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As discuss on Day 7, we were offer a day ride on Day 8 as we, could not feel more privillage for this last day trip, but we felt really pai seh to Mary’s auntie and her husband as they purposely took leave then rent a car come down all the way to Taipei City to pick us up then travel to Taipei County to see the Queens Rock and introduce all the places around the area.

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As we left Taipei City very early morning 7.30 am to this place with the journey of 1 hour and 30 minutes drive. A cloudy morning could not be even better for us under this hot spell. The journey to Taipei County was a pleasent one when about to reach the area, they sure do have a beautiful scenery.

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By travelling to this area Ye Liu Geopark is a famous park and a must visit place. Is a piece of land out from the coast line with formation of the rock  form geologically and hoodoos. Admission to the park is NT 50

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Satalite view of the coastline. . ..

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It was 9am in the area and its getting burning hot. . .Expected temperature for the day was around 38 degree. . .

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We really wish to thank Mary’s Auntie and the husband for this wonderfull road trip

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The formation of stones that most of them do have bee hives holes.

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If you think abit off track then you will have another imagination which is similiar to something .. .:)

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Lets head to the main attraction of the area which is the Queen’s Head

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Its quite a walk from the main entrance to all the way to the end of the park.

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The human compas. . .

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This is the famous Queen’s Head, only will get a great view if you look it at certain angel. From the front view, it just look like a normal erode rocks. What we got to know that, this rock is falling apart soon with strong sea breeze and it is just the matter of time and years  . .. Just take your chance to visit this place while its still standing tall in there.

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After the first visit of the park we head to this great park YICF 2010 which had last been organize 4 years back during the summer time. Now the new local Yilan Goverment had bring this back to life to promote on their local tourist destination area with the theme Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival. More like a family gateaway during this hot summer time!

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In Taiwan, any places is all always about walking, it really give you a good fat burning. From Carpark walk into the main area takes about 5-10 minutes at it is a very big park.

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this is the entree free for the festival.

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This is how big the park is.. . . we took about 45 minutes to walk 1 whole round and you just imagine how big it is. It covers alot of area and I sure do wish Malaysia do have something like that on seasonal. Sure going to be very fun and a great boost for our local destinations also.

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These is what the have for the park with build up a big area with pond and every 1 just get soak wet and great RnB music and dance track played all day long. IT is like a day party. Then on the 3rd picture, its a ghost house in wet version. So tempted to go in but once go in, we all are just going to be very wet coming out as we did not bring any extra clothings.

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this is what I mean a family great gateway.. . . Feels so Japan in the summer with white sea of umbrella spreading accross the area.

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Then they do have international cultural performance for the kids and parents to participate. This sure going to bond all the family members.

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A big bridge walk way for you to overlook the whole park.

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I just so love this little cafe. Simple and nicely decorated.

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Some local performance along the way.

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For kids area, they can dance around with the stage performer, take lots of picture with them. . . or

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you can let your kids sit in this section, let them sit down and do some paiting on al this cute handicraft.

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Kids zone also have alot of outdoor things to do, with mini flying fox, burst up balloon area, little moutain climbing, and many more

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Next destination is we head to one of the main fisherman village that had used to be main fisherman port for Taiwan, with lots of sea vassel park in the area and huge rock build infront of the dock to prevent on the Typhoon.

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As all of us were quite hungry, then Auntie introduce us this place which is quite pack with people, serve nice food with very reasonable price.

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Guess what is this. . . .? This is the Fish eye! and you just guess how big the fish is going to be with such a big eyeball.

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The restaurant is pack with people or I guess is because school holiday, with many people visiting the place.

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This drink is definately refreshing with my favourite apple that have a bit of the skin and nata de coco alike jelly in there. IT is not too sweet too.

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The food here is awesomely good, most of it very aromatic just that we find the noodle is quite plain. Total damage per pax is around NT300 for 8 which we find it is a pretty good deal for such a big portion.

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This squid had been steam then put in fridge for a while till its chill and the skin is so chewy by dipping with wasabi is taste sooo good!

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Done with the meal, we are heading to the temple .

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As we were told that the one of the statue is made of crystal, that overlook all the fisherman to protect them during their journey out when fishing out in the sea. That is what the locals believe.

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This is where one of the main statue is located. . . .

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Next destination, we were brought by Auntie to the local souvenir shop to make a take away back for our friends and relatives.

