Friday, July 10, 2015

TAIWAN GETAWAY: WHERE TO EAT IN TAIPEI (PART 2)


If you have not read the first part of this trip, read it now! LOL... So as I mentioned in my previous post, my main activity of this trip is eating and I guess I have been starting this eating marathon since I boarded the plane. Flying with MAS this time was really a good and relax experience because the seats were spacious which is something important for me (consider my legs HAAHA) and also because the food was good too. That's why I say that I have been eating since the beginning of the trip because MAS provide complimentary meal and water. I'm so happy when I can get free water because I always get thirsty and I need to keep hydrated. Not just that, flying with MAS also feels like home with excellent Malaysian hospitality by the crew members and hassle free checking in process. So I guess I did a right choice this time by choosing MAS to fly to Taiwan and if you want to check out flight to Taiwan you can check it out here.

So continuing my Taiwan trip, the next few days I stayed at amba Hotel Zhong Shan which is also in Taipei which I found through Agoda. This hotel definitely is catered towards youngsters like me because of the stylish and modern design. Let me show you the interior and I will let you know why I like this place. 









When I arrived, I was treated with a warm welcome from the person in charge and she was so friendly and nice to explain and bring me around the hotel. I was glad that she did because I get to check out different rooms (they have 90 thoughtfully design rooms) and also realized that they feature free Smart WiFi with access up to 200mbs and also a communal space on every floor for guest to hangout, chill and also interact with other people. So you can work there, play there, sleep there also. LOL... Another reason I like this place is also because of the minimal and contemporary design of the room and also sufficient usb port to charge my gadgets! Hahaha.. You know how many gadgets we bring to holiday these days (phone, powerbank, laptop, ipad, etc..) so it's very important and thoughtful for them to provide usb port for us to charge our gadgets. If you are a light traveler, there is also a washing machine room on the second floor for guest to use.Wash and wear, one week holiday bring two clothes enough already. HAHAHAHA

amba Taipei Zhong Shan being the second amba hotel in Taipei after amba XiMenDing, a third hotel, amba Taipei Songshan, and the first amba resort, amba Kenting, are both scheduled to open in 2016. After getting to know more about this hotel, amba brand actually has a commitment on environmental sustainability, that's why amba Taipei Zhongshan combines eco-friendly amenities and infrastructure with natural and reclaimed materials to create a healthy, green environment. In addition to the design features, all mechanical, insulation and energy systems, materials and lighting fixtures have been selected according to their efficiency, as well as their intrinsic stylistic appeal and comfort for guests. These include Low-E glass to maximize light while minimizing ultraviolet and infrared rays, and high-performance VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume) air-conditioning systems with precise, individual-zone climate controls. I'm glad to support a brand that is contributing in preserving our environment and that is the least that I could do. 




I took a walk around Zhong Shan to explore the neighborhood which is filled with a glimpse of authentic Taipei and at the same time this historic area mixes century-old European architecture with a treasure trove of hip restaurants, boutiques and museums. If you are an art lover or indie movie lover, there is the SPOT-Taipei Film House and Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) that you have to visit which is only a few minutes' walk from the hotel. The public transport is also very convenient and near, so no worries getting around the city if you stay here. 


I was also lucky enough to dine in ACHOI restaurant for dinner which is amba hotel in house restaurant. The quiet and classy restaurant is a perfect place to relax and fill your tummy after a long day of walk. Guests can choose from creative small plates and dishes to share, accompanied by a selection of wines by the glass from the automatic wine dispenser. 










All dishes above were recommended by the hotel so it was really delicious! If you guys have a chance to be there, just order the food above. LOL... Blogging it now really makes me miss the dessert! Why must I always blog about food at the middle of the night? Hahhaa

Below are also places that I went for food. Watch my Vlog to have a better look! 


台北市中山區南京東路二段45號
Opening Hours: 1130am-0500am
-there is a few outlet for this steamboat restaurant and one plate of meat is actually quite a big portion. I ordered half non-spicy and half spicy soup. I still prefer the non spicy, not because I cant eat spicy it's just because the spicy soup is too oily for my liking.



 欣叶台菜
- a restaurant that serves Taiwan cuisine which has many different branches around Taiwan.  




黑鳥先生 mr. black bird
No. 8, Alley 35, Lane 181, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
台北市大安區忠孝東路四段181巷35弄8號    
Opening Hours: 1130am-1030pm
- so definitely I have to go and explore some cafe in Taiwan and I decided to try out this cafe because it was highly recommended in 《康熙来了》 (taiwan famous talk show) But disappointingly, it was an overrated place and the pancake is not even fluffy and soft. I also ordered the salted egg pasta which has not salted egg taste at all. The price is not cheap too ><  




Spot Taipei
No. 58, Lane 233, Section 1, Dunhua S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
台北市大安區敦化南路一段233巷58號
Opening Hours: 1100am-1030pm

105台北市南京東路5段88號
No88, Sec 5, Nanjing E.Road, Taipei, Taiwan 
Opening Hours: 730am-930pm 
-Taiwan famous pineapple pastry. They have different flavours too, but for me the authentic is still the best!


