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It was on our day 3 of our trip and things that not to be miss is to try out Taiwanese Breakfast which we find it quite interesting. We have no idea of where to head for this kind of breakfast but the landlord told us one block away there is one famous Taiwan Breakfast that we have to get there early. Trying out Spicy Soyabean a kick for Taiwanese Breakfast As the que is crazy. Again, as usual we woke up late and delayed abit and walk to the place which is 5 minutes away from our home stay. One of the challenge I have when I was in Taiwan is that I just don know how to read Chinese as I can speak only. So please bare with me, with all the limited direction with all I can is providing map.

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This place is located at the exit No.5 of Shandao Temple station which is a very small mall with an entrance located at the side walk.  On the outlook, it looks like a dead area as it was still early in the morning 8.30am for weekend.

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After we climb one level up to this place, the voice of people chatting is getting so much louder and we were like Woah! so bloody Many ppl queing through the staircase. One of the suprise is that their operating time is so long from 5am – 9pm which is more than 12 hours per day.

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This is what we mean very packed! One thing that we are glad is that this place is clean ( most places of Taiwan is also clean I guess).

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This is one of the que from this end to another end which makes it like |_| .

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What we can do is just having fun and que with the rest of the people, Aim and attack for places to sit.

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They have very big open concept kitchen that effectively doing and fried all those very fast.

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The Yau Char Guai is the biggest I have come accross so far with at least 12inch long.

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They are not making Nan but one of the garlic bread in the oven.

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There are 5-6 people inside the counter doing seperate things together. Although it is a bit slow because of some human do not know how to calculate their sum or do not prepare the money out or did not see the menu while quieng that cause the whole long que.

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Do not fancy huge selection of menu as most of their food on the menu is their signature.

A lot of my friends when saw me post up Karaoke in Taiwan in FB they asked me, Bok. .. are you okay or not? Go till so far you go Karaoke? Never sing before ah you? Heee, one of the reason that I choose to tag along with Pak is to see how their Karaoke place look like as every country have their own style, additional get to know more friends so that next round I do travel again to Taiwan (which is soon), it is more happening, with locals able to bring us and introduce me all the food that most foodie do not go. 😀 Then we head to NewCB Party KTV (星聚點西門館) .

It was on the second night that after sightseeing of Tamshui Fisherman’s Wraft, we hurried to XimenDing as we were late.

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When we reach there, we thought we went to the wrong building, as it looks more like a cinema outlook rather than Karaoke but it turns out to be.

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They have a classy hallway that makes it look like a hotel area rather than normal koraoke place which can be identified.

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As this would be the big difference of the Sing-K place. Usually we have buffet including in our package that is situated directly outside but instead of buffet style, they are doing more like a food court style. You will be given some vouchures to utilise, if you finish the whole stack of vouchure then you can pay by money.

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Varieties of food to choose ranges from Japanese, Local Taiwan Food, Hong Kong food and some Snacks.

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Chinese style dishes available. . ..

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Hong Kong and Taiwanese Food. . . .

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With roast duck and chicken. . .

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snacks coner with popcorn, cakes and ice snowy desert and drinks next to it.

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My start of dinner for the night. . .

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The room filled with big leather couch, sound proof wall that plaster along with nice wall decoration is quite big that accomodate 10 of us with disco light hanging on the wall waiting to be turn on. There is a super clean toilet for us in it too.

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For me, I don’t really go Sing-K as I am not a big fan of it as I don’t sing (which all my best friend knows about it) but the only place I enjoy my K session time is when I was studying in Melbourne that they follow Hong Kong style which means there are people singing, there are people ‘Chai Mui’ on another table and drinking at another table. This is what

I usually do, I take food and eat. . ..

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Then when mood comes, invite friends to drink or challenge or play games.

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Listen to people sing especially chinese songs, as I enjoy them alot, part of it I am half banana as I don know how to read but know how to speak so that makes me half. 😀

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Go prank people got beaten up and seriously (Eva put her energy to pull it) and the after effect Pak had damage red ear. How I know? I also got pulled by her.

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Then we camwhore all night long with da pimp Pak in the house. . . .

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and I never get used to so many girls around me and I feel shy. . .

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One of the reason I am here is to celebrate birthday with Tina and just got to know there are other July babies too.

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Group Pic for the night. . . .

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I could not thank more to Pak for introducing me to this two crazy people Eva – Tina – Me which they are soooooo sporting.

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Since polaroid is in the trend . . . we took alot of it as memory with Tina’s chocolate camera.

