12 May 2014
The 2-3 days in Tainan are finally days that I can relax – don’t have to find directions, can just walk blindly because I know Lily would bring us around! 😀 In fact, I did not plan anything for Tainan, so I also didn’t have to worry or be stressed over getting lost and etc~
I didn’t know what’s there in Tainan prior this trip because it doesn’t sound like they have many popular attractions. But since the main purpose of the trip is to visit Lily, it doesn’t make sense if we just stay for like 1 day and that’s it =/
And since we did not get to explore Tainan by the time we reached the previous day, we only started exploring on our second day there~ For a start, Lily brought us to the Anping district which is mainly their 老街 (old streets) and historical memorials. But first, we had to fill our hungry stomachs first!
I love the 老街 because they sell so many of their old school traditional snacks that I can buy back for friends! 😀 I was still worrying about not being able to find anything to buy back but I managed to find some nice snacks like flavoured green bean cakes, pastries and old school candies!
They even have super cuteeeeee cookies of different characters – Rilakkuma, Doraemon, Pooh, Mickey and so on! It was definitely a must-buy for me but I was afraid that the fragile cookies would break, so Lily suggested buying on our way back from our “excursion“~
I call it an excursion because the places that she brought us to were like those historical places we would usually go during excursion! Haha! But it’s actually her first time visiting most of these places as well since she’s from Taichung and not Tainan; she’s only there to study~
Actually I’m not such a big fan of history and museums, and I guess so is June, who could hardly read a word on those informational boards…haha! But I just took it as a break whereby we don’t have to rush around or pull my hair over which way to walk 😛 Plus some of the attractions are nice for cam-whoring! Hehe!
Oh they have lots of 榕树 (Banyan trees) in the Old Fort and I overheard one of the tour guide saying 榕树 don’t know absorbs your yin or yang (can never get these two right) from your body, which is not a good thing, so I didn’t dare to stand under it! =/
Then I wrote an 爱 and suddenly Lily exclaimed that I have written it wrongly, because it’s missing of the 心！ I stared at it for a while and couldn’t recall where exactly should I place the 心！Then we realised that it’s because the Taiwanese uses traditional Chinese, which is 愛, with the 心 in the middle! Hahaha!
Walked a distance before we reached our last attraction – 夕遊出張所 (Sio Business Dormitory)! This is a more different place because it’s not so historical but more about salt! Yes, different colourful salt of different birth dates!
Found mine! 培养创作能力的浪漫主义者~ 倾像， 热情与安逸….hmmmmm. Kinda chim for me but I think it means creative, romantic, aptness, passionate and easy-going??? Quite true because these are similar characteristics of an Aries! 😀
Oh we even tried some salt ice-cream which I did not manage to take a picture of! You get to choose what salt flavour you want on your ice-cream and there is even flavour like curry!!! We tried that and curry ice-cream is just weird, so we switched to plum which tastes more normal…haha!
It started raining so heavily and we sought refuge in the salt place for quite a while before we finally moved off when the rain got lighter~ Only had 1 umbrella for the 3 of us so June used her hoodie instead and got drenched when the rain got heavier halfway when we were walking back =/
Got my cute cookies and Lily suggested eating something again because there’s still this 棺材板 that she wanted us to try. Although we were still kinda full, I’m glad that we tried it because it’s super nice!!!
Finally got a cab to go back to Lily’s place and the cab uncle was exceptionally chatty, talking to us non-stop throughout the journey! Then later on, I realised that he has the same surname as me! So from then on he kept calling me “姓施的” and we also used him as our regular cabbie~
Had a discussion with Lily and we decided to postpone the initial plan of going to the night market since many stalls may not open due to the rain~ So instead, we decided to visit their “Clarke Quay“! But since it was still pretty early for the night scene, we stayed in the room to rest and try out their Taiwanese childhood game! 😀
It’s their 绿豆糕 candy game; each player will take turn to choose a thumb-up sticker and the sticker will reveal if you get to eat one, two, or none! Bu after finishing like 3/4 of the super sweet candy, none of us have picked the red one which allows you to eat 2! Not that we had not eaten enough, but it’s just lucky to pick the red one cause we kept picking the white and blue stickers (get to eat only 1) D:
Then when Lily’s friend – Bob who is joining us for the night came over, guess what he got on his first pick? The red sticker!!!!!! Imagine Lily and I each swallowed like 6-7 candies but did not get the red sticker and he got it with just 1 try! Super lucky!