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As this shop is famous for the ‘Dry Duck Meat’ that you MUST buy back to eat. . . . The price is average and the whole pack is air tight that makes it last quite some time before you open it.

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This is the famous duck meat in this shop. They have duck meat, duck liver and a few more other stuff, besides that they do sell some other local products that is very reasonable in price too.

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When I saw this building at traffic light, then I thought who would want to build such a weird house up there, then the aunty answer me that, that house is a huge bird nest.. .. Then we were like woah, what a nice build up house for birds. More like to harvest bird nest I guess.

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2 blocks away from the same strech of that shop, we reach this cake shop which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you to come if you do come to YI Lan City! I guess this place is called Cake Nobel shop cuz I do not know how to reach chinese.

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What they are famous for? They are famous for their very own style of Swiss Roll which is a MUST buy item in there.

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Their Signature Item, Swiss Roll Strawberry, which have really fresh strawberry in there and the taste of it, the outerlayer of the roll cake is so soft and the cream is not too thick yet its just perfectly nice to go along with the whole awesome flavour.

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They have so many flavours and if I do stand a chance I would really want to buy back but it was meant to eat it fresh and can last 2 days. By the time I bring back to Malaysia its already spoil.

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Their testing plate and one thing I love about Taiwan FnB industry is that most of the retailers are very generous in giving out their item for food tasting. You see the size of it, its quite a huge chunk and they seriously do not mind you to stand there and just eat it like that a few (if you do not feel embaress la).

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One of my favourite is the Yam  . .. . .

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With lots of creamy cream yogurt base like that. ..  It wont make you ‘jelak’ and I can seriously finish this whole roll by myself without any problem!

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And I just love their packaging. . .  so Creatively design . . . Do bare in mind that their Swiss Roll are selling like hot cakes and I do even see a guy buy 20rolls.

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We just bought a few just to eat for the night.

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Other item that selling in there.

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We love their bread range too, smells so nice and the bread are creatively design which their bread size and flavours are quite unique.

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This is the map on how to get there, and its pretty near the train station. Its a shop that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you are in that area.

For more information, you can always check out on their official website: www.cakenobel.com.tw/index.php

諾貝爾食品有限公司
網路專線 TEL:03-9610388、03-9613919    FAX 03-9610959
礁溪店門市 宜蘭縣礁溪鄉礁溪路4段68號 TEL:03-9885919

Location: 宜蘭縣羅東鎮公正路212號/ Luo Dong fair Ilan County Road No.212

One of the thing that we are looking forward to after a long stroll at the Aborigines Park in Taiwan(click here), we were told that Tina and Eva had already book a very nice restaurant for dinner which served their specializing hot and spicy Sichuan cuisine. Kiki Restaurant is rated one of the best around the area.

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As I was told by Tina that this famous restaurant chain is own by their famous local celebrity Singer and TV host Lan Xin Mei that can only be found in Taipei District. Tina had book this restaurant few days ahead to ensure we get a place in this restaurant which RESERVATION is a must before you head here.

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This building had 3 story and the whole building is fully packed with people. Shows that they do have a serious good business. Their contemporary design with unfancy orangy lighting with wooden and nice chairs to make all of us comfy to dine in the restaurant.

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While we were at Sun Moon Lake we saw this great souvenir to get and give to this 2 great new friends Tina and Eva to thank them for spending so much time with us while we are there. We gave them a token of appreciation of NT 1 mil that shared by me and Pak .. .hahaha. . . .

 

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3 of them are just as funny as they are, we had good laughter and crap all the way.

Let’s start off on what I eat for dinner on the 5th day as we did some travelling around and last place to visit was this area called Wufenpu which is actually a shopping paradise for ladies. Farmosa Chang 鬍鬚張 (Hu Xu Zhang) Seriously please bring a lot of cash to this area, credit card machines in the shop are kinda hard to find.

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We were shopping till hungry and we were introduce to this shop located across the street Farmosa Chang which is a restaurant more similar like a fast food chain that their food are serve pretty instantly. It is now become one of the franchise restaurant booming up in Taiwan and slowly penetrating oversea market.

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The place is decorated with wooden tables, wooden plaque of menu, marble flooring that makes the place simple and nice.

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Me having a hard time to decide what to eat cuz the menu is in chinese and I only can look at the pictures point and point.

If you are in Taiwan, and you love street food or some street shopping and enjoy bargaining then, there is one place that you must not miss. It is not only famous to tourist but also locals, most of the time, this night market is sardine packed with people and if you do go there during their summer break or school holiday you can just expect to be push around. Shilin Market is one of the biggest and most famous night market in Taipei District. Easy access from public transportation that you can stop by at Shilin Night Market Station and the night market is located just opposite it.

