Taiwan 2010 Day 1 & 2

The first time I went to Taiwan, I didn’t have a camera yet. This time, it was a 5 days, free & easy trip so I managed to see a lot more sites compared to a tour trip. Weather was pretty awesome in early December…Travelled from one place to another through their train system. Super easy to navigate and very convenient. Also, most places have signs outside of the station to direct you to the areas you want to visit. Tickets were reasonably price and quite affordable. Though, I have a pet peeve with the ticket being a token instead of a card or ticket. It makes it very easy for me to lose it -.- A quick tip is that there’s a lot of places (museum, farms etc.) that have a chop/stamp that you can collect, so bring a small notebook if you want something to commemorate your experience there. πŸ™‚

P1050913

Stayed at Caesar Park Hotel Taipei and it’s super convenient with the Taipei main station at the basement of a nearby shopping area and theΒ railway and bus station opposite the hotel πŸ™‚ Anyway, we arrived late at night and so we quickly grab a on-the-go dinner and headed towards Taipei 101 to visit the observatory. The tickets are quite pricey and not very worth it but I guess it’s okay for a one-shot touristy experience. Here’s the cute mascot (in red) for the observatory:

P1030216

The building is apparently held in place by this ball-like thing which is actually quite heavy.

P1030269

And these are some of the exhibits on display…

P1030244

P1030256

P1030437

This picture is taken from the 89th floor, I think. That day we couldn’t climb up to the 101th floor. I think it was due to bad weather issues or something like that…

P1030272

The second day we visited the Taipei Zoo. Childish and really weird but I’ve a strange obsession with zoo during that period (although now isn’t any better), haha. The zoo is pretty well-maintained with a reasonable variety of animals. A pretty good place to bring the kids.

P1030456

The zoo even have cute lockers ^^ Feels like some kindergarten school outing trip and they make the students put their stuff in here

P1030458

Here’s where the pandas are. And since you cannot stop and stare at the panda for a reasonable period of time or they are always showing you their butt, you can purchase your panda memorabilia here

P1030473

And this is the “meditation site” near the monkeys. It just reminds me of some Indian guru sitting here and meditating as the sun sets…

P1030530

An elephant that’s acts like-a-boss after shitting…

P1030558 copy

… and a very epic face of a camel trying to whistle

P1030592

See how beautiful the zoo compound is :0

P1030703

After the zoo trip, we went to the nearby shengkeng old street (深坑老著) where there’s all sort of tofu food. Tofu ice-cream, tofu cake, tofu pudding, normal tofu-style fare etc. You name it, they probably got it

P1030716

And this store sells grilled tofu which is seriously yummy… Super fragrant, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside… damn good! There’s a relatively long queue for it too, heh heh.Β Here’s my 综合 style 烀香豆腐 πŸ™‚
P1030718
P1030722

And this is the shop I visited this street for πŸ™‚ Saw it on a travel program in Singapore and was looking forward to trying their tofu stuff.

P1030753

I really love their tofu pudding. It feels like beancurd (but silkier) except there’s a slight tofu instead of soyabean taste. The tofu cake is also very soft and moist. A bit of a tofu taste to it but its not very overpowering.
P1030766
Some other tofu fare…
P1030730
After lunch, we took the train back to visit the 小巨蛋. There’s nothing much going on here and we left quite quickly…
P1030760
For dinner, I got some carrot cake at a night market near the hotel. Super love the chilli sauce so I ate this for breakfast the rest of my time there πŸ˜› And now, I’m craving it -.-
P1030783
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s