Taipei - Taiwan Trip Day 1January 15, 2013
Okay everyone!!!! So I finally finish editing the pictures for Day 1 of Taiwan trip that me and Ran went last year during November!! I've been procrastinating about blogging this trip because there's so many pictures to go through, filter and then edit! Just solely for day 1 right, I already took 535 pictures eh!!!
I think I really never let you all down as a blogger lor, cause I just keep on snapping non stop throughout the trip! So in total right, I took 4245 pictures for the whole trip!!! Can you tell me it's quite kuazhang, imagine having to go through 4k++ of photos and to see which to edit will totally kill my brain cells, therefore I need time to do so lah! Okay, that explains why I delay until now then blog about it!
Anyway, to talk more about this trip... Me and Ran wanted to go overseas together for the year end of last year and we have been talking about it since the beginning of 2012 already, and we were thinking about going to Korea at first, but due to the limited amount of time we have to plan, we thus decided to go Taiwan instead! And to be honest, I never thought Taiwan would be so fun and a nice place to be in!
I mean seriously, last time whenever people tell me how great and fun Taiwan is right, I always doubt them and think that how fun could it be??!!! And why does it seems like everyone love to go to Taiwan that much????!! I really cannot understand!! Only until after I went for this trip then I realise, it's actually quite nice leh!!! I think the most important factor which I cannot stop raving about is how friendly, polite and nice Taiwanese are!!! THEY ARE ALL GENERALLY SUPER NICE AND WITH GOOD MANNERS!!
With that alone makes me enjoy my stay over at Taiwan alot already! Cause I feel super welcome by them and everyone we met during our stay there are so nice and helpful towards us!! I think by blogging this trip will make me miss Taiwan alot, and I cannot wait to go back there again soon! Hahaha!!
And before I start flooding you guys with the pictures, I'll have to thank Regent Taipei Hotel & Just Sleep Hotel for the awesome 4 night of stay over at their hotels (we went for 12 days), which I'll show you guys more in this blog post later and also in my up coming posts (Day 2/3/4) of this Taiwan trip! They have been a great host and I totally enjoyed my stay with them!! Also not forgetting Jayne, my blog manager and Jipaban for sending us clothes for the trip as well!!! Oh and my aunt, Jose too!! Hahaha!!
Apparels from Jipaban which came just in time for our trip!!
Alright, so I shall start!!!! As our flight is a midnight flight at 12.55am, we then took a cab down to the airport and we reached pretty early like about 10pm! Which I think it's good to reach early especially for flights, cause you don't have to be so rush and all..........
Me and Ran with our luggage over at the airport!
Camwhore before we went to check in our luggage lol!
Checking in our luggage!!! We keep finding it weird and don't understand why is our luggage in each other's favourite colour lolol! Like shouldn't it be that I'm using the orange one while he uses the yellow one?
Random shot of my hair while waiting for the process to be done!
And yay!!! We are going already!!! Bye Singapore, Hello Taipei!!!
But as we are still early for the flight, so we went to grab a coffee first!
My air ticket and my orange passport cover which I've been using for years already!
After that we boarded the plane and halfway through the flight, while I was in my unglam mode using my phone, one air stewardess came over and say "Ben, this is for you!". I was like "Huh?!". Then she say "I'm your blog reader, and this ice cream is for you!" and she also gave one to Ran too!!! So sweet lor!!!
Thanks!! I was really touched and happy by her little gesture!!! :)
Little that you know, that really made my day lor! Hahaha! Sometimes I really feel very thankful to have all of you guys whom I don't really know but yet are so nice to me! Why you all so nice to me!!! :')
The view from the plane while we are about to reach Taiwan!
We then reached Taiwan, Taoyuan International Airport!!!
Was tired from the flight but nevertheless, there's always energy left to take photo hahahaha!!
Since it's still early (we arrived at around 5/6am), we went to have Mcdonalds breakfast!
And yes, the uncle is scratching his butt right at me while I took the photo lol!
Their menu is different from us and I had egg burger with vegetables!
But it's not just solely egg and vegetables lah, there's ham in there too! Quite yums!
We then went to buy our prepaid data sim card over at the airport!
It cost $800 TWD (which is about $34 SGD) and able to use unlimited for 12 days!
And since it's still very very early even after we did so much stuff, we thought we could just take a coach to our hotel area instead of taking a cab and so we went to get tickets for the coach over at the airport too!
The coach tickets! We didn't know we could use the Easy Card (their Ez-Link card, which we gotten
at 7-11 earlier) for the ride lor, if we had known we wouldn't go buy the tickets already!
Ran in the coach while checking where should we alight!
And there's this Taiwanese lady with us on the coach as well, and she is super helpful cause she helped us to check using her phone (Google map lolol) where should we alight and she even told the coach driver about us as well, making sure we alight at the right stop! Why everyone we met there is so nice one wtf.
And here you have me, using my phone cause can use internet liao!! Hahaha!!
Their Easy Card which can be easily bought over at their 7-11 stores where you can use it to take their train or bus and to buy stuff from 7-11! So cute right, got Pokemon design somemore!
Alighted from the coach!!!!
We then took a cab to the hotel cause we were quite lost on where direction to go lololol!