The nice staff allowed us to open our own rice wine that we brought over and I drank like most of it because the rest were on beer! So much laughter and so much to talk about with the 2 Taiwanese because they are just so outgoing and fun! Even had a HTHT session with Lily about Leo because she’s a Leo and I love Leo people! Haha! No wonder we click so well ((:
13 May 2014
Was watching how Lily orders the food and realised we had been doing it the wrong way on our first 2 days! Instead of writing the quantity in numerical form, the Taiwanese actually uses the strokes of a 正 word to represent the quantity. So if you want 1, you draw a stroke, if 2 then you add the next stroke and so on! So interesting! Though I think writing 1, 2, 3 is easier 😛
Our next stop was some temple and although Mommeyyyyyyy and I are totally not the religious kind, I still ended up praying with Lily since we were already there~ Like I said, I pray more in overseas than I actually do in Singapore! Haha!
I was hesitant to try because I know such thing can sometimes mind-fuck you but I still tried after seeing Lily do! Damnnnnnnn~ So I actually “pua puey” (throw that thingy) for the first time! 3 胜杯 and 1 not-胜…considered good but still 😦
I did not mention but actually all the attractions (except temples) that we visited have got an entrance fee of around NT50 (S$2). But since June and I are really not that keen about Chinese history, we did not pay to go in this time round; we just hung around the FOC area…hehe.
Oh while we were leaving the place, this man sitting inside the 明倫堂 (Hall of Edification) overheard our conversation and realised that we are not local. So he initiated a conversation with us and then told us to each choose 1 of his calligraphy work as souvenir! I think he’s a retiree but he writes really beautiful calligraphy!
While walking to our next attraction, we came across yet another old street and this modern-looking shop just sticks out like a sore thumb! Couldn’t help but went in to explore this pretty-looking place!
Chanced upon this super cuteeeee bee cake in a bakery and I was of course so tempted to buy! But it’s cheesecake and I don’t know how long it would last, plus it’s not our last stop yet – we still had Taipei to go to so it would be difficult to keep it in shape 😦 Super sad that I have to forgo it! Looks like it’s made specially for me!!!
Our last excursion stop was yet another temple, but a different one this time round because there’s no Dua Peh Gong or whatsoever, but the tomb of 5 ladies! This Temple of The Five Concubines (五妃廟) is about these 5 concubines who decided to commit suicide together with their prince to prove their loyalty and this place holds their actual tomb =O
Did a little shopping along the way but did not really see anything that I fancy~ Then Lily got us to try another of their popular street snack – 咸酥鸡, which is like their popcorn chicken! It’s so nice but super sinful! =X
Headed over to the Dadong night market （大东夜市), which we wanted to visit the previous night and it’s quite an eye-opener for me! It doesn’t feel like the normal night market in Taiwan but instead, it’s like a big big pasar malam to me!
For a moment, I thought it’s a night market mainly for food, because there are so many street stalls!!! But thankfully, the apparels stalls are at the back~ I wouldn’t wanna spend the whole night eating…hehe.
As usual, Lily was more excited in getting us try the different food than anything else (though we were still full from the non-stop snacking the whole day), and the first that we tried was 鸭血 (duck’s blood!!!) =OOOOO
The name of it already freaked me out but she insisted that there’s no bloody smell and we should all try a bit at least~ So I tried and it tastes like beancurd, with not much smell at all, but somehow the colour of it still turns me off so I only had a bit…hehe.
I was more excited to try my 臭豆腐 instead because the first time I tried Taiwan 臭豆腐, I fell in love with it!!! It’s so difficult to find authentic 臭豆腐 that is smelly enough in Singapore!
We were really, really full to squeeze anymore things down so I suggested going for shopping first 😀 So much loots there and luckily we bought all the stuff that we liked, cause later on we realised that the prices at the further back stalls are marked up so much higher even for the same items! -_-”
Happy and fruitful trip~! Finally a night that I found enough cheap bargains to go back feeling satisfied! Hehe! Time to finish our night off with the last dish to try – MEE SUA~!!! I don’t eat oysters but I’ve always been a fan of Taiwan mee sua!
Answer for the salt question: 366! Because plus 1 for those “lucky” ones born on 29th February! 😀
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