24 November 2008 · 8 comments · Categories: Travel

Right after our lunch, off we went to look for this…

Puff

It is pretty famous as it was the last box in the refrigerator and it really did justified its popularity as it is really delicious.

Museum

After whacking all of those, we headed to Hsinchu Municipal Image Museum for a look. But it was closed (for lunch, I think) and hence, we rest at the entrance for a good 45 mins or so before we head to our next pit stop, Taichung.

Canon

Hall

And yes, we boarded the train again for free, IIRC. Don’t ask me why again. This time, my mates knew where to stay. Hence, it was rather easier for us to find the hotel as recommended by one of the guidebooks.

Noodles

Rice

Dumplings

And again, we left our bags in the hotel and off we went for another drink and early dinner at a place opposite of the hotel.

Night Market

Later at night, after a good short rest, we headed to a night market. It is a place whereby you could get a variety of things such as foods and clothings. We walked and stopped and ate and walked again and stopped again and ate again for everything that interest us. Our first food was this…

Meat Sandwich

Boy oh boy.. It was one of the weirdest food I’ve ever tasted. Sweet, sour, bitter and salty. With combination of peanuts, pickles and meat, it sure did trigger all of our taste buds. But that didn’t stop us from ordering another portion. :P

Rice

Lala Jien

The photo above is a dish called ‘Lala Jien’. Compare to our version, their’s is on soggy side with vegetables in it. Once we were done with night market, we headed back to our hotel…

Streets

And no.. The picture above is not our hotel. It is a junction of a crossroad which I took it while walking towards the night market.




20 November 2008 · 4 comments · Categories: Travel

On the previous night, we ‘planned’ our next visit before heading to our next pit stop. Equipped with a couple of books and maps, Hsinchu was the mid point between Taoyuan and Taichung. With the guidebook stating its historical temples and all, we decided to make a half day visit to Hsinchu.

Hotel

We woke up fairly early in the morning and took the cab to the train station. But before we board the train, we stopped by at a small shop to grab our breakfast…

Egg Pancake

Bun

Here’s a warning to you all. You will probably see the same ol’ thing (breakfast) for the next 14 days because they have this ‘centralised’ menu throughout Taiwan. I kid you not.

7 11

It took us less than 2 hours to Hsinchu via train. Remember the rubber thingy that gives discount? Well, we boarded the train for free. Please don’t ask me why.

Streets

Once we were in Hsinchu, my mates whipped out their guidebooks again. They were searching high and low for this famous temple which is located in the city itself. Bear in mind that we were carrying our huge bags since we are not staying over in Hsinchu. Hence, mobility is an issue here.

Temple

We wandered around in the city, snapping photos while looking for the temple at the same time. What’s worst was that the weather ain’t doing any good to us. It was blazing hot as opposed to supposed end of Autumn season. However, having said that, the weather did give us good lightings for us to shoot.

Entrance

Ceiling

Cravings

I was pretty amazed with the said temple. Though searching for it might be a problem, with the detailed craftings on the walls, ceilings, and pillars, it was indeed a good place to have a look.

Ping Guo

After looking and snapping and walking, we went for a drink and lunch. It was easy to look for lunch this time as the temple is located in the middle of somewhat ‘food court’.