#160317 Taiwan Day 3: Alishan, Beimen, Tainan

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Hello! It has been a while since I posted but I’m back to blog about day three of my Taiwan trip!

Dad and I woke up extra early on day three, at 3.40 am, because we wanted to go catch the sun rise. (Well, my dad mostly. I’m more of a sun set person because I hate waking up early. Furthermore, it was extremely cold that day as we were up on the mountains. 😩)

We took a shuttle bus provided by Alishan Guest House, to the Alishan train station. It was a thirty minute ride from the station to Zhu Mountain (where we would be waiting for the sun to rise). Tip: Get in the train queue early and grab seats as fast as you can because if you don’t, there would be 0 seats left in no time. We only managed to get 1 seat so my dad and I had to take turns sitting down LOL. I slept throughout the ride because I was so sleepy. 💀 And cold. I was under prepared as I thought Taiwan would merely be sweater weather, so I didn’t bring a winter jacket… I was wearing a sweater, jacket and a down jacket but I still felt like it was freezing in the train… And of course the fact that it was the early morning made it worse.

When we got there, we were told we still had to wait about half an hour or one hour? (More waiting… Urgh) I was so cold and bored while waiting but I couldn’t leave to hide in the shelter since my dad and I were at the front aka one of the best spots to view the sun rise sigh. Now I can say I very much prefer to wait in hot and humid weather than cold weather.

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Took this while waiting for the sun to rise

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Okay so the funny thing was, more than one hour had passed and the sky was brightening, but there was still 0 sun rise. I was so puzzled but the in-charge said to wait a while more and the sun would rise. But,, the sky is already bright, doesn’t that mean the sun has already risen?? ❔❔❔

My dad and I waited a while more but we realised the sky was already as bright as day and it’s impossible to see the sun rise at this point so we decided to give up and leave LOL. It was such a fail and I felt so cheated. I was like, “Okay somebody please tell me why I woke up at 3.40 am for this??”

But at least I got to witness the beautiful 云海 (sea of clouds) and took some pretty photographs so I didn’t go there for absolutely nothing. And I was so glad that whole process was over. I could finally escape into the warmth and eat my breakfast!!

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Omelette, cream pasta, fried mantou, burdock, and some other vegetables! The only meat was the ham from the omelette but it was still a delicious breakfast!

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Breakfast with the greenery!
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Coffee section with 6 different kinds of flavoured syrups which I was impressed about!
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And their coffee machine with a wide variety of coffees!
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Coffee + Yakult in the morning = Perfect recipe for constipation
After breakfast our driver drove us to this tea plantation called 阿里山邹族文化部落 (Alishan zou zu wen hua bu luo). The entrance was very well-decorated!

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Visit to their cultural museum
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Picturesque tea plantation
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Weird-looking orange fruits in their garden
We were taken by our driver to the tea plantation’s shop/tea house to learn more about Alishan tea and the tea brewing process! But before that, I was given a small sample of the Alishan instant milk coffee and I fell in love at first sip… It was mildly sweet, mildly bitter and milky. I liked it so much that I even purchased a small pack of it even though they specialise in tea not coffee. 😂 What can I say… I am coffee trash… Coffee over tea any day ☕️💓

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Alishan coffee hehe
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One of the staff kindly sat down to go through the whole tea brewing process with us. It was very calming listening to him talk and trying the different kinds of tea the shop offers.

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The reason why there are two cups there is because the long and thin cup is for tea smelling. The tea is poured in there for you to smell first, then, you put the rounder cup on top of the thin cup, flip it over and drink from the round cup. I also learned that 1) it is better to throw out the first pot of brewed tea as it isn’t good for the body 2) the tea leaves in tea bags are actually tea leaf ‘crumbs’ and not whole tea leaves crushed into small bits lol so it’s better to purchase tea leaves in bottles and not tea bags.

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Left: tea leaves after they’re soaked in hot water Right: tea leaves before they are soaked
Our session got interrupted as it was time to go watch the dance and singing performances by the Zou zu tribe.

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It was quite interesting to watch the people wear their costumes and perform their cultural songs/dances!

After the performances, it was time for lunch. The restaurant only offers set meals and you can choose from different sets depending on how many people you have. We ordered the one for 2-3 people and the portions were SO BIG.

