Ello from Taiwan! 😁😁😁 So our flight touched down at like 5am which is so super early we were at a loss as to what to do 😵 Got a taxi from Taoyuan Airport to our hotel near 西门 to drop off our luggage but we couldn't check in yet of course.. And our kind driver drove us nearby for breakfast!
And we ended up having breakfast at 永和豆浆 heh!
Not too bad but this 大葱饼 tastes like roti prata but the frozen supermarket version! Hungry stomachs are not fussy.
We had many hours to kill before check-in time so guess what happened? We ended up crashing at a 7-11 which has got their own small tables and chairs 😨😨 Just too tired!
Haha glam much.
The 7-11s there are just colloquially referred to as "Seven" *cue Taiwanese accent* and the bigger ones have toilets so we basically just camped ourselves in a corner and napped for almost 2 hours?
We found CKS Memorial Hall while we continued our exploration afterwards and took the MRT (very similar to SG's, no issues there) back to 西门, and then realised how near our hotel was to 西门町 area, which is popular for its shopping and (some) street food!
Definitely on the must-try list is the one everyone knows: 阿宗面线!
I loved the texture of the meesua, it's slightly chewy and is not the thin stringy kind but has slightly thicker strands which gives it a more interesting texture.
Small bowl is 50NT and large bowl is 65NT! Go for large one, can share!
Finally managed to check in and we lazed around for abit before heading out again! I got YZ's jacket from AforArcade, nice!!
Anyway, I didn't mention this previously but one of our reasons for visiting Taiwan is cos we bought a photography package two years ago during a roadshow in SG and we didn't have the time to go down before our wedding for the shoot so we decided to do it after the wedding! Just do lor already buy and paid for the package le. And we've been wanting to visit Taiwan anyway.
Asking random passersby to take photos for you in taiwan is quite safe but I kept getting blur photos 😩 This one is nice! Taken outside the CKS Memorial Hall MRT and I think this is a concert hall or theatre of some sort.
I brought my travel bag from www.ADCbags.com (Aide de Camp) which is really cool, it's a two in one bag and actually has an inner compartment you can remove and use as a sling bag.
It's a specialized camera bag and even has a removable compartmentalized pouch that helps to keep your equipment organized and protected!
Carrying the tote on its own with the camera pouch to protect my cameras and lenses. I usually bring two cameras when I travel, just in case.
I like how sturdy the bag is. Has a comfortable shoulder strap too which helps a lot with the weight of my cameras and lenses!
Oh the weather was not as cold as I expected! A light coat and snood kept me quite nice and warm.
I was introduced to the *best* 卤肉饭 by the locals, and it's a simple unassuming stall near CKS Memorial Hall MRT station, called "金锋"!!!
So good but the 卤肉 not enough for me. I need more!!!
I think we will go back for this again. Apparently the other "famous" one, 胡须张, isn't as good as this!
Saw Hot Star and thought we should give it a try. It was not bad but not like super duper good? Tastes about the same as SG standard just that maybe this is bigger!
The locals have recommended me another one which I haven't yet located. Will share when I've done so!
That marked our first night at XMD! We did some shopping too which is shiok de. YZ bought a coat for 1200NT, barely 50SGD! Super nice coat (cos I choose one). Wear already 很帅. Hehehe. You'll be seeing it over the next few days 😂 要穿够本 🙊
Be back to update again soon!