Aug 12

3 Days 2 Nights Malacca Trip Day 2 Part 1

Rise and shine, one day had passed from our 3 days trip and since Saturday (25 May 2013) is a weekend which means a lot of people should be going to those popular attractions which we had planned to go too. First thing we must do after washing up was to go for our complimentary breakfasts at ground level of the hotel.

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Refresh from a day rest

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Restaurant which catered for our breakfast for these 2 days.

There were quite a lot of Indians guest having their breakfast at the restaurant when we were there and it seems that they were here on business trip as most of them wearing formal attire. Anyway the staff took our coupon for breakfast and just let us free and easy for us to find and get tables for ourselves before going for the breakfast buffet. The dishes there were quite acceptable but most or all of the dishes were not warm / hot.

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Jun 04

Taiwan Holiday Trip (March 2013) – Day 5 (Part 1)

Its coming to our 5th day of our holiday on Monday (24 March 2013) and also the last day of hiring Tim’s minibus services. As breakfast is not included during our stay over at City Inn Plus Hotel, Tim fetch us at 9am as usual and helped us decide our breakfast location which is at an old alley road side restaurant.

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Qing Dao Dou Jiang Dian (青島豆漿店)

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Staff busy at work which started way before 5:30am

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Freshly made beancurd

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Freshly made ingredient for their buns

Actually we are not very sure of this place and it seems quite old and dirty with a lot of locals buying their meals here. Manage to get one table and seat for all of us and Tim helped to order some of the well-known dishes for us. (Did some background check recently and found out that this place is actually quite a popular location for breakfast)

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Soya Drinks @ NT$15 (Small) NT$20 for bigger size

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May 19

Taiwan Holiday Trip (March 2013) – Day 2 (Part 2)

It was a very tiring journey to Devil Village (妖怪村) after our morning workout and we sleep all the way during the car ride missing out on the nice scenery of Tai Chung. When we wake up, we had reached our destination for a walk. Devil Village (妖怪村) is actually a location with all different Devil theme all over the place. Even the food or snack are named differently to attracts tourist from the world to come visit this place.

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There are some Hotel / Minsu near to this village where tourist is able to wake up very early to queue up for their famous limited bread called “Cat Bread” (咬人猫面包).

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Cat Bread (咬人猫面包)

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May 16

Taiwan Holiday Trip (March 2013) – Day 2 (Part 1)

It was day 2 of our holiday trip at Taiwan on Thursday (21 March 2013) and we wake up early in the morning to go and have our FOC breakfast buffet which was provided by the hotel during the reservation of our rooms. The place for breakfast was located at level 12 restaurant next to the lobby area. The space of the restaurant is quite spacious considering this is a small building for a hotel and can see that they focus more on comfortable rather than quantity of people into the restaurant.

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Quite empty when we went for our breakfast as we are very early

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Different section of their breakfast buffet

Their breakfast buffet though was not the best that I had eaten, they were able to provide most of the common stuff like Cooked / Cold dish section, Bread and cereal section, Salad bar (Very limited variety) and drinks station where you can drink from hot milk / tea to cold drinks / juice.

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Some of the stuff that I had eaten over there.

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May 14

Taiwan Holiday Trip (March 2013) – Day 1 (Part 2)

Continuing from Day 1 Part 1, we entered the only cafe / restaurant selling main dishes in Moncoeur named as “Chin Chin (親親我的家)”. Though there is another outdoor cafe which is shown at Day 1 part 1, they are just selling ice-cream / Sundaes. Anyway, when you entered the cafe, the staff are well prepared to welcome you and bring you up to level 2 where customer are allocated a table (Just like home dinning table style), you will be able to see a lot of different themed stuff there including bed rooms and etc.

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Very nice and cosy feeling place

We notice that they also sell couple cups for customer to buy back home to use too which is a good way of getting more income as most people tend to buy these to keep as souvenirs.

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Couple Cup as usable souvenirs (NT$450 / cup or NT$850 / pair)

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May 13

Taiwan Holiday Trip (March 2013) – Day 1 (Part 1)

As it will be super long blog post if I were to post everything done in 1 day, I had divided it into different parts depending on the length of my post. So here goes.

