Eat and Eat in Hong Kong lah!

This is a long outdated post. Didn’t have much time to upload all these trips. So beware of this space, more countries update to come!

Arrived in Hong Kong in March 2013.

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I booked my stay at Evergreen Hotel, it is near to Jordan station and is a walking distance to Temple Street Night Market, Jade Market etc. I personally feel that it is quite a good location ( 7-11 is just beside the hotel, and lots of restaurants opposite it, but it is also near the mahjong game house and there is always police officers patrolling the area. If you are travelling as a single female tourist you might want to think twice to stay at that area)

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hk-2Our first meal in Hong Kong, abit shocked by the amount of rice.

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hk-3Roast Goose.
(Come on, it is Hong Kong! it is quite tasty thought despite kind of oily)

As Benjo’s Daddy was very tired after lunch, we went back to the hotel for a nap before begin our tour.

But by the time we woke up, it is time for dinner. Took a walk around Jordan and settled down at one small cafeteria.

A claypot dish (which I forgot the name) full of fish bone

Kind of in love with Cantonese style of porridge

Stir Fried Chee Cheong Fun*

*It is also known as rice noodle roll, Chee Cheong mean pig intestine and Fun mean noodle. As the thin layer of noodle is rolled tightly which actually resemble the pig intestine.


Night tour around the area.

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hk-10Breakfast! This is at a stall along the shophouses. The cost of our breakfast was actually quite cheap. The plain porridge cost like 50 cents or SG$1.00? Cannot remember the price clearly, but the price is around that range.

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Chee Cheong Fun
(Okay don’t be confused by the Chee Cheong Fun at the top, it is just a different cooking method. This Chee Cheong Fun is more like the typical cantonese style which usually serve as snack or as a variety of dim sum.)

Stir Fry Noodle. It matched quite well with the plain porridge.

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There is a morning market in the amidst of the modern high rise building. You can buy fresh flowers, clothes, buttons  and much more.. We found a stall selling recycle bags (Those kind you can fold and keep in your bag and/or carry and go market or shopping) at a cost about SG$1 for one. Beautiful and quite lasting (it had been 2 years and I still had them with me for shopping)

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Since it was just for fun, we get down after a few stops and continue exploring the area.

Just so happened the Indonesian maids are having protest at the area. Benjo was busy taking photo without realising a police officer is just beside her.

Outside SOGO Shopping mall. Another demonstration against Fa Lun Gong.

After all the walking, we managed to find the Peak Tram. It was a looooooooong queue. But the view is worth it.
We started queuing around evening time and by the time we reached the Peak, the sun is setting.

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Managed to get some night view shots

It was early March, the weather turned cold and windy at night. It was not very thrilling for Benjo’s mommy, after a round of walk at the Peak, we left to find dinner.

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hk-15Hui Lau Shan Dessert (许留山)
We saw this dessert shops almost everywhere we go, so decided to went in and have a try.
It was quite worth our money for there is a promotion going on, free dim sum for every dessert purchased.

To me, it feel that you had been to Hong Kong if you had not try eating in a cha chan teng (Hong Kong style tea restaurant)

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So here we ordered some simple food to kickstart our day.


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Police officers everywhere

Up next, we are heading to  Tai Yu Shan to see the famous Big Buddha Statue. We took the MRT at Jordon Station to Tung Chung MRT Station and get a ticket to Ngo Ping 360.


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It was about a 15 minute cable ride, the cosy sunshine and the aircon in the cable car make the journey very comfortable. It brighten the mood of everyone.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACurry Fishballs! Always saw this in the olden Hong Kong Drama

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The ultimate loonnnng staircase

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By the way, there is no tax for purchases in Hong Kong.  Went to buy a len (must ask for international warranty) which is cheaper than in Singapore.

Some other food we had in Hong kong
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Somehow I felt that the food portion in Hong Kong is abit too big
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Sham Shui Po is traditionally working class neighbourhood marketplace where you can find alot of wholesale items there. Some street photography taken over there.


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Melaka – Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

As this was my second time going to Melaka, decided to pop by the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum to have a look of the Nyonya culture. It is actually a walking distance from the red Gereja Christ Church area. You may book a coach online and travel from Singapore to Malacca. It’s about 4 hours coach ride. (without traffic jam)

There was a guided tour to bring you around, explaining the culture in details.

Ancestor worship Hall


If I did not remember wrongly, this should be the common room

Cherki Card Game – A popular card game among the Nyonya back in the olden days


They dug their own well for water supply


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Traditional Nynya Beaded shoes (also known as kasot manek)


The bedroom



Their traditional clothes kebaya

Tools for making the jewellery








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From the jewellery, it is not hard to guess how wealthy the Baba Nyonya were back in the olden days.


