Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Taiwan

During our Taiwan trip, we also visited Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (九族文化村) which is a small theme park in the middle of a hill and accessible via car or cable car from Sun Moon Lake.

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The cable car ride from Sun Moon Lake is a treat in itself! Look at the view!

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The park is not very big and can be completed in half a day. The highlight of this park is the performance put up to display on aboriginal culture.

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There are all shapes and sizes of butt cheeks here! Tight and firm ones and those a little bouncy and saggy ones.

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Look at all the colourful tribal costume, such a beautiful sight!

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Next to the stage, there is this iconic statue. Heh. A symbol of fertility.

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You can also give the blowpipe shooting a try for a fee!

Another part of the village is the replica of the various aboriginal house. It’s interesting to see the different designs of the aboriginal home and it is different and similar at the same time.

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Owl!

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The guys having free play with the drums!

At various spots, there are gift shops and also staff demonstrating craftmaking.

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This lady is making glass beads.

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This old lady is weaving some place mats.

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Such beautiful colours!

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There are also some aboriginal snacks for sale. Like this bamboo rice!

After walking through the aboriginal village, the other section of the theme park is the theme park rides. There aren’t many exciting rides and most of the rides seem like it is back from the 80s.

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After visiting the theme park, you can also pop by the Lavender Garden! Even though we missed the cherry blossom season, we were in time for lavender!

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It is a beautiful garden which is perfect for photo taking. We braved the drizzle for photos but had to give up when the rain turns to heavy showers!

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Lavender! Tadah!

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Bowl Rice Cake and Fort Provintia, Tainan, Taiwan

In the evening, after visiting Fort Zeelandia and eating a whole lot, we went to eat another must eat in Tainan! Tainan is famous for their street food, and other than Bean Jelly and Oysters, another must eat is the Bowl Rice Cake.

We had the bowl rice cake at Sen Maw Rice Food (森茂碗粿) which has a branch at a short walk to Fort Provintia (赤崁分店). It is really tasty and a little like Singapore’s Chwee Kueh but a whole lot tastier.

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You can also add various condiments and sauces to it.

Another must eat is the Coffin Bread but we were too full to try it. There are a few bread store next to the rice cake store.

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There after, we visited Fort Provintia, and it was another Fort with a different vibe compared to Fort Zeelandia.

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It is a lot more Chinese influence and now, it also house a temple for students! Students of all ages will pay the entrance fee just to pray to this God which grants good grades to student.

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Visiting Fort Provintia at night is perfect, with the breezy weather and the fort all lighted up.

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Tong Ji Anping Bean Jelly & Fort Zeelandia, Anping, Tainan, Taiwan

I’m back to sharing on my Taiwan Trip, yes, after almost two months, there are still many locations which I’ve yet to share! You can read more about the various tourist attractions in Taiwan over here!

In this post, I will be sharing on one of the must eat in Tainan! Other than the oysters, there is also the amazingly smooth Tong Ji Anping Bean Jelly (同记安平豆花)!

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It is the best Bean Jelly I’ve tried, and if you love red bean or green bean, you will fall in love with this! I am now drooling just thinking about this!

After having the bean jelly, you can also drop by Fort Zeelandia, it is a small fort and a short walk about around it. The fort is build in the 16th century by the Dutch East India Company.

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Part of the original wall which remains.

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A small area displaying the excavation portion of the fort.

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The fort which has been restored.

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The original canon.

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Catch up at Chir Chir, 313 Somerset, Singapore

It has been a long while since we last caught up with Sue Ann, Tim and Baby Seth. Baby Seth is still chirpy like a birdie and has grown so much!

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We headed to Chir Chir at 313 Somerset and had a blast!

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The queue was crazy! It is probably an hour wait but thankfully Tim’ sister got us seats and we skipped the queue.
Chir Chir is a Korean Fried Chicken joint but we soon realized; it is not just another Korean Fried Chicken fast food joint! They have a wide range of chicken dishes, salads and interesting drinks.

My guy went along with the plan to have our dinner at Chir Chir with much hesitation. He is a conscious eater and no, he doesn’t eat fried stuff. Thankfully, Chir Chir’s Rosemary roast chicken is superbly tender and well marinated. He was pleasantly surprised and loves it to bits! Their mango salad is yummy too and we were relieved that they offer some healthier alternatives!

