Some photos from my 2-week trip to Taiwan. Went to 台北,台中,台南,高雄 and 花莲. Tiring but good trip!

I’ll start with some food. (didn’t take pictures of all the food I ate, coz sometimes I just started chomping without remembering to snap a photo =X )

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This was 排骨面 at a store around Sun Moon Lake (日月潭). Not particularly nice..just meh. The soup was not bad though.

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In Singapore, we have 菜饭. In TW, there’s 便当. And I love the 三层肉. Lots of fats and very sinful, but also very tender and juicy, so who cares.

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And this is supposedly the 铁路便当. Coz you eat it on trains. You can buy it at the train stations!

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Found this at a night market in 台南, can’t remember which. Basically it’s like a baked potato upgraded many many levels. The potato is fried whole (no annoying skin, only a crispy exterior), and then cut open, after which different sauces/fillings are poured over this spud of goodness.

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Also from one of the night markets, and is possibly my favourite food from TW, the 棺材板! A thick piece of deep-fried toast is sliced open and thick creamy seafood soup to fill up the 棺材. I could die happy in a coffin like this.

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This is deep-fried corn with seaweed powder stuff sprinkled all over it. The crispy exterior gives it an added crunch!

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And this is some very tasty hot porridge I had on a cold early morning in Kaoshiung.

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The focus here is actually not the food (green tea tau huay) but the cute tables and chairs below  that were in the shop. Really very old school! Too bad we were more delicious than the dessert here – the mosquitoes kept swarming around my feet and I couldn’t wait to leave the place.

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This is some pseudo-Korean hotplate thingy that I ate in the high class Dream Mall foodcourt in Kaoshiung. Cost only S$5!

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From a very nice breakfast shop in Kaoshiung too!

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There was a time when slides were awesome like this ^

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Until they changed to the useless plastic kinds that got you stuck halfway down, and it’s not because your butt is too big.

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This is Taipei 101. Didn’t go up because we had to pay and I thought it’d be a waste of money.

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These were cable cars at Sun Moon Lake, and for some reason they were having this One Piece theme going on.

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Spot what’s amiss in this picture taken at a temple on Sun Moon Lake in TW.

See the vaguely familiar purple note? Putting SGD into a donation box for NTD is not cool. =.=

There’s some RMB too…what is wrong with people =.=

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那些年!不过有一个讨厌的extra走过。。。

Saw this bunch of preschool kids when visiting the relatively new National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan. They really know how to pose for the camera.

First, the teacher arranges the children in order…

I would like to draw your attention to the little girl standing first from the left. She is looking behind…

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Then when the camera is ready…

voila!

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She is totally ready, pose and smile and everything! 有前途。

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Some really old albums I saw on display at the museum!

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Cute doll at the museum too!

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The Chihkan Tower at Tainan.

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Apparently students write their wishes for good results on pieces of wooden…amulet thingies and hang them here. Some even attach examination notification letters, as you can see.

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没有遇见沈佳宜,不过在这个还算蛮接近啦!

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This is another type of card where people write their wishes upon it, seen at a 孔庙 at Kaoshiung.

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看看这个。。。

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“变很乖” 应该跟祈求神明没有什么关系吧。。。=.=

Next, some interesting signs I saw:

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Nice short form.

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I saw a lot of such signs in the toilet.

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Ok. 你赢咯.

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I suppose there can be a lot of reasons for having a sale and this is just one of them…

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The copy reads: Even the biggest of birds can fit in our pants. 再大的鸟都装得下。*shivers*

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还真的是黑。。。

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Cute bench I saw at a park!

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A card from the owner of Iris Tower, the hostel I stayed in at Tainan.

Saw these at a temple!

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The 龙虎塔 at Kaoshiung. 一定要从龙口进虎口出哦,不然自入虎口还得了~

即将被拆除的高雄左营自助新村,被一群大学生涂上了色彩,希望这样能将这个地方保留。虽然最后还是没成功,不过很多人都赶在这个又称眷村的地方被拆之前,前来看看这些画作。

From what I remember of this random tour guide’s explanation, there was this old village that is to be demolished. A bunch of uni students came to beautify the village with their art work/graffiti in the hopes that this would deter the government from demolishing the place. Although they weren’t successful in their attempts, the village has still attracted many people to come visit this place before it is torn down.

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3 children from the village fighting over the bicycle. The small one was being bullied. 然后我在这里袖手旁观 =x

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A very funny keychain! The whole series was just very cheeky but too bad I can’t find the pictures online. Only bought one so here it is =x The text reads:

本证照适用于中华民国境内,天生长相狠劲十足,举凡小孩子不吃蔬菜,小狗半夜乱叫,只要一出面皆能使其乖乖听话者,特颁此证,以资表扬。

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Find restroom before you go, and leave nothing but footprints. What are they trying to say? xD

And of course, some Engrish signage to end off!

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Took me a while before I understood what it meant: “Caution! Falling rocks, no stopping.”

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