Friday, July 31, 2009

Taipei, Taiwan: Day 3

I'm getting so bad at this recap thing: I think I'll copy most of the stuff from Tracy's blog. HAHA.

My dearest shorty friend. Haha!!

We tried the free breakfast at the hotel that morning... quite bad. Everything was cold except for the porridge. So we decided to never have breakfast there again. Furthermore, Tracy takes so long to get ready, we find it hard to make it before the 10am end of breakfast HAHA.

Hot pink eyeshadow and a yellow Topshop dress that is quite distinctly un-me.
The cutest umbrella shop that says "10% off on sunny days, no discounts on rainy days". They have lots of other funny rhyming couplets (?) too.

We went to the Xinyi District for shopping today! There are lots of stuff - 3 buildings of Shinkong Mitsukoshi 新光三越, Taipei 101 and New York New York, the one with the statue!

There's a walkway that links all the buildings together on the 2nd or 3rd level. There's an Eslite bookstore 誠品書店 as well that's like Borders or Kinokuniya.
We took a photo with the elevator lady at 新光三越!
We took loads of photos at the observatory at Taipei 101. The circular thing is the Miramar Ferris Wheel that we took on the 2nd last day!

Seriously, go there before the sun sets. We had an audio device that pointed out the famous places we should be seeing but they'll say like, "Look at the green building on your right!" and I'll be like, "What green? It's all black!" :P I just found it quite amusing that we could see the traffic jams from up there. And I noticed it was glittering with lights everywhere except for on the mountain ranges, which kind of freaked me out cos I'm a city girl and can't imagine what it must be like living in the dark on the mountains.
The mechanics of the elevator.

388m above sea level!

There's a computer animated walkway that makes you feel like you're walking above the city! Taking photos was a killer though cos the digital clouds kept trying to obscure the view just when I was trying to snap a picture.

The observatory was quite dim, and filled with little exhibitions of traditional toys and stuff which I didn't really care for. :P I guess I don't like dark places. They depress me.

The damper that keeps Taipei 101 steady is its mascot! Look at the 101 that makes up its eyes and mouth! Pretty neat!

We had dinner back at Ximending, in a really cute "fish nest" 魚巢 restaurant that's made to look like an aquarium! The seats are swings and very relaxing, though I found it a challenge keeping my balance as I tried to lean forward to take a bite of my food. I had cheese baked beef curry noodles and the cheese was really good!

The stuff I bought - value box and pack of My Beauty Diary Masks, Mister Donut and magazines from Eslite! The Play magazine with Gu Jun Pyo on the cover and a special on SS501 was quickly sold out! By my 2nd last day, I couldn't find it anywhere. Thank God I grabbed it! :D

So that was the end of the day. Now let me wait for Tracy to send me more photos! Yay! And in the meantime... tidy up my room. T.T

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ion Orchard

I went to school to hand in my report today but the prof was out so I just left it outside the door. I'm praying he finds it safely!!!

Then I went to the new shopping mall, Ion Orchard! (Built by the construction company I was doing a project on the other time. Pah.)

We had lunch at Ginza Bairin! Katsudon and Katsu curry rice! The miso soup had extra stuff inside which was quite yummy. The pork cutlets are really good and thick! But I still think that those at Tonkichi are better and crispier. :D
I washed it down with a Rum and Raisin milkshake from Patiscream. $7.90, kind of pricy. Not worth the calories either, imo.

Then we bought macarons from Bakerzin! They're having a promotion now and one macaron is slightly less than a dollar each. I got lemon, coffee and hazelnut. The coffee's the best with a firmer shell and strong coffee taste. The lemon shells were way too crumbly.
Recently I got around to eating the instant beef noodles I brought back from Taiwan. They are absolutely fantabulous!!! I'm drooling just thinking about them!!! SO SO GOOD. So cheap too! About SGD$2.50 per pack of 5? I want a whole carton sent back to me! -drools-

Life is catching up with me. My room is excessively messy and school starts in about 10 days? Clean-up time!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Taipei, Taiwan: Day 2


Our hotel was located in the heart of Ximending so it was really good for exploring the streets! You can walk from any direction and find good shopping!
TW told us to have 排骨麵 (pork chop noodles?) at the basement of 萬年大厦 so we did! The pickles are really nice and the pork chop is so crispy and perfect!
We spotted Rain's beauty shop - Nature Republic. It's kind of like Skinfood or Face Shop.
Mister Donut makes the most awesome donuts ever! Pon de Lion is so cute! My favourite are the chocolate mochi rings. :D

We met TW outside 頂呱呱 and we set off for Wufenpu!

Not many pictures there, but believe me, we bought a whole tonne of stuff. Cos it's a huge wholesale place and things are generally cheaper there. Downside is, usually you don't get to try it on. Then again, once you've shopped at Wufenpu and you go to the other shops at Ximending, you won't feel like shopping cos the other shops mark-up the clothes quite a bit.

Traffic is scary though. The roads are so narrow but there'll be motorcycles and bikes whizzing past. Sometimes you see huge wholesale vans squeezing their way through the tiny roads, which is seriously quite dangerous. We're literally an inch away from the truck and sometimes it'll make a turn which moves it closer to us. Imagine getting your foot run over by it! :O

At night, we went to Raohe Night Market.
Me and TW!

They sell this meatbun that Raohe Night Market is specifically famous for. Nice and flaky! They roll up the bun real fast.

Funny UV hats that my mom has always wanted but look so horrible!!! :P

Other food, like candied haw and fried prawns etc.

Tired out at the MRT.

On our way back at Ximending, we saw this guy by the roadside displaying his squirrels.
1st day = NT$20,000.
2nd day = -NT$500.

TW's mom was very nice and bought us takopachi and a sweet bun. The takopachi is really nice and different from the ones in Singapore, they mix in wasabi too!
So that was the 2nd day! I've done 6 pages of my PA report; 10 more pages to go! Till tomorrow!


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