA! (Taiwan Railway Administration basically the electric trains)

What I love about the Taiwanese culture is that due to the Japanese   influence, everyone is more gracious and polite.
As such, they even have special areas for ladies to wait for trains at night!:)

We bought tickets for the 4:40pm taroko express which is the fastest train to hua lien:)

I finally got to drink my favourite red tea from taiwan!:) I just found out that it’s now sold in Singapore as well under the name Myshine Teh O. It costs $2 a bottle at 7-11 though! SUPER EX!

One of my fave cities in the world… then again. I LOVE ALL CITIES IN TAIWAN!
HEHEHE. I’m TAIWAN MAD! the Taiwanese tourism association should just hire me to do a round island travelogue.

our train!

The seats inside were really really comfy and the only sad thing was that I didnt get a window seat:/
The person who got the window seat was an uncle who kept nodding off:/ Sigh. Should have asked him to change with me. oh wells.
I’m a sucker for views and scenery and nature… cept insects… lol.

Lady selling things from the trolley:)

I particularly like this selca:) So my irises are actually brown:)

The passing scenery was really beautiful:) Everytime the ocean appeared my spirits would lift!
It’s the pacific ocean! and not the South China Sea that surrounds Singapore.
The pacific ocean is really really really blue.
Blue as can be.. I really sigh at the memory of it.

It was about 7 when we arrived at Hua Lien train station and our minsu owner came to pick us up!
It was the beginning of the wonderful stay:)
We booked the Sea View Type A 4 person room and the ROOM WAS HUGE.
There were MANY POWER POINTS enough for 5 people and A HUGE BATHROOM and a HUGE TUB and a most wonderful view of the ocean (show you in the next post!)
If you guys are interested, the minsu details can be found at
http://hualien.fun-taiwan.com/OuterWeb/Container.aspx?hid=002-438

I ensure you that you wont regret! The minsu owners are wonderful and they really care for everyone who stays with them.
The location of the minsu is great too!
I mean just one step away from the bike path that will take you 13 km all the way to Seven Star Lake (or rather beach)
15 mins from a night market
and 10mins from the whole shopping district of  Hua Lien.AND THE RATES ARE REALLY CHEAP!

but do beware if your luggage is huge like mine was. There are no lifts and the stairs are quite steep so yeah hahahha. Thank God for Zac and then later PB who helped:) cause we stayed on the 4th floor:p

It suddenly rained (more like a moderate drizzle) so the min su’s lady boss told us that she would give us a lift to the shopping district where we could have dinner!
She even passed us umbrellas to use:)
I’ll add the name of the shopping street here when I can recall it from my fuzzy memories haha.

The lady boss named a few famous stalls and told us to go try.
The first we tried was the steamed bun (bao) shop!
It was really cheap, good and filling!

we later just walked around, drank fruit juice, bittergourd juice for me, bought local delicacies for friends and family members and headed to a famous goose meat place!

Will update more soon!:)
If you have any questions just leave a comment!:)

love,
jane

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