Continuing my previous Taiwan Holiday Summary post, Rachel and I have been preparing for this Taiwan trip for a long time since last year (2012) and it would also be my very first time planning the whole holiday itinerary (Last time only follow while my family do the planning). To cut things short, today is the first day of flying over to Taiwan!!! There are a total of 5 person (Including me) for this holiday trip making 2 girls (Rachel and Laurel) and 3 guys (Me, Xiang Bao (XB) and XB’s brother).

Since our flight is on Wednesday (20 March 2013) at 8:30am in the morning, we must reached Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1, 2 hours earlier which means by 6:30am, we need to start checking in our luggage. As it would be difficult and expensive to take cab alone to the airport, I had make arrangement for both Rachel and Laurel to stay over-night at my house (with me giving up my bed for them and sleeping on the mattress on the floor) and to take the maxi cab together to the airport (Actually also to pick up XB and his bro but they went to airport there to sit the whole night to save on the cab. :p ).

The taxi driver who are assigned to fetch us was very punctual and called us up when he never see us at the assigned location (He arrived early and we are still not consider late. ;p ). Even so, he is quite friendly and helped us with the luggage to be loaded in the maxi cab. We paid him cash when we arrived at the airport and he gives me his namecard just in case we need to hire him some other days

Maxi Cab Driver: Anthony Chin
Contact: 8180 3581
Email: anthonymaxicab@gmail.com

Actually we never really get much sleep as we went out the night before to relax before returning back to my house so all of us are kind of stoning when we are at the airport. We met up with XB and his brother, went to check in our luggage before proceed to have our early morning breakfast at McDonalds as the time is still early. Time goes very fast and we need to proceed to the loading of our plane using Tiger Airways.

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Checked in and ready to fly

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Clear blue sky during the journey (Lucky able to get windows seat)

As we are taking budget airlines, there are no free food provided unless you are willing to spend on it. This is quite good for us as we will know the staff will not bother us in our sleep during these time too. Took a nap during the whole journey (Waking up a while here and there to take photos) to get back some of our energy.

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Touch down at Tao Yuan Airport (Taiwan)

The whole process of checking in from Singapore airport to exit Taiwan Airport was fast and not much of any issue. When we touch down at the airport, we split into 2 groups as I went to purchase a pre-paid SIM Card to allow unlimited Internet Access and some free call time for us to use during the whole duration in Taiwan while Rachel and the rest went to find the Youth Counter to collect some freebies as mentioned in a lot of Taiwan blogs.

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ChungHwa Telecom – 7 Days unlimited Data usage with some bundled voice calls @ NT$450

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May 13

Taiwan Trip (March 2013) Summary of Itinerary

Rachel and I planned for holiday trip over to Taiwan since last year and decided to fly during the March 2013, we will start our holiday trip on Wednesday (20 March 2013).

Actually planned to go as a couple trip but after some discussion, we decided that it was much cheaper and fun if we go as a group reason being, we would be able to taste more variety of snacks, share cost of hiring a driver cum van, and able to enjoy more as a group.

Our summary of itinerary was as follows: (This is not really my original itinerary as planned due to time issue but near to it)

Day 1: (20 March 2013)
Arrived at Tao Yuan Airport -> Meet Driver -> Lunch and Dessert ->Moncoeur (心之芳庭) scenery viewing plus dinner -> Gong Yuan Yan Ke / Miyahara (宫原眼科) for dessert -> Check in at TaiChung Hotel -> Shopping and eating at Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市) -> Back to Hotel to rest.

Day 2: (21 March 2013)
Breakfast at hotel -> Sky Ladder (天梯梯子吊橋) -> Taiji Canyon (太極峽谷) -> Green Dragon Waterfall(青龙瀑布) -> Lunch at a restaurant recommended by driver -> Devil Village (妖怪村) -> Yichung Jie (一中街) to eat snack as our dinner -> Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市) to eat snack as our dinner  -> Back to Hotel

Day 3: (22 March 2013)
Breakfast at hotel and checked out -> Purchase of local snack at Yi Fu Tang (一福堂) -> Lunch time at Su Mama Tang Yuan (苏妈妈汤圆) recommended by Tim -> Hehuanshan (合歡山) -> Green Green Grasslands (青青草原)  and Sheep shearing at Cingjing Farm (清境農場觀山牧區) -> Checked in Minsu -> Little Swiss Garden (小瑞士花園) -> Carton King (紙箱王) for dinner -> Back to Minsu

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