292012Dec

Amusement Park

One thing you don’t really expect, and for some reason not surprised, was the fact that there is an amusement park in Sun Moon Lake. Actually, not next to the lake, but you get to it form a gondola ride starting next to the lake. The amusement park is part of the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. A place you go to in order to learn more about the native people that make up the majority of the locals in Nantou. Why they decided to add roller coasters, games, and arcades…

282012Dec

Biking the Lake

Our hotel lends out bikes for free, so of course we take advantage and make outlandish goals. We were going to ride all around the lake. Doable. They gave us two Giant 12 speed mountain bikes equipped with Shimano brakes. Did you know Giant was made in Taiwan and designed by German engineers? No? Well, now you do. Hence, our bikes were pretty nice given that they were hotel property. The ride around the lake was nice and very scenic. There are rest areas you can stop off at and…

272012Dec

Departure

We’re heading up to Sun Moon Lake today so we needed to prepare. The trip would take an hour on the High Speed Railway (HSR) and at least another hour by taxi before we reach the hotel. So first thing to do is check out of Li Yuan Hotel. I have to say, I liked this hotel. The rooms were small but bigger than the one I had in Hong Kong. Besides, it fit two twin beds and had space for a desk, though barely. There were two guest chairs…

262012Dec

Relaxing

I had to take it easy. Pass few days my shoulder blade up to my neck was in serious pain. I could hardly go jogging. That it! I haven’t been able to jog. That’s why I’m getting so fat. Not from all the eating. Not at all. All the stuff has been healthy and nutritious. Fat and sugar is a form of nourishment right? Okay, maybe not. On to the day. I finally, committed to buying a coat, make that two. All the shopping has led me to one store,…

252012Dec

Christmas Day

It’s so strange to be in a different country on Christmas. Limited number of friends, no family, and a bustling city that continues on. Yes, New Year’s is a bigger event. Not to mention Chinese New Year, which is where stores do actually close and that the even is celebrated a week long. One great thing that Christmas brought to Taipei was the sales. This trip has a common theme doesn’t it. Shopping. It’s Asian fit so I can’t pass up the opportunity to check out the new styles over…

242012Dec

Christmas Eve

Although the decorations are up for Christmas around town, it really doesn’t feel like Christmas. It’s missing that frantic sense of urgency. You know the need to buy gifts or ingredients to make dinner. No, here it’s another day for the majority. There’s no day off and not that many, if any, stores that are shutting down early. It’s still hustle and bustle around town. We started the day off with lunch at Yong Kang, a place known for beef noodle. And actually the first place I had good beef…

222012Dec

Weekend in Kaohsiung with Mayday

It was a longer than expected journey from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung. Mainly because you’d think I’d fly directly into Kaohsiung. No, that’s too sensible. I flew into Taoyuan airport and took the THSR (Taiwan High Speed Railway). So it was 2 hours by plane, 30 minutes by bus to the train terminal, and 2 hour express ride to Kaohsiung. I decided to go business class since it was late in hopes to get a meal. Not the case, meals stop at 7pm, an hour before I boarded. I have…

232012Feb

Night Market Recap

Taiwan has the largest number of night markets. These are places where road side boutiques and street food come together, a popular place for local friends to meet and eat. So expect large crowds on the weekends. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’m a fan of these places. Strange though, given how much I hate crowds and long lines to eat. But there’s something about the revelry that puts you in a good mood. Enough to make you tolerate those nagging questions like “What if this isn’t good?”…

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