Taiwan: Arriving in Taipei and Checking into Hotel Papa Whale

On the 6th day of our trip, we left Taichung and headed off to Taipei for the next leg of our trip. Before we made our way to the HSR, our driver recommended this really yummy fen yuan in Taichung and I have to agree that it’s the best I have ever eaten so far! smile



東東芋圓 is located on a small street leading to Xinshe, we had to park across the street and do a takeaway. I was so stoked that they had taro paste, which was a great addition to the dessert!

We were very much looking forward to what Taipei had in store for us when our first impression of the city was ruined. We flagged a cab the moment we arrived at Taipei HSR station. As our hotel is just a 5-10 mins drive away, the grumpy driver started lashing out at us and nagged throughout the whole trip. He then purposely stopped his cab across the street and told us to take out our luggages from the car boot ourselves else he would charge us NT$20 for it. We were so annoyed and we told him that he can jolly well keep his 20 bucks. This was a far cry from the friendly residents in Taichung and we were pretty shocked about it, even until today. sad







Hotel Papa Whale is probably one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed at. Even though it looks fancy at the lobby area, the room was so tiny that we felt claustrophobic. I couldn’t sleep during all the 5 nights we were there. sad There was a group of Koreans staying on the same level as us and they couldn’t stop talking even until 2am or 3am. The rooms were so badly sound proofed that I could even hear them using their plastic bags or packing their luggages. We complained to the concierge at least 2-3 times but it wasn’t of much help as it repeats on a daily basis. A real torture for light sleepers like myself. angry

As you can see, our trip to Taipei started on a bad note but of course, it doesn’t affect the rest of our trip! smile




We took a quick stroll to Ximending and had some light bites and drinks at this awesome pub. Sadly, we couldn’t find it when we wanted to visit it again.

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Taiwan: Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線

Taiwan is known for their street food and food stalls tucked away in their small alleys. I have always wanted to try Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線 as those in Singapore are only available with oysters or shredded chicken, and the oysters are usually not very fresh. angry

The shop was crowded with people slurping and savouring on their signature mee sua during the both times we were at the Ximending outlet. The perks for staying near there! tongue

The usual mee sua comes with oysters, also known as 蚵仔麵線 which I don’t really fancy. The Ay-Chung version comes with braised pig intestines, which are really soft and doesn’t have the strange smell. The noodles were soft and almost melts in the mouth, a sign that it has been cooked for hours to achieve that texture. The condiments like garlic, chilli sauce and cilantro added that extra oomph to the noodles. Eating this is such an enjoyment, especially in the cold weather. smile

Definitely stamped and approved by us! bigsmile

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heart Taiwan: 你好 from Taiwan!
heart Taiwan: Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle 阿宗麵線
heart Taiwan: Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產
heart Taiwan: Arriving at Taichung and Visiting Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
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heart Taiwan: Sightseeing in Taichung
heart Taiwan: Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林
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heart Taiwan: Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園