Taiwan 2010 Day 4 & 5

Headed for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang-Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. I’ve actually been to both places before but that time was with a tour group and everything was kinda rushed. It was a get off the bus, take a picture and get on the bus again. So this time, we decided to re-visit both places and explore the area a bit. On the way to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, we saw the iconic Taipei 101 again -_-

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At the hall, there’s a museum inside (free) which displays different artefacts in his life (I think O.O… it was too long ago, lol)

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s statue…

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After that, we took the MRT to Chiang Kai Shek station, which was quite pretty and very quiet. There was this french fries-looking architecture which added a sudden burst of colour to the largely blue-green environment 🙂

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 And this is the structure where tour buses will let you alight to take a picture with before leaving the area.
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The steps up the building does not look very long but looks can be deceiving…almost peng-san when I finally reach the top
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But the view was worth it.
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Inside the structure is also where you’ll get to see the changing of guards ceremony and Chiang Kai Shek’s statue.
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After that we had lunch at the first 鼎泰豐 store. While walking there, we saw this wall filled with cartoons and my childhood favourite show: Pokemon. Haha, here’s a slightly mutated Pikachu (^^)~
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Their 小笼包 is really really good and their side dishes were not bad too ~ Compared to their branches in Singapore, the food there is sooo much better and tastier.
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Super love to eat 小笼包 with vinegar and ginger. Always spam both of them, heh heh.
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After lunch, we headed to some street to have a chocolate dessert at chocoholic, which from online reviews was not bad. BUT! the store was not open yet -.- It only opened at 4 that day, I think.
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Anyway, we ended up eating mango shaved ice which was slightly expensive but the portion was super big. We also a bit siao lah … cold weather still eat shaved ice -.- But damn shiok :# Went back to the hotel for some R&R before heading to the nearby Taiwan Storyland. It’s a nice place to visit to “see” the past! 🙂
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Gashapon (it’s a Japanese word). You insert a $1 coins (prices may vary), turn the knob and you’ll get a mystery gift/toy.
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Alleyway in the past… You’ll have posters, announcements etc. being pasted on the walls
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The classroom…so much difference from the tables and chairs we are used to now.
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Inside an apartment…
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Some fortune readings…
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Shaved ice machine to make ice-ball (present day ice kachang). If there was someone actually selling ice ball there, I’ll surely buy one lor.
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After that, we did some shopping at ximending  and to see 西門红楼 before going back to the hotel to pack. Bye bye Taiwan ~ ^^
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