Alright, I have decided that since I’ll be heading to Taiwan in another 23 more days, I’d better hurry up and finish posting about my summer holiday to Taiwan.
Life was busy LOL.
We slept in quite happily and once again, missed the sunset.:p
We just dont seem to have a good relationship with the sun.
I had previously booked the tickets to the taroko express two weeks before we would take the train… mind you, I woke up at 6am just to buy train tickets.
You probably would have to be as kiasu as me cause the tickets get snapped up really fast!
If you are unsure of how to purchase the tickets, just refer to this website
This is for the taiwan railway administration and not the high speed rail.
The minsu owner provided free transport for us to the train station and we got there with a lot of time to spare.
I think that the next time I come back to hualien I’ll definitely stay with them again!
They are really such nice people, the toilet is really big and the view is to die for.
Bye hualien… I’ll miss you.
I’ll miss your beautiful coastline and rugged mountains.
But I’ll definitely be back… probably next year…
the passing scenery.
The ride was really comfortable and took about 2 hours to get us from hua lien back to songshan train station.
We had bought some refreshments from the shop at the train station!
My favourite 麥香紅茶 malt fragrance black tea haha.
Took the time to prewrite all the postcards:)
Do you spot your postcard in here?
Read Songshan train station and proceeded to walk to our hotel which was a 10min walk away.
Everytime I stay in Taipei, I stay at the Wonstar Hotel Songshan.
It is a small nondescript hotel at the side of wufenpu garment wholesale center but it is good enough for me.
Haha. It’s location is really quite convenient!
Wufenpu is just downstairs!
Since we could only check in at 3, we deposited our luggage and went in search of lunch!
Jiayi and I brought Zac to eat at the dumpling king, the place that when I fell off the chair due to exhaustion when I was 18, a handsome waiter helped me up><
Their noodles are really good!
what I like about taiwanese restaurants are the side dishes that you can order for a nominal sum like NT30 ~ SGD1.10
my prawn noodle!
So after lunch, we went to check in and take a short nap.
we booked a triple room with two beds (one supposedly queen sized and the other single but Jiayi and Zac were complaining that the beds were about the same size and I had it all to myself:p)
There was a nice large bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub!!! woohoo!
After our short nap, we went to go hike 象山 elephant mountain cause it was something that I had wanted to do all this while!
If you want to do how to get there, go look at this blog!
we took the train to taipei city hall station which is also where you get down if you wanna see Taipei 101 and walked along side a main road and came to a residential area.
i love how taiwan has diagonal crossings at stipulated times of the day!:D
I actually took this photo cause of the rhino sculpture in the distance lol.
yay the entrance!
steps… more and more steps…
It was actually a short hike but being as unfit as I am, those stairs really killed me! Probably also cause of the weather. Haha.
the residential district surrounding the area
after about 15mins of huffing and puffing and sweating, we made it to the lookout point!
and there, Taipei 101.
The view of the city.
I think that if I went there alone, I would probably just sit there the whole day and look out at the scenery…
I climbed up a rock!
There were many photogs staging themselves there to! Waiting for the sun to set:)
the couple…. and me in the background lol.
bad choice of outfit that day… looked like I wasnt wearing shorts
So after the hiking, we headed down the mountain / hill and headed stright to the nearest 7-11 we could find to get some refreshments and fuel cause we were so tired!!!
I love Taiwanese 7-11s! They have all sorts of cooked food and everything tastes absolutely wonderful. The bigger 7-11s especially in the residential areas all have seats for you to sit and take your food. They even have a nice clean TOILET.
After the brief (kinda) snack, i separated from the couple cause I wanted to go shopping and choobs wanted to bring Zac to see Taipei 101.
I decided against going cause I have gone so many times!
I went to Xin Kong Mitsukosi at XinYi New Life Square and I love this place…. cause it was featured in so many dramas and is pretty whether in the day or at night!
Like a beacon of light in the darkness:)
While waiting for the two of them, I headed to the pharmacy at Eslite Xinyi bookstore..
Really interesting to see what they sell here…
I got some cream for insect bites.. (it would turn out that I had gotten bit by fleas) and for aching calves and thighs haha.
I waited and waited and waited… and waited and waited..
I was quite dismayed to find that the Starbucks that was at the bookstore was replaced by the Agnes B cafe..
but, it was still nice to have a cuppa hot cocoa there while waiting for them.
They took about 1.5 hours to come back cause the queue for the elevator was about half an hour and they got lost coming to find me.
After we met up, we headed to Rouhe night market near where our hotel was!
This is like one of my first few pictures with this sign cause I always just go straight in without pictures hahaha.
There were too many people around so I couldnt get many photos…
Oh wells. maybe I’ll get some this time round!
This was the.best.thing.ever!!!!!
They deboned a chicken drumstick and barbecued the whole thing then stuck it on a skewer!
So tender, juicy and flavourful!
We had to wait half an hour for ours!
We took the food to go and headed back to our hotel to eat.
After a short rest, we headed downstairs to WufenPu to shop!!!
It was awesomeeeeeee. (although Zac kept asking to go buy slurpee)
Alright. That’s it for Day 4. I’ll try to blog about day 5 by today or tomorrow!:D
ps: all the best to the brave warriors who are fighting the war against the exams. You can do it!!!!