Sunday, 30 June 2013

Taipei Day 2

Yoyoyo, Good Morning, Taiwan! Started my day early for the hotel's breakfast buffet at Checkers. We were given 4 complimentary breakfast coupon daily during our stay. 

Checkers - Located at Level 2.
Wide selections of appetizers including salads, sushis, cold cuts with different condiments and dressings.
Cooked food like bacons, sausages, scrambled eggs, mixed vege, hash browns etc.
Choices for American breakfast 
They also have a section of porridge and side dishes to go along.

My breakfast for the first day! Love the egg pancake which I got to choose the ingredients I wanted and had them cooked immediately by the chef. Never goes wrong with ham cheese and mushrooms! Yums~
A-must for good digestion! :)
A park near Caesar Park Hotel.
 Taipei Zoo 
MRT: Taipei Main Station ⟶ Taipei Zoo Station (Nangang Line, switching to Wenshan-Neihu Line to Taipei Zoo at Zhongxiao Fuxing Station)
Price: NT28
Duration: ~35mins
Ticket: NT60

Started our morning as early as 830am to Taipei Zoo. Reaching the zoo around 915am and it was already so hot and bright!

The entrance in which the fees (NT60) could be paid using EasyCard.
The first stop we made into was the Panda House. Unable to pose with the real ones, so yea~ Hehe..
Fluffy pandas' feeding time! 
Watch how they eat in the video below: So cute!

Gift shop in the Panda House
More animals:
With the African elephant behind
Koala! Suspecting that "大" is its name.

Around the zoo

Spotted a cute kiddo fiddling with the pipe water. Hee~
 WuFenPu 五分埔
MRT: Taipei Zoo Station ⟶Houshan Pi Station, Exit 4
(Wenshan-Neihu Line, switching to Nangang Line at Zhongxiao Fuxing Station)
Price: NT28
Duration: ~30mins trip

Spent about 3-4 hours at the Taipei Zoo and our next stop would be Taipei's famous shopping paradise - WuFenPu 五分埔! And before that, we had to fill our tummies first. Once reaching Houshanpi Station, walk out from Exit 4 where there would be a sign indication to 五分埔. We had the famous Taiwan's Braised Pork Rice 滷肉飯 at Formosa Chang 鬍鬚張 for lunch. Quite easily located cos of the big yellow sign.
We ordered the set which came with the braised pork rice of cos, 3 layer pork, radish soup and bean sprouts.  All these were less than NT200. Forgotten the actual price. :D
Off to shop! WuFenPu is just the street opposite Formosa Chang. Lots of shops selling clothes, ranging from as cheap as NT50! Spent the whole afternoon there looking for cheap and great clothes.
 Raohe Night Market 饒河街觀光夜市
Raohe Night Market is one of Taiwan's popular tourist night market cos of its close distance from WuFenPu and also lots of good food!

Walking to the night market (around 10-15mins walk)

Some of the food available.
The famous Stinky Tofu 臭豆腐 (NT45). Could smell it from far. But, surprisingly, it did not taste smelly as it smells. Quite nice, especially with the spicy chili and marinated vege. This stall was recommended by celebrities like Sasa from 食尚玩家.
Prawns in Quail Eggs (NT50). We had the cheezy one. Nice nice. =p~ 
Tasted something like Takoyaki - warm buns with different pastes. I tried all. Just ok~
齒牛香 Beef Noodles! This is the famous beef noodle shop in Raohe. See. Lots of celebrities were here before. We had the 红烧牛肉面 (NT100). It was really good. Yummy! They also serve unlimited supply of preserved vegetables which go along great with the hot and tasty beef noodle soup!
Herbal Pork Ribs Soup 药炖排骨 (NT70). Looked good so my parents ordered one to try. Big pork bones stewed in herbal soup. Tasted ok, but not much meat.
Shaved Mango Ice with Mango Ice Cream (NT130). Awesome!! But kinda expensive, isn't it?
Pearl Milk Tea from the stall at the night market's entrance (NT30/35). Not nice.. =.=
 Caesar Park Hotel 
Train: Songshan Station Taipei Station
Price: ~NT15
Duration: ~30mins

After a long and tiring day, we finally headed back to our hotel via the railway train at Songshan Station which we passed by during our walk from WuFenPu to Raohe Night Market. With EasyCard, we could directly access without having to buy train tickets. 
Finally! Our shopping outcome for the day at WuFenPu! :D

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