姐妹台湾游

老妹去年看了我在台湾的照片后,就一直想要去。结果四月间看见飞机票便宜,就和朋友相约买了飞机票。

老姐看见妹妹也去,一时冲动也买了飞机票!真是的。就这样,她们一众4个山龟(福建话)往台湾飞去。

多亏我这做姐姐/妹妹的,帮她们编好10天的行程。还帮她们订民宿。可不简单啊,真不是开玩笑的。

妹妹一到花莲,就老给我传简讯,向我炫耀太鲁阁有多美、七星潭有多妙、合欢山有多漂亮、绵羊多可爱。。。天啊,我是又嫉妒,又羡慕的。

看看一些妹妹拍的照片吧。

太鲁阁。这张照片可是她们经过跋山涉水才拍到的!危险度90分!大家不好乱学哦。

看两姐妹,多开心。童心未泯。

合欢山。拍自山顶。妹妹说上山的路是超窄超崎岖的。山顶当时气温只有摄氏5度。

青青草原。哎哟,好可爱的羊咩咩!羡慕死我了。@__@

七星峰。两姐妹傻傻的。跟她们说阳明山的小油坑很漂亮,一定要去。去是去了,可是两人竟然跟着别人去爬七星峰!到了山顶,两人都剩半条命了。不过却是不错的体验。我说她们到台湾上山下水去了。哈哈哈。

北投温泉博物馆。姐姐很努力的在做什么呢?

嗒哒!用不同印章盖出来的卡片哎!上次我去的时候怎么都没有啊?:(

往返平溪的某个车厢里。和车长拍照!怎么会有这份殊荣啊?笨笨的4个人,坐火车要去平溪,可是坐过站了!车长好心让她们免费搭回程火车!台湾人太友善了。又是一个独一无二的体验。妹妹说,另一位车站的工作人员还用闽南语叮咛车长,“爱甲伊朗看好好噢,记直爱叫伊朗落车哦。” 可爱。

空荡荡的车厢,进来了一对老夫妇。温暖,温馨。

后面就是传说中的牛奶河吗?怎么我们在九分的时候都没听说啊?

2010台北国际花卉博览会。可惜人太多,她们只在外面逛,没买票进去。

好可爱!!!

妹妹说外面的花都已经够多、够美了。

啊。。。好想念台湾。。。

以下这张照片,也是妹妹PO上面子书我看到的第一张照片,让我好感动。我也想重温被姐姐载着的那种幸福。。。幸福满溢。

Taiwan Posts. All Done!

Phew! Breathed out a sigh of relieve and happy when I finally finished all my Taiwan posts this afternoon! I just hope that it does help other travellers in planning their free & easy trip to Taipei.

Click this LINK to view all the Taiwan posts.

It is easy to travel free & easy in Taipei. In fact, I am a person/traveller who prefer to explore a place on my own except when I choose to have a no-brainer trip. Then, and only then would I go for an all-inclusive tour package. :)

Taiwan is a place where public transportation is of high level of efficiency and effectiveness. There isn’t a place where you couldn’t access to public transport. The effectiveness of public transport in Taiwan makes my own country looks like a total loser! I wonder why can’t my country do the same? 53 years of independence and yet our public transportation is still a mess. Trust me, most of us Malaysians would admit the same thing!

Travelling to Taiwan, all you have to do is figure out where you would like to visit, look up the transport information on the world wide web, and there you are. You are all set and ready to explore Taiwan at your own pace.

I travelled with a group of friends, 7 of us all together. I wouldn’t say that we have the perfect information on hand, but I’m glad that things worked out as planned. :) If you asked me if travelling in Taiwan is difficult, my answer would always be NO. If you can’t speak Mandarin, please have your friend who knows Mandarin, write out some common phrases/questions in Chinese on cardboards, such as where is the toilet, where is the MRT station and etc. That way, you can always use those cardboards when need be.

Taiwanese are mostly friendly. Even if there are few who are not, they wouldn’t be rude to you. However, please don’t take things for granted and don’t take advantages of their good nature. They are generally friendly but do not try to piss them off. :) Do use “please” and “thank you” a lot. I must have said a lot of thank-you’s in Taiwan and when I returned, my colleagues were surprised that I blurted out thank-you’s in almost every single little thing. :) You see, a good habit that we Malaysians don’t seem to appreciate and adopt. How sad.

I guess I’ve left a small part of my heart in Taiwan. It is the culture and the people that reached my heart and grabbed hold of a piece of it. It’s so sad to see that such a beautiful island is often tormented by Mother Nature.

9 months down the road, the urge to set foot on that beautiful island again is getting stronger. Now, it is dangerous. My impulsive nature could strike any time when I see those cheap air tickets! Hahaha.

My favorite piece. Heart-warming. :)

Taiwan Post Is Up #2

Posted 2 blog posts about my trip to Taiwan in January. They are Day 2 and Day 3.

