2017 12 Taipei

  • Travelled to the city by the express city bus. 45mins NT125 to ZhongShan area. The bus is big luggage friendly.  Note: If you intend to buy the Easycard, exact…
    December 08 2017

    Getting There

    Travelled to the city by the express city bus. 45mins NT125 to ZhongShan area. The bus is big luggage friendly. Note: If you intend to buy the Easycard, exact change is required as the machine does not dispense excess change.
  • Nice boutique hotel, walking distance to ShuangLian MRT,  ZhongShan MRT and NingXia Night Market 宁夏夜市
    December 08 2017

    amba ZhongShan Hotel 台北中山意舍酒店

    Nice boutique hotel, walking distance to ShuangLian MRT, ZhongShan MRT and NingXia Night Market 宁夏夜市
  • Despite the crowd, it is still worth a visit if you like nature formations. We spent 2 hours at a leisurely pace and did half of the uphill trail.
    December 09 2017

    YeLiu Geological Park 野柳地質公園

    Despite the crowd, it is still worth a visit if you like nature formations. We spent 2 hours at a leisurely pace and did half of the uphill trail.
  • So glad to be able to enjoy Ju Ming's tai chi series and his other works.     The place is huge. We abandoned the rest of the day's original itinerary and spent…
    December 09 2017

    Ju Ming Museum 朱銘美術館

    So glad to be able to enjoy Ju Ming's tai chi series and his other works.

    The place is huge. We abandoned the rest of the day's original itinerary and spent 3 hours here.
  • Variety of food is quite different from the standard night market stalls. Bought some fresh handmade egg rolls and tasted the best duck meat ever, such a…
    December 09 2017

    JinShan 金包里

    Variety of food is quite different from the standard night market stalls. Bought some fresh handmade egg rolls and tasted the best duck meat ever, such a lingering old-school nostalgic taste.
  • If you got the time, hike the four beast mountain and forget about elephant mountain. 7km 3hr with many stops to take in the view.
    December 10 2017

    Hiking 4 Beasts Mt 四獸山

    If you got the time, hike the four beast mountain and forget about elephant mountain. 7km 3hr with many stops to take in the view.
  • Most visitors come to Shifen for the sky lanterns.
    December 11 2017

    Shifen Old Street 十分老街

    Most visitors come to Shifen for the sky lanterns.
  • I pretty much prefer the Shifen waterfalls.
    December 11 2017

    Shifen Waterfalls 十分瀑布

    I pretty much prefer the Shifen waterfalls.
  • Had some time left, so took the train to the end of the line (20-30mins from Shifen). Quick 1 hr exploraton of the old town with some runis from the old mining…
    December 11 2017

    JingTong 菁桐

    Had some time left, so took the train to the end of the line (20-30mins from Shifen). Quick 1 hr exploraton of the old town with some runis from the old mining bunkers.
  • December 12 2017

    Beitou 北投區

    The original plan was to hike to Junjianyan 軍艦岩. As the rain seems to be getting heavier, I spent the morning strolling around Beitou market, chancing upon a great bowl of mee suan and nice cup of espresso.
  • December 12 2017

    Beitou Thermal Valley 北投 地熱谷

    If you have been to noboribetsu, you will not be missing much. For those who have not, it is easily assessible and worth a look.
  • December 12 2017

    Beitou Villa32 北投 三二行館

    Sleek modern mediterranean styled architecture. 4 outdoor pools and 4 indoor pools ranging from cold pools to about 44 degrees. No better way to spend a cold rainy day in the hot spring. Top-notch amenities and great lounge area where you can enjoy your osmanthus tea over-looking the hell valley. Signed-up the 4 hours public hot spring package. Pricey but definitely worth it.
  • December 13 2017

    Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂

    The changing of guards at the bronze statue
  • December 08-13 2017

    TW Street Sightings

    Roaming the street and markets
  • December 08-14 2017

    All About TW Food

    A record of what I ate on this trip ... rave or hype or copycat?

    I find it challenging to seek out good vs copycat stalls. Not uncommon that in each night market, you can expect 2-3 stalls selling the same dish and needless to say, quality is not the same
  • December 08 2017

    Curry Champ

    Curry was not what I imagined my first meal in taiwan. However, it was 3pm and I did not have anything to eat since 7.30am. Went into the first decent looking restaurant nearest the busstop where the airport bus drops off.

    Fortunately, it turned out very good. I like the quality of their home-grown rice, tasted like japanese short grain rice. The curry was thick, tasty and I like that it is not as sweet as japanese styled curry.
  • December 10 2017

    Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉面馆

    I was very skeptical when standing in a long queue of 100% tourist and no locals. Not a good sign !

    Fortunately I got a seat really fast as I was alone. Conclusion? The beef noodles and soup base was so-so but I kind of like anything with tendon, so that works. The steamed intestine with glutinous rice is a MUST TRY.
  • December 13 2017

    Jin Feng Braised Meat Rice 金峰魯肉飯

    The famed braised meat rice bowl of taiwan
  • December 09 2017

    Mitsu Jap Restaurant

    From a price to quality to overall experience point of view, I was not impressed. Their saving grace was the sashimi prawns which were really fresh and good
  • December 10-13 2017

    Coffee Roasters

    Quite a lot of boutique coffee places. Standards of their roast and espresso extraction is quite high. RAYCA even has the geisha beans. The street price for a double shot is about NT60-100
  • December 08 2017

    BeerAmmo Craft Beer 軍火庫精釀啤酒專門店

    First stop of my craft beer crusade. This place has 4 taps ( 2 local + 2 imported) and hundreds of bottles. The bottles were mainly imported with a small section of taiwan beers. Small, cosy and friendly place. Hmm ... 11% dark ale on Tap !
  • December 08 2017

    Mikkeller Taipei 米凱樂啤酒吧

    Mikkeller never fails to create one of the most interesting crafts ... 24 taps.
  • December 10-12 2017

    Zhang Men Craft Beer - Yong Kang 掌門精釀啤酒 台北永康店

    Got to be my favourite since I was here twice in this trip. 20 taps all crafted in taiwan. Nitro stouts and double IPA as so my thing.
  • December 13 2017

    Zhang Men Craft Beer - Breeze Song Gao 掌門精釀啤酒 微風松高店

    18 taps largely the same range as the Yong Kang branch. Rooftop setting with Taipei 101 as the backdrop. Happy hour (5-7pm), buy 2 get 1 free.

    The Sour IPA was actually quite good if you like the taste of vinegar.
  • December 11 2017

    Driftwood Taproom 西門町

    Nice posh setup. 18 taps. Mostly from Taihu brewery and some imported taps. For those I have tried, Taihu tends towards the lighter, dry taste style and does a lot of fruit flavoured beers
  • December 13 2017

    Landmark (Craft Beer Taproom)

    I did not have the chance to drink here. Checked their tap list as I was passing by. 15 taps. Local taps are from taihu, very simliar to Driftwood. Oh .. they have the modern time black house Nitro ...
  • December 14 2017

    SUNMAI Beer 金色三麥

    Hidden gem somewhere in Taoyuan airport terminal 1 between Gate B6 and B7.

    I only had 15 mins to boarding time. #5 Burning temple was outstanding. Smoked beer with longan. Wish I had more time at the airport