Exploring Taiwan 2014.

So this is as promised.. continuation to my earlier entry on my Taiwan trip. This entry will have pictures (!) since they speak a thousand more words than anything 🙂

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#1 I love taking aerial shots from the plane especially when i see beautiful places or geographical areas that are so different from SG.

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#2 the bus 1962 that we took from Airport to where our rented apartment is at Banqiao. But we had to walk quite a distance from the Bus station to the train station.

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#3 the first meal we had in Taiwan was Din Tai Fung and it was really awesome! Especially the veggies which are so much juicer than the ones we had in SG. The veggies are so GREEN and FRESH.. i am drooling now.

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#4 the 1 BR apartment we rented through AirBnB.

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#5 the not so good thing about this apartment is this narrow staircase that we all had to be really careful about climbing up to our bed every night haha

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#6 And then we took the HSR (bullet) train to Taichung.

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#7 ‘Looking excited’ selfie but was actually quite tired as we had to wake up early to catch the earliest train possible so as to maximise whatever time for Taichung.

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#8 Train selfie while on the way since we had nothing to do

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#9 Old England taken from afar.. Did not visit this as i thought it would be pretty lame to visit “England” when we are actually in Taiwan

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#10 CingQing Farm where we’ve finally reached.

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#11 Immediately upon entering the farm, we were greet by this enthusiastic + hungry fella.. she was really pestering us to throw out more of the sheep feed in our hands.

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#12 more and more

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#13 I attempted to walk on their ‘land’ of shit just to get real close with them.. haha

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#14 sudden reaction was because this fella tried to make a move on me and i got scared initially LOLIMG_5510

#15 my friends haha..

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#16 friend.. you need a hair cut soon!! 😛

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#17 more fully grown sheep

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#18 this is the underground railway station.. we took this to the north east side of Taiwan towards Ping Xi.

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#19 first stop – Jing Tong. People said this is a very nice little town.. i beg to differ.

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#20 and then we discovered the lovers bridge.

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#21 Graffiti designed train that only moves along the PingXi line. You gotta take this to be able to visit all the small towns.

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#22 pingxi town is getting quite commercialised with all these…

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#23 Guanyin Waterfall – i am not very sure whether this is a man made waterfall or natural one.. my brother said it is a man made one!

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#24 a pretty calming sight just facing opposite to the waterfall

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#25 we were pretty tired after much walking but still decided to take a look at the 18 bronze monks along the way.. duh.

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#26 Experienced taking their public bus when the gondola up to the Maokong was down for their annual maintenance – bOO!

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#27 the view that we got to see at Mao Kong, they called it the tea paradise in Taipei where only the locals know.

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#28 Really love fresh mangos and its something you can’t get in SG since we only import from other countries.

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#29 the famous Ah Zhong Mian Xian at Ximending.

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#30 Went shopping abit around Ximending. Was packed with crowds but lucky Taiwan is bigger than SG.. nothing of a sandwiched place as yet. 😀

 

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#31 Ximending Red House in the background and the art flea markets in the foreground.

-the end of the album-

i’m glad we got our hands dirty with whatever we could on this trip since we are pretty much on our own. We figured much, planned much and got back a whole deal of experience that one can never get it on a guided tour. Big thanks to the people who have shared with me and a lot of time was put into my research, even the taxi driver was amazed that we know quite a lot about their country. Hehehe… it’s good to be prepared! Hope you guys enjoyed looking through.. i will be back with more pictures of another trip LOL..

Cheers, the dark traveler

Bangkok 2014.

I am so excited blogging about this post because it is 2014, a new year, a new start and I have already embarked on the first trip of this year this early!

So Bangkok is another place in Thailand that i can now strike off my bucket list of countries that I have visited!

Amidst the protests still happening right now in Bangkok, i was fortunate to be there and back safely during the period of our Chinese New Year.

And thank God with the power of social media nowadays, we relied quite a bit on the updates by @RichardBarrow whilst out and about in Bangkok and managed to avoid a few protest sites in the day.

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#1 Famous wonton mee at Soi Petchburi 19 street.

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#2 Business as usual although a protest is ahead of them. We skipped these streets for safety and took the BTS skywalk.

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#3 peppery bistro for lunch inside one of the big shopping malls

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#4 thai massage just a block away from the hotel to relieve our sore tired feets after a day’s shopping.

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#5 check in at indra regent hotel.

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#6 camho shot in our hotel suite.

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#7 quickly snapped a shot of the congested victory monument area whilst on the BTS.

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#8 Chatuchak!! On a sunny sunday afternoon 🙂 experienced guide aka my bro took us to the more popular alleys and we found nice things along the way!

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#9 bkk’s own version of grass jelly @ chatuchak.

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#10 so as reported in the news, they really have live concerts to entertain the protesters

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#11 it is this jammed under most bridges :O

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#12 ready to fly back to SG.. so sad that the trip is this short but happy to be back home.

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#13 i’d always choose the seats that overlook the wings #idunnowhy

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#14 neighbouring countries I think, can’t recognise if we are on SG land already heee.

I would really love to visit Bangkok again and hopefully the protests would have ended by then. Thank God that the Thailand government have recently lifted the “state of emergency” as hopes are placed highly on reviving the tourism industry.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/19/travel/thailand-tourism-state-of-emergency/ 

Hope you enjoyed this short entry as there wasn’t much to write about since I was only there for 3d2n during the CNY holiday period. One thing to note about visiting Bangkok is, the public train transport is really easy to understand and most people even their locals rely heavily on the BTS sky trains and sky walks going from one place to another. There are public buses and tuk tuk as well but when the road traffic gets heavy, it is usually not as convenient as the trains would be.

cheers, lejasmineeee

65daigou.