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Nonetheless, we did sink our teeth into those garlic fried chicken and cheesy chicken fillet and drown those chicken with beer with whipped cream. Yums!

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Chir Chir just open a branch at Bedok Point if you fancy some Korean Fried Chicken and beer!

Public Garden Consumer Trade Show – 13 Jun 15

It has been a long while since I last visited a Public Garden Fair, and yesterday, it was the first time they held a larger scale one at Suntec and called it the Public Garden Consumer Trade Show where there were participating stalls from around the region.
It is an event that I’ve bookmarked for a long time and I really enjoyed myself there. We spotted a few nice stuffs but I was reminded to get them when we have a home, which is really far from reality. We also saw many disgruntled boyfriends/husbands accompanying their girls in this candyland. Haha. He complained that there’s no food and it’s all stuff for girls! Haha. There were only a couple of food stalls and yes, Public Garden is mostly for girls. Heh.

Here are some pretty stalls which caught my eyes!

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8 Dec who does wedding decor

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Some manly terrarium which has little guys climbing the rocks in there.

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Even kueh stalls! They sold out pretty fast and too bad, they don’t have peanut ang ku kueh!

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Perfect for people with Industrial home concept.

Love these stalls below and am bookmarking for future reference!

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These beautiful woodcraft from Things to Make and Do from Bangkok.

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Beautiful brass knots from Lava Vella

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Photo from Awesome Maps

Saw one of the stall, Shinn Park selling these Awesome Maps and wanted to get one. But was told not to. So I’m going to bookmark this for now. We can probably spend half a day just reading and exploring the world through this map.

Zhong She Flower Market 中社花市, Tai Chung, Taiwan

When in Tai Chung, we visited Zhong She Flower Market, even though we visited before last year, it is still a charming sight! It was a crazy warm day and we didn’t spend much time here, but look how the photos turn out! The clear cloudless blue sky!

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Lavender Cottage, Sinshe, Taiwan

In Taiwan, there are many places like these where owners buy over the land and created gardens and parks with a theme. This is one of the first few which started the trend.

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This Lavender Cottage is set up by two young Taiwanese girls who got tired of their rat race and decided to find a place with greater fulfillment. With a love for Lavender, they opened up a place planted with lavender flowers and a cafe. Once you step into the cafe, you will be able to smell the aromatic lavender scent. You can also buy lavender soaps and other lavender scented products.

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They also showed a sample of the decor of their Lavender cottage room. They have other locations where they offered accommodation.

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A small hill filled with Lavender!

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Mmmmm. Can you smell it?

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There is also a small carousel next to the hill! How whimsical!

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So cute!

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Further up to the top of the hill, you can pen down your wishes too!

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Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Throw back to our Taiwan trip (you can read on here), we also visited Kaohsiung and one of their unique landmark is their Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, 龍虎塔 at the Lotus lake.

At the Lotus lake, it is famous for its profusion of temples, there are the Confucius Temple, Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and the Spring and Autumn Pavilions around the lake.

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It reminded me a little of our Haw Par Villa. We only visited the landmark Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and entrance to the pagodas are free. It is a nice place for photo taking and a quick stroll.

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You can choose to go up the pagoda to have a nice view of the other pagodas in the area.

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What a pretty sight!

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Just opposite the entrance of the Pagodas, we stopped by a small towel souvenir shop and got some cute baby bibs for my little friends.

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Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Malaysia

And I’m not done with Penang trip! Can you believe it? I still have backlogs of pictures from Taiwan trip as well. Oh no.

Anyway, other than visiting Peranakan Mansion and Street Art Hunting in Georgetown, we also went to Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang. It is said to be one of the largest temple in Southeast Asia and one of the landmark in Penang! As my grandma is with us, we only visited the area with a humongous statue of Goddess of Mercy. Perched on top of a hill, we also got a nice overview of Penang town.

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The statue didn’t look that big here as they have built a new pavilion for it.

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In front of the Goddess of Mercy statue, there is also an area where visitors can make donation in exchange for some wishing ribbons, candles or tiles. The tiles will be used to build part of the pavilion.

