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

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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!!!!