Thursday, December 19, 2013

Taiwan Diary: Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林

Our first stop of the first morning in Taichung was Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林, Xin She 新社. :)

We departed from our hotel right after breakfast and went straight into the mountains to our destination. To get there it took us around 2 hours of car ride and it was really convenient for us because we booked a personal taxi to bring us around. But if you have not, according to the website, To get there: you have to take a No. 207 bus from Taichung Railway station to 中興嶺  and then transfer to another shuttle bus when you reach there. And you need to make reservation with the shittle bus. It sounds very tiring I'm glad we didn't have to go through that!

According to our driver, there are a lot a lot of tourists attractions around the area of Xin She and it would take us forever to finish visiting them. So he narrowed down our stops to our original plan which is the Lavender Cottage and also recommended the Carton King Creativity Park 纸箱王创意园区. :)

Entrance fee was NT200 per person and with the ticket you will get a NT200 worth of vouchers to be spent in the shops there. The guy in the checkered shirt was our driver for the day btw!

Taking pictures with the famous Lavender Cottage teddy bear at the entrance. Was laughing in the 2nd picture because I accidentally placed the teddy's hand under the automatic insect repellent dispenser and it got sprayed lol. LOL love Tim's picture with the teddy btw!

Press a button and it will spray you with scents to 'cleanse' away bad energy. :)

The very very pretty lavender garden. :) To be honest, I stupidly expected to see a big field of lavenders like what we see in the movies but it was such an impractical thought as we were high in the mountains zzz. It was not as big as I hoped to see nonetheless it made the place smell really really good.

Another hill with freshly grown lavenders. :)

When you get to the top you will see a big tree where you can make wishes. :) Wonder what would happen to all the wish cards if it rains though...

Than you Teri for this picture. I love it. :)

We then stopped at this beautiful outdoor eatery to rest and have some desserts. The vouchers were used to pay for the food items. Had the marble cheese cake and the ice cream of Lavender and Blueberry Yogurt flavors.

Here you can also post postcard to anywhere in the world. Pay with the vouchers a certain amount for 3 postcards and they will send them out for you. My family back in Kuching received the one I sent them. :)

The whole place was so pretty I enjoyed visiting here very much! Thank you Tim for including this in our itinerary. :) 

Before leaving, we spent the rest of our vouchers at the gift shop where we got a lavender scent fragrance bag for the car, Lavender oil-blotting paper and some other stuff. But there are a lot more to choose from like shampoos and shower gels, soaps and candles etc.

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On our way down the mountain, our taxi driver brought us to this mushroom hotpot restaurant to have our lunch. :) Apparently mushroom hotpots are very famous around this area of Xin She and there are many along the roads.

There were a few choices of soup bases to choose from and we didn't know anything so we went for the chinese herbs one. The whole meal was about NT1500 if remembered correctly. We ordered the salty stream prawns and sausages as sides and they provided free flow of tea and rice.

A very tam chiak picture of us lol.

That's better! Food was good and we felt that this healthy meal somewhat compensated our uncontrolled dirty eating of street foods from Feng Chia last night *full of guilt.

Dessert was my favourite Taro balls and around the area we could see a lot of paper windmills along the main roads to advertise for the Carton King Creativity Park 纸箱王创意园区, which I will talk about in my next Taiwan post. :)

P/s Finals for Semester 3 ended YAY! Hello holidays!

With all the love,

Friday, December 13, 2013

Taiwan Diary: Feng Chia Night Market 逢甲夜市

Wow it's been a month since my last update sorryyyyyy I didn't mean to neglect my lovely blog space. Anyways, do follow me on Dayre: kerynp! :D Two out of four papers for finals are done btw! Monday, Tuesday then I'm free from law school for 2 months. Taking a break from everything I'm now finally starting on my blog posts for Taiwan! So excited. :)

 Tim, Tim's little sister Teri and I went to Taiwan together during our week-long Deepavali mid-semester break. Resolution to visit a new country this year, achieved. Yay! We arrived at Taiwan's Tao Yuan Airport 桃圆机场 at around 4 pm on the first day and traveled straight to Tai Chung 台中. Due to the colder seasons it was only 6-7pm+ but the sky looked as if it was 9-10 ish.

First destination was Feng Chia Night Market. :) Wasn't ready!

It was already autumn in Taiwan I looked forward to the chilly weather and expected it to be cold in the evening hence I was in my burgundy Mango chunky sweater and had my varsity standing by around my waist. To my disappointment, the temperature in Tai Chung that time was just a windier version of Malaysia at night. People were still in sleeveless clothes and shorts...

It was my first time in Taiwan but it felt familiar because I've seen these scenes on TV before. :)
Never seen this on TV before though! Was so tempted to try but I didn't. Too obscene lol.
Hi Teri!! :)
Feng Chia University.

Tried Stinky Toufu for the very first time in my life! I was reluctant but I gave it a try because it didn't smell as bad the ones we have here. I can't stand the smell of the stinky toufu offered here. Quite proud of myself actually.

If you visit here please try this stall the fried boneless chicken thigh is so so good! And their sauce was the best sauce and it was so good. So so good. I'm born in love with Mua Ji and here they also have this stall that sells Fried Mua Ji that I've never tried in my life. LOVE IT!

Then there was this upstairs area away from the noise and crowd, where many couples are dating at.

More pictures of the endless rows of street foods and crowds of people. Love this place. :)

I prefer this night market rather than Shi Lin 士林 or Tam Shui 淡水, which I will too blog about in the near future. But I don't think I represented Feng Chia well enough! Didn't take pictures of most of the food we ate and also the rows and rows of clothing store available here.

Our accommodation in Tai Chung was Le Parker Hotel 黎客商旅 and it is located only 5 minutes walking distance away from the night market. Hotel room was small but so cozy and the design of the bathroom was very classy. Look at how they creatively arranged the bathroom utilities. I do recommend this hotel if you are visiting Tai Chung in the future. :)

One of the pleasures during my Taiwan trip, similar to when I was in China, was to stay up watching the TV shows. :) What I love about foreign hotel TV- so many channels to choose from!

Rise and shine, first morning in Taiwan! :)

Breakfast offered at the hotel was not buffet styled but instead they gave us three menus to choose from, Porridge 清粥小菜, Pork Chop Burger 猪扒汉堡 and Prawn Chop(?) Sandwich 虾排三明治. We ordered a different set each and there were also self-service styled soup of the day, salads, french toast and drinks.

Post is getting long so I will stop here! Be back soon. :)

With all the love,