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That’s my Dad’s Chinese name and his wishes for the family, a harmonious family enjoying peace and health.

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My Dad made another donation for and similarly wishing for peace within family and great health.

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Another small temple at the side!

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Happy family!

At the bottom of the temple, there is also an old school morning market and it gets really busy in the morning. There are also popular Laksa stalls there which we didn’t have try as it was really too early for spicy coconut-ty soup. Heh.

You can read more on my other posts for our Penang trip here.

Day 4: Carrara Markets, Gold Coast

On the last day in Gold Coast, we woke up bright and early to catch a cab to visit Carrara Market, which is a 15 minutes taxi ride and cost us around AU$25-30 each way. It is a weekend market which opens at 7am till 4pm.

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It wasn’t a big place and certainly not for everyone. The items sold are very random, ranging from fresh produce, to beach theme decorations, to second hand stuff and some other random knick knacks. Most of the best stores are in the area known as the Shed. Most of the crowd there are local retirees and a few random tourist. I don’t think it’s worth it to spend AU$50 – 60 for the transport there, but if you are looking for any of these, or if you are driving around this area, you should probably pop by!

Fresh Produces

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Spices

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There is a nice spice shop! If I own a place, I would probably buy some to make roast chicken.

Beach Theme Homeware

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Sewing Stuff: Iron On Patch, Ribbons, Buttons and everything else

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These metal buttons are so pretty, wanted to bring home a tube at AU$2 but couldn’t find a reason for doing so.

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Look!

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These ceramic buttons are really cute!

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Look so so cute! I want these!

Vintage Stuff

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Fancy a hair cut?

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Cute rugs.

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Beautiful linens.

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Day 3: Movie World & Sky Point Observation Deck, Gold Coast

Day 3 saw us transforming into kids, getting excited in Movie World when we see characters popping out for photos! We took a few rides but were disappointed that some of the rides were closed for maintenance. It is a Saturday but their off peak season in the Autumn/Winter months.

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The good thing about the park during off peak season is that most queues doesn’t take more than 30 minutes and it was really cooling just walking around the park! And similar to Sea World, it seems that because we’ve got Universal Studio in Singapore and I’ve been to Disneyland in the states and Japan and Universal Studio in US, the Movie World in Gold Coast seems much smaller.

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Wanted to take this ride but we were left with slightly more than an hour to catch a photo with Bugs Bunny and have it printed in a complimentary photo (included in our tour package) and have lunch! So we thought we will let our exhilarated heart rest a little after some other rides.

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We tricked our friends who were rides unfriendly people into telling them that the Scooby Doo ride is like It’s the Small Small World ride in Disneyland. Hahah.

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We also watched some race car performance! It was loud and smokeeey!

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Wasn’t too bad for the effects.

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I thought Flash was a little chubby here and my guy is definitely leaner and cuter. We didn’t managed to catch Wonder Woman which left us a little disappointed.

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“I thought I saw a pussy cat! I did I did I did!”

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My favourite! “What’s up, Doc!” Gosh, these are definitely signs of the 80’s kids.

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I have no idea what is the duck doing on my head, ask the man behind the lens!

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Awww…

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The Bat Man fight against Joker is a little strange, Bat Man doesn’t talk! Weird… He was there waiting for punches and Joker’s taut!

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In the end, I got some photos with Bugs Bunny as souvenir and a Wonder Woman Charm at a dollar.

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After Movie World, we headed to SkyPoint Observation deck at our own cost which is just around a corner from our hotel. It is a fantastic place to get the best view of Surfer Paradise! We paid AU$22 each and went up at around 4.40pm, a few minutes before sunset! It was the only crowded place we went during our trip as everyone had the same idea to catch the day and night view of Surfer Paradise!

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If only the glass panels aren’t there!

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These are taken with my Olympic Tough which is probably a rugged camera but the pictures turned out not too bad.

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After the viewing, we went to Soul Hotel, the one on the right with blue logo, for dinner!

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Ate at Hurricane grill and the food was delicious! It was after all, our last evening in Gold Coast!

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Nice ambience and friendly service staffs!

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We ordered a seafood platter and a meat platter to share! Yums.

