Yamanashi: Fujikawaguchiko

冬季的富士山,好美。它壮观,却不抢眼。它是种静态的美丽- 就像位穿着和服的日本姑娘一样, 温柔,文静。她很有姿态地坐在云雾里. 她从不喧哗, 也不会刻意地去吸引你的目光,可你却始终对她目不转睛。若在日落那一刻,你回头望了她一眼; 你将发现,撒在她身上的阳光,带着忧伤,但在迷雾中的她,却带着希望。这是我眼中的富士山,一个特别叫人欣赏的“她”.

Kawaguchiko is a great place. It acts as a central hub to tourists who wishes to see or visit Fuji and its got a picturesque view of it. I visited Fuji end December during winter and it was really beautiful though its a pity that we didn’t get to hike up Fuji due to the freezing weather.

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It was around 15 degrees in the day and can go down to 5 degrees at night. Night falls at around 5pm (SG TIME: 4pm) and it gets pitch black real fast (The kind that you need your flashlights.. so fun!). My everyday lifestyle there was waking up at 4.30am (SG TIME 3.30am) and sleeping at 8.30pm (SG TIME 7.30pm). That in short, just simply means #bodyclockscrewedup BIGTIME.

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I visited both the Ice Cave and the Wind Cave and even walked through a part of the Aokigahara Forest. Its quite an experience if you’ve never done much hiking in your life.

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The Ice Cave was a little challenging with loads of steps and a very low ceiling (that means you’ll have to keep your back bend while walking for abit) but upon completing the Ice Cave, you’ll probably find the Wind Cave really boring.

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Nights at Yamanashi may get pretty boring especially if you’re travelling alone. The shops closes real early and you’re just left with erm.. the supermarkets and convenience stores. Restaurants are sparse there so you’ll probably have to be prepared to whip up something for breakfast and dinner if you get hungry easily.

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If you’re looking for food options at Yamanashi, heres my recommendation: a bowl of Hoto Noodles.  These noodles are a specialty over here at the Yamanashi prefecture and they’re really delicious!

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Its texture is somewhat like Udon, only thicker and chewier. The noodles are served with a good serving of flavourful Miso Soup with loads of vegetables, mushrooms and pumpkins. If you’re a veggie person like me, you’re sure to enjoy this dish. Its really nice how they used these hot stone pots as the bowl to keep the dish so warm and tasty despite the cold weather.

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I managed to stay in a lovely airbnb apartment (I really do recommend airbnbs if you’d like to experience how the locals live) which had those genuine Tatami rooms, a very well equipped kitchen and a super cosy living room during my short stay there.

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The rooms included balcony areas where you can sit around, perhaps enjoy a cup of hot coffee, and slowly take in the garden view. Room, bed and shower heaters were provided (Thank God) and the place was really comfortable. The toilet was clean and theres a bathtub too! WEE.

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A holiday at Yamanashi would be one thats more relaxing and involves loads of walking and sight-seeing. There’s a tour bus there to get around the area so its actually really convenient.

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Having an ice cream in the cold weather was a great idea! Especially when they’ve got awesome Matcha and Blueberry flavours and a beautiful view of Mt Fuji.

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You may also want to take the cablecar up for a higher angle view of Mount Fuji.

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Remember to sound the bell while you’re up there for some good luck! May the best wishes be with you.

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Being in Singapore, where you can hardly ever, ever experience true silence, where you can hardly see the stars in the sky, enjoy the fresh air the trees provide or anticipate the first morning light, life in Fujikawaguchiko was good. It was a life that focused more on simplicity, bonds, rest and inner peace.

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The hope that comes along with the first sun ray every morning; that breaks through the cold still air; that brings about that warmth that you so yearn for – thats a simple kind of beauty, a simple kind of goodness in life. It was nice, to wake up with gratefulness in heart, and be thankful just for these simple things. #missbeingthere #inneedofpeaceohm

Aokigahara Forest (The Suicide Forest)

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这一片树海,寂静,暗阴. 空气中弥漫着叫人心酸的悲伤,却带着独有的魅力。我喜欢这里. 在这里你能听到自己的声音. 每一个步伐,每一个呼吸,就连心跳的频率都如此清晰. 这里是青木原树海,日本知名的自杀森林.