The wedding certificate




The Phoenix Crown (wear during wedding)



The friendly tour guide from the museum

Address: 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone:
+60 6-283 1273

Daily Tour Times:
10am – 1:00pm (last morning tour 12noon)
2pm – 5:00pm  (last evening tour 4pm)
Extended Hour on Weekends:
Friday – Sunday (last evening tour 5:00pm)

Ticket Price
Adult :16RM
Children (5-12 years old): 11RM

First Self Sponsored Taiwan Tour Last Part

Finally come to the last part of my Taiwan tour day 6 and 7. Mine day 6 was still in Taidong whereas day 7 was traveling back to Taipei.Day 6 – Taroko National Park (太鲁阁峡谷) – Toucheng Farm (头城农场)

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The mountain at the back look so fake due to the clouds
All these big rocks are actually marbles. According to the guide, the marbles on the mountain can last them for another 10,000 years so actually at Yilan (宜兰)their pathways were made from marbles and I even saw a primary school built with marbles.


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Took this on the bus when the sun was about to set. (宜兰太原)

We reached the farm after sunset.

After getting our keys to our rooms, we had to assemble at the cafeteria for our BBQ Dinner!~

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Forgot what is this, is either rice dumpling or the balls u ate in bubble tea
We get to learn how to make our own Kong Ming Lantern.

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Our master Design =p

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We get to write our wishes on the bamboo and hang it up onto the tree for well wishes.

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The next morning, we got to get up earlier to tour around the farm. The tour guide from the farm named himself Johor Bahru cause I think his Chinese name is Xin Shan which is the Chinese name for JB, a very interesting and humorous guide.

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There were fruits for us to pluck  for free and they were very fresh and sweet. No insecticide applied so we were able to eat on the spot. [ Saw an aunty plucked 1 whole handbag of the fruits [=.=]

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Ok, next trip was to Yehliu Geopark All these was formed naturally by erosion . I like how nature create wonderful and spectacular things. =D

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*Famous attraction* The Queen head (女王头)

Heard from the tour guide that this was one of the attraction spot for tourists. The Queen head is slowly eroding year by year.

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Sea Urchin fossil
I was so engrossed in taking pictures of the scenery, CT and I got lost from the tour group. =x

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We had our lunch at Jiu Fen (九份 ). There is a bus stop outside the street so I think it is quite accessible to go. Jiu Fen have custom-made wooden clogs shop, there’s why there is another name called 木屐街 (Clogs street) I Think.

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Wooden Clog keychains ( So cute but didn’t buy any of them)

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Chou Tofu again (yum yum)

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Didn’t buy from this stall but the shop owner really does attract my attention

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Fried Ice cream wrapped with popiah skin

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The Famous Meatball soup

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Ma Jiang Mian (麻酱面) Seseame Noodle
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This is 1 famous beef noodle stall there.

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Drunkard chicken

Bought the drunkard chicken to have it on the bus back to Taipei. CT and I were the powerful one, everyone was sleeping on the bus while we were busy eating.
Our next stop is 士林宫邸 and just so happened they were having chrysanthemum flowers exhibition.
My fault again, busy snapping pictures and lost the tour group again. =x CT and I were searching for them for quite sometime >_<

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Tapei 101 (Expensive place)
Next is our free and easy time which I did not bring my camera out, haha. But CT and I went to 西门町 and 五分铺 to do our last mintue shopping.
When you are in Ximending, got to try their famous Ah Zhong Meesua (阿忠面线)
There’s the end of my Taiwan Trip. XD

First Self Sponsored Taiwan Tour Part 3

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We are moving to the East side of Taiwan. Our first stop is to 鹅銮 (luan)鼻公园及灯塔 . The park was very windy on that day, the higher we climbed, the more windy it was.

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Along the pathway up, there were a few stalls selling souvenirs, from what I heard mostly were hand-made.

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Preserved Puffer fish. According to our tour guide who bought 1 few years back, it is still as firm as new.

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鹿野温泉 (Lu Ye Wen Quan)

It is winter, the wind is cold, the hot spring is outdoor. Only a few people went for it. The rest of us just stay under the tent and chit chat till the time passed.

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The most thrilling part for CT, our final stop of the day – Master Bear Resort (小熊度假村) We had our diner at the canteen in the resort, thereafter we got our keys to our room. As our resort have no lift, we the ‘youngsters’ have to stay at the upper level as the tour guide do not want the elderly to climb up and down the stairs.

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Our living room at ground floor.

