Taiwan in 2 days

Ok.. I am definitely late in posting this update. Anyway, this is going to be a really long post, and if you are not keen to read my blow by blow update on my trip... then feel free to navigate elsewhere. 

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Those who know me personally would know that Hwa attributes our success in the baby making area to prayers he made at Fo Guang Shan during our trip to Taiwan last year.

So in the true Buddhist fashion, going back to the temple was a must to "return the favour". Ok... I may not be expressing this well enough, hence do forgive me if I am putting this across inaccurately.

We had initially planned this visit to be in November, however brought it forward partly because Hwa was on his break before starting his new job, and also we figured that Jonas would find it easier to be apart from us at this age. Give him a few more months, we may be faced with a ballistic baby trying to deal with separation anxiety. Well...I was really the only person in the whole equation who had any anxiety at all.  Hence, I booked ourselves in the last flight out on a Thursday and the first flight back in on a Sunday. So, we actually only had 2 full days in Taiwan.

@ the airport. Note the eye bags! 

Day 1: We arrived in Taipei at about 6 pm. We had wanted to visit the night markets we missed very much, but by the time we got to the hotel, we were dead beat. Hence, we just settled for dinner at Ximenting and had an early night for an early start to the next day. Oh... by the way... we stayed at City Inn III (Taipei Main Station) --> a separate post on the hotel later.

Day 2: Fo Guang Shan is at the bottom end of Taiwan. So...to ensure we made good use of our limited time in the country, we got up really early to catch the 7.00am  HSR train to Kaoshiung (HSR Zouying Station). Seriously...thank God for the HSR, else a trip from Taipei to Kaoshiung on Taiwan's normal rail system will take a whooping 4 to 5 hours. That is like taking a flight back to Singapore!!

The  HSR train from Taipei Main Station to Zuoying Station took about 2 hours... and if you hop onto EDA Bus 8501 at Zuoying.... you will be at Fo Guang Shan in 30min flat! No more needing to take the MRT to Kaoshiung Station and then a bus up to the temple.

Up one of the many flights of stairs to the temple

EDA Bus is part of the service provided by EDA World, so enroute to Fo Guang Shan, you will pass by Crowne Plaza, EDA Outlet Mall and EDA World Theme Park. This place actually has something for everyone in the family....which we intend to visit again when Jonas is older and able to better enjoy the theme park. I will also return more prepared to shop till I drop at the outlet mall! This is one of the biggest outlet shopping places I have ever come across, and their discounts are quite reasonable. I managed to bag a 40% discount on my purchases at Coach.

At about 1pm, we were done in Kaoshiung, so took off back to Taipei. One of the best things I enjoyed on this trip is the railway bento. Well... most people would say it really is just a box of rice with meat, veg and braised egg. But, it tastes really yummy and I can eat it everyday!!! In fact we loved the bento so much, we went to the 7eleven at Taipei Main Station on our last night to buy the bentos for dinner! :)

The rest of the day was spent at Wufenpu, Raohe Night Market, Ning Xia Night Market, Q Square Mall and Taipei Main Station Underground Mall.

Day 3: After 2 times in Taipei, I have never visited Danshui , so I insisted we did so this trip, and I absolutely love the place. I love how so many old streets in Taiwan have all the retro toys and games. I love how it feels like we have step back into the time when we were kids, and one of the best parts of these old streets are the types of food you can find there. Another must go when we bring Jonas the next time.
Danshui Old Street

Breakfast at Dante - Danshui

Durians Durians! 

Retro Games

We started the day with breakfast at Danshui, and spent the rest of the day at Ximenting and exploring the shops around our hotel, and that's where I managed to find D&D costumes for my entire team!
I am a fairy! 

Day 4: Off we fly back to SG... back into the mini arms of our Burger Boy!

Look out for my post on City Inn Mall and some of the yummy food I found near the hotel.


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