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This is one side of the seafood platter.

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And here’s the other!

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They even insist on helping us wear the bibs!

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We then walk around Surfer Paradise and this was the busiest street there.

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We didn’t stop eating after that meal and went on to Max Brenner for dessert.

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We had a fondue which was average and the chocolate-licious Chocolate Mess! It is a mess of chocolate, fresh cream and ice cream! What can go wrong right?

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Before the messing up.

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And after. Awww. This is not in Max Brenner Singapore’s menu.

Day 2: Sea World, Harbour Town & Surfer Paradise Beachfront Market, Gold Coast

Day 2 in Gold Coast is another day with fantastic weather! We headed off to Sea World all excited to see the Dolphins in action! I’m not sure if it’s because we are adults now and not kids, everything seems smaller! The park is really small and we covered the entire park in a few hours!

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First off, the Penguin enclosure and we lucked out having to witness the feeding session!

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We also saw the Pelican in close proximity! Their throat pouch is really huge and I have no doubt that a newborn baby can fit right in! Haha.

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Ok, stop staring at me, I know I exaggerated a little.

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We then headed to see the Seal show! The guy in black is our friendly CFO, a really friendly guy! No, not the one looking weird at the back. Haha.

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Off to visit the Polar bears! The polar bears here look really happy and they had a lot of fun swimming, jumping into the water and playing with random objects in the water! Perhaps it’s the weather and no, there are not green like the ones we have here. Just a little brown with all the sun tanning, haha.

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They are really cheeky!

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We then walked over to the shark aquarium who also live happily along with other fishes.

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Now the highlight of the day! The dolphin performance! These are really such graceful and intelligence animals!

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And I have no idea what’s the link and why these four Renaissance artists are here at Sea World too! But we had a lot of fun taking pictures with them! Haha. We were the oldest group of children in the queue but hey, we were also probably their earliest fan in the queue! That justify the picture right?

After Sea World, we headed over to their Factory Outlet – Harbour Town Mall – and were really disappointed with the range and brands there. They were mainly Australian brands which were unheard of in Singapore. But if you are in to household stuff, we spotted a few nice stores.

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In the end, I only got 2 cheap cardigan at AU$13.90 each and a more muscular calf. Heh.

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Look at the evening sky at Surfer Paradise! Wow!

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We then head over to the Surfer Paradise Beachfront Market which is on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening between 4 – 8pm. We expected a lot more stores and some ready to eat food stores but we covered the entire market in less than 30 minutes. It is their off peak season in Gold Coast and there were hardly any crowd anywhere during our trip. Which is a blessing in disguise! I miss the weather and the space already!

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This is my favourite shop! I managed to speak to the stall owner and chatted with him a little. He is from Peru and each coin pendant on the table ranges from AU$10 to AU$40 depending on the intricacy and the rarity of the coin. I bought a coin from Peru for AU$40 and am in love with it! Apparently, the coin I picked takes approximately 4 hours to craft it!

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Some people may frown upon the idea of having their national coin cut up but I guess it is another way to appreciate the design of the coins? After chancing upon this booth, I realized I took greater notice of the designs of each coin! It was previously just a method of payment but now, you can see how each coin varies in design and the appreciate significance of each design.

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I requested for a photo with the coin before the cutting just for keepsake. Peru is definitely on my bucket list! I want to see Machu Picchu!

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Can you spot our own coins? Gasps!

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Some glass maker at the market!

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There is even a Macaw enclosure for photo taking at a fee.

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Day 1: City Tour in Brisbane & Paradise Country Farm in Gold Coast

I am back from a short 4 days 3 night Brisbane/Gold Coast company retreat and I’ve got plenty of photos to share! It was a trip with great cooling weather and fantastic company!

On the first day after an overnight flight on SQ, we reach Brisbane bright and early and head over for a quick photo opportunity at Kangaroo Point Cliff which overlooks a river and Brisbane cityscape.

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That’s me looking tired after a red eye flight.

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The weather is great!

After a short city tour on the coach around Brisbane, we head straight to Paradise Country Farm in Gold Coast.

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We were given a lunch coupon for 1 serving of either Chicken, Fish or Beef. Thankfully we picked chicken, the safest choice of all.

