Sunday, November 22, 2015
Taiwan Trip 2015 - Day 5 - Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Taipei, Caught sight of Taiwan's President Ma Ying Jeou and Changing of Guards
Day5 - started the day with sightseeing at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. We took the green line from Ximen MRT Station and alight at Chiang Kai Shek Station. Wow it happened on that day there's a recruitment exercises for the army. Lots of army vehicles on display much to the delight of my hubby, who loves all these army stuff which remind him of his national service days(compulsory national service for all Singaporeans). And happened that the Taiwan's President was there too and I managed to video him, a rare chance to get so close to the president. :) Video of the Taiwan's President. After all the excitement and viewing of the army vehicles, etc, we proceeded to the memorial Hall, there's a lift at the side of the building if you do not want to climb all the steps, especially for the elderly and those on wheelchairs. We managed to get to watch the changing of guards. Video of Changing of guards at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Our hotel stay included daily morning breakfast. Breakfast is till 9.30 am, the best time must be around after 8 am, before that, the restaurant was so crowded, most of the time need to share table with others. Food were finished fast but no worry, the staff replenished them in no time. I must be too hungry to take good photos of the food. There were quite a variety of food but I did not take photos of them all. Love the wide window view of the scenery from the top floor of the hotel. The restaurant where we had breakfast is on the 12th floor. The view is that of Danshui River.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Finally we get to taste the night market in Taiwan after 3 failed attempts in Tainan cause of the rain but in Taipei, the night markets stay open even though it rained. Our first night market in Taipei had to be Raohe Night Market cause did not visit this night market in my previous taiwan trips. Take the Green Line to the terminal station Songshan , exit 5. The night market entrance is just to the right across the street next to the temple. The fun is to go stall to stall to taste the local snacks/food. This must be the most famous stall in Raohe Night Market, Fuzhou Pepper Bun. Filled big handful of minced pork into the pastry and coated with lots of spring onion and then closed the pastry opening and deep fried. The queue is super long. Deep fried prawn balls - tasted so good especially on a raining day, the prawn balls were freshly deep fried and steaming hot. My favourite must be the cut fruits stall, every night I needed to eat the wax apple, bought two from this stall , costs me NT178 (think they really overcharged us.)
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time to depart Tainan for Taipei. We took a taxi from the hotel to Tainan HSR Train Station. Costs us around NT450. Was around 30 minutes journey. As we had already booked our train ticket online so we save some time and money. Booking online can have discount from 10 to 25 % discount. You can read how to book the tickets online from my old post. The train journey took around 1 hour 45 mins to reach from Tainan to Taipei. We took the metro from Taipei Main Station to Ximen MRT Station but it soon rains so had to catch a cab to the hotel which is just round the corner. The starting meter for the Taipei Cab is NT 70 and on reaching the hotel is still NT 70. We could only check in at 3 pm at Riverview Hotel, so we left the luggages with the reception and hunt for our lunch. Headed to FE21 mall which is at Exit 3 of Ximen Station. There's a food court at the basement. Saw a stall selling Singapore Food, OMG, I already missed Singapore food hahaha. Hubby had the pork chop set while I had the Singapore Chicken Rice. After lunch, we browse around the mall and Ximending before heading back to the hotel for a rest. Riverview hotel is a rather old hotel but there's some renovation already done in some rooms on certain floors. Our room looked very clean and the beds are so comfortable and good pillows but the bathroom looked so outdated but was clean.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
The scenery from the top floor of Shinkong Mitsukoshi Shopping Mall has a great view of Tainan City. We had lunch in one of the Chinese Restaurant on the top floor of the mall. San Mee with seafood Chee Cheong Fun(Rice noodle roll) Har Gow Bean Curd Skin Spring Roll