15.10.17 - 21.10.17
I am not a fan of flying. I repeat. Not a fan.
It isn't so much a fear, none of that actually. More like the time wasted in between, the constant waiting, the queues and crying babies. Some people find it relaxing, I am not one of those people. However, if you do own a pair of noise cancelling headphones, now would be the perfect time to whip it out. I have the Audio Technica M50x, and the leather padding of the headphones makes it soft enough to sleep in as well as to cancel out crying children and prevent any unwanted small talk (one of my biggest in-flight fears).
**Not that I don't like talking to people, but something about small confine spaces in planes really get to me.
My family and I took the Kuching - KL, KL - Taiwan route. Bear in mind this took the entire day, due to the slight delays and the transit time. There are options of flying through KK, but you have to stay a night and wake up super early (some crazy time like 4am) to catch a 5.30am flight.
Umm, I think no thanks
I'm in the AirAsia magazine, so tag me if you manage to find me.
The small thrills of a kampung girl. *shrugs*
We took a cab from Tao Yuan airport to Wan Hua District, Caesar Metro Hotel at midnight and it costs about 1200元, ( RM171) that's pretty pricey so if you can, take the MRT. A ticket from the MRT to Taipei Main Station is 120元 (RM17) per person. From Taipei Main Station, you can basically go to wherever you need to be.
** It cost 30元(RM4) per person from Taipei Main Station to LongShan Temple Station (Wan Hua District), which is the MRT just behind our hotel.
*** Also, if you don't mind spending a little more. Eat the buffets at Caesar Metro Hotel! So good and the selections are insane. Especially the veggies and fruits.
You are on holiday, use your legs!
So you can eat more after.
It does help if you can read mandarin.
I have 16 years of formal mandarin education, but I probably only took 6 months worth of it seriously. So this trip was quite a test.
If you have a stomach of steel, whack the street food immediately!
Mum decided I should hold off the first few days to give myself time to adjust, mum is always right.
So I listened.
We had chicken porridge instead at this quaint little 24/7 store behind our hotel.
So warm and tasty, felt almost like someone giving me a hug with each bite.
Food here is cheap too,
almost equivalent to our kopitiam food back in Kuching.
We then proceeded to do all the touristy things.
First stop, Taipei 101!
I can't fully remember how much the entrance for the Taipei 101 Observatory was, but it's close to RM100 a person, I wouldn't say it's life changing but you sorta just have to go because you are tourist and this is what tourist do.
Take a million photos to make it worth it I guess.
The mall itself is quite nice, but it's basically (KL) Pavillion on steroids, or like (Kuching) The Spring 's oddly intimidating flashy Grandaunt. Sorry for the weird descriptions, but I think it's pretty darn accurate.
If you need better convincing on why to go because my blurb was not exactly the icing on the cake for Taipei's tourism board, you can read about here for the OGs.
WHY & HOW TO GO TO TAIPEI 101
We then went in search for as many Eslite(s)誠品, we could find.
For those of you that love artsy fartsy things, and don't mind spending some $$$ on beautiful and somewhat a little unnecessary things, THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU.
There are many levels, selling things from skincare, soaps, gifts, stationary, eateries, cafes, fashion to of course, their famous bookstore.
Believe it or not, that dinosaur skeleton is legit real. Has a certificate and everything to prove it.
So this prehistoric fossil is just casually chilling in a Taipei mall, that is how chilled this place is.
If that does not make you want to go, I don't know what will.
If you're anything like me, I basically can go without water for long periods of time....
Get yourself a cute bottle and stay hydrated. Plus wear sunscreen, you'll need it when you get lost.
Stay tuned for the next post where I go shopping,
see some markets,
and contemplate getting a tattoo!