Taiwan has lots of great food and its night markets are famous for having endless varieties of delicious street food. Instead of the massive Shilin night market, we opted for Taipei’s original night market — Raohe Street Night Market…and it certainly did not disappoint. Everywhere we turned, there were vendors cooking up tasty treats, some familiar, some completely foreign, but all mouth-watering. Tip: starve yourself before you go so you can try as much as possible.
While strolling around Ximeding, we stumbled upon Modern Toilet, a bathroom-themed restaurant. I had heard about these before so we decided to check it out…The verdict? definitely worth visiting, while certainly more for the novelty than the food, worth checking out nonetheless. Oh, and they have very nice toilets in their bathrooms.
The Armed Forces Museum, which presents a very different perspective on modern Chinese military history than the one I grew up learning, was a fascinating place and definitely off the beaten path — and because of that, was completely devoid of tourists, which, after our experience at the National Palace Museum, was a very welcomed change.
On our second day in Taipei, we hit two of the city’s major tourist attractions: CKS Memorial (中正纪念堂) & National Palace Museum (故宮博物院). We got off to a late start and did not get to the National Palace Museum until late afternoon, just as several buses full of tourists poured into the museum in front of us. With massive lines and rowdy crowds, the place felt more like a Walmart on black Friday — at one point, a fight almost broke out next to us. Ironic, since it was in fact, the Friday after Thanksgiving. I guess we will have to go back another time.
P.S.: Cameras were not allowed inside the National Palace Museum, hence only a few shots of the exterior on our way out.
After a rough start out of KL, we finally landed in Taipei for the Thanksgiving weekend. Our first night in Taipei got off a great start when Will brought us to this great lil ShanXi restaurant, Shao Shao Ke. After dinner, we took a leisurely stroll back in the refreshingly cool night…things were definitely looking up…
As an auto enthusiast, I take attending auto shows as a serious responsibility. KL Motor Show is not exactly on the radar for most auto show followers and many automakers skipped out on the show — the German premiums, Italian exotics, and oddly, even the Malaysian national car maker, Proton, chose to sit it out. Nevertheless, I had to pay it a visit…
When we asked Ting Ting whether she would like a party or go to Legoland for her birthday, she answered without hesitation — Legoland!!! So, only a few weeks after our first visit, we made the 3 hour trip down to Johor over the long weekend. After spending 2 days at the park, the decision of upgrading to the annual pass during our first visit proved to be a smart move — not only did our annual pass more than pay for itself, but breaking up the visit over 2 days results in a much more relaxed pace and enjoyable experience. Win.
*Tip: if you are only planning to spend one day during the weekend — Sunday is much less crowded.
The third and final stop on our long weekend road trip — Legoland in Johor. It is definitely the part that Ting Ting was most excited about, and one that I looked forward to as well. After a full day at the park, it certainly did not disappoint. In fact, we were such happy customers that we signed up for the annual pass despite the fact the park is a 3.5 hr drive from KL.
The second stop on our road trip south was Singapore. Although we had grand plans of visiting many of the city’s sights, thanks to a late start, longer than expected crossing of the causeway and a tired five year old, we ended up spending most of the time just in the Marina Bay area…I guess we will just have to come back another time, soon…