Its dead quiet here. The air’s so still that even your breathing sounds deafening. This is one of Japan’s renowned tourist attraction yet it is known to the locals as the perfect place to die – The Suicide Forest.

I first chanced upon the name in a movie called “The Forest”. The movie left such an impression in me (cause it scared the hell out of me) and when I knew that the story’s based on a real place, like all other inquisitive souls, I just had to research on it. So it turns out that “Jukai”, as what the locals calls it, made its way on the “Top 10 Suicide Sites on Earth” web list. Some people say its haunted, cause the air’s so still and compasses fail (cause of the magnetic waves), and there’s just too many depressed souls that ended their lives here (more than a hundred per year in Year 2003). Its a sad sad story, how people tie strings on to themselves, wander into the forest, find a spot and do it, hoping that their bodies will be found and would be taken care of. Its a real depressive place but there’s really such beauty in it too. Just what draws people there?

Well, I had it on my bucket list for my wanderings. I was curious as to how quiet the place is. Everyone says its peaceful, and thats one of the reasons why the suicidal stays there in a tent for days to think through life before seeking an end. Im sceptical. Like come on, whats PEACE and whats BEAUTY? Its a forest… and thats like trees, branches and leaves. 🙂

I visited Jukai in December. It was winter and daytime was short. I took a 40 minutes hike. The terrain was uneven, it was not an easy walk. There were piles of dead leaves covering the rocky floor. There wasn’t much sunlight shining in. It wasn’t dark. It wasn’t freezing. Honestly, everything felt just right.

The air’s dead still and silent. I reckon there wasn’t any animals. I didn’t see any, nor could I even hear a cricket or a bird chirp. The loudest thing you hear – your breaths, your steps, your thoughts and your heart.

There’s peace in this forest, beauty to an extent.
But more than that, a great sadness.

There are some who steps into the forest, looking for an adventure. The forest, is just one of the beauty he sees in life.
There are some who steps into the forest, looking for an end. The forest might just be the only beauty he sees in life.

As for me, Aokigahara: Bucketlist checked.

5 Reasons to dine at Mangkorn Seafood BKK

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So, you’re finally at the land of smiles, loads of shopping and well, nice people. But hey lets not forget the awesome Tom Yum and yummilicious seafood. Located at Din Daeng, Mangkorn Seafood is a BBQ seafood buffet thats not only popular amongst the Thais but has recently been the rave amongst tourists from many places. A click onto their Facebook and you’ll see good reviews from visitors from all over the world. We decided to check it out. So, should you go to Mangkorn or not? Well, if you’re a seafood lover and you don’t mind getting your hands all dirty with all the crab de-shelling then you really should! Heres why..

1. Its all you can eat at 399BAHT.

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And thats equivalent to, as of conversion in March 2016, approximately 16SGD. (WHAT!! IM HORRIFIED) Err, yeps.. At 399 BAHT, you’re given a total of 90minutes to dine. Eat all you want, eat all you can and pile your plates up. The time’s pretty enough for a decent meal. Do be really mindful of maximising your 90minutes though cause they’re REALLY clear of your entry timing and its gonna be printed on the receipt. It’ll cost you 4 baht per minute if you exceed the 90 minutes time frame and a 120 baht if you extend your dine time by 30 minutes. Do be mindful of food wastage while you’re at it as a 100 baht fee will be imposed should you be EXPOSED. There’s instructions at the counter in mandarin too if you’re bringing older members of your family.  Everyone clear of the instructions?

2.  Hello old-school charcoal grill!

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Im not exactly sure if its a good thing… but well, you’re gonna be cooking your own food on this old-school charcoal grill. Its probably gonna cook slower than those electric grills that we see nowadays but it actually does makes a difference to the taste of your food. Im saying this from experience cause I ate Seoul Garden recently after being back from Thailand and I’ve gotta say that grills and charcoals really made wonders. Kudos to them that the fire’s very alive when they brought in the stove – no waiting for charcoal to get hot time. YAY 🙂

3. There’s a variety of seafood, like GOOD seafood.

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Dear seafood lovers, you’re gonna have a blast here. All you can eat CRABS 螃蟹 and FLOWER CRABS 花蟹, assorted big prawns with scary claws 鲜虾 (HAHA), Sotongs 苏东, Squids 花枝, Bamboo Clams 竹棒, Scallops 扇贝, Clams 啦啦, Mussels 蛤,  Assorted Fishes 鱼 (Like a whole fish not dory slices),  Big slices of Salmon 三文鱼, Sea Snails 海螺 and more….

