China Airline, 2:20pm flight
KLIA to Tao Yuen airport, Taiwan
To be frank, it was my first time taking a flight all ALONE by myself. For my past several bis trips, I had either friends or family members tagging me along. So the thought of having to bear for at least 1 hour before boarding the flight plus a 4 hours journey can really bored me to hell. And it was evidently that I hated this feeling of lonesome so much, really…. not having anyone to talk to is just…. SUCKS!! So obviously a BOOK would be a good companion at time like this. What luck….. coincidentally I received a Christmas magazine as souvenir recently. I literally flipped the pages over & over again that I reckon I had never read a magazine so thorough & detailed…..thks uncleBob for the ‘right’ gift !!
By the time I touched down & claimed my luggage, it was already closed to 8pm. The taxi journey to my colleague (Jen’s) home took another 45 mins at least. So once I settled down, I knew we were left with very little time to do anything for the night. Once I got down the taxi, the sight of very huge stainless steel doors greeted me with a side garage some more…..i was like ‘wow’…..totally different taste, unique set-up, unusual atmosphere…. That was my feeling of “a taiwanese house” !!
Our dinner was spared as I had a heavy flight meal. So Jen walked me out to a nearby ‘good spot’ to have a glimpse of the night view of Taipei city.
Practically, it was a train station but one that was built with a huge compound for the surrounded folks to hang-out, picnic, exercise, ‘phak tor’ & etc etc…..there was even a café sighted but due to the cold weather, it was closed that night. Btw, temperature was about 16 degree Celsius (according to Jen, it was the coldest temperature in the city of Taipei). It was just so nice to me……geee!!!
On our way to this place, the weird sight of a van hanging with some food for sale caught my attention.
After taking a closer look, I came to know that it was the “lin kok” which we only get to eat during the Mid Autumn festival.
We grabbed some to munch while chatting at the sightseeing spot & embracing ourselves in an effort to combat the chilling breeze!! Unfortunately, our chatting session couldn’t last very long as it started to drizzle shortly after. We quickly made our move & stopped over at a dessert shop for a bowl of warm tau foo fah !!!
With a totally different environment & bed, I thought it would be hard for me to sleep. In fact, we did continue our chat until quite late but Jen claimed that out of sudden she ‘heard’ me collapsing into deep sleep….LOL, guess must be god darn tiring lar!!
Actually it was my plan to do a 1 day transit at Taipei before departing to Japan on Sunday together with Jen, just so that I had a feel of Taipei with this full day exploration! So what did I achieved on that day, lets embark together ……
We started our day with a 45mins drive journey to a popular tourist spot Danshui:
Danshui  (淡水, or Tamsui, Danshuei) is a smaller city to the north of Taipei that was the center of shipping and commerce in northern Taiwan in the 19th century. The city is still popular with visitors from Taipei and boasts many historical attractions, and is a popular location for viewing the sunset. Due to its close proximity to Taipei City, Danshui has become a favorite destination for city dwellers to take a stroll and enjoy a coffee along the riverside.
Before arriving Danshui, we made a stopover at an apparently popular temple.
Coincidently, it was a custom for Jen to do a prayer seeking for a safety trip & safe return whenever she travels overseas. So visiting this place was like a stone that kills two birds……while Jen got to do her errands, I got the pleasure to appreciate the beautiful, fine & remarkable crafting of the temple.
Jen said i would get loads of $$$ after touching this huge coin box.....haha
We then proceeded to satisfy our growling stomachs. Back here before I even flew to Taipei, I was already highly recommended to testify a famous delicacy of Danshui called “Arcade” (pronounced as Ah Geh in Taiwan). And according to Jen, there was this so-called pioneer shop that offers the ‘best’ "arcade" in Danshui, despite having to travel a little further & despite many other versions of “arcade” surrounding Danshui, Jen insisted to go just there....
Here u go…..the “Arcade”
Now what’s in there you may asked???
It could be eaten with chilli sauce or without. Needless to say, I had it with loads of chillies….yummy!! This combination was simply awesome & delicious….i will certainly be back for more!!!
Here are a few "opasang" doing the jobs (a japanese word that refers to middle age women which apparently widely used in Taiwan)
After our brunch, we headed back to the main attraction of Danshui. The place was indeed a very relaxing & soothing place to take a stroll yet one that offers a varieties of interesting stuffs....ranging from foods, souvenirs, shopping, entertainment to breathtaking view!! So there were people of all ages pouring into the place.
it was a good place for the young ones to 'phak thor' / courting
taiwanese sausage .....my favourite snack there
pair of neck tie for my boys as they will be 'ring boys' for a cousin's wedding
cute hankys & melody bags
matching hello kitty tissue holder & cosmetic case
pair of gloves for the boys' cycling session
cheap & pretty earrings, keychains, fridge magnets
cute little handbags for all my nieces
All along the long stretched market, there were foods & snacks too!! So they made up our lunch that afternoon!!
Since 8 in the morning, we had been torturing our legs.....so by 5pm, we surrendered. Basically resting at home & started doing some re-packing & re-adjusting of the luggage to make way for our next trip to Japan!!
Our night time exploration was none other than the popular "Shi Lin" market.
Shilin (士林區) is a northern district of Taipei. The district is home to many museums, including the world famous National Palace Museum. In addition, one of Taipei's largest night markets is located in Shilin, as well as the ex-pat enclave of Tianmu.
Bcoz we had to accomplish an important task ....... TO EAT !!!
I only managed to grab these 2 cute bags at RM10 each .....!!!
too many varieties....so it was hard to decide what to choose, so we ended up eating at 3 different stalls just so that we get to try more !!!
** Hope u had a good 'VIRTUAL' touring of Danshui **