Monday, March 28, 2016

Taiwan Trip, Day 3

Tadaa! After so long, here's my post on Taiwan Trip Day 3. 
I was really busy with my final year project recently as this was my very last semester in the university before I head for my internship program, and of course some burdened review post that I stacked behind. All the PR were trying to buzz me every single week :( I felt so sorry for procrastinating all the post.

Now, back to the trip, since it's winter season and the sun rose super early! About 5am, we can already feel the sunshine glares. Just to avoid the traffic congestion, we decided to wake up around 9am and we headed to our 
First Breakkie Station, the renowned Soy Bean Milk of Lai Shop 来来豆浆 at Xitun (西屯).
葱油饼
Since there were 4 of us and both of the man can eat pretty much, we have ordered quite a number of dishes in this early morning. First dish, we have ordered the Taiwan pancake 葱油饼.
小笼汤包
Second dish, Xiaolong Juicy Bun 小笼汤包. Unlike the 小笼汤包 I first ate in Singapore, there wasn't much soup in this 汤包, I can only taste all the meat. In my impression, there will be some soup-bursting out effect after the first bite on the pao. Quite disappointing though.
韭菜虾饺
Third dish, dumplings that are filled shrimp and chives 韭菜虾饺. this was my favorite dishes of all as I really love craving on chives.
OMG, so much of fillings right?? It tasted good too!
鲜肉锅贴
Forth dish, fried dumpling 鲜肉锅贴. 锅贴 is really famous in Taiwan, you can see them everywhere in the night market. I did not try this dish, because it didn't seem tempting to me haha. That's a lot of meat.
咸豆浆
Last but not least, we have ordered a warm soy milk 热豆浆 and salty soy milk 咸豆浆 (picture above) for this freezing weather. 

"Actually what is so special about the soy milk here?
There is a scorching taste in the soy milk which make the soy milk unique and everyone comes for it. " 

Anyway, I don't really fancy with the scorching soy milk, I felt it tasted quite weird but it was a great try as it wasn't available in Malaysia. Definitely, the scorching warm soy milk was way better than the salty soy milk. All the food there was just fine. 

Unfortunately, it started to rain cats and dogs after our breakfast, with no choice we have to visit somewhere indoor. 
Our Second Station: Salico Foods 大黑松小俩口博物馆 in Nantou, Puli (南投埔里).
(Picture credit to Google)

I was so sorry that I didn't capture much photos here, as it was raining out there but I would love to recommend this place, it was a real great place that worth photograph and visiting. A place in the fairy tale! The toilet was gorgeous too LOL.

There were actually a lot of great deals in the museum, which selling all the famous local products in Taiwan like nougat牛轧糖, pineapple cake凤梨酥, sea birdnest 海燕窝 and etc.
百香果果冻
This was what I highly recommended. Everything that made of Passion Fruit, they have ice cream and jelly that you guys should really try out! It was really really tasty! I have brought back like two huge boxes yet I was really regret of not buying much of these. Yeah, some luggage weight limitation =(
Since I couldn't captured much picture outdoor, forcefully to capture one indoor pictures to show that I have really visited this place hehe.

Since the rain has become smaller, we headed to the
Third station: Sun Moon Lake 日月潭
日月潭
Yet, the rain was still unstoppable, that making us soak throughout the 'shipping' journey. We were forced to put on the rain coat, how the hell we take pictures with rain coat and umbrella? TT
There were few stops for the whole journey, like visiting the temple 玄光寺 and Taiwanese aborigines habitat 伊达邵村.
We have visited the temple and it was a different experience as it was so crowded with all the umbrellas and colorful rain coats, rude people pushing here and there. We actually missed the Taiwanese aborigines habitat, as the rain has become larger and we decided to wait in the ship instead.
Finally, the rain stopped around 2pm!
Here we were at the Forth Station: Feeling 18 degree, 18°C巧克力工坊
18°C巧克力工坊
Feeling 18 Degree was named after the fact of that best temperature for perfect chocolate production, preservation and flavor. From an online venture in 2006, it has established its first store in Puli within a year time. It was now a renowned handmade chocolate shop with the promising of the optimum and premium quality.

They are even selling some Taiwanese-style chocolate using the local unique ingredients like Assam Black Tea, Roses and Mulberries!
To share the happiness around, the owner has even prepared a rest area (right beside the shop) and a visiting area (right opposite the shop) for the consumers. In the visiting area, there will be staffs that help explaining and showcasing the chocolate, whereby the consumers get to try the chocolate as well as being served with teas and coffee.
Beside chocolate, they are selling Italian Handmade Gelato too to reshape people's impression towards ice cream where topping up with fresh fruits was the best choice of healthy dessert.
This was the real best ice cream I have eaten so far - the heavenly made Lychee Rose + Granizado ice cream. It was an indescribable taste and feeling, everything was just right to the point! MUST TRY!

After some ice cream, we were finally at our fifth station: Green Green Grassland, CingJing Farm 清境农场 - 青青草原.
清境农场 - 青青草原

Yeah! It's a castle! A cute one though. I wonder why there's a castle at the entrance here LOL Guess it attracts the kids a lot and of course MEEEEE. 