TIP: You really need to strategise on how to cook the food. Im not sure whats the best way cause the crabs take the longest time to cook and they take up a lot of space… The prawns gets cooked really fast and gets CHAOTA often. The fish takes awhile to cook as well. I think you’re supposed to cut the sotongs and squids and put them on aluminium foil for cooking.. and that should be the way for scallops and clams too? Ah, here’s totally a #regretnotbringingmymum moment. HAHA.

4. They’ve got AWESOME chicken kebabs, OMG.

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No worries if your friends wanna come here but you’re not a seafood lover cause thats the only crab we ate too but we still filled our tummies up with really AWESOME non-seafood stuff like THAT chicken kebab. Honestly, I’ve been wondering why my friends brought me here for food when they’re so disinterested in the prawns and fishes and sotongs and crabs.. WEIRD. Back to the kebabs.. Please do get some of these while you’re there cause they tasted so good. The chicken cubes tasted really fresh and juicy. They’re so flavourful, with authentic char-grilled taste, especially when you eat them with the sweet pineapple cubes on the skewers. Yum!

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We chomped down loads of chicken kebabs, marinated chicken thigh meat and chicken sausages. My friends enjoyed their thick slices of salmon, and big portions of buttery flower and enoki mushrooms.

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They’ve got cooked noodles, fried rice and other deep-fried finger food as well. You’re definitely in for a feast, seafood lover or not.

5. Did I mention that there’s free-flow of beers, drinks and desserts?

Ah ya, what’s a BBQ Dinner without some BEER? Drink all the Chang and Heineken you want! Overall, it was a good dinner, though we exceeded the time a little cause we’re such bad cooks, but it was good-for-value cause of all e delicious chicken that I really liked and variety of fresh seafood and cooked food.

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How to get there: We took a tuktuk from Platinum Mall. It’s approximately a 10 mins ride.

Mangkorn Seafood
1394 soi Prachasongkhro 21 Prachasongkhro road, Dindaeng, Bangkok
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Opening Hours: 16:00-04:00

Hello Kitty Goes Around the World Carnival- Singapore

Its the first time that there’s a Hello Kitty carnival thats happening in Singapore, and being a huge fan of Hello Kitties, Im definitely not gonna miss it. I visited the carnival near its opening date and though the carnival was pretty small scale, I managed to get some amazing photos taken. So generally, Im a okay-goer of the event despite how many trashed it.

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About the Carnival

The carnival opens at 10am and closes at 8pm. Many fans initially thought that the carnival was gonna be indoors, but sadly, it was placed under the sun and was without shade. It looks big on the map but its really a small rectangular area and its kinda like a Hello Kitty pasar malam with nicer props. I visited the place during the weekdays and it was pretty empty. Couldn’t imagine how hot and crowded it’d be on weekends. So if you can, and you’d like good pictures, the off-peak period is definitely way better.

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Getting There

Getting there’s gonna be A LITTLE tricky cause the carnival isn’t a big highlighted event at RWS. There wasn’t any ushers around and there wasn’t much signs.  There’s two ticketing booths and I was at the one nearer to where Krispy Kreme is, Lake of Dreams I think. After redeeming your tickets from the ticketing booth, walk past Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, Putien and some Hongkong Cafe towards Hard Rock Cafe. Near Hard Rock Cafe, theres a SMALL Hello Kitty sign that leads you to a flight of stairs. Go up the stairs and you’ll end up at this red entrance. Upon entering, you’ll be given a time limit, in which you can check out within the time frame to get the early checkout gift. I ignored this cause I didn’t like any of those coloured Hello Kitty figurines. Hello Kitties thats ALL BLUE, ALL PINK, just didn’t appeal to me.

