Taiwan- The Heart of Asia (Part 2)

Hello Everyone,

now that I have got a huge assignment off my shoulders for awhile, I am able to continue where I left off about our trip to Taiwan.

Before I move on, some readers have actually asked why we chose to stay in Vogue Star Service Apartment instead of the local hotels.

Here’s my answer to your question:

Prior to our departure to Taiwan, Baby and I had scouted a few awesome deals on many websites and in fact, http://www.deals89.com/ had some great offers on accommodations in Taiwan. After a few considerations, we decided to put up at Vogue Star because:

1) a relative of  Baby’s Taiwanese friend owns the service apartment and as a result, we were able to obtain really good rates [SGD$69.57 a night]

2) Vogue Star has a lot of amenities such as refrigerator/microwave oven/washing machine/jaccuzi bath tub

3) Vogue Star is about 10 minutes walk away from the nearest MRT station known as Shuanglian

4) Vogue Star is situated in a really convenient and safe location (Police Station/Fire Station/Hospital/Convenient Stores/Fast Food Restaurants/Night Market are all just around the vicinity)

Thus, these were the reasons why we decided to put up at Vogue Star Service Apartment;  in fact, we will definitely be staying there again in our future visits to Taiwan. For pictures and more information of Vogue Star Service Apartment, you may refer to my previous blog entry.

Now onto, part 2 of our trip to Taiwan.

For our morning breakfast on day 2 of our trip, we made a trip to the 7-Eleven Store. Seriously, the 7-Eleven Stores in Taipei are so much bigger than those in Singapore and they even have Wifi and seating area for customers to consume their meals. What’s even awesome are the fact that many convenient food products are available at a rather cheaper price than what Singapore 7-Eleven stores are selling. As compared to the 7-Eleven stores in Taipei, Singapore 7-Eleven stores really cannot make it.

Baby Bought A Big Bun

From Taipei Day 2

How Big The Bun Really Is

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I Bought A Rice Wrapped with Meat and Egg

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How The Inside of The Rice Wrap Looks Like

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Ready-Made Clam Chowder Soup (its seriously quite tasty)

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How The Clam Chowder Soup Looks Like After Adding Hot Water

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Dining at the 7-Eleven Store

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Caramel Macchiato, a product of 7-Eleven (if only they have it in Singapore, sigh!)

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After our breakfast, we decided to head to Wufenpu Commercial District for some shopping.

Alight @ Houshanpi MRT Station if You Are Heading to Wufenpu

From Taipei Day 2

The Bakery Store That Tempted Our Taste Buds

From Taipei Day 2
From Taipei Day 2

As we were at Wufenpu around 11am, most of the stores were not opened; so, if you’re heading to Wufenpu, the best time to go would probably be in the evenings, say around 5pm. Furthermore, Raohe Night Market is about 15 minutes walking distance away and it would be more ideal to combine these two places to visit on just one whole evening.

As most of the stores at Wufenpu were not opened yet, we decided to take the train to Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station and check out what the town has to offer.

Some Random Photographs We Took

There’s A Waiting Zone for Female Passengers @ Night At the MRT Stations

From Taipei Day 2
From Taipei Day 2

Baby Checking Out Places to Go Around Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station

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Random Photographs On The MRT Train

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Some Art Pieces We Saw @ Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station

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From Taipei Day 2
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From Taipei Day 2
From Taipei Day 2

A Flea Market cum Concert Organised By The Churches in Taipei Around Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station

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We Happened to Chance Upon A Taiwanese Celebrity Who Was Promoting the Latest Motorola Mobile Phone

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The Paparazzi of Taiwan

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Hello Kitty fans will definitely love to visit the Hello Kitty Desserts Shop which is situated around the Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Station. Initially, Baby and I wanted to have desserts at the Hello Kitty Desserts Shop but unfortunately, the shop was really packed with people and reservations have to be made in order to dine there. However, in my upcoming blog posts, I will be sharing about our dining experience at the Hello Kitty Desserts Shop as Baby and I managed to make a reservation and we dined there on a separate day. For now, do enjoy the photos.

Hello Kitty Desserts Shop Front

From Taipei Day 2

Entrance of Hello Kitty Desserts Shop

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Desserts @ Hello Kitty Desserts Shop

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Hello Kitty Cake

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More Desserts @ Hello Kitty Desserts Shop

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Because Baby and I didn’t got the chance to dine at Hello Kitty Desserts Shop, we decided to head to Breeze Centre to have our lunch.

Baby and I had lunch @ the food court situated in Breeze Centre

From Taipei Day 2

We Ordered A Plate of Rice Wrapped with Egg served with Curry Sauce, Fries, and Seasonal Vegetables (the portion was so huge that it  filled the stomachs’ of Baby and mine)

From Taipei Day 2

Soup and Unlimited Free-Flow of Drink Was Included In The Set

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After our late lunch, Baby and I made a quick visit to Taipei 101 for some photoshoot and walk-about as I haven’t been to the area before.

The Magnificent Taipei 101

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With both our legs aching like crazy from all the walking, Baby and I decided to take a quick break at Mister Donuts.

Baby and I Ordered Caramel Latte (best part was that the beverage were on a 1 for 1 promotion)

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After a quick break at Mister Donuts, Baby and I headed straight down to Wufenpu again for more shopping and eating before heading to our final destination, Raohe Night Market.

A Street Stall Selling Quail Eggs @ Wufenpu (Must Try)

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Me Trying The Quail Eggs

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A Street Stall Selling Sweet Corns @ Wufenpu

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A Street Store Selling Taiwanese Sausage @ Wufenpu

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Raohe Night Market

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The Traditional Glass-Bottled Soft Drinks

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We Had Pork Cutlet Set for Dinner @ Raohe Night Market

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From Taipei Day 2
From Taipei Day 2

Colourful Glass Products Sold @ Raohe Night Market

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The Master Shaping and Crafting the Glass Pieces

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Having my Pants Tailored-Made On The Spot @ Raohe Night Market

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This is one dessert store that’s really worth mentioning. Even as I blog about it, I can still even remember how appetising the dessert was.

The Dessert Store that Sells Shaved Ice @ Raohe Night Market (seriously, the taste is way better than the ones in Singapore)

From Taipei Day 2
From Taipei Day 2

We Ordered the Peanut Shaved Ice served with Oreo Crumbs and Chocolate Sauce

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How The Dessert Looks Like

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The Desserts Menu

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Taiwanese really love dogs alot and you will see many of them bringing their dogs around the street.

We happened to pass by a pet shop @ Raohe Night Market that sells dogs and the cost is around SGD$400++. Their miniature dogs are really miniature. In fact, the photos shown are dogs which are already 4 years old and they are still so miniature; unlike the ones we have in Singapore where the miniature dogs can really grow quite big in size.

From Taipei Day 2
From Taipei Day 2

Some Random Photographs

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From Taipei Day 2

After one long day of shopping and eating & shopping and eating, we journeyed back to our apartment via  Taxi and seriously, the Taxi fares are not very expensive; thus, you might just want to consider taking a Taxi if you’re carrying lots of shopping bags. So, that’s all for part 2 of our trip to Taiwan and there are 4 more parts to go. Stay tuned for further updates! =)

Meanwhile, should you have any queries about our trip to Taiwan (like our itinerary, the places we visited, and etc.), you might just want to drop me an email at melvin.ocs@gmail.com