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Me with an ‘A’ chair and some sakura flowers!
After lunch, we went back to the tea house to continue trying different teas! That time something interesting happened. As we were listening and chatting, a group of middle-aged Koreans suddenly came and sat themselves down with us though they couldn’t understand chinese. They conversed in Korean and I could actually understand some of it.

“What tea is this?”

“Sit down”

“There’s a procedure for this you can’t do it your way.” (this one was funny haha)

Quite a few people asked what tea it was and I couldn’t take it anymore so I tried to answer them in my broken Korean HAHA. All I said was “balgan cha” which is direct translation for ‘red tea’ because I didn’t know what red tea was in Korean. 😂 I only knew green tea was ‘nok cha’ LOL. And then the staff asked me to help tell them the price in Korean but I was so nervous that I totally forgotten how to say the price in Korean RIP. And then they left but my hands were still shaking like a leaf 😂 Oh gosh how am I gonna order stuff in Korean when I go to Korea next time 😂

But anyways,, we finished the session and got some Alishan tea and coffee!! Not surprisingly, the Alishan coffee is diminishing faster than the Alishan tea because I keep making it for me and my dad at home 😂 Probably also because it’s easier to make since it’s instant…

Due to the several cups of tea we tried, I had the strong urge to go to the toilet but we were already in the car travelling elsewhere (yes, I did go to the toilet before I left) so I had to try my best to go into zen mode and try not to think of my bursting bladder. 😂😭

Our next location was the 水晶教堂 (shui jing jiao tang / crystal church) in Tainan.

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It’s so pretty and transparent like a crystal. 😍 There were also two cute red hearts stuck on the walls of the church. ❤️️ Unfortunately, the church was cordoned off and nobody could enter the church so I could only take pictures with it at a distance.

Then, we drove down the road a bit more to get to the 云嘉南风景区北门游客中心 (yun jia nan feng jing qu bei men you ke zhong xin).

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Aww so cute.
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I love bright and colourful buildings.
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Amazing rainbow of wall drawings.
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Close-up hehe.
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Old-style provision shop
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Read as 钱来也 (qian lai ye). Apparently it used to be a provision shop too.
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Then it was time for dinner! We went to Flower Night Market (花园夜市).

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We got there before it was dark so many of the stalls were still in the midst of preparing to open.

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Korean egg bread which was good!
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Fried chicken with sweet sauce. It was so popular that the stall owner had to put queue line barricades for people to queue in!
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This bowl of udon was really mediocre.
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Cutely shaped egg breads!
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Forgotten it’s name but it tastes like fried fish paste.
I also bought a big cup of pearl milk tea which tasted nothing like milk tea so I threw it away before I even reached 1/4 of the cup… Personally, Flower Night Market isn’t a night market that I would like to visit again because the variety of food and drinks didn’t stand out to me. You can find those in other night markets.

Finally, it was time to return to the hotel to rest!! This was a hotel that I booked online and I was glad that my father liked it! The name of the hotel is Golden Tulip Glory Fine Hotel. It was a small but cozy and modern hotel room. The decorations are more homely than hotel-ish. There were also free apples to eat so I took one to neutralise all the oils from the food I ate at the night market.

That’s all for day 3!!

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#191216 Gudetama Café with Zi Qing

A few weeks ago Suntec City opened a character-themed café, and it’s a Gudetama themed one! My favourite Sanrio character is Gudetama (followed by the characters from Sumikko Gurashi) hence when I heard that there’s gonna be a Gudetama café in Singapore, I became so excited 😍😍😍 Anything that’s Gudetama? Idc what it is, just sign me up. ❤️🍳

At first I wanted to go with Salty but not all could make it so I went with Zi Qing instead. I did some research beforehand and apparently The Soup Spoon & Joe & Dough were the companies that collaborated to open this café. That got me even more excited because I know the food from TSS is good and JAD had pretty good reviews. I also heard there were crazy waiting times if we don’t go early (3 hours… OMG…) so I made sure to go as close to their opening time as possible 😂 #kiasusingaporean I agreed to meet ZQ at the Promenade station at 9 am but somehow I went to Esplanade instead (??? wyd @memory) ((Esplanade station is nearer than Promenade station!)) and ZQ came later than me so I thought I should go queue first but it turned out there were still empty tables, and we didn’t have to queue YAS.

