Sunday, August 14, 2016

Taiwan Trip, May 2015 - Hua Lien - Hotel Bayview in Seven Stars Bay

I dedicate a blog post to Hotel Bayview because this is, hands down, my favorite hotel for this trip.

This is the probably the first time I get interested in decorations (since I'm in the midst of renovating my new home then) and when I start to appreciate interior decorations more.

Deluxe Double Room with Balcony -link
I simply adore the Mediterranean deco and the night melody of the waves since the hotel room faces the pacific ocean. I would love to spend a few more nights there for my next trip.

Mediterranean Style Furnishing
Deco inspiration for craft-stone / brick walls.

There's a small soak tub which I think will be great idea for small homes while in actual fact, I really love the tap on the sink which I forget to take a picture of.

Tap (Photo credit: PinInterest)

The design based on my memory, but more metal than glass. In my opinion it really enhance the Mediterranean deco feel!

There is a small balcony that faces the Pacific Ocean. It's all pitch dark though because we checked in late.

Night View
Which is just really dark.

Lift Lobby
Even the deco in the lift lobby is nice!

Hotel Lobby 

Right Outside The Hotel
After we checked in, we took a short walk around the hotel, grabbed food from the nearby Family Mart for supper and hang around the 24 hour mini lounge.

Lounging Around
We decide to hang around in the 24 hour snack bar in the hotel, where there's some coffee, tea and biscuits for hotel guests.

Family Mart Supper
Because we are all for convenient store supper and they taste way better than those we had in Singapore. My sis in law always love the western style pastas, my mum loves the tea leaf eggs and for me - cold noodles anytime!


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Taiwan Trip, May 2015 - Hua Lien - Rainbow Night Market and Zi Qiang Night Market

From Taroko Gorge, we drove down to Hualien city. After a day in the mountains, we are hungry and looking for good food!

Dai Ji Bian Shi -link
First stop is this decades old Bian Shi restaurant. Bian Shi is like the Singapore version of wantan. It looks ordinary but taste really good!

Desserts Next at Yi Xin Pao Pao Bing! 
Mango shaved ice and herbal grass jelly.

Hua Lian Zhou Jia Xiao Long Bao -link
Our driver stop by this popular 40 year old steam bun store in Hualien while I queue up to get buns for the family. It taste quite nice even though we are full to the brim. Haha!

Rainbow Night Market (彩虹夜市)
After reading up on some blogs on how vibrant this night market is before our trip, we went there and feels quite underwhelmed. We probably cover them in 30 mins max and decided to go to another night market nearby as recommended by our tour guide.

ZiQiang Night Market
I'm kind of late in blogging, and it looks like ZiQiang Night market is no longer in operation as of November 2015 and replaced by the East Gate Night Market (DongDaMen which in mandarin sound like Dongdaemun). That'll be on my next trip!

The Stores Then
There are many "seafood bars" there. Think fresh seafood, lots of music and Taiwan beer!

Who need a Steak Restaurant?
Stalls selling steak in hotplates is a norm in the night markets across Taiwan.

Hi Teddies
How I wish to have desserts with these cute bears.

Popiah is hot here~
To our surprise, one of the night market stalls with the longest queue sells our local favorite popiah! It's not called Popiah though.

So do the fruit juice store!
The queues are unbelievably long. I hope it's as speechlessly amazing as the shop name. Haha!

More Stalls
Coz night markets are all about food!

Cheesy Baked Potatoes
That my nephew simply adores!

Nothing is Impossible
If you have your dad helping you to pose. Haha!

Fresh Seafood
Since Hualien is right by the sea, there are many seafood bars selling fresh seafood! Think english 90s pop, fresh seafood, beer and lots of fairy lights.

Live Sea Urchin
Uni anyone?

And we head back to our hotel for the night!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Taiwan Trip, May 2015 - From Cing Jing to Taroko Gorge

After a rejuvenating night in Cing Jing counting stars over chocolates and instant noodles, we drive over to Hua Lien.

Dusk to Dawn
Before which, the view worth waking up early for.

Day View from Starry @ CingJing 

The Simple Life
Nephew chilling outside our room with my Ipad while we just hang around enjoying the view and fresh air.

Breakfast Set @ Starry Minsu
The breakfast set are photogenic isn't it so? Love the toast with hot milk tea is Taiwan which taste so good!

Long Ride Ahead!
Looks like we are set for a loooong winding ride across the mountains through Taruko Gorge to Hualien!

Oldest Tree in the Area

Bottoms Up
For some reason there's a blur bubble in the middle of the pic.

While admiring the tree, we saw a caterpillar

Another Break

Lunch at Tian Xiang, Taroko Gorge
Finally we reach the village of Tian Xiang at Taroko Gorge! We had a late lunch at the shophouse eateries (which didn't taste good despite our famished tummies). Despite the different names, you can order any dish you want no matter which eatery you are in.

Around the Area
We spotted this suspension bridge from afar after lunch and decided to explore the area. Turn out that the bridge is called "普渡桥".  

Taroko Pudu Bridge 

Xiang De Temple
At the end of the Pudu Bridge, we see the Xiang De temple - a Buddhist temple. If you walked further there's also a tall white robed Guan Yin statue.

Shakadang Trail
This is another hiking trail if you are into hiking. There is around 4 storey of stairs to go down and up.

Eternal Spring Shrine Tour

More Mountains

Famous Central Cross Island Highway 東西横貫公路

And off we go to Hua Lien city for some night market action!