Ermm…… Sorry to say that I still haven’t uploaded any photos. I’m so sorry. I’m still thinking of the best way to present those photos. If I were to upload them in the post, it would be so many of them and you’ll get tired of scrolling. If I were to select only a few, that will take some time too. Please, please, need your patience and forgiveness here.

Stay tuned. Most posts coming up. Perhaps with photos. :)

Taiwan Post Is Up

Yes, my first post on my Taiwan trip is finally up. :)

Don’t be too happy, it’s only 1 post without any photos. LOL! Please give me time to draft them up and upload the photos. Sorry.

You can find the my Taiwan trip on the right sidebar, under Page Taiwan Go Go Go. There is currently a sub-page of my first day in Taipei.

I guessed separate my Taiwan trip out from the blog posts would be easier for you people to look for it.

Please let me know if you find any misleading information in my Taiwan posts. All feedbacks are welcome. :)

Stay tuned for more.

Taiwan Touch My Heart

It was more than 6 months ago when I booked the air tickets. January 2010 seemed to be a long time to wait back then. But look, I am back from the trip.

Almost everyone told me I was out of my mind to go for a 8-day trip. I was worried too, about the money and the time. Tickets booked, I had to go ahead. After I’ve done some search on the internet, I realised 8 days in Taiwan ain’t long enough to cover most of the tourist spots. Enough for Taipei and hopefully some other places nearby Taipei. Went to MATTA fair once to look for some tour packages, we couldn’t find what we wanted. Everyone then decided we go free & easy.

The process of drafting our very own itinerary wasn’t easy. We hardly meet, all we could do was communicate through MSN. We have had countless headaches with the accommodation and where to visit. We compromised a lot to reach a mutual agreement, trying very hard not to make each other feel that they’re at the losing end. Disagreement did happen, to find the middle ground is harder than you think. Luckily we managed it well. Sometimes with so many inputs, I got impatient and confused. I am grateful I have friends who are willing to spare their patience on me. That left me feeling even more guilty than ever.

I felt a tinge of triumph when I saw the itinerary was all done and finalised. Special thanks to Melissa and Wan Yi who spent most of their time browsing through all the oh-so-confusing websites/forums. :) Their “web hunting” skills are incomparable! LOL! I sometimes wonder how did they get all those websites where I couldn’t even Google them out! Hehehe.

The itinerary wasn’t a perfect one, but it was good enough. I guess we were too greedy to have so many places woven into it, we didn’t have the time to visit all the places as planned! LOL! Part of the reason being we are all shopaholics!!! Can’t believe we shopped and spent so much, both money and time on shopping! Hahahahaha!

Let’s see…… We dropped Shida Night Market on the first night ’cause we were all so excited to check out Ximending first. Second night, we missed the Fishermen Wharf in Dan Shui ’cause it was already dark when we finished our shopping in Dan Shui Old Street! Gosh…… Didn’t manage to soak ourselves wet in the hot spring too. Strike out Miniature Museum since we got advice from Wan Yi’s cousin that it is a waste of time. :P On the 4th day, we missed Sun Yat Sen and Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall!!! Terrible! But we made an impromptu trip to Mr. J’s French-Italian Restaurant and the Miramar Ferris Wheel. :)  Mel was sad that we didn’t make it to Taiwan Storyland too. We spent 2 nights in Jiu Fen instead of 1 night! Sun Moon Lake plan sunk into the deep ocean. LOL! Jiu Fen is a beautiful place. We heeded the advice from the B&B owner to stay 1 more night to explore Jiu Fen. That we never regret. :) My only regret is we didn’t make it to Yehliu Geopark. :(

Although we missed out those places, it didn’t make this trip less pleasant. We all have had a great time. Traveling with a bunch of great “actors and actresses”, I can guarantee you there will be no boring moment. We were laughing like mad people during the trip! Oh, not to forget, we ate a lot too! The weather and the walkings, made us hungry all the time.

Taiwan is truly a great tourism place. They make it so easy for the tourists to get around in the country. I can’t help but think why can’t Malaysia do that? Our public transportation here is a mess, the signboards here are a mess too. I imagined if I were a tourist in KL, I’d get frustrated with the transportation. Sigh……

I’ve fallen in love with Taiwan. She truly touched my heart. Will I migrate to Taiwan? I will if I could. I can’t, I can’t dump my responsibilities here. But I will definitely visit Taiwan again. Hopefully in the near future. :)

P. S. : I’ll be posting my Taiwan trip itinerary slowly (please give me some time to compose). I have gotten all the information from the internet, now it’s time to return the favor to those who need it. :) I was a lil’ selfish in sharing it, until I realised “hey, you’ve gotten the information from the people who are willing to share, your itinerary isn’t original like you think it is!” :) If you’re willing to spend the effort, I am willing to share. Do watch this space for the Taiwan updates. :D