Taiwan, Taipei : Day #3 (Rainbow Hotel)
Day #3 is what we’ll term a slack day. Maybe its the gloomy weather? We haven’t really seen any sun since we touched down in Taipei. Even when it isn’t raining, it’s just cloudy, cloudy and more clouds!
Well, no matter what, it’s still Taiwan. Which means there is always good food somewhere. Instead of street snacks, we headed into a eatery instead for some warm food in a chilly morning. Basically, it is a very old school cafe, no fancy decor or anything. As far as I can remember, it serves great food!
We sat down, looked at the menu, and ordered a variety of items, not expecting to finish all the food. We just wanted to try different things that’s all. Two large bowls of 卤肉饭， 蚵仔煎， 魷魚羹 and 貢丸湯. Yummy-licious!
Next stop was a old bakery at Ximending called 太和传统饼. It is a more traditional kind of confectionery, having been around for many, many years. I’ve always believed that if you’re not good at what you do, your business is not going to survive. Dropped by the store to get some freshly-made Taiwanese products – 太阳饼 and 凤梨酥. They also sell a variety of pastry in the store. I guess there are hardly any bakery like this that’s left in Singapore.
The pastry weigh a ton! Went back to Rainbow Hotel to leave the pastry, and headed down (again!) for more shopping, and more food. Ximending is much more crowded today, considering it is Saturday. Despite the rain, people were all over the streets today.
Ximending is an area that is bustling with activities. We’ve spotted musicians playing music here. Shop attendants are frequently seen distributing flyers by the streets. Once, there were some Caucasians playing with a soccer ball right in front of our hotel. Today, we saw a couple of students who were requesting for donations from passer-bys to fund their school activities I guess?
After some shopping here and there, next stop is a specialty store named Sophisca. It specializes in selling sweets and chocolates that are exquisitely packaged into cute and irresistible little items that are perfect as gifts. Spent some time there getting a whole lot of sweet little gifts to bring back to Singapore! After which, our hands are full again from carrying shopping bags, we retreated back to our hotel that is a mere 1-minute walk away.
Our initial plans for the night was to head to Yangmingshan (陽明山) to enjoy the night view of Taipei. However, the wet and gloomy weather put a spanner in the works. Plus, we’re feeling so slack today and so, decided not to go to Yangmingshan.
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