Thursday, February 11, 2016

Taiwan Trip, Day 2

Since it's winter season, the sun woke up really early! It was up around 4am. To avoid the morning traffic, we decided to meet up the driver at 9am. 
While we were waiting, we have done some shopping in Family Mart, which was a convenient store that kinda alike with 7-11.

Hereby we started off our day 2 journey in 彩虹眷村 (Rainbow Village).
It was an artistic village where all the colorful murals were fully hand drawn by an old man cum warrior, 黃永阜. The painting was started in 2008 by Papa Wang during his 80s. Previously it was just for the sake of quenching his boredom, slowly it has attracted all the visitors to visit this village, as well as support from the neighborhood.
Almost every inches of the village were painted colorful, much like a fairy tale! There were even stone painting on the grass that led us into the village.
All the collage of colors and paintings have added a sense of liveliness to the whole village, much like a dreamland to children.

I wonder how long it took him to finish all the paintings? Without any left out. Kay lahhh.. only the roof.
There was a man as well, as a camouflage in the village, as a musician, that came with the most inspiring dream that accompanying the crowd.

He even distributed us with few post cards for free with his selfie and heart warming captions on.

The next station, we hopped into the Monster Village 妖怪村.

No worry there wasn't any appearance of monster, but everything interesting and fun to explore.
The heavy fog has added some mysterious feeling to the village, which making it to be much discover-able and of course boosting my curiosity.

I really love the environment here in the village, all the interior, shop decorations and items selling!
Spot the cutest van!
Along the road, we have seen all the signage about 咬人猫 (The Bite Cat) and definitely it caught our attention! It has effortlessly led us into a bakery shop in the monster village, namely 久保田烘培坊.

咬人猫 was actually a bread that named after an editable leave, which was part on the bread, a leave that came in the shape of a 'maple leave'. The cooked leaves helped in blood circulation, relieve pain and dispel rheumatism. 
The bread was the bestseller in the shop, where the amount was limited and each person can purchase only 2 breads. It was selling at 30 TWD and was divided into two batches, selling at 10.30 in the morning and 2.30 in the afternoon. 
There were some others pastries selling in the shop as well.
Hereby, they were selling freshly baked Hokkaido cheesecake and the packaging was so so so cute! Only selling at 199 TWD.
Besides, there were also a wide range of candies, snacks and seasonings that came in amazing packaging!




Surprisingly, there were so many insta-worthy places in the village for selfie and of course OOTD shot.
There were even souvenir shops that I really recommend all of you to purchase right in the monster village as they were really unique and you may not found some where else.

The second last station, we have spent our afternoon at 天空之桥 (Sky Bridge), just right to catch the year of Monkey!

The sky bridge was 204 km long and height 70 km, connected by 265 pieces of staircases and it can carry up to 150 people. No worry it wouldn't over-load as there was a machine that helps calculating the amount of people on bridge.
It was really windy up on the sky bridge and it took only 15 minutes for both routes. With the bridge, I can view the whole beautiful scenery of 彰化, complementing the greens of the trees in the caves and the blue sky.
Last station of the day, 宫原眼科 (Miyahara).
It was constructed in 1927 by Japanese and was originally a private hospital. It was abandoned after WWII when Japanese left Taiwan. Years after years, it was again renovated and refurnished by 日出 Organization. Today, it has made Miyahara, a place for high tea sessions and of course the renown place for ice cream!

Right stepping into the building, I felt like I was about going to have some high tea session at TWG. Yeah, right on the second floor, it was a place for tea and came with a cover charge of 360 TWD per person.
As we have really limited budget, we decided to go for ice cream only, where the shop was just located beside the huge building.
On the first floor, basically they were selling some of the local products like pineapple cake 凤梨酥, sun cake 太阳饼 and nougat 牛轧糖. 
So, here's the place 宫原眼科冰淇淋 for ice cream only.
Here's the updated price.
Single scoop: 90 TWD
Double scoop: 160 TWD
I guess this was my first time visiting an ice cream store that have such wide choices of ice cream. They served varieties of ice cream flavors as well as different topping! There were different sweetness and bitter level of chocolate, with or without nut, different milky level, a wide range of fruitilicious and tea-flavored ice cream!

