Taiwan #04 – Day 4 and 5! (Last)

Picture heavy post ahead, where I’m finishing up the Taiwan Trip posts! So… here we go.

Day 4

We are rolling later and later out of bed. Had rice noodles and onigiri for breakfast, and got ready to hunt for a hair salon! I wanted to have ombre (hey, this was in MAY so ombre was still kind of in then!)

Good morning~

I tried on grey contact lenses I bought from Ximending for the first time – for only SGD$5!! The diameter was too small for my eyes and I walked around with blurry vision all day, though. My pupils are too big.

#ootd

Taken in the bathroom before dying my hair! Okay, this is actually what my hair color is NOW, but try to imagine with me that we are back in May, alright?

So we went around hunting for a legit place and I showed them a few photos.

And we found a place! It was massive and had two floors! It looked more like a mansion that a salon!

 

Chlo doing hair treatment!

It’s quite cool, they have televisions to entertain us.

Chinese Cartoon Network

The dyeing process took 5 hours. I bleached my hair three times. I also couldn’t really understand what they were going to do to me because my Mandarin is terrible. So I sat through the whole ordeal. X_X

Don’t believe the smile!

The above picture was probably the second bleaching round or something because I wasn’t smiling towards the end. FIVE HOURS OF SITTING AND DOING NOTHING.

So after dyeing, we decided to have Japanese curry for dinner! (Going to Taiwan for Japanese food. Sounds reasonable.)

House of Curry

Decided to try this curry place with a massive gorilla outside that we walk past everyday.

My Katsu (curry separate)~

It was quite good.

Chlo’s kare-omuraisu

After dinner we headed to Zhongxiao to look for this brand called “Knightsbridge” at Mingyao but all we saw was a massive Uniqlo.

We went back to SOGO instead and I finally bought a white shirt! Japanese brands why you so nice and expensive.

Headed back to the hotel after buying snacks.

I forgot why Chlo was sad.

We were dead exhausted.

Hair. It doesn’t look like that anymore.

Yeah, my hair was an ash-blonde-grey color at the ends.

With Chlo!

Look at our bloodshot eyes haha. Mine is mostly due to five dollar contact lenses which I took out.

Showered and watched TV, trying to get sleepy enough to fall asleep. Some talk show about Taiwan ghost stories came on while Chlo was showering. We got a bit too spooked and decided to switch to Disney instead.

Watched Halloweentown and was thoroughly amused seeing them speak Mandarin.

Some Lawyer show.

We did facial masks.

Stuffed our faces

 

Day 5 – Homebound

Sleepily rolling out of bed around 9 to pack because we had to check out by 12.

We managed to stuff everything in the luggage!!!!!

Proof.

Oh yes, we showered and had breakfast and all that as well.

Yey.
Bad selca aiming.

We had two hours to kill before taking the bus to the airport. So we left our luggage at the reception.

Bye room!
Happy Chlo is happy.

It was a rainy afternoon. We walked around Ximending and got harassed by people with funny English who wanted to sell us stuff. Ahaha.

Ah Zhong Mee Sua

I think this is the famous mee sua, but I don’t like mee sua.

Bikes

Have some Taiwan street view. There were actually bikes everywhere and in long rows everywhere we went!

Headed back to the hotel to grab our luggage and wait for the shuttle bus.

Reception.

The receptionists, who were pretty awesome. And their uniform is so cute! They even have matching glasses!

We went to wait for the bus, which was late, so Chlo and I panicked. Us waiting in the rain also helped to our panicked misery.

The bus was to ferry us to a larger coach that would take us to the airport. The smaller bus was really cramped and my luggage kept rolling around. T_T

When we got to the larger coach where everything was stored snugly under the bus, I promptly fell asleep until we got to the airport.

Declared duty-free goods, checked in, walked around the duty-free shops. I bought Reader’s Digest to accompany me on the plane.

Before Boarding #successkid.jpg

We’re alive!

And back to Singapore.

Where we got lost at the arrival hall and couldn’t find our way out. Yes, getting lost in our own country. Well done.

AND THIS CONCLUDES TAIWAN!

Taiwan with Chlo – #03

Day 3 with Chlo!

Late post is late and I should feel bad yes. NAG AWAY.

Chlo woke up at 7am and stared at me while I was sleeping. Eventually rolled out of bed at 9, really sleepy.

We had 7-11 onigiri for breakfast and headed to Red House Theatre, which was nearby.

Opening

We went on a weekday, so no shows were going on during our visit. Meh. 😦 All their shows were weekend only. But we did take a look at artifacts  from the war on display.

Said Artifacts – All in Mandarin

It was ridiculously quiet.

But we were listening to the audio guides. The English guide was really funny, I think I prefer to fumble my way through listening to Chinese..

