January 22, 2013 |
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Okay! Yesterday and today have been long ass days.
Yesterday, I took an MRT for the first time and headed over to Xin Beitou which is where all the hot baths were!! Hot baths are super popular in Japan and have been around for years. They have health benefits as the water is somewhat “special” and is really good for the skin!!
Hot bath (which is public) is about NT40 which is abit over $1!!!!
I couldn’t take anymore photos because the baths didn’t allow it. I also went to eat some local food around the area!!
To be honest, not sure what most of the menu said, but my plate turned out to be intestines and tofu! :o (which I normally eat anyway!!)
For the rest of the day I headed over to Ximen which is a shopping district you definitely need to check out if you are ever in Taipei!! I was originally quite sick of shopping already after the first two days but this place gave me the urge to buy heaps!! It’s almost like… a night market in a whole suburb!!!
Amazing food and cheap shopping!
That’s all from me for today!!! Need to head out so I will be back soon!
January 18, 2013 |
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I’m sitting at Time cafe at the moment – which is near where I’m staying in Taipei. I’m having Seafood soup as my dinner tonight because I need to rehydrate after shopping for 9 hours straight.
Today, I visited Zhonghao Road. This area is supposably the place for fashionistas. All the girls and boys apparently look like models here (quoted by another blog I read) – I would definitely agree that it is the most fashionable but probably not about the model-looking people.
SOGO and Mingyao also live on this road.
I also tried some street food today!!! I struggled with ordering food, but eventually got through it!
After shopping on Zhonghao road, I caught a cab to Taipei101. At first I thought it was like an observatory tower like Sydney’s sky tower but it is actually a shopping mall with the observatory on the 6th(?) floor!!! I didn’t go in because there was a 30-40mins wait but it’s definitely something worth visiting. I’m just lazy #noshame
Here are some pics from Taipei 101!
Just a few streets below Taipei 101 is Linjiang night markets!! I’ve wanted to visit a night markets since I got here so I took a quick cab ride down!!
There are so many little things to buy and eat there!! I had my favourite street snack – Smelly Tofu!!
I bought these flats for NT 390~ which is equivalent to about AUD 13!!
Okay next (yes I had a longggg day), I went around the streets near the night markets. The Linjiang markets is only one long street btw.
The street intersecting is actually a whole street filled with pets!!! I got overly excited when I found huskies and shibainus!
It’s abit cruel that all these pets were in cages, but it was still very entertaining to visit each shop to observe the cute puppies and kittens!! There are sooo many couples here!!
Okayyy time to head homeeee. Last meal of the night.
And ofcourse, a selfie with the beautiful city of Taipei.
Goodnight Taipei. I’m looking forward to a more relaxing day of Hot Springs tomorrow :)
January 16, 2013 |
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Today it’s an amazing weather in Taipei! I walked around Da-an district to Sogo and mini boutiques everywhere!!
Really reminds me of Hong Kong (cause that’s probably my only memory of Asia).
I purchased some lingerie and eyelashes today. There are many manu little aisles of stores and I’ve found myself getting lost through all of them!!
I’m currently drafting this post in a restaurant where I ate the infamous Taiwanese beef noodle soup!! It cost NT140 which is equivalent to about $4.50!!! And I also ordered a mango juice for NT30 which is less than $1!! I’m stunned at how cheap Asia is.
Taiwan is relatively safe compared to many parts of Asia. Most people here mind their own business and no one really stares at you like most other parts of Asia!!
I’m struggling with everyone speaking mandarin but I’m surprisingly pulling through with communication! #day1
Hopefully the next few days will get better!! I’ll leave you guys with some pics!
January 15, 2013 |
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I’m currently at Sydney Airport but I will be making small updates on my blog whilst I’m travelling!
First stop will be Singapore where I will have a stop over for 3 hours before heading to Taipei!
It’s my first time flying with FlyScoot so I’m a little nervous!!!
I know there will be no inflight entertainment so I have prepared myself with Cleo and Cosmopolitan magazines!! Also headphones are a must!!
Sneak peek in my carry on bag!
Wish me luck on my flight!!! And see you all in Singapore and Taipei! ❤
November 8, 2012 |
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Apologies for being gone for so long! Last week I had a work conference at Port Douglas. I stayed at the Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa!!
I’ve never been to Cairns before so I didn’t actually expect much out of it, but it quickly became one of my favourite places in Australia!! It’s very warm which is different since Sydney has become half of a Melbourne.
Here are some photos from the resort! It was ah-mazingggg!!! #freeadvertising
Port Douglass is about a one-hour bus ride from Cairns Airport.
Yes, I swear I was there for work!
Here is proof of my conference folder. #nolashes in this picture. How different I look!! #nofilter #nophotoshop too!
At night, we had several dinner events. I took an outfit of the day #OOTD on one of the days with my new ASOS split maxi skirt (which I’m super obsessed with at the moment)
I think after HALLOWEEN, I’ve been quite obsessed with darker pink lips. I’m still trying to pull it off, but I’m kinda getting used to the “bxtchy” look now! Doesn’t look too bad after all and makes me look more “sexy” rather than “cute”. :)
Super random luvo pics I took before heading out to sunbake.
On the last day I was at Port Douglas, my company took us out to Snorkelling!! I’ve never been snorkelling but I’ve heard so many things about the Great Barrier Reef and scuba diving/snorkelling there so I was really excited.
We had to wear Lycra suits due to it being stinger season (extremely dangerous period to be swimming in the ocean).
I brought a waterproof camera to take underwater photos of the beautiful corals and fishes as well, but haven’t developed the film yet! (YES IT’S A FILM CAMERA #ZOMG)
I loved the experience of snorkelling. I’m usually not a person to “love water events” because I am so concerned about being able to wear makeup and looking nice when I go away, but honestly, being able to see the world in a whole new way… I was extremely blown away.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND you to snorkel if you are not a confident swimmer and scuba dive if you are more confident!
This trip is only the beginning of my many trips to come! I’m really excited.
Avoca Beach road trip in December, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand in January!!! If anyone has any places to recommend in those countries, please let me know as I haven’t organised much at this point yet!
Where are you travelling to in the next few months?