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There are free flow of salads, fruits and carbs on top of 1 serving of main.

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The food were mass cooked and there were nothing to rave about.

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After our quick lunch, we were excited to visit the animals in the farm but were disappointed that the farm is really small and is mainly targeted to China’s group tour. We were expecting more personalized tours with more engaging activities.

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There were a few Koalas on display and I caught one scratching his butt! Heh. I don’t need to go squeeze at the Singapore Zoological Garden to have a peek at the visiting Koalas! Haha.

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Caught in the act! Oops.

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My favourite section of this farm is the small petting corner of all the baby animals.

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Look at this cute little goat! Meeeeeh!

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If you ask the keeper, they will let you in to play with the little ones!

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I want one of these!

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Feeding them with the hays provided.

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Look at these cute little Alpacas!

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Awwww

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There are only 6 months old and are really just babies!

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Being a sucker for Koalas, I had to fulfill my childhood dream of taking a photo with Koalas and holding one! Paid AU$22 for a photo printed. 1 off the bucket list. Went there 30 mins after they started the line and had to wait in the queue with a busload of Chinese tourist. The staff there also assumed that we can’t speak English which probably indicates that their main customers are from tour groups. Bah.

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Watched a show where we witnessed a sheepdog guiding the sheep and a quick milking demonstration.

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Then a quick feeding session at the Kangaroo enclosure!

After the farm visit, we checked in to our hotel at Grand Chancellor Hotel, Surfer Paradise and had a Chinese dinner before having some time to explore the area. Spotted Chocolateria San Churro and had the best freshly fried Churros! Their dark chocolate dip is the best! I need to have them again when I’m in Perth in July! Heh.

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Review of Armenian Street Heritage Hotel, Penang, Malaysia

During our 3 days 2 nights trip to Penang, Georgetown, we stayed at Armenian Street Heritage Hotel and this hotel is a love hate relationship. Here are some Pros and Cons of staying at this hotel.

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  • Clean, new and comfortable
  • In the middle of Georgetown heritage central, 3 minutes walk to see the street art of the boy peering at the hole and short walk to bicycle rental shop
  • Less than 10 mins walk to a cluster of old school shopping malls
  • Extremely value for money, booked through Agonda and only paid SGD58 per night (inclusive of booking fee) for a double room
  • Small in house eatery, massage parlour and 24 hours mini mart
  • Good wifi available in room

Cons

  • Air Con takes a while to cool down
  • Corridor of hotel not air conditioned
  • Only 1 key card for each room, I suspect is to save on electricity, otherwise, most people will leave the key card there the whole day and leaving the air conditioner run the whole day
  • No telephone or fridge in room. My guy needs cold water 24/7, so we had to buy cold water from the mini mart instead.
  • Generally quiet and peaceful on most days, except that it is near a Mosque which will sound the prayer chant 5 times a day. Not for light sleeper as I was woken up by the prayer at 5.30am on both mornings. But the rest of the group were not affected.

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View from our room at 5th floor.

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Open concept corridors which is not air conditioned.

Like I said, this hotel is a one which I have a love hate relationship, I love the location, the comfort and the value for money but there are a few things which can improve. But for SGD 58 per night, I shouldn’t be complaining. Will I stay here again if I’m back in Penang, sure, why not.

Carton King @ Cingjing and random shop @ Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Back to random posts on Taiwan, one of the interesting shops which you can get souvenirs is at Carton King. As it’s name suggests, all the items in this shop is made of carton or paper! We were supposed to visit the sheep at Cingjing farm but it was raining in the morning and we had to seek refuge at Carton King which is also at Cingjing.

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Little house made of carton.

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Little carton animals in a mini zoo.

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Various city highlights made of paper!

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Benches made of carton which can hold my weight!

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Guess which one I pick!

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I love rocking horse! They even have one for children and I saw a nice Dad lugging it back for his child.

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These are my favourites! Musical Box! But the prices at Carton King is the most expensive, they marked up above the usual recommended selling price. I bought one and found that a shop in Sun Moon Lake is selling it cheaper! I resisted to get another one but when I went to a old street I found it on sale! In the end, I got another one for myself. OMG. Cute wooden stuff is one of my Kryptonite.