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It was great and fun night and I had so much fun since the last round I was in K session. Could not thank more to Tina and Eva for hosting us and of course to the rest of you guys..nice meeting up with you~ Surely will catch up with you guys soon~

p/s: there are still alot of crazy pics but sorry, cant share with you guys…:D

find out more at: http://www.newcbparty.com/

Location:
星聚點西門館(XinJuDian XiMen Branch)
台北市成都路 81號

In our itenery, second day is to wake up early and head to Yangmingsan National Park for a sightseeing which is located in between Taipei City and Taipei Country which can be access by their MRT.

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As most of us woke up late that day, so we went to MacD to grab a quite breakfast and of course not to miss their pork burger. The only difference is that, their bread is a bit softer and there are no tomato sauce available. I just love the moment I capture on that kid which I do not know what he see open till his mouth like so soh soh.

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Our accomodation which is just a station away from Taipei Main Station under Nangang MRT line, Shandao Temple to start off with and we are heading to Shilin Night Market Station to take bus.

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Reached at Shilin Night Market station then walk down to the public bus waiting area which is just located next to the station and we have to ask around which bus to take.

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When the bus arrived, it was an empty bus and the queue is very long to the way back and most of them are old folks. So I guess we are heading the right way, with bus no.280 (if i am not mistaken).

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Journey to Yangmingsan from Shilin Night Market takes approximately 45 minutes.

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On that day it was weekend, and we were told by one old couple that usually there is full of family.

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After reaching the main area of Yanmingsan, we have to take a mini bus to tour the whole mountain as it is huge, and was told by the driver it takes about 30 – 45 minutes to round the whole 13 stops and in between, see which are the stop that you are interested in then hop off.

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The city administrative area includes Beitou District, Shihlin District, Taipei County’s Wanli, Jinshan Township and Sanchi Township. During the Japanese occupation era of Taiwan, it was known as Datun National Park(大屯国立公園). The National Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, hot springs, sulfur deposits, fumaroles, venomous snakes and hiking trails, including Taiwan’s tallest and one over the extinct volcano Seven Star Mountain (七星山, 1,120 m).

Yangmingshan was originally called Grass Mountain (草山; Taiwanese: Chháu-soaⁿ) during the Qing Dynasty, in reference to Datun Mountain. Official’s during this period were worried about thieves stealing sulfur from the rich sulfur deposits in the area so they would regulary set fire to the mountain. Thus, only grass and not trees could be seen. The first national park was established during the Japanese occupation in 1937. (source Wikipedia)

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So most of the folks living around the area selling fresh vegetable and fruits and I got scolded for shooting one of the auntie.

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One thing I like about Taiwan is that most of the people there are very well manner which the line up in all public transportation and respect the elders, pregnant ladies and family with kids that most of the people will give their seats away to allow them to seat on.

 

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One our first stop, we were quite surprise by how many people are in the area for hiking, tai chi and popular around this first stop is cycling.

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10 minutes walk from the drop off area, we reach Datun Nature Park and it was a good weather on that day, we were delighted to see how blue the sky and how green the trees are.

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Take a few snapshots around the area and at first, one of the guy ask us to trail on the jungle tracking to get a better sigh of the area, after a quick thought, he asked us to walk back how we originaly came from with a reason, scared we might get lost in there.

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One of the info and history center.

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During our bus ride to each station, there are one sight that caught very much of our attention is that the mountain looks like a small hole in and smoke keep coming out and Pak asked one of the locals, told us that, is one of a must visit place if come to this mountain.

Siaoyoukeng is the stop that we hop off and the wind was so strong that day that we cant even walk straight. One strong hit can make us sway to the left or right but it was exciting as we have never encounter such a strong wind before.

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Then we saw this trail which looks very interesting but what stopped us was the distance, 1.6KM to the peak. . . is somehow too far and not for us to do it, if we were to stay there for a night, we sure will do it and we believe it will be one of a breath taking view if we were to reach to the peak.

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This is the stop whereby Taiwan one of the tallest and extinct volcano which name as Seven Star Moutain (七星山) that stand 1,120m above sea level.

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Head over to the observation deck to take a peek. There were a strong scent of sulfur and we knew we could be there for long, so we took quick picture around the area.

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Ian with the idea of this . . . . .

 

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clear blue sky. . .

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There is a mini trail right next to it with small holes blowing smoke and sulfur.

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To see how windy it was on that day, click on the short clip . . ..

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I just love this landscape which capture by Pak.

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While waiting for the mini bus to come, we had too much free time and camwhore a little, with a few jump shots added in.

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It was a long day stroll on top of the mountain, upon setting down to the main area, we had a quick lunch with Taiwan Mee Sua made by one of a old lady, taste wise, never to mention.