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Our bedroom (Small and cozy)
At night, we have an event at the parade square. All of us have to get down to dance the infamous 台客舞 (Tai Ke Wu). I was sabotaged to answer a question and stay there to compete with another boy and of course I lost.

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After the dance and games, we got to set up our Kong Ming Deng (孔明灯). We were told to write down our wishes on the lantern and set it up to the heavenly gods.

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Firework display from the Resort and more from the tourists who bought at the stall there.

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Day 5
First stop of the day is Sasiantai (三仙台) .

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It is actually a protected scenery area in East of Taiwan. If you want to see nice nature scenery, Taidong is a good place for scenery viewing, they have mountains, ocean etc…

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Bought some snacks to eat on the bus. Deep fried small crabs and shrimps

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(Our snack! Sorry for the blur image, the bus was shaking badly )

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One of the pictures that I like that was taken on the bus, despite it is actually a graveyard.

After traveling for about an hour we reached our next destination – Ba Xian Dong (八仙洞). But I did not see the 8 immortals statues over there. Eventually what I saw most was the Goddess of Mercy.

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Find this statue quite interesting, how many of us are able to sit together and whispering to each other ears till old age?

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Our lunch was at this cafeteria which was directly opposite the 8 xian dong . (Do not be deceived by its rundown look, we have a clear sea view from the cafeteria!) Our Lunch! Got some weird fishes which I do not know the names.

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Pictures taken on the bus while moving on to Hualien (花莲)

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*TaDah* AMei Cultural Village Hualien

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We were entertained by watching their cultural dance. Their Wedding dance Something interesting happened during the dance which made me blush.

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There was some miscommunication between the tour and the hotel hence they upgraded our room ^-^
So shiok.. 2 people taking Double double room hahaha

First Self Sponsored 7 Days Taiwan Tour (Part 2)

Day 3
Our First stop was the Plum Factory (梅子工厂)then we moved on to JiJi Station.

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Believe it or not museum.
Took a peek of the museum, it had some things that are out of the ordinary, an interesting place but short of time to go in. Saw a 30kg rabbit at the entrance.

JiJi Station (集集小镇)

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It is a train station, don’t really know much about it as I fell asleep on the bus when the tour guide was telling us the story. =x

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Our lunch

We had our lunch at a worker’s canteen look alike place. Their food were authentic Taiwanese style food. I love the Hakka food the most! And based on the emptiness of the plates, it is not hard to guess how hungry we were.

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Our next stop, Cow Farm. (Ru Niu De Jia )
We only need to pay TWD $20 ( about SGD $0.91) we can have unlimited of carrot sticks and a bottle of milk to feed the farm animals.

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My hand was the one nearer to the camera. The calf seem like not eaten for day, the way it drank the milk like it was going to swallow the whole milk bottle.
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Fierce fight for food

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We took this cute little train to tour around the farm

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Scenery taken on the train

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Old rusty train engine

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Revolution of telephones

Was shocked that the phones actually work! And I thought the kids were making the sound effect and playing on their own!

And and and, I finally get to taste the legendary Jiang Mu Tea (姜母茶)! It taste great, especially after staying in the cold wind for sometime.

After that we went to our nex stop- Kaohsiung Xin Qu Jiang (高雄 新屈 江)to do a 1 hour shopping. I only remember that the tour guide said that the first sausage stall that you see near the entrance of the shopping lane, that’s the nicest sausage stall around the area. So I bought a stick and it really does taste very nice!

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Up next, we have to settle our dinner at Kaohsiung’s Liuho Night Market (高雄六合夜市). This time round we have 1 and a half hour to eat and shop, we learn our lesson so our mission of the day was buy as much food as we can and ate at 1 go!

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Our first target, Chou tofu. This stall serve a unique different style of Chou tofu. The stall owner wrapped the tofu with a layer of popiah’s skin and added shrimps inside the tofu to deep fry them.

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The unique style of Chou tofu

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They are actually sweet potatoes! (Cute stall helpers)

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烤鸭夹饼
Quite rare to see duck meat in Taiwan, ordered 1 to share. It was actually meat wrapped with the popiah skin.

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活虾料理 (Live prawns cuisine)

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It was really live prawns, the cook took out the live prawns and BBQ them.

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A plate of 懒人虾 (Direct translation – lazy people prawns =p )
It actually for lazy people who do not want to peel the shells. But personally I feel that the shells were abit hard to swallow.

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Taiwan popular snack, fried oyster. (蚝仔煎)

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Another dish of Chou Tofu, but which 1 was deep fried with bread. I am not a fan of deep fried bread so don’t really like it.

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担仔面 (dan zai mian)

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Unknown fishes that I had never seem before.