IKR, we should just cab straight down from the airport but it's okay lah cause the coach ride cost only about $3+ SGD!! Super cheap lor!! If we were to cab right, I think it will cost around $50++ SGD from airport! But that's because you are taking from the airport, cause I think they got a fixed rate or something. But generally their cab fares are relatively cheap there and we always take cab there one cause it's readily available everywhere (unlike Singapore) and the cab drivers are all very polite and nice!!!
Then finally reached our hotel, Just Sleep Hotel (Lin Sen)!!!!
Just sleep provides comprehensive luxury for the smart traveler like you and me!!
And the other time we went they only have 2 branches, but now they have 3 more already!!!!
The one we are staying over for the night is the one over at Lin Sen, where it's near Zhong Shan metro station! The thing about Just Sleep Hotel chain is that they are all conveniently located near MRT stations and with alot of shops (for food, shopping etc etc.) nearby them as well!! Very fang bian!!
Me taking pictures of the interior design once I stepped into it!
Loving the chic yet simple design by them!
Yay!!! Thank you Just Sleep Hotel for hosting us for the night!!!
With Miki (manager of Just Sleep, Lin Sen) as she help us with the checking in procedure!
You know, once the lift opened and we reached the front desk right, she (together with another resident manager of the hotel) immediately say, they have been waiting for our arrival since morning hahaha! We feel so welcome and loved lor!! They have been super helpful and nice by giving us maps of the train metro and some other worth visiting areas! Plus also suggestions on where we should visit nearby the area!
Then we are checking into our room for the night!!!! Pictures of our room:
The desk area! I feel the overall design gives a very minimalist touch to it!
3 huge bed for the both of us!!! So shiok!!!!
Over to the toilet now!!!!
The shower cubicle!!
Magnets at the door where you can just stick it outside your room door to infrom them if you wanted to make up the room or etc etc.... What a cute idea isn't it!!
They provide us with the socket plug adapter as Taiwan uses different socket from us!
We then went to take a shower and a short nap before heading out later in the day cause we were so tired, plus the bed looks and feel so comfy and is calling out for us to sleep on it.... So we did! Hahahaha!
Woke up and wore back the same top (cause Ran say don't need to change) but changed into a pants!
And I don't know why my face looks like it's bloated here lololol! Love my hair though!
Random cute wallet from Daiso which I always use when overseas!
Cause it will makes me look more harmless and low profile hahahahahaha!!!
Here's me while walking to the train station!! :D
Came across a bus stop which we thought we could take some pictures there!
Ran with his squinting eyes!
And it's my turn!!! (p/s: ignore Ran's finger over at the bottom right)
Super love this picture!!
Camwhoring together! Me and Ran! :D
More more moreeee!!!!!!
Saw some graffiti on the walls while walking too!!
A picture maybe? Ran with the graffiti!
One more shot!!
Took a picture with a random tree there as well which I think turns out good leh!
I asked Ran to take with it then he tell me it's ugly, so he don't want to take! WHAT. (¬_¬)
It's really cooling and windy over there at that time! My hair is totally messed up by the wind!
Went to SOGO shopping mall over at Zhongxiao Fuxing Station to get our bags to use for the trip! And it's super crowded there cause they are having sales, so it's packed with loads of people!!
Yay gotten it!!!!
Then we went over to Taipei Main Station! Look at the cute cartoony deco over at their train station!
Ran with it! Lol I know we keep taking touristy pictures hahaha!!!
Meeeee!!! And just nice I stand at the 'Ni Hao' sign lor!! I never notice beforehand!!!
Both of us! :)
Outside Taipei Main Station! We are going to have our dinner!
Saw alot of people queuing for this stall (Guan Dong Zhu), and so we went to try as well!
It's something like our Singapore 'yong tau foo' leh!!
We shared a bowl cause we wanted to eat other stuff as well!
Bought some fruits along the way too! Love their fruits, all so fresh one lor!
Then while walking around, we saw alot of people queuing for this "Egg wrapped with vegetables" thingy, so we decided to give it a try as well! Typical Singaporeans hor us hahahaha!! Don't judge! (¬_¬)
While they are making it! Really alot of vegetables omg!!
Looks delicious right!! Their 'egg wrapped with vegetables' (蔬菜大蛋饼)!!!
Random camwhore of myself while Ran is eating it!
Bought hot ginger tea cause I haven't been drinking much cold drinks nowadays!
Plus the weather there is so cold lor, a hot drink is a better choice to keep ourselves warm and fuzzy!
Before heading into 'Xin Guang San Yue' (新光三越) shopping mall!
Pretty shot or what!!! Thank you thank you lolol!!
Pretty much a candid shot (or can considered half candid) of me drinking the ginger tea!
Went to walk around the underground shopping at Taipei Main Station which I didn't managed to buy anything from there! Ting say she bought alot of things there leh! I think ladies can get cheap shoes here!
We just anyhow and randomly walk until this shopping mall (Q Square) at Taipei Main Station as well!
Over at the shopping mall while we take a break from shopping!
We then head back to the hotel already, but before that to their family mart to buy some snacks!
Bought instant noodles, chips and big bottle of yakult for supper back in hotel!
Some cute ez-link stickers that we bought at Q Square shopping mall for few of our friends!
Lol me camwhoring with their toilet mirror before showering!!
And that somehow sum up the first day over at Taiwan with Ran! I actually really miss the days me and Ran spent over at Taiwan cause we really had so much fun (and arguments)! Well, for the second day we will be moving to another Just Sleep Hotel located at Xi Men Ding! Will update Day 2 soon! ;D