Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 Part 2 of 2 (Pine Garden, Lintienshan Cultural Area, Traditional Amis Restaurant, Ruishui Farm)

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien花蓮

Hi everyone!! This is the start of the nicer photos posts! :D

In the morning of day 3, the powerful sun shone through the curtains. The sun's rays, like a hand, poked us awake.

Ok that’s me trying out my primary school composition writing style. In reality, it’s more like we forgot to close the curtains and I was sleeping by the balcony. Cheryl, Chenshuang and I woke up by the ray. Yuzhi as usual was dead asleep. (Everyday she’s the last one to wake up) LOL.

Without much thinking, I grabbed my camera and went out to the balcony to take photos while Cheryl and Chenshuang used the toilet.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮

Greetings from the sun!! It was the first day we saw the sun ever since we arrived in Taiwan!

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮
No doubt it was cloudy, but at least we can see some blue skies. And the countryside view is really very serene. I think living there makes you a calmer person. ( Hey I wake up to the noise of motorcycles and taxis, and now haze)

After standing there for like 10 minutes, I decided to go wash up thinking that it must be getting late and we are leaving at 9am. So I went in, took my phone to whatsapp Mr Gan “Good Morning~”.

!!! It was then I saw the time.

6am. Are you kidding me? ._. ._. ._.

I was like, “6AM?!” in the whispering shouting way to chenshuang and cheryl. To which they were like, “Yea, that’s our reaction just now.” Damn…

So very slowly, I went to wash my face, brush my teeth, attempt to poop, nom some food, shake my leg, talk to cheryl and chenshuang, look at photos, make up, tie my hair, re-tie my hair, bun my hair. Finally 7.30am and Yuzhi woke up, then we watched tv and shake our leg.

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And also took some selca. Hiak. 

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮

The ladies of the minsu prepared  breakfast for us! The famous Taiwan Egg Biscuit! I like their egg biscuit a lot! I will always order it when I have the chance. HAHAHA. And the 3 lady boss of the Minsu sat down and had breakfast with us and talked to us.

They really go the extra mile for us like helping us to order the train tickets for our journey down to Kenting the next day. I was still thinking of buying the tickets when we reached the station the next day morning. But they told us we should order it and collect today just in case. And so we asked our driver to dropped us at a station to collect our tickets also. So nice of Taiwanese :DDD

After our breakfast, our driver Mr Chen, the same driver who fetched us from Cingjing to Hualien, brought us to travel hualien!

Important Note!  Remember to bring insect repellent! We didn’t expect there to have so many mosquitoes! And we were so badly bitten that we went to see doctor after our trip to get scar cream. It looks horrendous. Almost like STD. Remember okie!

松園別館 Songyuan Bieguan (Pine Garden)

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮
Fast foward and we arrived at our first stop! Our driver acted as our tour guide and gave us a short history of this place.

But I wasn’t listening. And I don’t remember what was I doing either. Oops.

This type of scholarly stuff, I think only Yuzhi will remember. IF I’m not wrong, it should be a place built during the Japanese occupation or something. Please don’t quote me.

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But then again, it looks kinda new to be built during WWII. Maybe I’m wrong then. :S

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Ok verdict: Erm.. You will like it if you like cultural stuff. Hahhahaha.

Cycling

 

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

The driver then fetched us to cycle for awhile because we briefly mentioned it.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

I wanted to captioned this "Me, my red bag, and my bike". No me apparently.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

Camwhored with Cheryl while yuzhi and chenshuang practice on the bike for awhile. The both of us attempted couple bike and failed terribly. Hahhaha.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

And we cycled to a park. Such a beautiful park!!

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

Spot Chenshuang!

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling
Spot Chenshuang! Ok kidding.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

My bicycle deserves a shot by itself 

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

Ok I know bad framing but I didn’t bring a tripod for my trip. So we got to make do with any structure we see.

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:D

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

Chenshuang you can show this to your bf to proof that his commando training works! Haha

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Sorry ah, I really love scenery

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

I think cycling on those would be quite interesting as well!

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling

Spot Chenshuang! HAHAHAH. Ok that's an old man fishing.

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Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling
And we found another structure

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling
Before we head off to the next place, we went to buy some food

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling
Prawn Biscuit (Direct translation, I have no idea what’s the English name. Prawn kuey? Guess not~)

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 cycling
Yup that’s right, I only ate the biscuit and plucked out all the shrimps and put on my friend’s

 

Lintienshan Forestry Cultural Area

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Arrived at the next destination! Unfortunately for us, all the indoor attractions are closed on Monday.

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Yup that’s one of them

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Hehe. Me, my red bag and my torn and tattered top.

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Found another structure.

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So Chenshuang and Yuzhi started doing this for awhile before Chenshuang ran off

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leaving yuzhi there alone and said, “Please call 1900 112 6868 to support minyi fa shi”

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HAHAHAH. This photo is the result of me telling them to do funny pose and I didn’t.

After reviewing this photo, they demanded another photo. So in the next photo, only I did the funny pose and they didn’t. BUT I REFUSED TO UPLOAD THAT PHOTO!! Damn unglam omg. Cannot post too many unglam photos of me.

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Mistresses and Slaves.
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Changed of fate

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And so Yuzhi and Chenshuang were inspired by the Chinese tourists to do this pose

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we tried too, but Chenshuang the boboqueen

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and chenshuang the boboqueen again. And that repeated for like 15 frames. ._.

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The only successful shot which we decided to block each other’s face. Ah well~

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choooooooooo

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Us trying to re-enact the typical drama scene whereby the people on the train are very sad to leave but still left.

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Best actress: Yuzhi. Just look at that face. HAHAHA
Worse actress: Chenshuang. HAHAHA. She looks like she’s trying to get a cab in all 4 shots.