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This milk shake stall was so popular that if you enlarge the picture you could see the signature of Taiwan current president – Ma Ying Jiu.
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Big, fresh crabs! Very hot and spicy! Delicacy =D~~

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After our dinner at Liuho, we went to our hotel to put our luggage and began our next tour ( on our own) at Rui Feng Night Market (瑞丰夜市). We shared a cab with 2 ladies in the tour and went our separate way at Rui Feng. Ct and I went to the Night market while the 2 ladies went to the shopping malls.

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The day ended nicely at this hotel room. =)
Our hotel is in Kaohsiung City named C U Hotel (西悠大饭店), love the hotel very much despite it location. They have spacey cozy room, the staffs are very helpful and friendly. The best hotel I had among the 7 different hotels that I stayed in.

First Self Sponsored 7 Days Taiwan Tour (Part 1)

Benjo just came back from Taiwan, despite some troublesome problems occurred before the flight, the trip was still enjoyable.
Day 1 (Taoyuan City – Taipei) 
Took a morning flight to Taipei Airport (which is situated at Taoyuan – 桃园 )and met up with our tour guide. She was a very friendly and motherly lady. She took us to this shopping mall to shop while waiting for the rest of the tourists to join us. The shopping has nothing much to shop as the stuffs were quite expensive but the arcade is very big.
Taiwan sun set earlier than Singapore, so by 5.30pm the sky is already very dark. After shopping for a while, we were bought to Shilin Food Square (士林小吃广场)  to have our dinner. Due to time constraint we only have 1.5 hr to queue and have our food.
Lao Shilin Shui jian bao (老士林 水煎包)
CT and I each queue for different items due to the SUPER long queue of the stalls.

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We were not quite sure which stall sells the best fried chicken chop so we go for the typical human instinct – the stall with the longest queue. But well, it was actually a good choice, cause as we were running out of time we settle at a no queue stall for our sausage, it suck.

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As CT also wanted to try the Famous Taiwan Mee Sua (but not in Taipei la, the famous 1 is in 西门町), we bought 1 bowl at the night market to share.
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The Food Square have alot stalls of chou tofu, so we also bought 1 bowl to share. Having a bowl of spicy, hot chou tofu soup during winter there is only one word to describe – Shiok!

As the tour guide said that there is this unique drink called White Bitter Gourd Juice (白苦瓜汁) which is good for health and complexion, I bought 1 cup to drink. The taste is like rare vegetable, lucky CT bought 1 Honey Aloe Vera juice to share if not..
The day ended at this pathetic hotel named Shi Lian Da Fan Dian (世联大饭店), but the hotel is not big at all and eventually we were quite disappointed by the room.
Day 2 (Taipei- Taoyuan City – Hsinchu County- Nantou City -Dongpu)
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Our Train Tickets
We took the Taiwan Bullet Train from Taipei to Taoyuan. Our bus was waiting at Taoyuan to bring us to Leofoo Village Theme Park ( 六福村主题乐园).
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As Taiwan was having election in voting for their town mayors so actually you could see a lot of posters of the representatives on the streets.
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Leofoo Village Theme Park ( 六福村主题乐园)
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After traveling for sometime, we finally reached Leofoo Village Theme Park. It was a bad timing to go, it was a Friday and most schools in Taiwan were bringing students out to play!! The minimum waiting time was 40 mins!!
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After touring around the area and bought some souvenirs, CT and I only got to try on 1 ride. But it was interesting that we managed to know 3 new friends from Tainan through the ride.
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Wenwu Temple (文武庙)
Due to time constraint we bought our bento (packed lunch and ate on the bus while traveling to the next stop -Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area (日月潭).
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Cimbing up the stairs in the temple was a very tiring job for me…

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Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area (日月潭)
It was very cloudy on that day and the sky was getting dark, so the scenery was not as expected.
Our night stay is at Dongpu Di Lun Wen Quan Da Fan Dian ( 东浦 缔伦温泉大饭店 ) This hotel have 3 kind of hot springs for us. 1 public hot and cold spring area for everyone, 1 outdoor and 1 in our own room. CT and I choose to soak in our own room. =p Our dinner was at the hotel. We had some wild animal soup for the night. Could not remember what was the name but the expression of the aunties were classic when they heard of the animal name.
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After dinner, the chef of the hotel bought in some dough and got us to make rice balls (tangyuan-汤圆) It was fun making the rice balls, but not very fun when there was one aunty who could not stop making them and we have to keep eating them. =.=
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Trying to remember it for our night explored.
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Took a picture of the street outside the hotel. It was very windy and cold in the morning. But very nice scenery view and fresh air. Love the cool air, love the clear blue sky ^_^