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-BEWARE FOR SPOILERS BELOW-

The First

After entering the gates, you’ll be led to a room of mirrors. Here’s where you can get your photos taken. Its really a Photo Booth and its gonna cost you 12 bucks later if you’d like to get the pictures. Its a nice setting of Hello Kitty in a carousel and it comes along with a nice frame. I got mine.

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The Games

You’ll be given three game coupons along with your tickets and its time to try your luck in winning some exclusive kitty plush toys back home. There’s a total of 6 game booths and you can purchase more coupons at the coupon booth if you need to! Get the 10 for 35bucks one as they’re more worth it! If not the 5 for 20 bucks’ still a better deal than 1 coupon at 5 bucks each.

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Games 1: Mama’s Kitchen

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How to play: Help Mama Kitty place all her ingredients into the right box. You’ll be given 3 beanbags namely the Flour, the Apple and the Milk. You’ll need to throw the beanbags across into their individual containers to get a prize. The Flour goes into the Oven, the Apple on the Weighing Scale and the Milk in the Plastic Bottle. The apple and milk’s a little tricky and its not as easy as it seems to get all three in perfectly. I didnt win in this game and it was heart aching when I got the apple on but didnt get the milk or either ways. You’re only given one try!

Prize: Popcorn Kitty  Difficulty Level: 3/5

Game 2: Tiny Chum’s Ring Toss

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How to Play: Honestly, the bears caught my attention at first sight but I decided that I didnt wanna waste my tickets to win a bear so I skipped the game. At this game, you’ll be given 5 hoops per ticket. You’re required to toss the hoops so that it ends up surrounding a chum. And its not considered a win if the hoop isn’t flat on the floor Chum’s sitting on. The hoop’s really light so its not easy to gauge. Sometimes your hoop gets caught by a Chum but didnt land flat, and its a no-win. If you have other hoops available still, try using them to knock that Chum so that the hoop lands flat.

Prize: The Tiny Chum Soft Toy  Difficulty: 3.5/5

Game 3: PaPa’s Reading Room

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How to Play: I totally skipped this game cause it felt so hard. I hardly even saw anyone trying this game. There’s a few newspapers at the right and theres a window aisle infront of Papa. You’ll need to use that spring machine in the middle to toss the newspapers so that they land on the aisle. You’re gonna need two to land there in order to win a prize. I didnt know how the spring’s gonna feel like so I didnt want to waste my tickets. You can try this though, if you’re confident. Its a pretty big kitty bolster anyway.

Prize: Hello Kitty Bolster  Difficulty: 4/5

Game 4: Save the Goldfish

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How to Play: Here’s a really familiar game for all who’ve been to Pasar Malams. There’s a few soft toys with hooks spinning in the machine and you’re given a hook to hook up the toys. The pole’s really light and its plastic so its gonna be hard to control well. There’s a variety of toys turning in the pool so you’ll have to aim for the kitty if you want a kitty plushie. Oh, did I mention, you’re given a limit of only 25secs or was it 20s… Hmmm… See my vlog below to see it turn!

Prize: Either BadzMaru, Melody, Hello Kitty or Pompuri Plushie (Depends on what you caught)
Difficulty: 3/5

Game 5: Lucky Ribbon

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How to Play: This has gotta be everyone’s favourite. Well, it seems easier and you might just get lucky enough to win that big Hello Kitty plush. You’ll be given 3 coins per ticket and just like how Prize Stage does the coin toss game at Plaza Sing, you’ll need to toss the coins and aim it in the rainbows or the circle of the ribbon (without touching the lines) to win a prize.

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A coin in the circle of the ribbon will get you that big Hello Kitty plush! Many people won prizes from this.

