Taiwan 2014 Day 1 – Sun Moon Lake

So I’m back from Taiwan and it’s time to catch up on the posts again! >.<
I have so many people asking how’s my trip and I can’t find one word to best describe it…hmmmm. There are too many stories to tell and perhaps some are hard to convey except if you were there to experience it~ But in anyway, it wasn’t a bad trip and I’ve definitely enjoyed my second trip to Taiwan after 5 damn years, exploring places out of Taipei this time! (:

8 May 2014

Had an awesome dinner at the secret garden again before flying off and I totally, totally miss the good food there!!! ❤❤❤

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Margherita pizza again! 😀

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And the super 香 truffle mushroom pasta…hehe!

Super FULL again but really enjoyed the good food and good ambience! (:
Time to part now~ 好舍不得走 😦 Honestly, I somehow wasn’t that looking forward to the trip anymore as the date was nearing…
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And as expected, my worst nightmare almost happened. Thank goodness the late queen managed to reach ONE MINUTE before the check-in counter closed! Sigh~ I don’t know why would I bother setting a meeting time 45 minutes in advance if it’s not that I know of the bad habit, yet it’s still being ignored and somehow it became my fault that I did not mention about the counter closing at 11.45pm.

Well anyway, midnight flight means sleep time~! At least I wish. Can hardly have a proper sleep because it was so colddddd and I was in shorts! I only had a sweater with me and when I used it to cover my legs, my arms felt cold. Then when I cover my arms, my legs were too cold and I just gotta keep waking up to switch the position of my sweater! D:

Finally arrived in Taoyuan airport in the wee hour of 6am! No cam-whoring because everyone looks like shit after a midnight flight. In fact, don’t expect that many photos for this trip; you can’t expect much when travelling in a pair, unless you’re travelling with an avid photographer.

Took a bus to Taoyuan 高铁 (high-speed rail) station and managed to grab a sandwich before getting on the train headed for Taichung (Tai Zhong)! The journey is slightly more than 30 minutes but upon reaching Taichung, we still had to take another 20-30 minutes bus ride to reach our 民宿!

I guess that’s also a bad thing living in a big country, because even the distance between each of their bus stops is pretty long! So I can’t imagine if they miss their stop, which happen quite often to me (in Singapore) =/

Yea so a lot of time was in fact spent on travelling on the first 2 days, but it was all worthwhile, at least for me. Cause I was really determined to explore all the pretty places out of Taipei which I did not get to explore during my first trip!

Had a hard time finding our 民宿 because the road signs in Taiwan aren’t very clear to me, and worse still, all in Chinese! As much as I did my research (with much of Siew Eng’s help) – those who have seen my Hong Kong itinerary before will probably know that I always do thorough research for my trips – it is still inevitable that you get lost at times during a free and easy trip. But my survival skill is always – open my mouth and ASK, and I don’t mind doing that.

So after much walking and asking around, we finally found our 民宿 to deposit our luggage (since it’s still too early to check in) and set off for our Day 1 trip to the famous Sun Moon Lake (日月潭). It was a long, long journey because we had to take another 20-30 minutes bus ride to the railway station (火车站), then walk a longggggg way before we finally found the bus company that will take us to Sun Moon Lake, and then another 2 hours or so bus ride before we finallyyyyyyy reached Sun Moon Lake!
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So in other words, visiting a hot spot in their city is like us travelling all the way to Malacca or something…hahaha! By the time we reached, it was already noon and we had not have any proper meal! But because June was still sick, she wasn’t having much appetite throughout the trip. So instead of her always asking me if I wanna eat, I was the one who kept asking if she’s hungry because I was perpetually hungry! >.<

Only managed to grab some fried mushrooms before we gotta board the tour ferry which is included in the package we bought from the bus company~

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Nice mushrooooooms!!!

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On board!

I think it’s more worth it to get the package because apart from the bus ride, it includes cable car ride and ferry rides that take us around the place, so I saved the hassle of having to research about travelling around Sun Moon Lake~
First stopover and yes, it was already raining on our first day! D:
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And it was definitely colddddddbrrrrrrrrr~
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Super crowded with PRCs too!!! Major turn-off!
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It was so so so crowded that I could hardly take a proper picture because there would always be someone standing at the spot you wanna take a picture at/of! And each of them will be striking 2174346873698 poses so there’s no way you can capture a shot, except for using them as your model (:
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Ta-duh~! “你能闻到大自然的清香吗?”
Zzzzzzzz.

Climbed a long flight of stairs (I climbed lots of stairs and slope in Taiwan!) to get to this temple – 玄光寺~
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But actually I am more interested in catching a panoramic view of the Sun Moon Lake!
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Well of course, you gotta fight the crowd and squeeze your way through first in order to catch a glimpse! Zzzzz! You really gotta PUSHHHH your way through if not you’ll be pushed instead! That’s how you fight barbarians.
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Actually I was expecting much better view, but apparently Sun Moon Lake ain’t that magnificent, I would say =/
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But still, it’s still quite a pretty place!
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Was trying so hard to just take a picture of this stone to show that I was there before but the crowd was such a horror to fight with! Apart from the continuous flow of people snatching to take a picture with it, I was constantly being pushed off from the crowd! So much space and they just refused to let me in to take a snapshot! So in the end, this is the best I could capture >.>
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Left the place quickly to avoid the babarians and headed to board the next ferry for our next stop! The blur me almost boarded the wrong ferry (there are different ferries for different companies/tour agencies) and the staff who stopped me said, “Eh 你的不是那个船, 你这么美我舍不得不让你上我的 chuuuuuuuuan~ 可是你的是那艘。。。” Embarrassing much!!! x.x
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On the windy ferry~! 😀

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Super cooling!