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Look at these! They are adorable and original creation from a Taiwanese under the label – Wooderful Life.

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In the end, I got these from Carton King for my future imaginary home! Haha.

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This is featuring Alishan!

These are the ones from a pretty shop at Sun Moon Lake!

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Favourite Spots in Georgetown, Penang Malaysia

Other than exploring Georgetown for Street Art, there are a few interesting spots to have a quick stopover!

I expected Georgetown to be much more bustling, imagining it to be a huge tourist attraction with lots of shops and all like our Joo Chiat in Singapore. But to my dismay, it is really quiet and peaceful with only a few shops spread around the town. This could be a good thing to preserve the heritage there.

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Here are my favourite three spots in Georgetown:

(1) Owl Shop and Cat & Dog

There are rows and rows of shophouses in Georgetown, there are some which are worn out and many which are well preserved.

At the most bustling street in Georgetown sits two pretty little shop Owl Shop and Cat & Dog (Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi along Cannon Street).

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And at the Owl Shop, I spotted the Owl chopstick holder I bought in Taiwan! When I was in Taiwan, I only managed to buy 5 instead of the intended 6. I thought it must be fate and destiny to see it again, but the price put me off. It costs RM15 each (approximately SG5.60) and I bought it in Taiwan for only $2! Now, I regret every bit of not buying it! BAH.

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Love this brown owl chopstick holder!

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At the Cat & Dog Shop, we also spotted these pretty pretty Peranakan theme magnets! These are my favourite buy and I got 4 for myself! Wished I got more for my friends! These are very unique as I couldn’t find them at other place! Apparently the store owner created it themselves and they owned 2 shops on the same street. The other time I saw it is at the Peranakan Mansion which is much more expensive.

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They also have these!

(2) Ming Xiang Tai Pastry Shop

No. 133, Jalan Burmah, 10050 George Town , Penang. Malaysia., 10050 George Town, Malaysia

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We also stopped over for some yummy pastries and glass bottled herbal drinks! The drinks are savior under this heat.

(3) China House

153, Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown, 10300 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

My resourceful also research a list of cafes in Penang and we found one which is within the cycling distance for a quick breakfast. In the day, it is a cafe and at night, it’s a bar! There are many cafes in Penang but they are spread all over the town! The cost slightly lower than having Brunch in Singapore but I would say it is cheap. The food and vibe of the place is most likely targeting expats and tourist! But I must say the food is good. It was also a great respite to get out of the heat after cycling!

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Their Big Breakfast is good! The handmade beef patty and lamb sausage are simply delightful! Yums!

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Their carrot cake is not bad either. Not the best but good. It could be that we had so many days of street food and anything else is great! Haha.

Street Art hunting in Georgetown, Penang Malaysia

Another must see attraction and must do activity in Penang is street art hunting in Georgetown! The street art in Georgetown is made famous by Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian artist whose ‘Mirrors Georgetown’ for Georgetown Festival back in 2012 became a huge hit. This encouraged many other artists to express their creativity on the streets!

We first walk around the Georgetown after checking in at nearby Armenian Street Heritage Hotel but the weather in Penang is insanely hot and humid! Thereafter, we toured around Georgetown via a mini van because of my aging Grandma and parents. But even though it is comfortable to escape from the heat, it is too cumbersome to climb up and down the van just to take photographs. Finally, on the last day, we rented a bicycle and did a quick tour around Georgetown. Most of the shops and bicycle rental shops in Georgetown open at 9am and the rental is really cheap at RM8 – 10 for the whole day! In the end, this is the best mode of transport to explore and hunt for the street art! Many maps are available at our hotel lobby and you can probably find 80% of the street art with the map.

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I was never good at netball or form of sports. Heh.

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Step by Step lane! What a cute name!

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These 3D pop up ones are my favourite!

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Many big ones like these!

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My favourite! I’m such a (act) cutie! Haha.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Penang Malaysia

One of the highlights of our Penang trip is visiting the huge Peranakan Mansion. For readers who don’t know about Peranakan’s culture, it will be a delightful place to visit.

