Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 3 (1)

This is 3rd day in Tainan, Taiwan of my 10 days free n easy trip. Where to today? Oh.. before that, let’s grab some food for breakfast.

Just outside out Dorm 1828 hostel, there was a stall that sells typical breakfast meals that Taiwanese would have.

  

There were a lot of choice to choose from but the menu was in Chinese. Guess I got someone to help me to translate. =) This was our meals for breakfast.

Fried Chinese pancake with egg….

Chinese burger with ham and egg. Well… a good start for the morning before heading of to our first destination for the day.

Catching a bus in Tainan was quite easy. They has 2 buses that served the route of the most of the tourist area around Tainan; # 88 and #99. We took #99 as the stop we wanted was on its route.

Some snap shots along the way.

One of the stop along the way was the salt pan in Tainan located in Taijiang National Park.

That’s a wide area of sal pans. Read somewhere that this salt pans cover 1,976 hectares!!

Another view shot with some read up for my reader. =)

  

Some history where the visitors can stop and read. I believe you can even try out panning the salt but that’s wasn’t on our plan. It was just short stop (5 mins) by the bus for toilet break for the driver. So we passengers got a chance to walk around and stretch our legs.

More? Yes.. more coming. What’s the next stop you ask? Follow me and you will find out. =)

Something to think about (Poll #1) for my readers….

Hi readers & followers,

This is my very 1st poll that I am doing since the inception of this website (guess I finally got the idea of how to do it here. Kinda slow eh.). I would like to get my fellow readers and followers to participate in this and also share your thoughts (if any) on this.

This is one questions that all travelers would encounter sometime or another especially when you travel to a country where you have friends or relatives (or they know that you are going there). I guess each of us would have their own reasons but it would be nice to see the results at the end after 1 week.

So, give do give your vote. =)

Thanks……

Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 2 (5)

Nice to have you back visiting my blog.  You are currently joining me on an e-travel trip to Taiwan back in late 2014. If you have missed out on my earlier write-up, do click here; Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey so that you can catch up with me. Ok?

Back to my e-travel. As mentioned, Tainan has lots and lots of temples to visit and see. Too many to see in a day or so. If you love temples, then this is the county that you must visit in Taiwan.

Below is another temple that we visited. It is located inside some small alley.  

They are really colourful…..

Walking further down, you can see old colonial buildings which are well kept or converted to museum or offices. Below is the National Musuem of Taiwan Literature (formerly the Office of Tainan Prefecture)

Inside the Taiwan Confucian Temple grounds, there is a large park for people to walk or take a stroll.

This is one of the inside of the building.

Was lucky to see an exhibition during that time where an organisation was putting a paper dears for Christmas on the Taiwan Confucian Temple grounds.

Aren’t they cute?

Not sure how many but for sure there were lots of them everywhere.

The entrance to Taiwan Confucian Temple grounds. Lots of people as it was evening and also a weekend too.

Directly across the entrance of Taiwan Confucian Temple grounds is an alley leading to a row of weekend street stalls where you can stroll and enjoy a light walk and also get your stomach filled. =)

Nice? If you like what you have read, then don’t stop. More to come. If you not followed me, then follow me so that you do not missed out on my next write-up on this e-travel series. It’s a 10 days travel and we are only on the 2nd day. So….. join me. =)

Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 2 (4)

Hi all!! I would like to take the opportunity to wish all those who are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr;  an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan and Happy Holidays to the rest who are on holidays. Yup, it is a 2 days holidays for me here. =)

Ok.. back to my e-travel in Taiwan. Still in Shennong Street in Tainan.

This was a long street with nice old building to look and take pictures.

  

Lovely old building structure.

Shennong Street…..

Time to stop by for some food. Mmm can’t remember what this. Anyone can help here?

Walking further away from Shennong Street, we bump into some shop lots selling food. This is the spring roll.

This is the steam rice cake (Wagui) served in a bowl. Very nice. Had it at a stall near Chikan Tower.

