Happy New Year and HELLO 2013!

Hey everyone!
I’m now sitting on the toilet bowl in my room to type this.
Yes, you read it right.
The toilet bowl.

Cause the only available plugs for me to charge things is in the bathroom above the toilet so I’m making use of it to charge my phone. Hahaha.

So anyway.
I HAD THE BEST COUNTDOWN YET!
Crowded on a beach in Kenting, Taiwan with a multitude of other groups of ppl beside who are really friendly and non-stop and I really mean non-stop fireworks!
It was awesome fun!
Sitting on the beach, drinking peach beer, admiring the fireworks and of course not forgetting the SCREAMING when fireworks were set off too near to us!

I’m thankful for the chance I have to countdown here. It’s so special to me to spend time with people whom I really consider my family although we’re not blood related.

We counted down and at the stroke of midnight, a large mass of fireworks erupted non-stop for 15mins! It was awe-inspiring madness.
Pure madness.
But wonderful madness (provided the people do clean up after)
The group of us gathered together to shout our wishes and my wish was “我要幸福 (I want to be blessed and happy)”
Yup no more boyfriend thing cause a good friend of mine said that you shouldn’t wish for it because love will come when you least expect it.

So anyway, as per tradition I will list down a new set of new year resolutions!

1.Draw closer to God and listen to His guidance more
2That my family will have more than enough, be blessed, to happy and to be healthy.
3.To do well and pull my cap up by at least 0.5
4.To make more time for friends.
5.To be happy and joyful
6.To manage money well
7.To go to Taiwan for SEP
8.To grow wiser
9.To love more
10.To volunteer more

Ok so that’s all I can think of for now!
Should really get off the toilet bowl!

once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!
May 2013 be more awesome than 2012!

Love,
Jane

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It’s the last day of 2012

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It’s the last day of 2012 and I think I’m out to make full use of the day.
Woke up at 4:30am to shower and pack up to head to KENTING!
My dearest Rhema harvest family are bringing us to spend the last day of the year at kenting:)
I can’t think of a better way to spend it.. Except well I guess with you.

Got lost at one point and payed at the same toll 3 times but I still that’s all part of the adventure!:)

As the year is coming to an end…
I just reflected and I really want to thank God.
For everything.
For my family,
For my friends,
For the scholarship,
For coincidences
For experiences
For love. (From people around me)

When I met up with the people from Rhema Harvest yesterday,
All I could do was laugh and smile because my heart was so full of joy!
The temperature was the coldest of the year but I couldn’t feel the cold.
All I could feel was happiness and joy.

I felt so blessed that so many came to spend time with me although they had other commitments!
I’m blessed.
I really am.
And I’m gonna take note to count my blessings.

It is really a blessing from God that I got to know them and be a part of them.
It’s all in God’s planning
And that He knows what’s best for me.

Thank you God:)

No matter what comes my way I’m gonna continue to lean on You.
My fortress and my strength
I’ll let go and let God.

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Love,
Jane

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在高鐵上

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Sorry to all my readers who cannot understand Chinese!

今天, 在台灣的第四天。
剛到台中站

今天心情平復了許多。
台北,再見了。
我們暫時又要分開了。
暫時又要開始我們的遠距離戀愛。

12:01 就要和可愛的台南見面了。
記憶中好像每次離開台南眼睛都會滴眼淚。
原因;我在台南認識的好朋友。
可愛的瑞瑪豐收教會和它的成員。
好期待,好期待。
已經6個月不見了。
每天都會想你們。
尤其是惠芳姐,小包,以勤,柏宇。
他們四位就像我的家人一斑。我好愛好愛。

但雖然心情平復很多,我的腦海裡還一直浮現著在新加坡的你。
我一定會帶著你一起旅遊的。

下一站,嘉義

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Love,
Jane

又回到台灣了

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今天,是我這次在台灣旅遊的第三天了。
時間真的過得好快。
去了好多以前曾經去過的地方; 再次被台灣這個寶島感動。
我好愛好愛台灣喔。。。
我每次踏到台灣的第一步眼睛都會含淚。

這幾天玩的很愉快,拍了很多的照片,和許多在火車上的台灣人談心。
我真的很快樂。

但這次的感覺真的很不一樣。。。
我無論到哪裡,心裡會有一種掛念新加坡的感覺。
或是挂念一個人吧。
但我真的不敢去相信,不敢說些什麼。。。
心情真的很複雜。。。又好怕是自己獨資的想法。。。
真的好複雜,好複雜。

現在我就帶著這種心情到處在台灣玩。。。
真的沒辦法放下。。。但這也代表我很在乎。
女人呀,女人呀, 你為什麼那麼傻。

我到哪裡,無時無刻都會想到你。
心裡總會呼喚著 “wish you were here”

下一站,西門站。

Love,
Jane

Taiwan Day 5 27 May 2012

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Alright…. now day 5!:D it was a sunday!
So I woke up early and took a cab to go to New Life Church!
This is the school auditorium that New Life Church holds its services on Sunday.