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“The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to this part of the world, especially in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) hence its other name, the Straits Chinese. Adopting selected ways of the local Malays and later, the colonial British, the Peranakans had created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques but its cultural influences like cuisine and language are still evident in Penang today.”

– Source: Pinang Peranakan Mansion

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Unlike the one I visit in Malacca, it is inside a huge mansion and they allow phototaking and interaction with most of their exhibits. You are allowed to sit and take photographs with the furniture on display and the guide will also enthusiastically assist to take photos for you! The entrance ticket is a mere RM 20 (S$ $7.50) and we spent almost 2 hours there! It is huge! The one in Malacca is inside a shophouse which is a third of this Peranakan Mansion in Penang!

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The owner of this Mansion bought it over from the government with the promise to restore it. There are many artifacts which were donated from the original family who stayed at this mansion and there were pictures showing its previous dilapidated condition after surviving World War 2.

Even though the mansion does not belong to the original family now (who mostly migrated to the states and UK), they still own a small Ancestral temple (shown below) at the back of the mansion. According to the guide, the family hired a few staff to take care of the temple and when any of their descendant come back to Penang, they will be back to pay respect. They will also be back to pay respect during major Chinese occasions. According to the guide, the mansion was once surrendered to the Japanese during Japanese Occupation, but in exchange of the house and all the antiques in the house, the Japanese will leave their ancestral temple untouched.

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According to the Chinese beliefs, the place where your ancestors laid is exceptionally important as a good location with excellent Fengshui will bless their future generations with harmony and prosperity. The original family who stayed here was headed by a very successful Tin mining business man, in order to continue this harmony and prosperity, the Ancestral temple must be protected and maintained.

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We also saw many bats residing in the temple and according to Chinese beliefs, when bats choose to live in the house, it brings fortune in good luck as bats in Mandarin is 蝙蝠 which sounds like Fortune 福. So do not chase bats away if they pick your place!

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In the mansion, they also showcase many authentic jewelries from the Peranakan culture. Those tiny bags are made with Gold and we wonder what can the ladies back in their time carry in those tiny bags. According to the guide, back in those days, the ladies only carry handkerchiefs in their bag and the gold bag is more to flaunt their wealth then anything.

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There is also a showcase of their tablewares which were influenced by the British during when they colonized Penang.

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An exhibit of those hand crafted beaded shoes. Back in their time, a Nonya (a female Peranakan) must learn how to sew and make their own beaded shoes before they can get married.

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The second floor of the mansion showcases more of their living lifestyle.

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My family, both young and old, greatly enjoyed this place and it is a must see when you visit Penang!

Dreams & Confetti, Great World City

I’m so going to have a huge backlog of travel posts! I’m not done with Taiwan and I’m heading to Penang this weekend and Gold Coast end of the month! Rawr!

Let’s talk about something other than travelling! We headed to Great World City for movie over the long weekends and there is now another reason for me to head there! Other than I Wanna Go Home, which sells pretty home decor items at a reasonable price, I chance upon Dreams and Confetti !

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They sell many pretty cake stands, party ware and decorations and also rent them out too! But more importantly, this shop which is less than 2 months old in Great World City is the exclusive distributor of Rosanna Inc!

Rosanna Inc has many lovely porcelain wares and if not for the fact that my imaginary home is far from reality, I would have cart home a lot more!

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In the end, I got home this pretty pretty porcelain bunting which I couldn’t resist. I saw it before our movie and had to get it after movie. Heh.

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We got the one which says, “Eat Well & Travel Often”, so us! Heh. How I wish I can fly straight to settle to lug all of them back! Haha.

Sky Lanterns at Ping Xi, Taiwan

A lot of visitors who tour Taipei will also pop by Ping Xi area as it is a few hours drive away. Many years ago, I once release Sky Lanterns at night at Ping Xi, even though releasing sky lanterns at night is more magical as the glow from the lantern is more obvious, releasing sky lanterns in the day is much more festive! There were a lot of people there in the day and many shops too! Unlike in the evening where all shops are closed and there aren’t as many people.

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We picked a lantern which has 4 colours, and it costs us NT$200 (SG$9), there are those which is single colour at NT$150 or 8 colours at NT$350.

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