On our first night, arriving at Taiwan, it was all about eating and walking around as we head to business district to meet up with Pak’s friend that had arrange way before and booked a lovely Malat Buffet Steamboat restaurant (Man Tang Hong, 滿堂紅) for us, and surely they had made the right decision for us as we starve ourselves all the way from Malaysia to Taiwan just to eat their local food.

After 10 -15 minutes walk from the station that we disembark, here we are, in front of the restaurant with many people waiting around the restaurant.

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When I walk up the stairs and the first thing that is was some young chef slicing those juicy and fresh meat and roll it into mini rolls and told my friend this is a must have section.

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Their interior build up is quite simple like our locals just that it looks nicer with wooden floor and hard plastic material that build around to build up some sections and the place are quite narrow and pack.

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This is where Pak introduce two of his best friends to all of us from left Eva and Tina.

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Once we were seated down, in the little menu, there are varieties of soup base to choose from, one of it that will not miss is their ‘Ma-lat Soup’ and ‘Sour Salted Vegetable Soup’.

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During the food ordering, of course we leave it to the experts to order and our responsible is to EAT! Drinks is free flow, with all the soft drinks Coke, Sprite and some of their local brands available in  glass bottle that store in two big fridge.

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One of their local food that you would want to try is the black stick (its in chinese do not know what it is called in english) that is made of something like our local muar chi add in with alot of black sesame. Taste weird at first but after the whole stick, turns out to be not bad, soft and filled with sesame taste.

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Item that must order which is their very own ‘Homemade Fish Paste’ by using bamboo and you can put into the soup according the size and shape you want.

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Comes to the meat section that had been perfectly thin slice by machine to make it instantly cook by a few dip in the hot soup are : ‘Beef Slices’

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‘Pork and Lamb Slices’

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This is what I mean, a whole thin slice of lamb, and flat it on top of the soup base and use your chopstick stir it for a while(less than 30 secs) then bring it out.

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This is how it must be done to ensure it is soft and not too hard. Lamb and beef definately is my choice in this range.

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After start off with meat section then we add in everything into the soup, while it takes time to cook, the clear soup base turns out to be quite bland in taste only manage to taste on a bit clear sour flavor but if you love something spicy or especially during winter and you want to enjoy a bit of sweat then ‘Malak’ is certainly the choice you must not miss. Spicy at 60% level where it is still edible not a few bites then you blow out flames, sour and to me its challenging to eat with the meat and ingredient but that was my main target for the whole night. Thumbs up!

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This is the homemade fish paste that we order again (as I do not like fish ball or paste, this turns out to be good).

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Lining up for sauces and revealing to us some secrets.

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Eating steamboat would not be perfect if you miss out the sauces. They have at least more than 15 sauces for you to go after.

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Then Eva and Tina show us their secret recipe of the sauces that they discover.

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The secret mixture of this are, peanut powder, chopped green onions, finely chopped and season garlic, a bit of chili powder, chopped chili, ONLY egg yolk and soy sauce. Result: hint of 4 flavors to enhance our taste bud and its superbly good!

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The packed of monkey that Eva is holding is actually a Packed of Maggie mee very cute of the packing and surely it taste like uncooked Mamee that we used to eat.

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During the dinner while waiting we camwhore abit and as for Eva it was funny and cute to see her talk for the first time as she just went to see dentist before meeting us.

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It was fun to have them around as it makes the whole dinner merrier.

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Then after that I wasy busy eating . . .

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and we have around 15 pax for that night.

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If you guys feel that the buffet is too heavy for you and would like to take something sweet by sitting there accompany your friend, for girls and guys that love ice-cream you will definitely be in heaven with the available selection as many as 12 flavors Hagen-Das.

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First round of food was so satisfying, with great food and value that the dinner was only at NT550 = RM55 per pax, that  valid for 2 hours session, with fresh ingredient and also with great companion for a start.

If you are looking something to start off with some damage on your stomach, then this is the place worth to try. It is advise to make a booking before you go.

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Location:
台北市大安區仁愛路4段228號之4
Man Tang Hong (???)
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Here I am, getting all excited and been waiting for the past 9 months been very torturing as I bought my flight ticket on Airasia during zero fair promo some year year 2009 end of the year, and I was very jealous those who make their journey to one of the food paradise Taiwan by capturing a lot of nice scenery too. Hence me and my friends feeling good travelling there as there are some pre-arrangements. 😉

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Our flight there was the AirAsia-x which I thought that it was their smaller flight with those compact places and I was so worrying that what will happen to me after my 4 hours flight in that cramp seat. To my surprise that, the seats are eventually bigger and something similar to MAS economy class seats which I am happy off. The only difference is that there are no cabin crews serving us with free flow of beverage and in flight entertainment. The only thing is that, we need to pay what you want to eat including water. So be prepared to bring some Malaysia currencies and also it is advisable to bring your own gadgets like i-phone with games app, PSP or anything to keep you entertain during the journey. If not will be like us, growing mushroom and BORED to death! I guess this is one way of Budget airline goes.