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This is the stall. You can have it right in front the stall. Eat while you look at the person preparing it.

Small steam dumplings. Yummy. Hot and juicy.

The wall of the State Temple of the Martial God along Yongfu Road.

Another temple in fron of Yongfu Road. In fact, in Tainan, there are lots of temples everywhere.

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Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 2 (3)

Welcome back!! This is my e-travel series which I am writing on my family trip to Taiwan. This is 3rd part of my 2nd day and location; Tainan. After a 4hr+ train ride with at least 15 stops along the way (slow train), it was nice to start walking and exploring. In fact, it is my 2nd time here but 1st for my family. So I was their guide. =P

First stop was lunch!! Yup, along the way to our hostel; Dorm 1828, we stopped by a shop to have ramen. Simply and nice meals. You can read up my earlier trip to Tainan here; Taiwan: 2 Days Trip on History series.

  

Looks yummy right?

In fact, I didn’t know or noticed this shop on my frist trip. Guess I was on a rush rush trip to take note.

Anyway, after checking in, we continue our journey to explore Tainan. First stop was Shennong Street which was in the heart of Tainan city.

Old red partially demolished building which was transform to an art piece.

A close up shot of the art piece. Any idea what is the theme?

Along Shennong Street, there was also beautiful mural painting.

Lots of beautiful old building of houses and shop lots.

… some of which the houses converted to shops.

lovely place to have a walk and to enjoy the sight.

It feel like it bring you bakc to the early 1900’s

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Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 2 (2)

Hi!! Well more snapshots of the hostel; Mr Lobster’s Secret Den Hostel as it does look interesting and clean.

  

Panoramic view of the place.

Giant clock but out of order, sitting behind the kitchen.

Time to start our trip. Just outside the hostel near the road junction. These statues caught my eyes. Man waiting for a ‘bus’ and a child ‘cycling’ around here.

We walked ab out 20min behind we arrived at the Taipei Railway Station. This is the inside of the station. Yup… it Xmas time…

Ticket counter to get your interstate tickets. either over the counter or via the machine. If you cannot read Chinese, better go to the counter and get your tickets.

Waiting on the platform to catch our train to….. Tainan; on the southern west of Taiwan.

Bought my brunch at 7-11. Look delicious right? It is!

How much did it cost me from Taipei to Tainan? NTD701 and the ride took us 4hrs+.

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Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 2 (1)

Hi there!! Thanks for staying with me on this new e-series of my trip Taiwan back in 2014. (sorry for the delayed e-series. Took a while to produce and edit this. =P )

Anyway, this is the beginning of my 2nd day in Taipei. Staying in one of the hostel in the heart of the city. The place is called Mr Lobster’s Secret Den. Sorry no lobster for check-in gifts. We just bunked in here for the night as we arrived late into Taipei the night before…. more like wee hours in the morning.

Actually this place is located in a old the building which it took a us a while to find at it is located on 8th floor (if my memory serves me right). The owner had converted the whole floor on this building to a hostel.

  

This is the walk-way .

They even had names for their rooms.

Pipe tube direction sign to tell you the sitting area.

A wondering open view of Taipei from here.. though most of it was the roof of the shoplots and houses. Is that a Vespa??

More pictures of the walkway.

Place is well kept and clean.

Another shot from the living room overlooking the area near the hostel.

This is lobby which looks very pleasing.

Anyway… not much view except just to start off slow and easy before jumping into the beautiful views along the way.

So, do stay close to me on this e-series. If you have not followed me, then dun stop there, Click on ‘Follow Me’ =) and the journey begins…………..

Taiwan (Western Part) – 9 days Free n Easy Journey; Day 1

Hi there!! Welcome to my next e-travel write-up. Sorry. this was a trip more than a year ago but it is never too late to share, right?

Yes, it’s Taiwan again but this time is more of a free and easy journey where my family and I took a 9 days trip to the western part of Taiwan from the south to the north passage.