光復紅瓦屋 (Kwangfu Hong Wa Wu) Traditional Amis Restaurant

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taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 光復紅瓦屋 (Kwangfu Hong Wa Wu) Traditional Amis Restaurant
Our driver brought us to this restaurant in the woods which is apparently very nice. Good thing about hiring a cab driver is that you will always get to eat very nice food at some very secluded area.

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Interior of the restaurant. Seems empty right.

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Cause that’s the other side.

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And this is the speciality of the restaurant! Don’t know the name, but it’s cooked by putting boiling stones into the soup. And they prepare it live next to your table. All the stones are all only used once (Great emphasis by the staff cause they repeated it 3 times so I guess I should put it down)

taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 光復紅瓦屋 (Kwangfu Hong Wa Wu) Traditional Amis Restaurant
The final concoction. Which consists of lots of veggie, fish and prawns. With 2 non-prawn eater, Yuzhi alone ate 10 prawns or more. 

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Bane of veggie hater.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 光復紅瓦屋 (Kwangfu Hong Wa Wu) Traditional Amis Restaurant
THE MOST DAEBAK FOOD IN TAIWAN!

The fish is omg fresh. VERY VERY VERY FRESH. We were all very surprised. And we polished the entire fish off. If I ever go hualien with my parents, I will surely bring them there. I have never ate such fresh fish before. Not even in Japan.

The fish is coated with salt and charcoaled I think. You aren’t supposed to eat the skin unless you want to have kidney failure.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 fish eating ice cream
And after lunch, our ice-cream marathon continues

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 fish eating ice cream
My yam and peanut ice-cream!! YAM!! I love yam ice-cream!

And I got to document yuzhi’s embarrassing moment down so I can laugh when I read it next time. With my goldfish memory, I will surely forget what happened. 

So this ice-cream place is special because you can feed the fishes in the pond ice-cream. So we were already very full actually. But we insisted in eating ice-cream because, we can't say no to ice-cream @.@.

In the beginning we were like ,"Why must we feed the fish? Just eat it!"
Then later we were like,"Eh, let's feed the fish." (Fullness kicking in)

Then came yuzhi’s epic moment.

She kept trying to get the ice-cream off the spoon so she kept shaking her hands. Then finally it’s off, and she was damn happy and went “YAY!! HAHAAHAH” very loud. Then cheryl was like, “It’s on your sleeve.” Turns out the ice-cream did leave the spoon, but not in the desired direction. Maybe not funny to you all. But definitely damn funny to us that every time we mentioned it we will laugh damn long.

Hotspring 

 

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Then off for Hotspring!

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 hot spring
And because it’s a Monday, there’s no one! Yay!

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The hotspring is the pool behind. To be honest, I was hoping for the rocks kind of hotspring. HAHAHA. Is my expectation too high?

瑞穗牧場 Hualien Ruishui Farm

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After we were done, we went off to the cow farm nearby! Didn’t know there’s such a place in Hualien. When our driver told us he’s bringing us to drink milk and eat cheesecake I was thinking of a cafe.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 瑞穗牧場 Hualien Ruishui Farm
Yup there’s a cafe, but didn’t expect the farm.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 瑞穗牧場 Hualien Ruishui Farm

Bought the milk, yoghurt, cheesecake and bun. The coffee is famous but we just drank orange juice, and drinking coffee right after it is quite strange.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 瑞穗牧場 Hualien Ruishui Farm
HA the bun! Made from cow milk!

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 瑞穗牧場 Hualien Ruishui Farm
Maybe one of these cows

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Perhaps this?

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Definitely not this. Damn sneaky this ostrich. Like an Emu.  Why is there even an ostrich among the cows?

That was our last stop and we went back to our minsu to drop our stuff and off to the night market!

自强夜市 Zi Qiang Night Market

 

This is a all food night market. Unlike Shilin or Fengjia night market, you won’t find clothes or shoes at all.

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The very famous stall!

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 自强夜市 Zi Qiang Night Market
Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 自强夜市 Zi Qiang Night Market
If you were wondering, the first picture was taken when we went back to retrieve our food. That’s why the number is 112. We ate like 2 stalls of food before the food is ready. Be ready for long wait!

Anyway the food not photogenic enough so no photo.

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Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 自强夜市 Zi Qiang Night Market
Ate coffin.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 自强夜市 Zi Qiang Night Market
Another famous stall which we waited for very long.

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Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 自强夜市 Zi Qiang Night Market
We picked our own corn and the price is according to weight.

Taiwan 10 days Travel, Hualien 花蓮 自强夜市 Zi Qiang Night Market
Doesn’t this reminds you of the horrible corn I ate at raohe yeshi? I was damn sianed when I saw this.

Guess what? This is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy nicer.

We ate many other food but I just didn’t take photo anymore. Hands oily and we hungry. HAHAHA (all the excuses for being lazy)

Kenting

Ending off with a delightful photo of Kenting which will be what I will be blogging on for the next 2 post.

I TOOK THIS PHOTO OKAY! NOT RIPPED OFF GOOGLE! And can credit me if you decide to kope my photos? Give chance to this photographer who just earned her beginner badge? :D (Anyway the beginner badge is awarded by Mr Gan. HAHAHAHHA)

Almost all the Kenting photos are very nice! And I really really love Kenting although I turned a few shades darker there. It’s the place I wanted to blog about the most for this entire trip. Cause it’s really too beautiful.
Look forward to it! Cause I am too!

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You are now reading Part 2 of Hualien, continue reading!
1) Cingjing: Part1 and Part2
2) Hualien: Part1 and Part2
3) Kenting: Part1 and Part2

1 comment:

  1. Chen Shuang2:06 AM

    I laughed until I wanna die!! So enjoyable to read!

    ReplyDelete