“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey” – Fitzhugh Mullan

I will always remember how excited I was on my first travel outside the country, the experience of setting foot on a foreign soil, hearing voices that don’t speak my language, and the friends who walked those unfamiliar streets of Hong Kong with me.  After 11 years, the same trio of city slickers ride again to explore Asia, but this time around the destination is the capital of Taiwan.  the largest city of the country and one of the most densely populated urban area in the world. Taiwan is same size as Switzerland and Belgium

As usual, these bunch of lazies come unprepared with just 2 or 3 sights to see and the rest, we will have our feet do the walking…

Fine dining @ Taipei 101– Taiwan’s financial centre located at Xinyi District. The building ranked officially as the world’s tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. Daily the tower’s lights display one of seven colours in the spectrum from Monday to Sunday and they are as follows:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple. We were there on a Sunday so we witnessed the purple colour. Located on floors 89 and 91, the observation decks include the highest restaurant in Taiwan and this is where we dine.

There are 2 restaurants in this landmark, Diamond Tony’s 101 Observatory Restaurant which serves Italian food, and Shin Yeh on the 85th floor which serves Taiwanese food. We opted for Shin Yeh because of the absence of pasta in the Italian resto. The food was superb but too much because we have to spend 1,400 NTD (incl. tax) the minimum pay per head in order to have a table and there were four us and the dishes are not that really pricey. This is one of the best Chinese restaurants my taste buds had, as a wine tickles the palate with its joyous sensations, dining at the fine restaurant and viewing Taipei city at night is definitely an unforgettable experience.

Shilin Night market -is a night market in the Shilin District of Taipei, Taiwan, and is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city. This is where we found that powerful scarf that can do anything and we pride ourselves that we struck a great bargain acquiring the 21 pcs of it as souvenier gifts.

Modern Toilet– A bathroom themed restaurant, it’s odd you might say but Taiwan also has restaurants that resemble jailhouses and hospitals. I’m scared of public toilet this is actually a horror movie for me. If i can hold my pee until I get home, I will so you can imagine my lack of appetite in this place.   The chairs are toilet bowls; dishes are served in miniature toilet bowls, and drinks in miniature urinals, chocolate dessert designed like pooh and you are going to wash your hands not in a sink but in a toilet bowl eeewww!!..  It was fun but once is more than enough for me.

My ex-colleague was kind enough to give us her weekend and showed us around the city. She took us to this local restaurant name JIN DIN ROU. Apparently, the owner of this restaurant was an ex chef of my favourite restaurant hailed by The New York Times as one of the world’s top 10 restaurant, DIN TAI FUNG– specialising in xiao long bao. I also liked JIN DIN ROU the menu are very similar. My friend told me that Din Tai is sort of touristy and there’s always a long queue.

Taiwanese are pleasant and friendly immediately we noticed that and also I want to mention this hotel http://www.sunworlddynasty.com.tw/html/2009/Eng/Index.html. the location is very convenient and the staffs are cordial. It’s near to Taipei 101 and Shilin Market and the buffet breakfast was great.

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