Taipei Travelogue 1.1 (台北自由行1.1 桃园机场,星辰大饭店,西门盯)

Finally, I managed to sort out and edit my photos taken during my Taipei trip in May. So here I’m jotting down my travelogue! Will be blogging in both English and Chinese for this Travelogue! Instead of blogging by days, I’ll separate it into parts as this is really a very laid back trip with impromptu itinerary.
我终于有时间整理我五月份在台北旅游时所拍的照片!这次的旅游日记将以英语和中文来写!这次的旅游呢,算是没什么计划。可以说是想去哪里就去哪里吧!

departure1

Photo with the Mum before entering the departure hall! We are taking Scoot to Taipei, I managed to grab tickets at $180++ each with return check in luggage.
进离境厅之前先拍张照!这次也是搭酷航,机票才180++新币哦!是优惠期买的啦!

datasimcounter

Reached Taoyuan Airport at about 6 am. However, the counter that sells data sim cards only operates from 8 am. I bought the 5 days data plan at NTD 300.
抵达桃园机场大概早上六点。不过购买预付卡的柜台八点才开始营业哦!我买了可以用五天网络的卡,才台币300!

day1airportsnacks

As we had some time to kill while waiting for the counter to open, we bought some drinks at snacks from the convenience store! I miss that milk tea!
在等待时,到便利商店买了饭团还有奶茶解饿!台湾的便利商店超棒的!什么都有!

charging ports

Charging ports are available at the airport! This is a huge life saver!
机场内还让人可以充电!太方便了!

bus tickets

After getting the data card, we proceeded to buy tickets for the bus ride to Taipei City. Tickets are at NTD 125 each and intervals of the bus is about 15 minutes for the bus company I bought from.
买了预付卡后,就马上到巴士车站去买票!因朋友的推荐,所以我买了国光客运的,一长票台币125。巴士大概15分钟一趟。

insidebus

The bus is pretty spacious and comfortable, I even took a short nap. The ride itself is about 45 minutes to an hour and drops at Taipei Main Station.
从机场到台北车站大概是四十五分钟到一小时。巴士挺宽敞也还蛮舒服的,我还小睡了一会儿。

trainstation

The metro at Taipei is pretty easy to understand though it might get confusing with the many lines. And also the fact that alternate trains ends at different places. So be sure to look at the signs before boarding! The tickets are in forms of plastic coins like in Bangkok! Those are the single trip tickets. You can buy the Easy card similar to our Ez-link. The Mum and me decided to just stick to buying single trip tickets as we are not going to that many places. The 5 days card at NTD 700 each might be more expensive that paying per trip.
台北的捷运站其实蛮容易理解的。不过因为有很多不一样的路线,而且隔一趟的车也停在不一样的地方。所以上车之前要看好电子板。你可以购买优游卡,就像新加坡的EZ-Link一样。不过我和母亲大人决定买一次性的票,因为觉得没有要一直搭捷运,5天台币700有点太贵。台北的日票和曼谷捷运的一样哦!

citizen hotel

Reached our hotel at about 9 am plus and the kind hotel manager allowed us to have breakfast while waiting for check in at 12 pm. We grabbed a bit and went to roam around the streets nearby. Citizen Hotel is located near Dungmen Station! The room is a little dated but very comfortable and cosy and the toilet comes with a bathtub!
我们抵达饭店时,是大概早上九点。亲切的经理让我们先到餐厅用餐。入住时间是下午12点左右,所以我们吃完了,就到附近一带走走。我们住的是台北星辰大饭店,最靠近的是东门捷运站。房间的设计虽然旧了点,不过挺大的也很舒服,而且厕所带有浴缸哦!

台北市中正區金山南路一段80號
No.80, Sec. 1, Jinshan S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

電話:(02)2397-1377 傳真:(02)2394-8726
http://citizen.hotel.com.tw/

mumximen

We decided to head to XiMenDing after resting awhile at the hotel. Takes us about roughly 15-20 minutes from our hotel to XMD! Here’s a shot of the Mum posing at the entrance of XMD station. It is super crowded there!
在饭店休息了一会儿,我们就往西门盯出发!从东门站到西门站大概需要15到20分钟。帮母亲大人拍个照!西门盯就是热闹,人好多哦!

ximenst

I’ve been to Taipei 9 years ago when I was 15 and stayed at XMD then. The streets remains the same like in my memory.
15岁那年来过台北,住的就是西门盯。和九年前一样,西门盯的街道和记忆里的一样。

ximenstreets store

Spot the cute heart shaped cotton candy! And the many many street food stalls!
可爱的心型棉花糖!!还有好多的路边摊。

ahzhongmianxian

When at Ximending, this is a must try! The famed Ah Zhong Mian Xian! The queue is pretty long but quick. Condiments like vinegar, garlic and chilli can be added at your own preference.
大家都说来到西门盯,一定要试试阿宗面线。人龙排挺长的,不过还蛮快的。调味料可以根据自己喜欢去加。

meesua

Unlike the oyster mee sua we have here in Singapore, the Ah Zhong version is the pig intestine mee sua. I find the taste pretty ok, nothing fantastic. The locals don’t really eat here though, we were told when asking for directions to the stall.
新加坡的面线大多数是蚵仔面线,阿宗的是大肠面线。我是觉得味道还可以,不算是非常好吃的那种。在问路时,当地人都说他们是不吃阿宗面线的。

ah mao

Spotted Ah Mao! The famous dog at Ximending which is also the Mascot of the Risotto restaurant. I noted that there are two outlets and there’s another golden at the other outlet too! But I’m pretty sure this is Ah Mao cause he’s huge even though shaved. So cute!
快看!是阿毛!阿毛还蛮出名的!而且好可爱也很大只!

stsidestore

The Mum and I spotted this stall at an alley and we decided to eat here. Simply because they have two of the food items that I’ve been craving for! The prices are super affordable too!
在一个巷口看到这摊子,和母亲大人就决定在这里填饱肚子。价格便宜,而且有我非常想吃的食物!

braised meat rice

Ordered a Braised Meat Rice to fufill our carbo quota. This is not bad.
先来一碗卤肉饭!味道不错。

smellytofu

Fried Smelly Tofu! I’ve missed this most from my trip 9 years back! I’m craving for it now while typing this. It’s crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. And it’s not smelly at all, very fragrant!
臭豆腐!!我的最爱之一!外脆内软的豆腐,想到都流口水!

duckbloodcakesoup

Spicy Duck Blood Tofu Soup! I love this! And it’s super fresh and Q! I ate this and the smell tofu almost everyday during my trip.
麻辣鸭血!我超爱的!很新鲜也很有弹性哦!我几乎每天都吃鸭血或猪血汤还有臭豆腐!


yakult galore

Okay, ending my part 1 here with a photo of the huge bottles of Vitagen/Yakult drinks! The ones in Taiwan seems to taste nicer compared to the ones we have in Singapore!
超大瓶的养乐多!!就只有在台湾有而已,而且还比较好喝呢!今天就先到这里咯!下次在继续!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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