Prizes: Depends on where your coin lands. Difficulty: 2.5/5

Game 6:  Baby Race

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How to Play: This is the worst game, in my opinion. HAHA. Don’t be cheated by the props behind. They’re not gonna move like the horses did that used to be in Escape Theme Park. You’ll be given 6 balls and you’ll need to roll each ball up that slope box into a hole. Different holes will give you different points and you’ll need to score an EXACT 100 points to get a prize. Though you don’t have to use all the balls to get to a 100 but its really difficult cause it wasn’t easy to get the balls into the holes. You can see my tossing in the vlog too and how the ball just doesn’t goes in, 🙂

Prize: Random, Either a Kitty, Lala, KiKi or Melody  Difficulty: 4.5/5

*Note that the difficulty level here is just based on solely my opinions and might not be the case for everyone

I’ve read online that some parents and event-goers complained cause the games were too difficult and it was hard to get a prize. I’ve gotta agree with that cause I didnt win anything as well though my friend won ONE. And I even bought more tickets in the hope of winning something. It’d be nice if they could give out small keychains if you tried your luck at the booth. Something small would be good enough cause its just sad to leave empty-handed 😦

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Photo Opportunities

One of my happier experiences of the Carnival is the photo-taking! Im gonna share some of my pretty and ugly pictures here and Im gonna take you through the photo-taking journey. Here goes..

After going past the mirror room, the first thing you’re gonna see is that lovely ferris wheel. I actually thought that there’s gonna be some rides in the carnival but NOPE. No rides at all. The ferris wheel is really JUST for photo purposes.

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Opposite the ferris wheel is a Hello Kitty punk wall where you can go totally cool with BadtzMaru

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On the left of the ferris wheel is where you’ll find Dear Daniel and his tote bag house.

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Not gonna forget a picture with Daniel.

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On the other side of the ferris wheel, is where you’ll see Melody just beside the Game Coupon Booth! Don’t miss out!

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Past the ferris wheel is a grand stage where you can do some of your starlet poses!

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Mimmy’s Toy Shop is just opposite and you’ll find loads of paper figurine displays of some of your favourite cute cartoon characters there!

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And how can we forget Hello Kitty’s beloved sister!

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You’ll probably see Fifi nearby too so grab a picture!

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Pass by the Baby Race game booth and be sure to visit the side of the game stall to see these cute babies.

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The next building is definitely one of my favourites! Presenting to you the Hello Kitty Post Office.

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I really love how it has this bricky feel and isn’t that owl cute? Got an individual pic with the postman!

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Over here, they have hard postcards on sale and each card costs you a coupon!

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There’s a lot of pretty designs available and they are all hard board quality. :)))) You can choose to write a note and mail it to someone or yourself! Just simply write a message and put it inside the letter box! Don’t forget to catch Kitty and her plane on your way out!

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Behind the post office, there’s a few Fashion Catchers. I thought that they were real plush catchers but NOPE they were for photos! THIS IS JUST SO AWESOME. I love this prop! Serious. But this means those kitties there aren’t for you to grab… I really liked the silver one though.

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You’ll see the Hello Kitty Memory Garden opposite these machines! I expected a really big garden but NAH. Its a really small one, but they’ve got some interesting props!

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And they aim to bring you back to school daze..   First up, the humongous kitty bag!

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The Hello Kitty Fountain.

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I used to have a pencil BOX like this!

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Sorry, but I can’t count for nuts.

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A lovely stamp set!

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Owned some of these?? 🙂

Out of the garden, you’re gonna see some of these cute Monkichies near the exit of the Carnival. Im lucky Im still able to make it in despite the small space.

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Climb up the red stairs and you’ll find a Hello Kitty Rollercoaster!! The good news is Keroppi’s here to say Hi too. Bad news, nah its not a ride. ONLY FOR PICTURES.

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Here’s another one of my favourite spots, the Hello Kitty Temple.

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Love how it feels so out of the world here. At the least out of SG. HAHA

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Over here, you can choose to exchange a coupon for an ema.

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You can write your wishes, hang it there or bring it back home.

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Im gonna just bring it back home cause I’d rather have a souvenir than believe the Hello Kitty “God” is gonna grant me my wish. HAHA.

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You’ll be given a coin to make a wish and you’re supposed to toss it into a box. HAHA. Fun stuff.