So… Protip: If you don’t want to queue, being kiasu is the best way to go. 👍🏻 (Woke up at 7.30 am on a school holiday ajxjnfkesi)


There were 2 shop spaces for this café and I wanted to sit here^ bc there’s more natural sunlight (for IG pictures lololol urgh I hate social media) but the staff were having a meeting so we had no choice but to sit in the other café area.

Btw, the café’s location is 01-361! Quite accessible if you come out from the EAST atrium via Platform A. (ZQ came out from the WEST so she got a litte lost and had to walk quite a bit 😂)

Cute interior with many Gudetama characters doing different things ☺️
And waffle ceilings omg 😍

The tables were really adorable too, some were imprinted with a Gudetama character with different words that meant lazy or chill like “nua…” omg I love how they incorporated Singlish into this 😂

Woody tables & a cute Gudetama chilling… What’s not to love??
Even their serviettes have Gudetama on them… Of course I had to bring home 1 LOL #kiasusingaporeanagain

Now on to the food!! ZQ & I took a very long time to decide what to eat because we wanted the same dish and it would be a little stupid to order 2 of the same meal so I had a hard time deciding what else I wanted to eat. I wanted the waffles with chicken but it seemed like a very small portion + it was rather pricey so I was hesitating. So in the end I got a burger with fries (“Are you busy?” Burger) and ZQ got the “I’m cold” Smoked salmon eggs benedict set. I also got a cappucino as I wanted to see how good Joe & Dough’s coffee were.


Look at how cute it is 😭 With that little Gudetama sitting on my coffee doing… Stuff… (The lines were too thick to make out what it was doing) Taste-wise, it was like a normal cappucino, so it wasn’t exceptionally good but it wasn’t bad. I think I still prefer Kopi-O bc it’s cheap and good 😂 It was good though I didn’t add sugar!

Me with my burger 🍔 & coffee ☕️! ☺️

The expression on the top burger bun + it being tilted makes it look so sad 😂😂😂 The burger had beef, bacon, an egg & cheese. Totally heart-attack and fat-worthy. I found the beef patty a little hard for my liking, but the bread and egg were good! The yolk is runny when you cut into it, so yolk haters, take notes! The sauce was rather unique, I thought it was peanut satay sauce but it tasted like… I can’t really put a comparison to it but it was sweet, crunchy (?) and a little like mayonnaise? I forgot LOL.


This is the “I’m cold” smoked salmon eggs benedict! The eggs benedict itself came with smoked salmon, avocado, poached eggs, salmon roe and zesty sauce. The meal also came with tater tots (basically mini hash browns) & salad.

After tasting both, (we shared both meals) I would prefer the eggs ben to the burger as it was something special aesthetically (I mean, cute gudetama faces on eggs… Yes pls) ((also I wonder what the faces are made of)) and taste-wise. It’s also cheaper but you get a wider variety of food like the salad, hash browns & eggs ben 😍


^ #kiasusingaporean moment 3: sharing your meals so you can try both 😂

Overall the portion was quite big for what we chose which I was satisfied about since the prices were creating a hole in our wallets. I reached a point where I was so full although I haven’t finished the whole thing. 😱


^ Just a heads up to what you’re signing up for if you decide to visit this café… #restinpieces

After the meal we walked around Suntec but other than Tokyu Hands there weren’t many interesting stores and I wanted to go to Kinokuniya so we took the MRT to Taka yayy. (I’m Kino trash 😭) ((and they are expanding their already gigantic store omg thanks my heart is happy)) I bought some cute stationery and we laughed over some funny books so my Kino cravings (?) were satisfied. ☺️☺️

Also, I would probably bring my family again if they want to and are willing to spend the money. ❤️🍳 I LOVE GUDETAMA.

#210916 1st Café Hopping Experience with Bernice & Hai Ting

Today I had my first café hopping experience with Hai Ting & Bernice, aka 3/4 of the exam squad (minus Xin Yin) bc she has school 😥

We first went to Fresh Fruits Lab (FFL) which was a 9 minutes walk from Kebangan MRT station!! Since we met at around 1 pm, we had mains from the café!

