Summary of the 2nd Day in Taiwan

I realized the last post title was wrong since I was talking about my first day. Haha. But well the 2nd day has been quite fun, except in the morning because their departmental stores do not open until 11am. So there was nothing to do since all shops are closed and we can only walk around the hotel. They are more of a night-life kind of people I guess; in the morning there are not many people walking on the streets.

We went to this steamboat lunch buffet which was really cheap; considering the quality. It is about the traditional Marina Bay steamboat price, but the prawns are fresh. They are still alive when brought to the table. The taste of Taiwanese prawns is very different, somehow it tastes a little sweeter. There are also the bamboo clams which are very nice; ate 3 of it. Lobster salad which is basically the same kind of topping you can find on an inari sushi; except that it is a lobster inari.

Late afternoon we went to Sogo to shop. The place looks like Takashimaya; first floor is the cosmetics section with all the really pretty models having their faces as the endorser of each brand. The lift has this uniformed girl who will walk out and ask if anyone wants to board. Basically she is like the operator of the lift. Something not seen everywhere.

I saw something called the boyfriend jeans. Anyone know what it is? Well at least I think it’s for girls only. That much I can deduce.

The items there are expensive compared to the night market. We went to 一中街’s night market to look, having been full from the buffet. Oh ya a random cut in: We had bubble tea, which Zijuan told me via twitter that it is actually Koi; no wonder the taste is the same. We also had this thing called the 奶酪 which is really nice; wonder if they sell it in Singapore, perhaps it can be a product of a shop. Maybe I should learn it and sell it in my future shop. Lol.

Bought 500+ bucks worth of clothes. The salesgirl helped to mix and match, which is a challenge since I am so skinny. But it all turned out well. Thankfully I’m not in Japan else it would have been more expensive. And my budget from Japan can be used for the clothes. Ah well. And I was lucky enough to do the lucky draw. 5 times since I bought so much. So I got a 200, and another 200 so the sales girl said 手气不错. Then I got a 100, and then she said to try for the largest prize so I asked what it is. I took out a 200 and she said its a 500. So last chance and guess what? I got the maximum prize. So NT$1200 worth of vouchers. Slightly less than SGD$60. Probably going to the Shi-lin equivalent to redeem NT$1200 worth of clothes.

Didn’t have much appetite for dinner so ate a little and bought the ji-pa back. Wasn’t as nice as the Feng-Jia night market’s one. Then it’s back to hotel where we rest and sleep. 🙂

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Second day of Taiwan

Alright, the hotel has wireless internet, although it is a little unstable now as compared to yesterday. I’m in 台中now. I arrived in Taiwan at 4.40, took a bus to the Tao Yuan station, kind of like an mrt but much faster to almost 300kmh. Kind of like a small bullet train.

Took the train to Tai Chung station where my dad’s colleague drove us to the hotel. It’s quite a nice place, pretty spacious. The toilet’s big too and the hotel service is very nice. But there’s no porn on the tv. Did my army friends lie when they found it in their hotel?.

When I landed in Taiwan and got out of the plane there’s this one smell which instantly told me I reached Taiwan. I didn’t know how to describe it but it’s quite a unique smell; it isn’t nice smelling but neither is it smelly. It’s just Taiwan as it is since 2005, which is the last time I was here.

We went to Feng Jia Night Market, where we had dinner and ate some road-side snacks. The Ji-Pa (haha not vulgarity ah) was quite nice, except it wasn’t the same as Shi-lin, which is good since I’ll probably get sick of it if I keep eating the same flavour.

The girls are teh as usual, can imagine how they speak all the time with the 哦 at the end of each sentence.

Oh when we reached the night market the first smell I can small is the smelly beancurd. Haha. Funny in a way it didn’t feel smelly although I still didn’t want to eat it. It wasn’t nice the otherr time around when I ate the fried version. The steamboat version was milder and nicer. Not as smelly when you bite into it.

Oh ya, was flipping though SQ’s entertainment list and it was quite nice to see both Aya (Azumi) and Maki (duno what’s the title) inside. So nice. I watched “Little Fockers” and “最强喜事” on the plane. The music list had AKB48 (not very nice songs) and SNSD’s “Run Devil Run” CD.

Saw Aya’s endorsement of Kose in one of the “Guardian”-like stores near the night market. Taiwan girls just have many different styles of dressing, it’s quite nice to see. Kind of like a bugis street in every town; maybe they should propose it as one of the GRC campaign promises. Lol.

Ok all those were not really in chronological order and quite random, but it’s just some minor updates. Hee.

Research on Japan for Grad Trip 2011

I’m planning to go to Japan for my graduation trip next year. So far I’ve saved up money from my industrial attachment, and I would also save the money earned during reservist which is in 2 weeks time. Hence now is the time to start planning on where are the possible places to go, as well as the rough costs.

Going on free and easy would mean having to find own accommodation, having to absorb transportation costs, and food locations has to be considered too. There’s plenty of things to research on, especially if there are multiple cities to visit, hence needing to find out on the best affordable way to commute.

So I would write the stuff that I have found down on a day to day basis if I have new information. This is so that I would be able to collate them properly in the future for a definitive plan on the graduation trip.

My Sydney Trip – Airplane

I went on a holiday to Sydney from the 8th December 2009 to 13th December 2009, a total of 6 days. Actually the holiday only lasted about 4.5 days since the first day was a flight on SQ221, an A380 plane, at after 2000 hours. On the last day, at 5pm Sydney time (2pm Singapore time), I flew back on SQ222, another A380 plane.

The first day, my family and I took a taxi down to Changi Airport Terminal 3 for our long anticipated holiday. This holiday was much awaited because I was thinking about it in the middle of my examinations. We went to have Ya Kun Kaya Toast for a snack, and I had half boiled eggs with coffee. Soon we walked about in Terminal 3 before meeting up with the tour leader to check in our luggage.

We then proceeded into the customs area, where we went to walk around and I ended up buying a pair of Pedro shoes because it was GST free. Anyway, the A380 plane was a nice experience. I can’t see much difference in the seat size since I don’t travel often, and the changes are pretty minimal anyway, but it is big enough for me and my feet can stretch all the way to the front and just nice touch the metal part of the seat in front. I think this is probably one of the plus points?

The screen size on all Singapore Airlines flight has also been upgraded and it is a joy to watch movies on the trip. I only got to watch two movies because somehow for that flight, triggering the games causes the entertainment system to hang. I watched Gokusen The Movie as well as G Force. The plane is also decorated with the Christmas theme.

Anyway the food on the plane was good, Chicken with Potatoes and ice cream for dessert. It’s a cone, and not Haagan Daaz that I had when I was in secondary 2 on the way back from Japan. Nonetheless it was a great meal. After that there was also breakfast in the form of muffin and pastries.

This concludes the airplane journey down to Sydney. I will be posting some photos for the rest of the journey, and am now in the middle of uploading photos to Facebook. So check out my facebook page to see the photos. 🙂