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the offering envelope.

 

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Left the service halfway to go meet Jiayi and Zac and we headed to Wulai!

A short description of Wulai taken from wikitravel

Wulai (烏來) is a small town in Taipei CountyTaiwan, famous for its hot springs and aboriginal culture. The name of the town derives from the Atayal phrasekirofu ulai meaning “hot and poisonous”. Don’t let this scare you away from this lovely town! Consider going during the week if you can as it is quite crowded on the weekend. Also, in the summer, it might be a few degrees cooler than Taipei, but the elevation is not sufficient to provide real cooling.

Yup! So we headed to Xindian mrt and went to wait for the bus. This option is way cheaper than taking a taxi.

 

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We stopped for lunch at this little place that Jiayi and I had been to once before.
They have really good 濡肉飯! I had that and stir fried cabbage.  It was really good!

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the prices are really reasonable too!

 

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It really is such a picturesque town with a river running through its heart.
We were feeling a tad warm so we went to get mango ice!!!!

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Such a huge bowllllll… i think it was NT100?
The mango chunks were nice and juicy as well:)

 

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headed across the river to go soak in a hot spring!!!
Zac had to wait for us for about an hour cause it wasnt worth it for him to have his own room, HAHA.

But after we were done, we went to take the little trains that cost you NT50 for one way to WuLai waterfall.
If I am not wrong, these little trains used to be mining carts that were converted.

 

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I was really lucky to have the chance to sit next to the driver!
Hahaha.
Some other uncle said that the driver will drive better today cause a pretty girl is sitting next to him..
Yes, I can remember that even 5 months later.:p

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there, the WuLai falls,
it’s pretty isnt it??

 

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such a sweet photo…:)

 

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ahhh… here is the catch about this place…
When we went, it was late spring going into summer so you know in spring, animals mate and have babies…
Well so did the butterflies.
And my dearest choobs, is scared of them…

 

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here’s a firey red and hairy one.

 

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really like this photo.

 

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vroom vroommmm

 

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and another one…

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We walked back through the lovers walk, skip over many caterpillars and arrived safely back at Wulai old street.
We went to buy some souvenirs and mochi and then headed over to XiMenDing

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hot spring eggsss.

 

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I think we were changing trains here…

 

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thought it was interesting how he sat on his instrument case!

 

Then we reached XiMenDing!
The place for all young people in Taipei!
Went to see the Xi Men red house first.
It used to be  a theater in the past but is now converted if my facts are correct.

 

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then off we headed in the other direction to find food!!!

 

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We had this, a sort of hotpot thingy in one of the upper restaurants haahha.

 

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then we walked around and shopped!:D

and headed back to rest for the early wake up time we had set… cause we were going to the WATER PARK!!!!!

😀

love,
jane

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwan Day 4 26 May 2012

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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
http://taiwan2009.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/how-to-book-train-tickets-to-hualien/

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.

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Bye hualien… I’ll miss you.
I’ll miss your beautiful coastline and rugged mountains.
But I’ll definitely be back… probably next year…

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the passing scenery.

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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?

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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!

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ordering…

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what I like about taiwanese restaurants are the side dishes that you can order for a nominal sum like NT30 ~ SGD1.10

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my prawn noodle!
So after lunch, we went to check in and take a short nap.

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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!
http://taiwan-photography-blog.com/2009/05/15/hiking-four-beasts-elephant-mountain/

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.

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i love how taiwan has diagonal crossings at stipulated times of the day!:D
Happy happy.
I actually took this photo cause of the rhino sculpture in the distance lol.

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yay the entrance!

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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.

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the residential district surrounding the area

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after about 15mins of huffing and puffing and sweating, we made it to the lookout point!
and there, Taipei 101.

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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…

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I climbed up a rock!