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About the Packs:

You can choose to collect your packs after the whole carnival so that you don’t need to carry that heavy stuff in. Though so, there’s no food and drinks in the carnival so if you didnt bring water, you’ll thank God for the packs. There’s recently a big hooha regarding the SG50 pack cause they weren’t able to manufacture the Sg50 Hello Kitty Paper Figurines. They’ll ask you if you’d like to get a $20 refund, exchange the paper figurine for another one of the available figurine or refund the whole pack. I decided to refund the whole pack cause I didnt need the rest of the stuff though I REALLY wanted the t-shirt. (But its okay.) I decided to get myself the $65 plush set from the merchandises store instead and thought that it was more worth it.

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I wanted to get a t-shirt too but it was priced at $50. EXPENSIVE~ Oh and the umbrellas were sold out and its only Day 4 when I visited the carnival. 😦

The Carnival costed a hefty $45 and looking at how you may have left the carnival without anything just makes it feel really expensive. But I guess I was lucky that it wasn’t crowded on the day I visited the Carnival and so managed to get some nice shots. If you’re someone who appreciates nice pictures, then you’re gonna like some of the photo props in the carnival. I think photo-wise, its far better than Malaysia’s Hello Kitty Land. I braved the heat yo, and the haze, for that feline. HAHA. Now there’s a big hole in my pocket. Needa earn that money back!

I visited SEA Aquarium after the Carnival too. So if you ask me, 2pm’s a pretty good entry timing for a non-peak visit!
Watch my Vlog to see how the Carnival looks like!

Food to eat at Taipei :) Part 2 (烤煎炸QQ篇)

Yay okay, so I’ve mentioned some of those flour-based food that you should try at Taiwan. Next up, I’ll be doing the oily and unhealthy stuff. HAHA, junk food will always be the extremely delicious ones , the tastier and better and yes the more fattening too… but its ok cause – As long as it tastes good enough, then its gonna be worth the calories-. What wise words.. 😛 And that’s especially so if you’re just visiting Taiwan like what, once in every three years? Definitely no reason to say NO to pigging on these street delicacies!

1. Deep Fried Squid Pieces (花枝块)

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P1050379_meitu_2These are totally my favourite street snacks at Taiwan and I think I kinda ate them almost everyday during my trip there. I used to be really against eating squids in SG cause they are just so chewy and I kinda can’t bite them properly. However, these deep fried squid pieces at Taiwan tastes totally different. They’re far better than calamari, easier to chew and comes in various flavours as well. Most stalls offer at least two different flavours, but if you’re lucky you might find one like the picture above. And Im one lucky girl cause they had my favourite seaweed seasoning there. Im telling you the seaweed compliments the squid pieces so well, you’re gonna start thinking the small tubs just aren’t enough. Other flavours includes Salt and Pepper, Wasabi, Salad and Chili. I think I even found one somewhere with those fish flakes, mayo and sauce that you have on Takoyakis. 🙂

Venue: Shihlin Night Market (Can be found in most night markets and on the streets)

2. Deep Fried Potato with Cheese (起士马铃薯)

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Calling all cheese and potato-lovers! Woots. If you can’t live without cheese,  then this would probably end up on your favourites list. Imagine deep fried potato filled with corn, egg, bacon, mayonnaise and deeply submerged in rich cheese. Trust me but that can only be yummy.

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P1050390_meitu_5_meitu_6I really love how the fried potato is really crispy on the outside and fragrant on the inside. And yes, you get loads of cheese!! There’s no problem with takeaways too cause they pack the cheese separately to prevent the potato from turning too soggy. Of course if you’re not a superb  cheese lover then I wouldn’t recommend this cause its a tad bit OVER cheesy for me. Do expect a long queue for this yummilicious item cause its really popular in Taiwan! I enjoyed pouring the cheese out though. It was a really big packet k!

Venue: Shihlin Night Market (RaoHe Night Market.. Might be available in a few other night markets..)

3. Tamago (玉子烧)

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Tamagoes. HMM.. I didn’t  expect how these sweet egg slices can taste so good with all those creative fillings and sauces. I mean how can you even make this like a dish on its own. But if you’re against the fried and oily, then these eggs may be perhaps one of the healthier alternatives when it comes to street food. Of course I have a soft spot for the word “爆桨” thats -ohsopopular- in Taiwan.

