May 18, 2016

Huashan Creative Park

台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區
台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區

It had been raining since the group left Taipei city. It was so @#$%^&*() nice to snuggle up in bed of fresh sheets during rainy period like this. I thought it would be uneasy for me to fall asleep at night(in a capsule hotel) but I woke up 30 mins before check-out time & I am not surprised.

There goes my precious morning T__T

台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區
台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區
台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區
台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區

I ended up spending half of my day at Huashan Creative Park cos it's the nearest from my station, which so happened to be the best decision I've ever made. ヽ(^o^)丿

台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區
台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區
台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

You see what I mean here? I felt like the artsy cells inside of my right brain is trying to burst outta my head.

There's a few ongoing flea markets selling all the artsy crafty stuff got me really excited. I wish I can show support to the local artists but I'm only left with not much $ that's just nice for my last day. The least I can do is to purchase some postcards with cute illustration to send some loves back home—the recipients love it!

How I wish Joe was here with me, as I supposed seeing me happy makes him happy too. :o) I'm pretty sure he's gonna love this space, hence I kept sending videos to him.

台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區
台北 • 華山1914文化創意產業園區

It was still drizzling so I made my way to this cafe that caught my attention earlier. It's just stones throw away from the market hall.

台北 • 三重奏 TRIO Cafe
台北 • 三重奏 TRIO Cafe
台北 • 三重奏 TRIO Cafe

I ordered sandwich set that comes with a really nice iced coffee. I'd always opt for hot coffee cos it's more aromatic but this was the best iced coffee ever. Let's just make sure I will come back with more cash next round then.

May 17, 2016

Jiufen

台北 • 九分老街
台北 • 九分老街

We arrived at Jiufen around 6pm which is really late because most of the shops close at 7pm. So we quickly take a stroll down the streets and buy some souvenirs. Jiufen feels a lot like Genting back in Malaysia, but smaller.

I wish I could spend more time here at some of the vintage looking cafes. I know there's a few nice homestay around with really nice view but there's almost nothing you can do here after 7 when the shops are closed, so Joe was kinda against the idea of a stay here. Quite frankly, I prefer peaceful nights with nothing to do over happening one. A camera is all I need, I can entertain myself all day. Only if I'd come here by myself, it's something I would insist on.

Also if you like sending postcards, remember to purchase your stamps at Jiufen! They have impressive varieties of new and old stamps for you to choose from. If you buy from local post office or 7-11, they will give you the basic one.

May 14, 2016

Quiet Evening

Quiet Evening

Oh Saturday! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I can't say thank you enough for this Spotify playlist to play through my rainy, quiet evening!

Today is a remarkable day because we can finally sleep through the morning and wake up in the afternoon for dim-sums. And came home right after that because we simply have nothing to do.

May 13, 2016

Homebound

Cherating
Cherating
Cherating
Cherating

It was a long weekend so we get extra day off on Monday for Labour Day's replacement. I also promised myself to make time for my favourite beach no matter what. So yeah, die die also must go and Evon joined us later on. We didn't talk much, mostly just chill and relax ourselves before we go home for dinner.

My dinner was scrumptious too. We went to one of our regular chinese restaurant for dinner with the usual family friends. Dad ordered most of my favourite dishes. So thankful that I got to savor these foods I don't usually get to eat when I'm in KL.

A day before which is Saturday, we attended one of my close friend's wedding. Felt so touched seeing William gets married, it's just not the scene we would imagine him in. It's also nice of him to arrange our family friends seated at the same table. We laughed so much through the night like it's our own party.

I can't wait to go home for longer holidays already. T__T

May 10, 2016

Qingshui Cliff

花蓮 • 清水斷崖
花蓮 • 清水斷崖
花蓮 • 清水斷崖
花蓮 • 清水斷崖

When Taiwan trip first being brought up, this is the one place that came into my mind.

I'm in awe. The view of the vast and borderless Pacific Ocean along Suhua highway is simply magnificent. The ocean has different shades of blue, it looks very inviting and dreamy. I spontaneously wind down the car window to hear the sounds of waves.

