Thursday, April 29, 2010
After another 3 weeks in Taipei, I came home and realized that my room is still cluttered with books, my collection of Berts from Sesame Street, little stuff I've bought from all my holiday/business trips, facial products, spa essentials etc etc. It's scary looking at the amount of stuff.
I seriously need to make some time this weekend for decluttering my stuff. Was reading Betty and Veronica where they had this chapter where Betty helps Veronica declutter and vice versa. end of the day, they end up taking each other's stuff because they realized they may actually had a need for those stuff.
I've got my first step all planned out nicely. The books shall go to charity/ second hand book shops and we'll take it from there!
Who knows, if the 'guy in the striped shirt' arrives at my doorstep one day, I don't want to be showing him a typical man's room!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Address: 2F, 15 Renai Rd, Sec 4, Taipei (臺北市仁愛路四段15號2樓)
Telephone: (02) 2721 1970; for reservations in English call (0939) 834 845
The restaurant is situated on the 2nd floor. It wasnt very full when we got there but maybe because it was a Sunday. The reviews stated that it can sometimes be packed.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Saturday night. Just chilling in my hotel room and trying to upload pictures from my weekend so far.
My activities in Taipei this weekend before my new audit assignment commences next week.
1) Freeloading the hot spring facilities in the hotel where my colleague checked into. Broadway Hot Spring Hotel in Beitou after work on a Friday.
2) Luxy (one of Taipei's hottest nightspot) at night when another colleague comes into town to celebrate his birthday. Before that, doing a little shopping and on the lookout for the perfect gift for my colleague, Kenneth who graciously reminded me that he'll be spending his birthday with me in Taipei when he gets in tomorrow.
3) Hot spring and massage on a Saturday morning. The best feeling ever when you need to get alcohol out of your system and in dire need of a good back massage
4)Taipei Zoo for a relaxing stroll and looking for the famous pandas.
5) Skinkeng for dinner with the client before proceeding to some very secluded area to watch fireflies.
6) Bumming around in my hotel room on a Saturday night as I need to rejuvenate before my new audit commences this Monday.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
For the first time in my life, I experienced the hot spring in Yuse Spa. Well, if you ask me how great it is, I am not exactly the best person to judge cause after all, my virgin trip ma..but I guess it's kinda cool for a first timer for about Taiwan Dollah 200.
And you get to enjoy a scrumptious (well not exactly) Japanese meal after.
In total I spent about 1 hr plus in the hot/cold spring + steam room and about 50 minutes of massage ( of course you have to seperately pay for the massage but the masseuse was fantastic although a bit pricey for 50 mins NTD1000 for extra strenght on ur pressure points). Sheer bliss I tell u!
Just something I found from trip advisor on how to get there by public transport. Being the road and direction dummy me, I purely relied on my colleague to get me there.
From MRT Shihpai Station, take Bus 508, 535 or 536; alight at "Shing Yi Rd. 3"; from Shing Yi Rd., turn into Lane 300; Yuse Spa is a 3-min. walk from there. It's located in Beitou.
Will I try it again? Definitely. But maybe try a different place. I'm not too sure, but cleanliness wise, I wasn't too impressed loh, but experience wise - thumbs up all the way!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
We arrived in Hua Lien at around 11 and was immediately whisked away by the bus driver/ cum tour guide to start our day tour.
Our first stop was to the chi sing tan beach. Somehow, in the past couple of weeks, I've seen so many lovely beaches (Costa Del Sol in Spain and Casablanca in Morocco), but never had the chance to stay long enough to enjoy the sea breeze and clear waters! This one is no exception.
This one had no sandy beaches but all rocks. But yesterday's weather, after all that rain in Taipei was just awesome for a day trip!
We were told that this place, the entrance into the gorge, is the perfect spot for pics, yeah, so u go, picture taking again.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Flew with MAS to Amsterdam for 2 nights on our own. - March 5, 2010
Hotel: NH Schiller via booking.com which comes strongly recommended by a friend. It's on Rembrandtplein next to all the bars/ restaurants and a 5 mins walk from Kalverstraat, the shopping street.
I do think they offer some of the most competitive rates around.
Day 1: Tour to Volendam, a fishing village famous for their smoked eels and went to some cheese factory with Lindbergh Tours, costing about E32 for a 1/2 day tour.
Day 2: Walked in Kalverstraat for a full day till the shops closed as it was too cold and mom was reluctant to do anything else.
Day 3: Start of our Spain, Portugal and Morocco 15 days tour with Tralfagar tours. Took the noon flight from Schipol Airport to Madrid and met with the rest of the tour in the hotel.
Day 4: Madrid Sightseeing & At Leisure. After the city tour, we opted for the E43 optional tour to El Escorial, a monastery palace. Very beautiful and definitely a must for everyone going to Madrid. Because of bad weather, we were not able to visit the Valley of the Fallen, which was originally part of the tour as well. An optional dinner was also available that night where we had a lovely 3 course dinner with wine and was entertained by an opera singer in the new city.
Day 5: Travelled south by coach from Madrid to Toledo, the ancient capital of Castille, encircled by the River Tagus, and if not mistaken a UN Heritage.
Day 6: Went southwards again to Granada to visit the Alhambra Palace. That night we went for the optional Gypsy dance night out which was relatively entertaining but I would not exactly call it value for money at Euro 28 with only 1 drink available.
Day 8: After almost 3 hr drive to the border, Tarifa and a 1 hour ferry ride, we're finally in Morocco. And then yet another, if I remeber clearly, 5 hr ride to Fes, where we spent 2 nights.
Day 10: Spent 12 hrs on the bus due to some collapsed bridge from Fes to Marrakesh and we had a delay of 3 hrs, I reckon, taking the smaller roads. By the time we got into Marrakesh at 8 at night, I think my ass would have expanded 3 inches! Although on the good sight, the scenery along the way was pretty good.
Day 16: 2 more nights in Lisbon before the tour ends. Time does fly when you're having fun. From Sevilla to Lison, the journey is about 5 1/2 hours with some toilet and a lunch stop in between ( 400++ km). We did the city tour thing again of course to Vasco Da Gama's tomb, Belem Tower, amongst others.
Day 17: Last day! Sad sad sad. Did the optional tour to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Coast. Did the usual sightseeing of the summer palace, beautiful beaches, shopping ya da da!
That night, we had a farewell dinner in some Portugese restaurant, which was obviously way much better than the Fado dinner. Time to bid farewell to our fellow tourmates.
Day 21/22: Because we still did some last minute shopping, mom and myself, I nearly missed the damn train from the Nord to Amsterdam on the 25th. Thank god the train was delayed. A 3hr 20 minutes ride, lots to look see - passing by Antwerp, Brussels etc.