We sat down in the museum trying to plan our way of going to the Taipei Main Station underground mall. Then two darlings came along.

Gong Xi and Fa Cai

No kidding – their names were Gong Xi and Fa Cai. Gong Xi Fa Cai. Or Happy Chinese New Year if you’re not Chinese. Bahaha.

Exterior
Chlo from afar – Theater is on the right

Then there will be a period where there are no pictures because we are busy shopping.

But here’s Chlo’s OOTD (outfit of the day)

#ootd #wiwt #ufod

Chlo and I wore the same shoes and walked around the entire day in them. MOST COMFORTABLE WEDGES EVER!!! Should have bought like 20 of those or something.

 

Anyway, we walked to Taipei Main Station and found the underground mall – WHICH WAS MASSIVE. Like seriously. Massive. Bought touristy pineapple cakes and some other crap.

Then took a train to SOGO with our passports to get our tax rebate. THEN went back to the hotel to put our stuff down.

Crowd. Feels like home. Lol.
Cute displays in the station. Huh.

 

Then I took a quick shower.

And we got dressed to head off to Shilin! Yay!!!!!!

We walked from Shilin Station to the Night Market. It was nothing like what we remembered from our trip 5 years ago! It probably went through renovation and we were too stubborn to accept it.

We also tried to locate the awesome fried ice cream we had 5 years ago but we couldn’t find it. Chlo had to go around asking people, “Where is Shilin Night Market?” (in Chinese of course) and they would be like “Isn’t this Shilin?” It was very tempting to run around asking “WHAT YEAR IS THIS?!??!!” after that.

Chlo buying some potato… thing

We were really hungry so we settled for random food.

FRIED CHICKEN

Because what’s Taiwan without XXL Chicken, right?

This Stall

I also had bubble tea. Because what’s Taiwan without bubble tea and xxl chicken?

I didn’t have mee sua.

We went shopping around Shilin and I bought a top from a dodgy store that looked REALLY dodgy. Like drug selling. Dopey.

Back at Ximending

Went back to the hotel after buying breakfast from 7-11. We were poor and lazy to venture out so early to look for breakfast.

Arizona!

I keep seeing this on tumblr but I never got to try it cos Singapore doesn’t have it! It’s pretty awesome!

And Singapore’s 7-11 should do a major upgrade with the food and drink section. And sell onigiri. And a larger variety of instant food!

Got back to the hotel, watched TV, crashed!

Until next time….

 

 

Taiwan with Chlo – #02

And another post for Taiwan! ❤
By the way, I’m working at Harry Potter : The Exhibition right now (weekdays) so do pop by ArtScience Museum at MBS!

Moving on..

 

Day 2 – Monday

…..I somehow woke up with a sprained finger. Loser me slept on my finger in my sleep and sprained it.

We rolled out of bed around 9am and took our time with makeup/hair. Chlo and I agreed that we were very good travel buddies because we were equally vain and take ages to get ready. Haha.

About to go!

Yeah, we still looked kinda sleepy. We left the hotel around 10.50am and wandered around Ximending looking for food. Most of the shops at Ximending were closed! We managed to find a little cafe and had breakfast there.

Said cafe, us, and my milk tea.

This is us whipping our cameras out every time we eat. And my milk tea was awesome. I think you can just buy milk tea anywhere in Taiwan and it tastes great.

Chlo’s french toast.
My croissant!

Breakfast was pretty darned good, but we both couldn’t finish it! The croissant was toasted and IT WAS SO GOOD. Crisp with some chicken at the side. Yum.

After breakfast, we walked back and forth trying to look for Ximending MRT, which we found eventually. Bought the Youyou Card, which is exactly like an EZ-link card and went to Fuxing Zhongxiao (I think). Yeah, I depended on Chlo a lot during this trip because it takes me 5 years to read a sentence in Mandarin. Scanning signs is worse because I really can’t scan Chinese characters. Yes, I’m Chinese. I got C6 for O level Chinese. At least I passed.

Anyway we walked from one MRT to another through the underground mall. And the shopping began.

It all started when we both bought a pair of shoes. Matching pairs, to be exact.

There are no pictures from now till we stopped shopping for a bit because we were too busy shopping. We bought a lot of stuff. Like. A lot.

Walked to a departmental store called SOGO (which is like Isetan) and I bought my first Liz Lisa clothing item! It was a blazer that I tried while waiting for Chlo to try her frilly clothes. Liz Lisa is too flowery and frilly for me, but that blazer looked really good. And it kept haunting me. I don’t want to think about the price.

My DIY distressed denim shorts that I bought there were a wee bit too distressed and they ripped, so I got another pair from SOGO. Yes I don’t want to think about it.
Got a Porter bag as requested by my mother. I was supposed to get tax refund, but I didn’t bring my passport that day. They didn’t accept a photocopy.