짜장!

:)

So I was out just now to collect my loots from 65Daigou. This is already my second time ordering from the suppliers in China through Taobao website. And the fortunate thing is that, 65daigou helps me to liaise with and purchase the things while a small percent of agent fee is paid to them for the service rendered to us. Again I said, this is not a paid advertorial but just my random opinion about how great this is.

Did you all see my new Dr Marten‘s oxford shoes in the foreground? Hehe I also got it from one of the shop in taobao and it should be authentic in terms of material, looks, quality, engraved descriptions and even the shoe box! And well, if all this fits the bill, I think i got myself a really good deal because all in total + shipping, it only cost me approximately 60 sgd.

 The other pair of white shoes that I got happened to be copied from Stylenanda website which is a Korea online shopping website which I feel sometimes jacked up their prices too much that it is almost not that worthwhile to get it if the quality is about any wholesale product made in China. However put my personal opinion aside, it is still a great website to shop for korean-inspired fashion wear!

I think when it comes to online shopping, you require a flexible and easy going mindset especially when, what you see in the pictures may not be exactly depicted on the real product you have received. And then, you need to have a keen sense of identifying the authenticity and quality of the product you are ordering. If you had a second thought of uncertainty, you should stop yourself from buying it from the specific supplier/shop in order to avoid disappointment! Of cos, I would not say that I am a super smart buyer becos, often times I had ordered the wrong shape/color/material/size of items and I had to do away with it!

Such a waste of money and effort browsing through, ikr.. 😛

Herewith is the link to register with 65daigou, pls use the recommended link below (so that I get some credits from your first purchase, keke):

http://www.65daigou.com/Join/jas.frossie@gmail.com.html

Alright peeps, i got to go get ready for my dinner now.

ciaoz, thedarktraveler ♥

Hong Kong 2013.

my first time enjoying spring..

So like finally, I get to travel again.. it was more of like a trip to bring mum to somewhere she like. Did not prefer asian countries that much but I was glad that it was convenient and accessible throughout the more popular areas in hong kong. I was map ready, and even pretty observant at the various road signs and nearby shops that would lead us back to our hotel!

The only regret from this trip is that we did not have enough time and good weather to source out good dim sum and dessert places. And surprised to say that I am pretty looking forward to going back to hong kong again or maybe try another asian country like Taiwan in the near future. 🙂

I will briefly highlight afew places in the itinerary that i had planned together with my bro during the 4d3n trip.

Day 1

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#0 always love taking plane wing shots. Don’t ask me why. :S

Shopping near the hotel area when we arrived at HKIA. The airport was really awesome and exactly what I always see in the HK dramas.. hahaha

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#1 This was like a mandatory tourist pix haha.

Day 2

Woke up early in the morning and got ready to head for Sai Wan beach. But as the beach was somewhere on the outskirts of Sai Kung and only the locals will be frequent there more, we really had to rely on our sights and instincts to reach there. It was a tedious 40 min from the middle of a hill top.. and a 30 -45 mins of train and bus journey to Sai Kung.

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#2 this was halfway through the hill to Sai Wan beach. I looked really disaster despite the beautiful sight. The photo filter and the heavy mist/fog that day did poor justice to the background in this pix.

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#3 i think this pix is much better.. was too tired to take out my dslr and so took this with my iphone. Never expect hong kong would have clear pristine waters like that 🙂

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#4 It was drizzling almost 15-20 mins along the way and upon reaching, this was the first beach we saw. We did not went further because it was too far already and we were not well prepared with wintry gear. The temperature dropped to about 18 degrees as we hiked on.

Day 3

Another early morning up to tram up The Peak  in Central area and visit the nearby places like a tourist should do. Hahaah..

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#5 The buses that have cable wires above them and even though I have seen such in Melbourne, i’m still pleasantly surprised like a tourist would be..hehe

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#6 Finally got in to The Peak queuing area for the uphill tram.. Was pretty warm at the waiting area maybe due to the crowds. It was a pretty good experience taking a tram uphill.

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#7 The foggy view of the city skyline along Central area.

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#9 One of the iconic landmark on The Peak

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#11 Posed on fake trishaw but thank God, the pix turned out pretty well. 😀

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#12 Random shot inside the MTR

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#13 Another random shot of A pretending to walk along the streets haha

The rest of the time in the day, we covered window shopping along Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok area, walked along Granville road and Jordan road, and also got the famous wife biscuits from Hang Heung at Nathan road. As the past few days, we did not manage to find any good dim sum places, I googled hard and we walked hard along Reclamation street and finally found a restaurant that seem to be famous for their roasted goose. We even went all the way from Mongkok to Prince Edward in search of this dim sum place called One Dim Sum. We tapao-ed back the dim sum for our breakfast the next day as we are kind of getting sick of the same breakfast served by the hotel staff for the past few days.

Day 4

It was finally the last day but I was kinda hoping that we have 1 or 2 more days to go but as budget is almost used up, we packed our bags and get ready for check out and the airport.

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#14 On the plane back, don’t ya think this is a nice one? 😛

Food places that I will be sharing here for my readers to try if you are travelling to Hong Kong:

一点心 (One Dim Sum)

15 Playing Field Road, Mongkok

五代同糖

38 Plaza, 38 Shan Tung Street Shop 2, Mongkok

Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant

427-427A Reclamation Street, Mong Kok

许流山

Alot of branches, so pls google the nearest one to you 🙂

Alrighty, finally done with this post, I hope you enjoy and i’m heading to bed now! Work tomorrow……

Signing off, thedarktraveler