Thursday, February 09, 2012

我的台湾日记- 第六,第七天


台湾的天气真有趣,可以在24 小时内从夏天的热情转换成冬天的冷漠; 一天气温猛降十几多度。






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今天大家慢慢收拾行李与依依不舍心情,做返回大马的准备。我们再吃一轮鼎泰丰的精制小笼包,再往西门町做最后的血拼, 也起吃了大便。


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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

我的台湾日记 - 第五天

2月6日,星期一。 天晴。

Today was the fifteenth day of the lunar month, and we hired a car to take us to 基隆, which is one hour away on the northern tip of Taiwan.

When we reached there, an annual event/celebration was going on, where there were fire crackers, people and fishes. Apparently it was a festival to wish for a bountiful catch for the whole year.


Prior to reaching 基隆, we stopped by midway to view an illustration on the awesomeness of typhoons which are quite frequent in Taiwan. 


Our main destination at 基隆 was the 野柳 Geological Park, which is the residence of a cute princess and an elegant queen.

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The naughty princess loves to leave her glass slipper around by the sea.


Our next stop was the number one tourist destination in Taiwan, the mountainside old town of 九份。


九份 was a place caught in a time warp, with narrow cobbled streets, uneven steps, shops right out of a period China 王飞鸿 movies and lots of lanterns.

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There were a lot of unique food  to be sampled, such as popiah ice-cream, grilled mushrooms and taro tang yuan.

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In the evening we proceeded to 十份,a place near the rail tracks where folks can release 天灯。As it was 元宵节,the place was full of people. Unperturbed, we squeezed in and joined the fun.

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We stayed till the night as there was a festival where a thousand lanterns were be released simultaneously. It was a wondrous sight and a very special end to CNY.


Monday, February 06, 2012

我的台湾日记 - 第四天


The day drawn bright and sunny again, and we decided to started off the morning with a breakfast of 豆浆油条。Unfortunately, the famous stall which was our choice had a ridiculous waiting line stretching from the upper floor food court, down the staircase and out of the whole building. We decided to settle for 2nd best instead of sacrificing our time waiting.

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The 油条 was fluffier compared to the one in Malaysia, and they also got 葱油蛋饼 which tasted like roti canai telur.

Our destination for the day was 淡水老街,a place that is choke full of good food … and people.

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Over there we visited an ancient temple which entrance was carefully camouflaged by the surrounding market area and the whole place cloistered by buildings.

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All the good food were easy to spot, all you needed to do was to spot the long queue.


I tried two types of tofu there – one was smelly, the other Japanese (臭豆腐,阿给)。

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This drumstick meal is the one apparently the recurring mysterious Mr J likes a lot. I think he will like the drink too.

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The view of the Tamsui harbourside at dusk was mesmerizing.


At night we went to the famous Shilin night market.. which was a big disappointment. The new main food section was underground and so full of people that there was no comfortable place to eat.  But overall, it was a good day.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

我的台湾日记- 第三天


The weather of Taiwan was not unlike a moody lady; cold and windy one day, hot and sunny the other.

We took advantage of the fine weather and ventured to the picturesque Sun Moon Lake, which was located in the central region of Taiwan.


The journey was 3 hours by car, but the view was worth every second. We took a boat trip across the lake and climbed stairs to reach a temple surrounded by aqua marine water and pink cherry blossoms.

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Next stop was by cable car traversing two hills to reach the Formosan Cultural Village. It was a grander version of the cultural village we have here in Kuching, with cultural shows, activities and showcase houses. Plus beautiful landscaped gardens. Plus an amusement park.

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Night time was spent at another night market where we continue to savour the various gastronomic delights Taiwan had to offer.


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