Other than being ultra “alert” when I see the word “chewy” or what they would call “QQ”, food that “explodes gravy” when you take a bite tends to be really popular amongst the Taiwanese too. Another dish that comes with loads of flavours and with that loads of people and a long wait for the food. Well, you’ve got to be really patient to get a taste of these tamagoes.

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There’s more than 10 flavours to choose from and after a long long waiting and deciding time, I went for the Mentai (明太子) one. There’s many other flavours available like the spicy seafood flavour, the corn with ham flavour and even -wait what- spaghetti???

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This looks far too delicious. HEHE. Mayo + Fish Roe + Fish Flakes = Contentment. 🙂

Venue: RaoHe Night Market (Not common elsewhere too)

4. Chicken Wrap (黄金爆桨鸡)P1040804_meitu_2

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P1040808_meitu_3So, by now you would have noticed the lack of pork and beef in my posts. That would be cause  I hardly eat pork and the only meat I eat is chicken, especially when they’re crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I only tried these chicken wraps the second time I went to Taiwan. I’ve no idea whats the wrap, maybe its something like our 腐皮?But yes, it gives the chicken just the right amount of crispiness and ensures that the juice doesn’t just “spills” out during the cooking. See the “爆桨” words on the shop front? HAHA. They’ve many flavours for this too, ranging from cheese to curry, seaweed, chili, lemon and salt and pepper. Was really spoilt for choice and decided to just go for the plain ones. And gosh it still tasted good!

Venue: RaoHe Night Market. (Should be available in other night markets too)

5. BBQ Squid (烤花枝)

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Why does Taiwan have such gigantic squids!! Its really unfair how they have awesome seafoods like that. Similar to the 花枝块s in front, these squids tastes juicy, fresh, sweet and are grilled to perfection. With a little seasoning added onto the squids, these squids will definitely make you come back for more. Its funny how I don’t eat those squids on my Hokkien Mee and spend everyday looking for these 花枝s in Taiwan. Why SG squids all -kiewzui- (缩水) one ah? But nah, I still haven’t figured the enjoyment of the tentacles part yet. Oh I didn’t mention infront but I wouldn’t consider eating these 花枝 street food at Taiwan cheap. But its okay CAUSE I REALLY LOVE THEM. The price aint gonna deter this girl from buying them EVERYDAY.

Venue: RaoHe Night Market (Most places, along the streets, other night markets)

6. Boar Meat Sausages (山猪肉香肠)

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HAH, heres the only porky dish I tried. There were many other pork dishes like 猪血糕 (some kueh-like thing made of pig’s blood covered with peanut) and 猪血汤 (some tofu-like stuff thats made of pig’s blood in soup) which I didn’t even dare to hold nor bite. So back to these sausages.. Being pretty sensitive to the “pork taste”, I conclude that these really tasted different from the oriental pork sausages we have in Singapore. Boars tastes different I guess.. Theres a different “fragrance” to them. But its really subjective cause some people preferred it but some didn’t. You should try it though if you’re at Taiwan cause they consider these really yummy and yeps, they’re almost everywhere too.

Venue: RaoHe Night Market (Other night markets, maybe even right below your hotels?)

7. Blackball Yamball Sweet Potato Ball? (芋圆地瓜圆)

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I think this is the most original version of Blackball cause I tried this before Blackball came over to Singapore. Sorry, Im not a fan of yam and sweet potatoes but I did try one cause my friend was all “ITS DAMN NICE, YOU MUST TRY”. So, the shop that we went was the one at 九份 and it was really crowded. It was difficult to find seats and you kinda needa hike a bit to reach the place. Cause JiuFen is up on a mountain, the air is pretty breezy and it was good to enjoy this desserts in the shop. Though it didnt taste as sweet as what we have in SG; OH I think this was even without the grass jelly but the yam and sweet potato balls had a stronger flavour and were a lot more “QQ” or chewy, compared to the ones we have in SG. I think I saw those aunties diligently measuring the flour and kneading the dough in the rooms, which you’ll pass by before reaching the seats area. I reckon they’re all made-on-the-spot.. No wonder so yummy.