This was near a store bringing in Japanese brands like Murua stuff that I really can’t remember off the top of my head. It’s the cutest Japanese bookstore ever!

Back road.

We went to Murua, Laguna Moon, Lowrys Farm… Basically all the Japanese fashion stores nearby. *_* Then we went for lunch/dinner around 5pm.

The view!

It was at a very lovely place that overlooked the roads, right at the golden hour.

Empty.

We were the only ones there, save for these two aunties behind us. Chlo and I were eavesdropping on their bitchy conversation. Hahah!

Exhausted!

Took some time to rest our aching feet. Yeah, if you look close enough, you’ll see that the fingers on my left hand were swollen due to the sprain.

Fantastic lighting up here!

The light was really good and made us look not as exhausted as we were. The food portions was huge (again!) for the price and it was yummy!

had courses of salad/soup! :O
NOM.

Technically, we combined lunch and dinner together so a nice meal was really.. nice after walking for so long.

Then we went back to the hotel to unload. I took a quick shower. Yes, showering is good!

Afternoon haul. Just the afternoon…

That was the pair of shoes that started it all! Yeah, after assessing our damage, we went back to Ximending to shop some more.

streets nearby
Our view on the way to the shopping district
here we are!

Bought more stuff, but I didn’t take photos. Halfway, I heard someone singing Here I am to Worship. In really good English. Then I saw this guy:

In the middle of the street

It made me feel really warm inside for some reason. 🙂

On the way back, we went to 7-11 to get tomorrow’s breakfast. We decided we shouldn’t spend on food and focus on other things instead.

Showered and watched Taiwanese talkshows. They’re really funny and interesting. Hahah. Then we went to sleep.

 

Stay tuned for Day 3 – Red House Theater and ShiLin.

S

Taiwan w Chlo – #01

So I went to Taipei with Chlo in May after school ended. It was our first trip overseas that wasn’t a school trip and without our parents and JUST the two of us. Both our moms were probably praying for our safety everyday knowing us. HAHA. But I’m here blogging this so yes, we survived. Didn’t get raped.

I actually brought a notebook to write down what happened but I can’t really read my own handwriting. Need to re-take Primary 3 penmanship lessons. Here goes.

 

DAY 1 – Sunday

Actually before Sunday I was panicking because I kept feeling like I’d forget to bring something important. Cos my mom packs a week before her trips and she never forgets stuff. 😦 But I didn’t so yay!

So our flight was in the morning and my stomach was raging a war. We said bye and all that and went in!  It was a 5 hour flight and I didn’t bring my kindle along. Bad idea. So we had to sleep or amuse ourselves with in-flight entertainment.

in the plane

I think we just woke up here. I was browsing the music selection and fell asleep listening to Slipknot and Van Halen. Heh. #megusta

My stomach was still raging in the plane so I didn’t eat lunch. Slept most of the plane ride away. Then we landed.

Apparently Agoda didn’t tell the hotel that I requested for an airport transfer to the hotel. And I had no idea how to get to Ximending (our hotel) from Taoyuan International Airport. So being lost tourists, we took a cab. It was a really long ride, but the cab driver was really nice and fatherly and was worried for us! Yeah we looked too lost. >_>

Checked in to the hotel. While we were checking in, another couple came in and asked for a room to “xiu1 xi2” (rest). mrbeanifyouknowwhatimean.jpg .. Chlo and I were just all #pokerface. HAHA.

10 minutes upon checking in

The room was small but really comfortable. The water had two options – Cold or Colder. Actually it didn’t but I didn’t figure it out until Chlo took a shower at night and said I wasn’t waiting long enough for the water to heat up.  -.-  So we went to explore Ximending and get some food.

Risotto place

This is a cafe that allows animals in! We first noticed it because of a beautiful golden retriever at the entrance.

Chlo reviewing the multiple shots of her food.

I ordered my food in Mandarin. It worked out!

Minestrone and iced tea
Risotto and garlic bread.

Yeah, I don’t know why they put bread with rice but it was fine. The garlic bread was really good. I’m getting hungry typing this post. Mmm.

So after dinner we shopped around but didn’t buy much. Or anything, actually.  Headed back to the hotel with a pretty good sense of direction. I showered first so I still haven’t figured out the hot water thing, then Chlo showered and told me.

Absolute Boyfriend was on TV so we watched it. Spent the rest of the night on our phones and not talking to each other because of the free wifi avaliable.

Day 1 – Survived speaking minimal Mandarin.

It’s just a little bit awkward sometimes and I quickly turn to Chlo with a look of desperation in my eyes. She can be a translator someday.

#02 coming up. :3