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This is one of the biggest junction that I have came accross. Lets start off with our very first food hunting. Please be aware that this post involves alot of food and drinks that might harm your eye sight and make a lil damage on your stomach.

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Fish ball and fried squid for that kind of size, guess how much you have to pay? Its chewy, very cripsy from the outside.

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Then we got introduce that there is one of the best fried chicken among so many stalls in this area which is stall no 5+. Once you walked into this big food market you will see a long que and that would certainly be the fried chicken stall.

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Nono and Jennifer were helping us to be in the line while we were busy taking pictures. It took us about 15 minutes wait because the people in the line just do not buy one, at least 3 pcs per pax.

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For such a huge piece of crispy fried chicken it cost only NT50

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After buy it, we were brought inside the food market and I got shock to see how many food stalls are there cramping in this area. So pack and so many food to see. That makes it more than 500 food stalls around this area itself which have not include the main shopping streets of Shilin streets there.

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We were brought to stall 441 which is recommended by Mary’s brother and his friend that this stall serve good Fried Oyster or ‘Oh Jian’

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Besides selling that, they also do have smelly/sticky taufu available in fried or spicy soup version.

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Spicy soup version.

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Fried version.

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Fried oyster here is certainly different from what we have in Malaysia but its something similar. Ours will taste abit jelly’ish but theirs is more on beaten egg that pours on top of the hot plate, fried and wraps it.

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The main difference is that they do add on sauce on top of the Fried Oyster. The sauce turns out to be good, spicy, smooth in texture with a bit of lime sour eat along with the smooth fried oyster is something I do not mind to have the whole plate alone.

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Oyster in there are moderate in size but for the price we are paying, we consider it cheap. One plate for around NT50 which have at least 6-7 oyster.

Taiwan Trip Day 4 –> Jinguashi’s Gold Ecological Park –> JiuFen –> Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall –> Miramar Mall

On the fourth day, we woke up very early again and can just feel the heat start to burn on our skin and knowing it going to be another hot day. Having breakfast on the go and heading to Taipei Main Station to visit this wonderfull place Jiufen that most of my friend its a MUST go place if you are in Taiwan. We are heading there with a group of new friends which most of them are Indonesians but studying there for quite some time arleady.

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They seriously have a huge big station compare to our mini KTM station which is half dead also or KL Central which I presume something similiar but very far behind with the user friendly access and really Main station compare to ours.

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With varieties of train available from the olden steam train to the modern bullet train for you to choose from and the schedule and time line very accurate. Having fast and efficient people working in the counter, we didnt wait for long to get our tickets even though there are quite number of people as that was the first day of the high school holiday. So there are alot of people heading other province.

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The ticket is also very classic feels like the time I ride in the bus when I was a kid with a punch hole from the bus attendent.

After our Taiwan Story Land stop by, next destination which is Ximending which is a must go place for all teenagers and young adults if you love shopping. A place which is colourfully light up and surely looks like one of the best place to be. This place is seriously huge with many streets to walk around. One thing you just need to prepare which is money!

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Ximending has been called the “Harajuku of Taipei” and the “Shibuya of Taipei”. Ximending is the source of Taiwan’s fashion, subculture, and Japanese culture. This area is in the northeastern part of Wanhua District in Taipei and it is also the most important consumer district in the Western District of Taipei. The well-known Ximending Pedestrian Area was the first pedestrian area built in Taipei and is the largest in Taiwan. (source from Wikipedia)

Ximending also can be easily access by the MRT that’s stops at Ximending station which is located directly in front of the place itself.

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This place is just flock by alot of young people and you wont feel old at all.

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I have been told by a lot of my friends that travel here so far and if do drop by this place, once of the food shop that I must visit is this Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodle that had been establish since 1975 and had become a trend.

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This shop is located directly infront of Addidas and Nike Boutique and its hard for you to find a place to sit down and the only place you can sit is on the floor, or the plastic chairs which is available or stand.

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I have never seen this guy stop his work and the que is consistant with people eat in and take away.

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Sauces to add on are the Vinegar, Garlic and Chili.

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It would taste much better if you add all of the sauces. One Small bowl cost NT40.

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You can eat it either stand or squatting down.