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There were many photogs staging themselves there to! Waiting for the sun to set:)

 

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the couple…. and me in the background lol.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Taipei 101:)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

love,
jane

 

ps: all the best to the brave warriors who are fighting the war against the exams. You can do it!!!!

 

Taiwan May 25 2012 Day 3

ok i’m going to post about taiwan day 3!
It takes me forever to do these posts cause I have so many photos and all from different places!

So on day 3 we woke up a little later (yes and missed the sunset cause this time at 4am, it was cloudy)


my pillow:)
and the sleepy heads who were still sleeping when I had already showered and went to the balcony to enjoy the view:)


breakfast on the second day!
It was a hotdog if i do not remember wrongly!
Tasted good!

So our itinerary for day 3 was to go to Taroko Gorge!
One of the must see destinations in Taiwan!
I had already been there on my first trip to Taiwan (via a tour group) but choo and zac hadnt gone before!
It would turn out to be a way different experience as well!

We hired a driver via our minsu (homestay) and this is his namecard below!
He is really a good driver and a very nice man!
He even treated us to Hualien’s famous spring onion pancake! IT WAS AWESOME!
So if you want to hire a driver please consider him!
Mr Li!
It was NT2500 for a 1 day tour for three people. It is a 4 seater car and it works out to be about SGD 109


He first brought us to the 松園別館 which is basically the pine garden. It is a lovely place overlooking the city of HuaLien.
It used to be a military structure used by the Japanese.
But since then, 200 pine trees have been planted here to give respite.


it is a really beautiful and peaceful place:)

there are also great views overlooking the city:)

 

we were really blessed with blue skies that day:)

wandering around the grounds…

travel buddies:)

we didnt go up to explore the place cause time was a little tight but look at those creepers climbing around the building!
They’re so lovely:)

trying to imitate the statue!:D Do I in any way look like it? lol.

There was a shallow basin with a few shimmering coins in it so we deduced that it was a wishing well! HAHHA.
All of us threw coins and made a wish!:)

caught choo’s coin making a landing… SPLASH!

as you can see, my camera lens started getting wonky.
Sigh, it would turn out that I would rely a lot on my iphone to get pictures cause apparently (I sent it for repairs after the trip) the lens sensor was spoilt. Oh wells.

sunny sunny day! Lots of sunblock needed!

Our next stop was the Cing Shui Cliffs! Where you can see the pacific ocean lap at the base of magnificent cliffs!

those clouds kept making me worried that it would rain! But it never did:) Thank God.

so after much phototaking, we headed for TAROKO GORGE!
and the start of our journey was at the visitor’s center:)

Mr Li!

Although my camera was giving me problems, it also worked fine when Mr Li took over! Haha.
Yup, he took this photo for me:D


Mr Li gave us sometime and we headed to the visitor’s center when something caught Choo’s and my eye….
ACTIVITY CORNER!!!
We dashed like mad hatters and went to hunt for a place to buy the activity book!
Took us awhile but we found it! HAHAH. Cost me NT5o.

ya! Stamping time!

Then paper rubbing!


Hard at work! HAHHA.

We then headed to the Shakadang Trail!
We were given an hour to walk and soon, we were on our way!

the steps down from the bridge with many lion heads!

under the bridge.

we met another Singapore couple (and we would meet them like another 3 times in Taipei. lol. ) and they helped us to take photos in exchange that we help them tale theirs hahaha.

The path to walk.

the scenery was beautiful but my mood was little dampened by the fact that I had to keep trying to fix my camera. Oh wells.

worker coming through! This was really tricky cause the path was really narrow and we had no where to move to give way to him.

Saw a ginormas spider!!!!

and a furry (or rather, hairy) caterpillar 😀

thought I made him look modellish:p

sweaty hahah.

It would be wonderful to have a dip in those clear blue waters…

the many lions that guard the bridge:) But I think they are unidirectional. Only facing one way.

male lion. Due to the ball. Female stone lions have a baby lion under their paw.. Well.. it also helps that this male stone lion has a big penis carved out. Pictures are a little obscene so i didnt bother to post them.

With some luck,
I spotted some colourful bugs that I had never seen before in my life!

arent they pretty?:)

As we were getting a little hungry at about 1pm, we headed to the eternal spring shrine rest stop to have lunch! (On hindsight we should have asked the driver to bring us to buy bian dang’s from town before we set off)
The eternal spring shrine was the only place that I had been to on my first holiday to Taiwan all those years ago.