After a long discussion, we decided to order something bitter and sweet! The dark chocolate and longan yogurt! I was totally obsessed with the dark chocolate, which was something that I have never tried before, even dark chocolate. I wasn't into the crunchy cone as I found it quite thick.

In case you have missed some of the other posts,
Taiwan Trip Day 1 : GaoMei Wet Lands 高美湿地

Taiwan Trip Day 2 : Rainbow Village 彩虹眷村 Monster Village 妖怪村→ Sky Bridge天空之城 → Miyahara 宫原眼科

Taiwan Trip Day 3 : Soy Bean Soup of Lai Shop 来来豆浆  Salico Foods 大黑松小两口博物馆→ Sun Moon Lake 日月潭 Feeling 18 Degree 18°C→ ChingJing Farm 清境农场→ Swiss Garden 瑞士小花园 → Shangri La Music Villa 香格里拉音乐城堡

Taiwan Trip Day 4 : XinShe Castle 新社莊园  Lavender Cottage Farm 薰衣草森林  Flying Cow Ranch 飞牛牧场  Sunflower Field 向日葵花海

Taiwan Trip Day 5 : XiMenDing西门町 -- Taipei 101台北101 -- Shin Kong Mitsukoshi 新光三越 -- Eslite Bookstore 诚品书店

25 comments:

  1. Wow, i've been to Taiwan before, but never to these parts of Taiwan. I really enjoyed your photos and the locations you visited. Maybe i should plan a trip to Taiwan again? hehe

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  2. My parents had been to taiwan but i never seen this place in their picture or never they tell me about this place. Too bad they didnt go here. nice place to visit.

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  3. everything at the rainbow village looks so beautiful and picture worthy :D im sure you have lots of fun with your friends there

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  4. wa how come I didn't know this place in TW? hahaha.... anyway you look pretty and cute

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  5. it has very strong Japanese feeling! am visiting Taiwan soon, this will be in my list!

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  6. Taiwan is a great place to visit. Always enjoy exploring Taiwan with lots of nice scenery and delicious food. Logan yogurt is so special!

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  7. this is great! i am going end of April. I would refer to this for my trip.

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  8. Taiwan is so cute and I long to visit it. The problem with language has been a deterrent, though!

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  9. Very beautiful. I wanna visit it next month!!!

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  10. I love Taiwan la, there are so many food to eat and also nice scenic places to go.

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  11. This place is on my wish list. Your travelog makes me more eagar!

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  12. Taiwan????? Looks like Japan from the first half of all those pictures... LOL... but it is gorgeous and I really want to visit Taiwan again.... huhuhu

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  13. so colourful.. i wonder why malaysia can't have places as beautiful and colourful as these.
    had my honeymoon in taiwan and loved it there!

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  14. your taiwan trip more fun and enjoy.
    my sis in law went with tour agency RM4k tour but lack of food eat and no fun at all :(

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  15. What a gorgeous place it is, Your post is tempting me to book my tickets. That bridge is so amazing good.

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  16. My family is taiwanese. I love taipei! I always have such a great time when I'm there. :)

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  17. looks like u've had a great fun trip in Taiwan! Can't wait to visit some of the places here!

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  18. I want to visit Taiwan one day! The Cai Hong Cun looks super nice and colorful place to visit =D

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  19. Didn't get to visit this Rainbow Village during my last travel trip there, looks so colorful and attractive :)

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  20. I miss Taiwan so much... I wish to go there again someday soon but with my kids this time around hehe thx for sharing about ur travels will come in handy when i plan my future trip to taiwan!

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  21. I have not been to Taiwan before but the Rainbow Village looks amazing. So colourful and cultural too!

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