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my window view while the air plane is flying at 30,000 feet above sea level.

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Finally, after 4 hours of bored to death journey and I cant sleep, we had reach our destination.

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Please TAKE NOTE All travelers below 30 years old, are entitle to apply for the ‘youthtravel card’ which benefits most of us that do free and easy tour or especially to a group of friends to entitle us greater savings on mode of transportation or entry to a park.

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It was a long queue under international travel lane but it took less than 5 mins to clear us off at the immigration, as this show efficiency.

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Currency Changes is RM1 –> NT 10

As travelling from airport to Taipei city, we only have to choices that we known on that day, either you take a public bus which takes about 70-90 minutes depending on traffic and by Taxi is about half that time. We were in the hurry that day, so we opted to take Taxi and trust me, it doesn’t comes cheap as 1 taxi to our destination is NT1200 = RM120. 3 of us in a car so it was 2 taxi.

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This trip we were on budget so, the arrangement that my friend had arrange was home stay that a lot of my friends say that we can go for Motel, which is cheap, nice and clean. Home stay would be like a risk to go after. What can I say, that home stay would be a good experience as this is our first time staying in this option.

Taipei Home Stay was the choice as it was recommend by one of the friend there, with its convenience to a subway LRT 1 minutes walk away, 7-11 3 mins walk away and 1 train stop away from Taipei Main Station.

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Upon our arrival there, we were surprise to be greeted by the landlord herself and with her friendly character had make us feel that we had made the right choice.

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When I see my room, I was astonish to see how nice my room and how cozy it feels like. It feels exactly like home with a mini kitchen, filled with a queen size bed and 2 optional sofas cum bed. Actually our room is to accommodate 4 pax and my brother and housemate last minutes cancel their trip due to work, so we are occupying the whole place for ourselves.

The room all the rooms are equip with cable TV with more than 80 channels to watch, wireless connection and basic necessities in the toilet. It cost us NT1100 per night, as extra pax will charge NT 200 each, therefore is NT 1300 per night. I cannot remember what is the TYPE of my room and advisable to copy and paste to let the onwer see.

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Our Cosy bed to ly on as what we were told by the landlord lady, our room is quite brand new that just newly renovated by her compare with other rooms, this would be one of the good ones.

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Toilet with basic necessity (soap and shampoo), please take note that they DO NOT PROVIDE TOWELS. Therefore you have to bring your own towels or buy it at the night market.

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After we had settle down and take a quite bath, she asked us are we hungry and she insisted to bring us to one of the best Fried Chicken around the area which is definitely much better than the one in Shilin Night Market. When it comes to food, I was the first one to agree.


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I am back from my Taiwan trip, it was one of the best country to visit especially for food lovers. Taiwan is already famous for its creativity as what we always seen in our Astro Channel and cannot deny that feel it myself on that country itself gives me a good exposure of what they are actually good at. Hello Kitty Sweets Cafe. Let’s cut things short and I will skip on a few post directly to this café as I am very excited to share with all of you yet I am a bit disappointed.

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For all the girls who loves desert or loves camwhore, you would definitely would not want to miss this café if you hit to Taipei, Hello Kitty Café which is located in the heart of business district in Taipei nearby a Sogo shopping mall. After our great dinner, I directly request to head to this café as I saw my bestie Lyssa that just came back from her Taipei trip and saw this place but I was late and the café was closing and that is why me and my friends were disappointed but it did not stop us from storming in the café.

The outlook of the shop had been very eye catching by the whole design and concept store. What I get to know that, Hello Kitty in Taiwan is consider one of the hit thingy in the industry as alot of my friends are talking about it.

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On their window panel they have decorated all the cute kitty dolls and the accessories and chocolate item look so cute and nice.

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Most of waitresses were busying cleaning up the restaurant and we were busying in there taking pictures. I will be the replacement to host all the guest. Most of waitresses were busying cleaning up the restaurant and we were busying in there taking pictures. I will be the replacement to host all the guest. (as my friend said – if I were standing there, there would not be a customer walking in . .  CELAKA!)

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Let me introduce you my new found friend Eva and Tina which is Ah Pak’s friend that they are Taiwanese that will be seating you around.

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Cute chocolate box and gifts are available to cater for special occasions.

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With all the cute menu and the design of each desert presentation is so unique.

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The whole café are decorated with big comfort sofa’s, interior that decorated with Hello Kitty designs, walls and tables . . .

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