Just like any other mountain road, the highway is noticeably narrow, it's almost as if we're gonna fall off the cliffs anytime. However, there's a speed limit of 25km/h on this highway, which is great because you can take time appreciate the raw beauty of Qingshui Cliff.

We made a brief stopover at the observatory deck for photos. The scenery is particularly beautiful on this sunny day. We were in a rush plus the blazing sun so we made our move to the next stop.

May 8, 2016

Surprise!

Bloomthis
Bloomthis
Bloomthis

Here comes my first bouquet(or you may call it modern flower pot) surprise at work in conjunction of our 1st anniversary! I've always wished someone would deliver me a bouquet to the office. I guess it's every girls' secret wish, no? It's one of my favourite—gerbera daisies. I love that it lasts a lot longer than other types so I can keep it for a while at home.

Thanks Joe for the sweet surprise. He doesn't keep much of secrets to me, but he managed to keep this one safe. But I guess he must have struggled for that few days. Poor him :o)

May 6, 2016

Taroko Gorge

太魯閣國家公園 • 燕子口
花蓮 • 太魯閣國家公園

Taroko National Park is our last stop before we check in to our stay at Hualien. There are few sights here to check out: Jiuqudong (Tunnel of Nine Turns), Cimu Bridge, Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) and Changchun Shrine (Eternal Spring Shrine) and more. I didn't take a lot of pictures here because I'm paying most attention to the history and info told by our hired driver such as the formation of Taroko Gorge.

Taroko Gorge road is made out of carving out rocks by hand tools. It's roughly 20km long and namely one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Not only the skill of driving is being tested, the courage to pass through every blind corners, sharp turns and narrow pathways leading through cliffs is also a challenge. The unbearable ride was well worth it. The road alongside Taroko Gorge offers an undoubtedly spectacular view of the marble-ous canyon walls.

太魯閣國家公園
太魯閣國家公園

Amidst the breathtaking natural beauty there lurks the risk of rock falls. We were told there was a collapse in the past week so they had to close down that area for reconstruction. So for safety purpose, we had to wear safety helmets to go in because the park is always in an unstable condition.

花蓮 • 舊鐵道行人徒步區

So happy and unexpected that I got to take a picture with iconic character—Duncan here at Hualien! I happened to like Hualien a lot, it's a quaint little city packed with lots of local delights. We only stayed there one night as a stopover from Mt. Heshuan to Yilan/Taipei. I'm amazed by how clean & organised their night market is. There are tables for eat-in if you prefer to sit down and enjoy your food. The taiwanese people are very courteous that they'll clean the table for next group as they leave.

May 1, 2016

Mt. Hehuan

合歡山 • 武陵

This is when you can totally break into dance singing to "I'm on the top of the world looking down on creation..." ♫┏(・o・)┛♩

合歡山 • 武陵
合歡山 • 武陵

I wouldn't mind to include Mt. Hehuan again on my next Taiwan trip. I'm sure there's some other spots we have missed out. It was so cold I was shivering like crazy. We'd be able to catch the snow if we were there a week ago. We still managed to see some leftover snows on the ground.

It's quite dangerous as the route to Mt. Hehuan is not only long and narrow, it's also winding. I know that we've paid for it, but I think it's super uneasy and stressful for our hired driver to drive us up with a 8-passenger SUV. It definitely takes lots of patience and energy to go up and come down.

合歡山 • 武陵
合歡山 • 武陵

We stopped by the border(the peak that lies on the boundaries of Nantou & Hualien) for a cup of hot choco before we embark our journey to TianXiang for a quick lunch.

天祥 • 海拔最高郵局

This building and textured wall caught my attention as I was walking towards 7-11. I quickly grabbed Joe over to help me with a shot over the colourful tiled walls. Then I look around for signs, only to find out that it's a post office. According to informations gathered from Mr.G, it's also the "highest" post office in Taiwan. Why did everyone not notice this building as they walked past numerous times especially the wall? It's too eye-catching to be missed.

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