Here's the huge GARDEN behind the castle. Spot the lovely couple. I wish I could travel the whole world with my beloved man.

Our foot print in Taiwan.
It was so foggy after the rain, super windy and cooling, adding a little mystery sense to the whole environment.
Plus, there were so many insta-worthy places for photoshoooooot! It was kinda risky to jump up on the stone though, but definitely worth the shoot haha. I felt like I was there for jungle trekking.
Here's the highlight - SHEEEEEEEEP
They were kinda disgusting LOL all the fur was damped, like they just back from a bubbly shower. Unlike the usual farm that we visited, all the sheep weren't caged, they were running freely everywhere, we were free to touch, feed and selfie with them.

I felt like filming 'Sound of Music 2' here, hop around and sing, "high on a hill was a lonely goatherd, lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo ~"


A selfie with the sheep! Pst...closer look of the fur. 
I was so happy that I have like tons of photo taken here with the wide green scenery that looks exactly like the painting, but too bad that there wasn't any appearance of the alpaca 草泥马. We got wrong information from our friends.
小瑞士花园
At the Sixth station, we have headed to Swiss Garden 瑞士小花园!
Swiss Garden, which was also known as the Taiwan's Little Switzerland.
Inside the swiss garden, there's an innovative place where everything was made by carton! Even the packaging on food and souvenirs, or any architectural designs that you can name.
This was a tea packaging, so creative right and of course eco-friendly?
清境香格里拉音乐城堡
Here's the last station before we headed back to Taichung - Shangri La Music Villa.
It was a real gorgeous old England kind of architectureal building that situated 10 minutes away from the CingJing farm.

Spotted a cat which my boyfriend thought it was a fake cat LOL It sat still without moving and the tail swirled around its body.
The view here was magnificent! We got so thrill to see the spectacular views of rugged mountain, green forest, stunning sky and all the tiny building from top!
OMG, I was so immersed in this place that I thought I was travelling in European country. Just can't stop taking selfies and I really don't mind to do a photo shoot here.
It was an unforgettable trip in CingJing, where I got to see and feel all the awe-inspiring scenery there out from the town, the fresh air, the wild greenery and the clear blue sky!
Last but not least, along the way down from the peak to Taichung, we spotted a secluded place - with a river that sided by mountain, with the analogous colors of green, turquoise and blue! An infinite serene and tranquil view!

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

32 comments:

  1. The food, the sheep and the view! Everything so awesome here!

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  2. i heard Taiwan has a lot of amazing food. The scenery is defintiely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. loving the dim sum plus pretty blogger there.. loving your eyebrow shape.. nice scenery view.. nice place to visit.

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  4. Your blog post reminds me of my Taiwan trip last year to some of these same places too. I love Cinjing Farm the most. How time flies! I hope I can go back there again. :)

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  5. You are looking so pretty in all these photo! The food is making me hungry as well =P

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  6. I'm so gonna put Taiwan in my wishlist. Btw all the pictures are so pretty, what camera are u using?

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  7. I'm so gonna put Taiwan in my wishlist. Btw all the pictures are so pretty, what camera are u using?

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  8. This is great post!My Taiwan trip is schedule on end April 2016. Great tips for me.

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  9. Hey I like your dress up and the beautiful scenery that feeling like a dream country to go.

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  10. Your photos are way tooo cute! haha. I miss taiwan, great to be reading your blog to recall those memories.

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  11. i've been to taiwan once, and would really want to go back there again
    such a beautiful place, with super nice people.

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  12. Such a wonderful time you had in Taiwan. I doubt I would enjoy myself this much as language is a barrier for me.

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  13. what beautiful photos and such a lovely place... I had a hard time talking to them in Taipei when trying to buy some wholesale clothing... it was funny...

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  14. wow that is really lovely there, i thought Taiwanese food would be the highlight but actually it's the nature!

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  15. Awwww...Your post make me miss Taiwan a lot! I like your bag babe <3

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  16. Love your skirt babe! The photos look amazing and I sure am interested to know how the scorched soy milk taste like

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  17. was longing for your 3rd day post and more...since you have explained. all the best in your final year project and internship! (p/s: if you are still looking, I'm hiring interns :p #shamelessplug)

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  18. Although I had been there for twice but still wish to revisit this wonderful country.
    Will visit those places I miss out ;)

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  19. OMG... I want to go back to Taiwan again. Miss their street food so much and also their face masks hehehe. Lucky you go there when the weather is cool because over here I feel like I am in the over 24 hours.

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  20. Ah xiao long bun, my favorite too, and yes, a must-try when you at Taiwan :)

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  21. Beautiful place and dimsum looks so tempting perfect for the weather there.

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  22. Taiwan really a nice place to visit. i spot salty Soy milk and first time I heard of it. Must be taste good. Hope can visit Taiwan soon.

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  23. Colorful place, yummy food and natural beauty. All look awesome!

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  24. looks like an awesome trip and you seem to blend right in like the locals there. love the clear pics.

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  25. There's a yummy Xiao Long pao restaurant in MidValley in case yoy miss it :) I go there to fix my Shanghai Xiao long pao cravings

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  26. I miss the food there so much! The siu long pau is really much more delicious than the local one.

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