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Foggy like Genting~

Arrived at Ita Thao (伊達邵)!
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Was trying to take a picture with the foggy mountains and this ferry staff suddenly said, “等一下!等一下!等一下!” and then walked in to photobomb!!! LOL.
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Finally a solo pic! -_-”
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Ita Thao Visitor Centre!

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The dancer pose~

I tried to do one before her but it looked retarded and the comment I got was “The difference between a dancer and a non-dancer“; how demoralising x.x
So I guess I will just stick to a more normal pose! Haha!
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I kinda like this pier because the view is prettier and it’s also so much less crowded! (:
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With the pretty flowers behind!!!

Stopped by to check out the old streets selling all the traditional 原住民 food and we decided to try their handmade mochi!
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It’s nice but I didn’t like the brown layer of thing outside at first because it tastes a bit bitter, but later on I got to know from my Taiwanese friend that it’s actually tea powder! 😀
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Heading up to take our cable car ride!
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And finally a picture of both of us, taken by a nice Australian family! (:
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And look what we found inside our cabin!!!!!!!!!!
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Initially we were still wondering what the hell is it when we saw the cabin coming! We thought there’s a fat guy still sitting inside but when we realised that it’s a huge bear, we quickly jumped into it!!! HEHEHE!
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Going higher and higher~
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The sexy lady who always insist that I must not “cut off” her legs in pictures because she has nice legs -_-”
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Big bear & my bear! 😀

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Going downnnnn~

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The pretty view from top!

Arrived at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and I didn’t know there’s a theme park there until I just researched about it! It seemed like there’s nothing much there so we took the cable car back right away because we didn’t wanna miss the last ride~
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And we aimed for the cabin with big bear again!
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A different one this time…hehe!
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I guess these gigantic bears can just naturally bring out the joy in one! 😀
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*bear huggggggggggg!*

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Pretty mountains!

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Capturing the pretty view again! (:

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Foggy foggy~

I don’t know how it used to look like but according to June, it was much more beautiful last time =/
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Before marking an end to our 1-day tour!
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And I insisted on taking a picture with this big BEE at the bus station before we head back! xD
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As there are different timings for the bus, we had like 40 minutes to spare before our bus arrives and so this Peh Peh (Uncle) who is the staff/boss of the bus company actually invited us to his HOUSE for tea! I was skeptical about it of course, because I was taught since young not to follow strangers home =/

But because he’s so nice and June was also tired after a day of walking, we find it hard to reject and just followed him to his house, which turned out to be his tea shop! So in the end he really 请我们喝茶, and it’s lots and lots of different tea which of course came along with lots of tea info -_-”

Thank goodness they are nice people and not the hard-selling kind, so we managed to escape after trying and not buying that S$80 tea! Another long journey back and the bus was playing 两个爸爸!Although I have finished the whole series, I still enjoyed re-watching it~
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Finally checked in to our 民宿 – Tomer and since it’s my first time staying in one, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was crossing my fingers hoping that it turned out well, but the room turned out rather small with just a double bed, a TV and a bathroom~ And we had to climbed a flight of stairs with our luggage in order to reach the room.
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It will be fine if I’m travelling alone, because accommodation is the last thing I will care about as long as it’s clean. But travelling with a partner is just different; it’s more stressful especially when you’re the one planning the entire itinerary and making all the arrangements.

Well in anyway, it’s just for a night and we’ll move off to another place. Yes, it’s quite a rush-rush trip because there are so many places that I wanna visit!!! And for day 1, it’s not over yet because we still have Fengjia night market to visit, which is just below our place! 😀

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Makes me miss my big hairy bear so muchhh!

During my research for this trip, the must-try food in Fengjia night market is the 花枝~ I had no idea what’s that until I found the stall selling and realised it’s actually sotong!!!
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Big big squids!

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But it’s niceeeeeeeeeee!

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Pork knuckle…eeeeeek~

We did not try that many street food even though we had not have a proper meal the whole day because most of the stuff are fried and the sick June can’t eat them 😦 I know I wouldn’t be able to finish them on my own so I did not get either~

Not much shopping done as well because the clothes weren’t as cheap as I had expected. But I got 3 pairs on shoes just on Day 1! Oops! xD

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Super cute helmets!

Kinda lost our way back and we decided to just stop by this “lok lok” stall for some hot soup (:
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The nice staff even helped us to find our way back! Haha!
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A gift for myself from 日夜潭 (:

P.S. For those who are interested in my itinerary, I have uploaded to my Google drive again so you can retrieve it there – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByzYd62RZ-o3WFdGZFFKdWxmcGc/edit?usp=sharing

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