Although it was free and easy, it took a few months of planning to ensure that my trip there was as smooth and as accommodating as possible. We took the transport the locals took and also stayed in hostels or 1 or 2 star hotels. Simple reason was most of the time we were on walking and exploring, and we just need a place to shower and sleeps. So, accommodation wasn’t our top priority.

Ok… let’s start our e-travel. The journey started from Kuala Lumpur KLIA2 and it was a direct flight to Tao-yuan International airport in Taiwan.

It was in fact my first time in this low cost carrier airport. I am quite impressed with the size and also the number of shops in here.  

Yup… what a trip to start off with a heavy storm heading our way. Flight was delayed as usual. This was taken from the skybridge connection main terminal building to the satellite building to catch the international flight.

‘Yoda’ himself making a ‘presence’ in KLIA2. =P

M&M ‘attacking’  Petronas Twin Tower…….

After a 5 hours or so flight and with delay….. we finally touched down in Tao-yuan International Airport which was close to midnight.  Luckily we still could catch the public buses operating after midnight but very limited. Took the Kuo Kang bus at its stop point to head to Taipei city.

Cost? Well NTD125 per person. Journey took as around 1 hr++ and with stopping points in the city. So do plan where you want to get down. (especially after midnight)

Our stopped was near the Taipei Railway station and we had to walked about 30 min before getting to our hostel.

My supper after we checked in our hostel. Bought from Familymart. Taste good! Haha guess I was hungry.

Anyway.. that’s for today. Catch up with my next posting my this new e-travel series. If you have not followed me yet, pls do so by clicking on ‘follow me’

 

USA – Las Vegas; The City that never sleeps (7)

This is my last e-series of my trip to Las Vegas and covered LV and Grand Canyon within 36 hours literally. This excluded the travelling time from and to San Francisco by bus.

My walk was coming to the end as I am heading back to the interstate bus station which is near the Fremont Hotel and Casino. As I head back to that direction (on foot), passed one oldest Casino and hotel in LV. It was the 2nd Hotel and Casino to be opened on the LV Strip. (and closed in 2007) Guess this picture is just a memory.

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Supercars for hire. Anyone?

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Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. I didn’t know that they even have a RV park in it.

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Stratosphere Hotel and Casino has the the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and also 4 thrill rides at the top of the tower. From where I was, I could see the rides that was actually protruding out of the tower!! Damn! Anyone tried the rides up there?

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mmmm… can’t remember this? Anyone knows this?

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Anyway.. back at Fremont Hotel and Casino and taking a last detour before catching my bus back to San Francisco.

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At the Fremont Street Experience lane…. This place is a crow puller especially at night with light show.

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So.. that’s it for this e-series. Hope you enjoyed my e-trip. What the next series you may be asking? Well… if you want to know, then follow me and you will find out. =)

USA – Las Vegas; The City that never sleeps (6)

Hi there!! Sorry for the long disappearance and silence from my blog. I have been busy with work and also travelling around. Yup… so there will be more posting coming. mmmm.. lots of it. =)

Ok… let’s get back to where I left off…

This is my 2nd last posting on this e-series in Las Vegas. If you have missed my earlier postings, do go and have a look so that you can catch up with me on my e-walk.

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. A really colourful hotel if I may say so.

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Like the pirate ship at the front. It really does make one feel back in time.

Walking further down, Wynn Hotel and Casino. Unique but simple design. Nope… I did not walked and explore in there as I was also rushing for time to catch my bus in the late afternoon. Yup, it was like a 24hr tour of LV and Grand Canyon. =P

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Anyway walking further down , looking from overhead bridge looking onto the Las Vegas Blvd.

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Encore at Wynn.

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Just a quick drop in at Wynn.

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Walking further down the Blvd, was the Fashion Show Mall. Damn…. looks like a giant surf board ‘flying’ over my head!! haha….

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Another shot from another point of view.

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So do catch my last posting on my trip to Las Vegas and if you have followed m yet, pls do so that you will be alreted of my new posting. =)