Jun 03

Taiwan Holiday Trip (March 2013) – Day 4 (Part 2)

As continuing from my Day 4 part 1 blog post, Tim bought us to one of the restaurant near to the parade square where there is a stage for people to perform (There were some musical performance when we are there) and it is quite near to a train station. We walked into the restaurant first for our lunch.

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The overall feel of this restaurant makes me feel that I am back to those olden days building where every furniture were olden style made of wood. There were quite a lot of people having their meals fixed here and based on Tim, he always frequent this restaurant as his family seems to know each other too. The menu are all written in Chinese so it would be best to understand some Chinese to come to this restaurant or ask the staff to recommend which combo meals you can order as their menu are all based on sets where there will be at least 3 dishes + 1 soup @ NT$660 till 10 dishes + 1 soup @ NT$2,000

As we are not very sure what to order, Tim helped us by ordering one of the set meals and one of the dish is actually complimentary by the boss. Do not know the names of these dishes so I just show the photos of those dishes instead

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There is some pork meat covering some preserved vegetables which I do not really like it as I am not a vegetable eating kind of person.

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May 27

Taiwan Holiday Trip (March 2013) – Day 4 (Part 1)

It is Saturday (23 March 2013), Day 4 of our holiday. Time goes so fast when you are enjoying yourself. We woke up super early today though we kept going back to sleep when we saw that the sky was still dark. The reason for staying over at this Minsu was to watch Sunrise from the balcony so I keep making myself wake up and check on when the sun will say hello to us.

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The sky getting brighter every few minutes

It was around 6:30am – 6:45am, the sun started to show itself to say hello to us. It was such a nice scenery around the place with bird singing but one thing we missed out is that there are not much fog around so cannot see the so called “Sea of Cloud (云海)”

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Hello Morning Sun

Lucky for me, I brought along my polarized lens filter to lower the brightness of the sun, if not, I would not be able to take these clear photos at all. After having seen the sunrise together, we started to go wash up a bit before going for our breakfast. XB and XB’s Brother never get to see the sunrise as getting more sleep was more important to them. Maybe too tired from our day 2 walk, heh heh.

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After sunrise, the sky shining over the land is so beautiful

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Minsu’s Cafe with outdoor seating if you are not afraid having dinning under the hot sun

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May 21

Taiwan Holiday Trip (March 2013) – Day 3 (Part 1)

Another had passed and as usual, we proceed to have our breakfast buffet at the Hotel restaurant but did not took any photos as the dishes are almost the same as the previous day with only a few changes of dishes. Quality of the food are still the same with most of the dishes not warm at all. As Friday (22 March 2013) is our last stay (3 Days 2 Nights) at Beacon Hotel, we went back to our room after our breakfast for a last minute packing up of our stuff and proceed to level 12 reception to checkout the room and went to level 1 to wait for Tim to pick us up.

Tim was already waiting for us when we reached level 1 so Tim helped us load the luggage into the min bus and started to proceed with our schedule holiday tour. Today, our first stop will be at a local snack retail store called “Yi Fu Tang (一福堂 )” which Tim will be recommending to us as he mentioned was one of the better quality and tasty snack to buy back to Singapore.

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Local Snack Store with a lot of variety of local snacks and rice wine.

Al check from the Internet shows that this is an old Taiwan local snack store which have been selling these for over a long time with a few different branch all over Taiwan. The one we went to is at the Sun moon Lake Branch. The staff are very friendly and allow you to taste different snacks in their shop so you can make decision on whether to buy it or not to buy. This is something good and bad as you get to try out different snack and ensure you are buying the correct things back (Which most of the places provide these type of food tasting) but the bad thing is that you will wish to buy a lot of snacks back as you will not know when you will come back to this place to buy their snack again. In the end, I bought over SGD $200+ worth of snacks (Including rice wine which they allow me to drink a few small cups for tasting).

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These are just part of what we bought

As we bought a lot of snacks which includes their signature Lemon cakes (檸 檬 餅), some charcoal peanuts, Nougat (牛軋糖), Rice Wine and etc, they allow free delivery to our hotel at Taipei which they helped to call and confirmed with the hotel or our rooms and also make arrangement of the delivery to the hotel without any worries. Talk about good services in Taiwan. Lucky they allow payment by credit cards too as I do not wish to pay by cash (Scare later not enough cash to use as this is just the 3 day)

一福堂 / Yi Fu Tang (Sun Moon Lake Branch)
南投縣埔里鎮桃米路23-2號
Tel: +886 49 291 1221
Website: http://www.iffood.com.tw

After making our payment and back in the mini bus, it is already lunch time and we ask Tim to recommend a place for lunch. He suggested to try out minced pork rice which is quite popular in Taiwan and all of us agree to go ahead with his suggestion.

Along the way to our lunch location, Tim asked us whether we had eaten a fruit called Pi Pa (枇杷) which was usually made into those cough medicine and this was actually the first time I hear about this fruit and had no idea how it really tasted like. As all of us do not know about it, Tim was kind enough to stop over at one of the shop and bought some for us to try out.

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Pi Pa (枇杷) – FOC by Tim

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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 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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