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I just love the texture of the noodle which is silky smooth, and the base is thick that near to gummy side. The best part is, instead of using Oyster they are using Pig Intestine that had been cook so soft to chew it like fish meat. Taste of chili and garlic just add in the extra kick in it, just beware the chili is quite spicy. By the time I finish my cup of Mee Sua we are all drench in sweat. Recommended stop for food.

Ximending Branch: Ximen Station, Exit 6. No.8-1, Er Mei St., Wanhua District. +886-02-2388-8808 ay-chung.com

Shiling Branch: 1F., No.24, Lane 101, Wenlin Rd., Shilin District, Taipei City

Xinyi District Branch: No.2, Lane 17, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City

 

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As we were still hungry and walking around through this busy district then we came accross street snacks available.

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It sure looks tempting to us and too bad I do not know how to read chinese but certainly my friends can.

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It is like Roti Canai Taiwan version that have many choices to choose from as topping to wrap around as ingredient.

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You can choose from bacon, egg, corn, and a few others to make it up.

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Certainly they do have alot of toppings also, ranging from sour till sweet.

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The taste is so good till that now I still remember the taste, soft and aromatic with pan fried cover with yummy crispy bacon with egg wrap add with some chili powder. I don mind to have 3 of this. NT35

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Next then we were a little curious on what is this guy selling that have so many mixture of chicken parts available and some are in cold version.

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It was more like a mixture of chicken sparepart of everything and some other veggies and we order a mix packet that have all the available ingredient mix in it.

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mix everything into the bowl

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add on some powder and shake it and mix it by hand

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The end result of the total mixture, which includes some cold ingredient but it suprise us how good it taste, with a bit salty, not too strong in taste of pepper, chili powder and another secret powder that kicks the taste even better and Pak just finish most of it by himself and keep praising how good it is. Indeed it taste good!

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We have Chinese Pancake in Malaysia and they do have Taiwan Chinese Pancake I would call.

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Available in rolls, flats, thick and flavour to add in are red bean, cheeze, peanut, jam, mixed seafood and a few others.

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Taiwan Sausages are available in many many flavour compare to our pasar malam and the types of the original sausage also gives us hard time in choosing it.

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This is another shop highly recommended by two friends that is a must go shop if I am there, sure its packed with people.

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What is available in the shop is more on chicken parts.

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With chicken legs, inards, feet, liver, ass and many more.

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Price ranges from NT20 – NT70 depends on how many grams you take.

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One of the many things that we would buy back for souvenir is this compress ‘ Taiwan Tie Dan or know as Iron Eg or Naught Egg’ that an egg had been compress till so small that had a bit of herbal taste. Many people can just finish one pack like that but I just cant. NT100 per pack and available in Original and Spicy. Both taste pretty good and if are a spicy lover just go for the SPICY!

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Then we did try out all the available parts in the shop the taste, is mind with a bit herbs and not that salty. You try it out then you tell me. We finish the whole bag like piranha.

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If you are looking something cute to buy back as souvenir for your friends or gift for your love ones, then this shop, Sophisca would be a shop you would not want to miss as they are candy and gift shop. They sell all those cute and uniquely packed gift available for you to choose and I sure do hope that Malaysia do have this kind of shop.

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All those packed are they Pad? selling womens Pad? Nope, but sure do looks like one rite?

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You need condom in chocolate flavour that has extra chocolate?  With this Choco is better than sex!

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Or your friends love to play mahjung or need some Duracell batteries? They are all just chocolates and this shop turns out to be one of a famous shop in the city.

Log on to their website to find out more : http://www.sophisca.com.tw/

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Last stop for the night is introduce by newly found friends which they are so warm which is Ian’s Gf brother and gang which most of them are from Indonesia but staying there for their studies.

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Its time to get sweet tooth and the wall is very funny, are all white papers and you can just do a shout out by writting on the wall who are you with, welcome, relish an anger note, just anything that you can read alot of funny note.

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Snowy version of Taiwan with many flavours to choose from.

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I just love Tina how she always look in camera with alot of cute and funny expression.

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My order will never always go wrong with Mango toppings and ice cream flavour. Taiwan mango taste so sweet, soft and very very aromatic of mango flavour which is quite different from Malaysia. In Malaysia just cant get such a sweet mango.

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Mix Fruits.

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Mango

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Our Group pic

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While I am walking back, this shop sure catch my attention as I have heard Forever 21 but this shop is name Forever 26.

Next post will be one of the famous area or a must visit area if you do go Taiwan, which is known as JiuFen.

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