Ah I forgot to take a photo of the café’s exterior & interior designs again 😭 I seriously need to make a habit of doing that LOL. The café was decorated with a lab/doctor theme where there was a stethoscope on every table (which works and I heard my heartbeat today and it makes sound amplify which I found so cool). ((That moment when you realise the first time you use a stethoscope is not at the doctor’s but at a café… 😂))

Oh yes, Bernice’s kind friend helped us to call and book a table as she said that it was hard to find a table at lunch time, and in the end we got a table but had to leave at 3 pm as that table was reserved at 3pm, but in the end we didn’t have to leave as there were other available tables. 👍🏻

Anyway, so we got in the café and were immediately served lemon-infused water and 3 test tubes of complementary juice!


The water was served in a beaker and the juice was served in test tubes! How cute is that?? This is probably the only time you can drink from experiment equipments without dying or getting poisoned HAHA. Although the juices were in different colours all of them tasted about the same aka like orange juice but the dark orange one tasted a bit like carrots and all of us couldn’t decide what flavours were they lol.

The menu was super cute too. The pages were compiled together on a clipboard and instead of ‘Menu’ it was titled ‘Lab Report’ hahaha I love how nerdy everything is!

I ordered soft-shell crab pasta which was basically chilli crab pasta with egg and soft-shell crab. I liked it as the sauce given was a lot and it was well-made (it tasted really authentic) and the soft-shell crab came crispy and although it got a little soggy from the sauce it was still nice!! 😍

Bernice ordered shrimp aglio olio which was pretty good too~

Hai Ting ordered the Da Bomb burger which was a burger with a 20g beef patty, fried egg, cheese, bacon & lettuce. It also came with shoestring fries which were so crispy and addictive 💞

Most of the food were around $18-20 SGD but I would say it’s worth it as the portion makes me full and it’s so flavourful 🙆🏻

When we were done with the food it suddenly started pouring and we were quite upset as we originally planned to go to another café for dessert and that required walking to take transport. We were at a loss as to what to do next LOL but after discussing & flipping a coin (thrice bc Bernice failed the first two times 😂) we decided to go to Meet and Melt at Scape for lava toast & over-the-top milkshakes as the outlet at Tampines stopped selling OTT milkshakes 😪

Before that two things happened.

1) I bought mocha bc I was in the mood for coffee

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I had it to-go as we wanted to move off already but when my coffee arrived we haven’t decided on a place to go so as I was waiting I opened my cup cover and was pleasantly surprised as there was a heart!! Usually when you takeaway coffee there’s no latte art but this one has! Also the mocha has a rich chocolate taste but also has enough bitterness from the coffee so it’s a yes from me! 🙆🏻❤️☕️

It was still raining after we left so we ran under the rain to the bus stop to get to Meet and Melt. The ride was quite long so we had a good catch-up!

Upon arrival we saw the cafe’s layout and were quite disappointed as we thought it would look pretty from the photos from Instagram’s location tag but 1) it was indoors with basic furniture 2) the lighting wasn’t good since it was in the mall. However, since we were already there we decided to give the food a chance.

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We ordered thai milk tea lava toast with lavender earl grey ice cream and chocolate mint OTT milkshakes. I liked the toast a lot as it was warm and buttery. The thai milk tea “lava” was very rich and had that authentic thai milk tea taste. The ice cream itself tasted weird at first, kind of like eating a room freshener? But it gets addictive! When you eat everything together, it’s like heaven. 10/10 would eat again!!!

On the other hand… the milkshake wasn’t very special in my opinion. It just tastes like an overly sweet mint chocolate drink with 012470 other diabetic sweets to pair it with. When I saw OTT milkshakes on the net, I thought “Who would drink/eat this?? I bet it’s so sweet and will give you diabetes or heart attack…” and well when I tried it it wasn’t that bad but it sure was very toxic…

I probably wouldn’t drink the milkshakes again but would definitely go back for their toasts! Other than the sweet toasts, they have savoury toasts as well and it sounds good!

While eating we chatted and didn’t realise it was already late and Hai Ting had to rush off somewhere so we went our separate ways. Overall it was a great cafe hopping experience though it burned a hole in my wallet haha yay!