Friday, 25 November 2011

Antique Window

This is where we have our dinner, Antique Window. I love how they design their restaurant. There's indoor and outdoor and we choose indoor to have some personal space.



See how relaxing we are. I can't believe all these restaurant here close at 9p.m. Meaning there's no supper for us. But we are enjoying our dinner. Fantastic view from within.



This is all asian cuisine but they serve it exactly same as western style. Appetizers, main course and desserts.


Love all their food. Taste so awesome especially the pork leg and curry. Both is my favorite of the night. I can't tell how do they cook it because this is so localize with their own spices and herbs. However, it suits my taste bud.


If you happen to drop by at Jiu Fen, try to dine in this restaurant. Who knows you will as impress as me but of course this vary for individual preferences.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Jiu Fen, Taiwan

After Sun Moon Lake, we take a direct bus down to Taipei. However, to reach Jiu Fen it is a complicated journey. We have to take 2 different bus to reach Jiu Fen. After 1 bus trip, we decided to get cab to reach our home-stay because it is raining and we have so many luggage with us. The whole journey took us about 2 hours in total.

One thing that you will see once you reach is temple. It is like everywhere. Everywhere I turn, I will see one stood still above the hill. Besides, I am wondering how could they build house up the hill. From far, the houses were like stair case.




We are really lucky. We get to pick the most beautiful home-stay with the most excellent view of all. Let me prove to you my word!!


View from our window. A painting come to life isn't it? Where could you find such fascinating scenery at Malaysia?

Once settle down, we are ready for our next adventurous journey. Light snack before we start. The "yu yuan" made of yam but come with sweet potato too. Cold and hot to fulfill different customer preferences.


View that we get to see along the way up to the Jiu Fen Old Street. The only way we get to go up is take a long stairs. Sort of take our breathe away because we did not expect the stairs to be that long way up.

Breathe taking view ain't it?

Finally we reach after about 20 minutes? We kinda used to it after several times climbing up and down. As soon as we reached, we had already see stalls all around. Makan time!!!




This stall is one out of so many of them here that had been interview by Taiwan Entertainment show. Their food were great, especially the soup and vermicelli noodles. Personal liking!







BBQ Mushroom. One of our favorite at every night markets. Even they BBQ it, the mushroom is still juicy and delicious.



Jiu Fen Old Street is all connected by stairs. There's still main road for vehicles, but narrow and small.


As the sky turns dark, the scenery gets more attracting. We decided to turn home and get back here again at night. However, something unexpected happen......


...we see shoplots and stalls were all closed down. The street were silence. We can even hear cricket sound. Meaning no food for us.

There's still some restaurant open but way too expensive. Mostly tourist with tour agent dining in there. Lots of Japanese and Korean around.



See how sad we are. They usually open at 7.30 or 8.00 am in the morning and close at 5.oopm or 6.30 p.m the latest. Luckily we did found a restaurant which offer reasonable price, or else we will end up at 7-eleven stores again.

Wonder where we went dine in? Will intro on my next post because I love that restaurant very much...... Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Coming to Sun Moon Lake after hectic day at TaiChung. We get here by cab from TaiChung HSR station. Upon arrival, the surroundings really capture my attention. Lovely environment! See it to believe it!!



I believe a lot of effort had been put in. Japanese inspired interior design truly gave us a comfy and relaxing environment to stay in. In addition, wooden structure had emphasizes a step closer to the mother nature.

We even get to enjoy personal ride from them. Truly thoughtful of them. It is not easy to get transport around that area. They will ride us to down town and fetch us back when we are done.

Before we start our adventure, to fill up our empty stomach is the most important task to do.Been searching high and low for something nice, final decision we came into this one.



They had varieties of selection, Noodles and rice set lunch but I think they are more popular with their noodle.

"Lao Hu Mian" which is highly recommended by them and it is super spicy.

"Qing Tang Mian"
My pick of the day. I love it. Thick aroma from soup with just bean sprout and spring onion in it, just a great combination with noodles. You can taste thoroughly the true taste of the soup. Simply amazing. Don't judge this by the picture, this is one big portion!

Set lunch looks good too. Comes with additional side dishes and 1 main dish.



The harbor where we gona start our journey,

....boats that we are going to ride and tour us around the lake.




Sze feel dizzy while we were waiting in the boat, therefore I let her lean against my fatty leg.

She feels better once they started to drive the boat. Fantastic view ain't it? No rushing pace and no jamming city. You just feel calm and peace when you look at the mother nature portrait.



There's a few stops that the boat would make. You can either walk around or stay in the boat to the next destination. Boat will come back every 30 mins. Weather doesn't seems good and it started to rain again.

Did I mentioned that you must remember to get a herbal egg when the boat drop you at the second stop? You can smell the aroma from far and you will see lots of people queuing up for it. Taste great and feels good to eat on cool weather.

Sky turns dark really fast. We bought our dinner at nearest 7-eleven and took back home. (*we went to 7-eleven almost everyday. Reporting in at least once everyday.)This is the first time ever we went home so early and there's no supper. But we did bought some light snack for us to sit down and chit-chat at night.



Night scene looks great isn't it? However, there's mosquito that bite us and we can't stand sitting too long to serve them our fresh blood.

Get off to bed quite early that night since I don't really get to sleep enough the previous night. Besides, we will be heading to our next destination, Jiu Fen the next morning.

What a refreshing morning. Cool mist, green plant and blue sky. Makes me feel energetic and refreshing too. Such great scenery produce fantastic photo outcome.

The owner were very thoughtful to serve us local made breakfast. Love it max!!~ You won't be getting any of these at any stall. I love all the dishes.


While we were enjoying our breakfast, we look out from the dining hall, we saw some ladies plucking tea leaves. I bet that land belongs to the same owner of the home-stay we live in. With such great environment, the tea leaves should be high quality tea.

I bet we all do enjoy our time here. Relaxing mode whole day. Stress just gone when you stay close to the nature. Next stop, Jiu Fen.