We were lucky that we got there early because while we were eating, busloads of China tourists started pouring in. Sigh.

We ordered two set meals at NT 250 each and two rice dumplings at NT30 each. The food was really pricey and the rose tea tasted really weird.
BUT.. the rice dumpling (meat zongzhi) WAS REALLY GOOD! we actually ordered one at first and then cause it was so good, we had another one!

The spring coming out from the rock on the way to the shrine.
I could hear a bird chirping in the cave but couldnt see it.
Heard a frog and saw it though!

Mr Li mentioned to us that many people died to build the shrine and create roads through the area…
It was only with his guidance that I noticed the shrine on the left when you first go down the stairs,
There were huge plaques with the name of those who perished with a statue of the goddess of mercy and free joss sticks if you wanted to offer prayer to them,

I think the order of my photos are a little funny. Oh wells.

The shrine. We didnt really explore cause of all the China tourists around. Disconcerting really.

Next up, we headed to the swallow’s grotto.
Here, we had to wear hard helmets rented from a small entrance office before you enter the place. More China tourists. but not as bad as the eternal spring shrine.
According to Mr Li, a landslide had occured just a few days prior and washed out a bit of the road but we could still drive on dirt.

the couple with HDR filter

many of the boulders in the rivers actually come from the mountains! CAN YOU IMAGINE IF A BOULDER OF THAT SIZE FELL ON YOUR HEAD???

we also saw the Red Indian Chief Head!:D

Taroko Gorge is mostly made up of marble cliffs.

The rock face.
The reason why it is called the Swallow’s grotto is because of the swallows that live there!
I was really amazed and happy to see the little swallows dart around and chirp.
You cant really see them on pictures because they’re really small and fast.

Mr Li then brought us to the highest point (Settlement) of Taroko Gorge. Tian Xiang.
There were shops there to buy food! (should have asked Mr Li to bring us here for lunch instead!) and beautiful scenery.

woohoo!!!
BBQ taiwan sausage! Choo had one everyday!

and there, the pretty girl in question:)

we went for a little walk after buying food and snacks…

and went to the bridge that we saw on the way to Tian Xiang.

pretty?:)

we had no time (or tenacity) to climb up to see the pagodas! On hindsight, maybe we should have. Hahahah
(OMG while typing this post, the lighting struck around my area and scared the hell out of me… my hands still feel fuzzy! Ahhh.. Singapore weather)

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To conclude our tour, Mr Li said that he would bring us to walk on a hanging bridge since I mentioned that I missed out on a chance to do that the last time I was in Taiwan.

It was so beautiful!

view in between the cracks! haha.

Choo and a random Caucasian dude who was visiting the area in SLIPPERS. now, who said Singaporeans have bad fashion sense?

the beautiful winding roads of Taroko.

Mr Li.

Ok, I’ll admit. We actually went to see the Frog prince rock sculpture but somehow, I dont have pictures. but i remember taking them. HAHAH.

Mr Li then brought us to the entrance of Taroko. He mentioned that he brought us here at the end of the day so that there wouldnt be so many tourists and he was right!
There were some shops around the area and I bought a whole stack of postcards from here.

Mr Li was nice enough to drive us to buy HuaLien specialties since we had already been to CiQing beach the day before.
On the way, he also went to pick up the mouth watering spring onion pancake with a half boiled egg that he had ordered for us earlier.
OMNOMNOM!
no pictures cause we were too busy eating!

After we bought the specialties. I really expected him to drop us off at the minsu and leave… but he actually asked us where we were going for dinner and when we said 自強夜市, zi qiang night market, he offered to send us there! Even better, he offered to pick us up after dinner and drop as at the minsu!
AHHHHH he is such an awesome guy!

the night markets in Hua Lien are generally smaller but have no lack of good food as well!
We were a little full from the spring onion pancakes so we gave the seafood BBQ stall that I saw on 食尚玩家 a miss. so sad!
We had porridge and assorted snacks for dinner instead!

After dinner, we called Mr Li and he said that he had just finished dinner at home and would be coming over!
So touched!

yup so he sent us back!
Pb and his friend had just arrived in HuaLien so when we headed back, he asked for me to bring the two of them out.
So off we headed to Zong Zhen Road again!
Ah I really miss the goose.

Alright!
I’ll start preparing to post Taiwan Day 4!

love,
jane