Remember to check out my first Vlog to watch my whole Taiwan trip! :)

TAIWAN GETAWAY: JOLIN PLAY TOUR 2015 @ TAIPEI (Part 1)


I actually went to Taiwan last month and have been quite busy drafting blog post and also editing my first Vlog! Yayy! Finally doing my first video and thanks to my laggy computer (which I'm gonna change soon) I'm using like forever to finish it. But it's finally done and hope you guys will watch it. Just a newbie here, so don't expect very professional quality. Hahaha... I've actually been to Taiwan last year (also Taipei only) so the main purpose of this trip for me is to actually watch Jolin Tsai PLAY Tour 2015 at Taipei Arena. I have been a die hard fans since I'm 12 (10 years! just saying lol) so it has always been my dream to watch her concert in Taiwan one day. So finally my dream has come true!! Yayyyy *fan boy mode* Basically for this trip I did not do many shopping (surprisingly HAHAHA) so it was mainly food food and more food! You can check out my whole trip, places I went, places I eat all in my first Vlog! LOL... 

You know it's always hard to find a perfect place to stay whenever you are traveling, but for this trip I tried out AirAsiaGo website because my friend told me that they offer more than 450 hotels in Taipei. So I was thinking, out of 450 I sure can find one I like de gua? Hahaha... So I was browsing through so many hotels from 3 stars to 5 stars, from boutique to business hotels and finally I found the one that I'm satisfied. I stayed in La Maison Hotel for the first few nights which is located at no.512, Section 2, Chenggong Road which is quite near to Wu Fen Pu (五分铺). There were no hassles using AirAsiaGo so everything was smooth from booking to checking in.







Reaching the hotel, the environment is very quiet and elegant with very friendly staff that help us to check in. When I open the room door, I was very shocked and surprise because the toilet has a see through glass and the first thing that came through my mind is how am I gonna shower? Hahhaa.. But luckily there are actually window blinds that you could pull down. If not me and my friend will have to take turns to stand outside the room when we want to shower. LOL... The room is very bright with a good view and most importantly the toilet is very clean too. All basic needs and toiletries are also prepared in the room and there is also free wifi. Hahhaa.. One of the most important criteria when I choose a hotel. It was indeed a very comfortable and pleasant stay at La Maison Hotel.



There is also a lounge bar with live band music where you could just enjoy a drink and hangout with your friends at night. So relaxing...






Breakfast is also served in the morning with a variety of choices from cereal, cakes, fresh juice, ham and eggs and many more. Usually I don't really eat hotel breakfast because I can't wake up so early, but after trying the breakfast for the first day, I decided to have breakfast for the second day too. LOL...



Okay! The day has come, finally I'm here in Taiwan for Jolin Tsai concert! I'm so excited when I was waiting outside the arena and seeing so many fans that actually dressed up like Jolin in her MV really makes me salute their enthusiasm and spirit. It's also good to meet fans from different country all coming together to support the same idol. 

 #TeamJolinFansClubMalaysia

Jolin fans from Malaysia and China




I have always watched those music awards that are held in this arena and it looks very big on screen but that day when I went in, it's actually not as big as I expected. Luckily, my seat was quite near towards the stage (because I bought VIP tickets. LOL) so it was really a close up concert. I have no idea on how to describe the concert because it's my idol so I will definitely like it but I must say the reason why I support her so much is because of her attitude and spirit in this industry, always working so hard to break boundaries and trying new elements in her music and also performance. She is really a very hardworking artist that has struggle so much but now being such a successful diva in Asia. If you want to know how the concert was, just watch my Vlog! *hard sell* LOL











As I mention earlier, I also went to explore many food and thanks to my friend Spellman that loves food so much, he did many research to find places that are very locally and not those over rated tourist place. LOL...




家乡味
台北市松山区民生東路五段138巷8號 
Opening Hours: 17:00-24:00
-small store that serve local Chinese food 



金春发牛肉店
台北市信义区松山路350号
Opening Hours: 11am-230pm / 5pm-9pm
-the serving of Taiwan beef noddle is slightly different compare to the one in Malaysia because of the noodle type and also the ingredients, I personally still like KL beef noodle more. Haha


 一品活虾 
台北市忠孝东路四段101巷
Opening Hours: 18:30-3:30
-I always wonder like where to Taiwan people go yumcha at night because they don't have mamak like we do, and now I know because they have shops that opens till 330am. For this place, the famous dish is the prawn (I did not take any nice pic of the prawn >< paiseh paiseh) with different flavors. I tried black pepper prawns and butter prawns, the butter prawns is damn good and for the black pepper is a little spicy. The sesame oil noodle is also very nice.

So this post is just the part 1 of my trip so stay tuned for part 2 where I will introduce more places for food! Just check out my Vlog to have some heads up on where did I went. 

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Read Part 2 of my Taiwan trip HERE!

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