Venue: Jiu Fen Old Street (Stalls along the streets sell these as well but Im not sure about the quality…)

8. Yam Kuehs (芋粿)
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P1050232_meitu_9Here’s another hot favourite at Jiu Fen Old Street cause the best can only be found here. I always thought that our very own kuehs are pretty chewy and delicious but if you’re a fan of yam that you definitely wouldn’t wanna miss these  Yam kuehs that contains real yam pieces and are so much “Q-er” than what we have. There’s forever a queue here and its pretty near the entrance of Jiu Fen, so don’t miss it! I don’t really like yam, but I tried them too cause my friends bought  a few boxes so that they could eat them throughout the trip. HAHA I tried one cause I was too hungry somewhere during the trip down the mountain. Im sure they wanted to bring some back to SG too but they were so awesome its finished within the next two days.

Venue: Jiu Fen Old Street (Nowhere else that I know of)

9.  Pearl Milk Tea (珍珠奶茶)

How is it possible not to try this drink, when you’re in the city that invented it. HAHA. Theres a lot of stalls at the night market and even on the streets. Its not gonna be difficult looking for a bubble tea shop but hey where’s the nicer ones? Well, for a safer option you might wanna try 50岚 which is actually KOI (tadaaaaa).

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If not I personally think that 清 isn’t bad as well. All bubble tea shops have their own strengths and some may offer more choices. Try not to stick to just one brand cause the shop across the street might just be more to your liking! Oh and they’re too generous with their pearls.. Though I think theirs aren’t as sweet.

Venue: EVERYWHERE.

Okays, I’ve covered most of my favourite food at Taiwan already. Of course theres a lot more that you should try, stuff like 青蛙下蛋,烤牛肉块,大肠包小肠,水煎包, HOTSTAR 炸鸡排….. The list goes on. Just note that those mentioned here are purely according to my preference and those that are on my favourites list. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed reading and hopefully this helps some of you who plans to go to Taiwan! Remember not to miss these food k! 🙂 And remember to deliver some Mister Donuts to me. Thankewwwww!

Read Part One here: https://sherraineyq.com/2015/07/08/food-to-eat-at-taipei-part-one-面粉篇/

Food to eat at Taipei :) Part One (面粉篇)

Okays peeps, Im gonna make you guys all hungry at this hour cause Im missing my days at Taiwan. I went to Taiwan twice within a year and I really liked it there. Though some of their mains were BLEAH to me cause I don’t really like flavourful pork-rich stuff. But I’ve got to say they’ve got the most creativity when it comes to mix and matching foodstuff to create some daebak street food man. Awesome much. Theres so many food to cover so I’ll just go according to my random favourites k? Okays, more like the stuff I wanna eat NOW NOW NOW. 🙂

1. Mister Donut

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During my days in Taiwan, these became my favourite food items for breakfasts! If you like chewy food like mochis,  then these doughnuts will wow you. They are just so perfect with the right amount of chewiness blended in with the sweetened bread and they come in different flavours. Personal favourites: Strawberry Chocolate on choc bread, Dark Chocolate on choc bread and the plain ones.  They call those chewy ones 波提 (bo1 ti2) I think. Wouldnt mind getting these from friends who are travelling to Taiwan k! HINT HINT.

Venue: Ximending MRT Station. (You can find them at various shopping centres, train stations and HAHA everywhere else!)

 2. Chewy Waffles

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So Taiwan people really like things that have 咬劲 or 弹性, so they try to make everything chewy. As for myself, I really like our local muah chee and I like that kind of “niam niam” feel so yeps, I was really in awe when her waffles aren’t waffles, they’re called moffles!! Mochi + Waffles. Yes, they exists! I loved the waffles so much that I tried making these moffles when I came back to SG. One thing about the moffles here would be how they taste strongly of essence and sugar. But if you’re good for sweet, then they’re worth trying!

Venue: Rao He Night Market (I didn’t see these elsewhere…)

3. Eggs N Cheese in Pancakes

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Just look at the pic.. How can that not be yummy? Yeps, if you thought that Mr Bean in Singapore  has the best “filled” pancakes, you might think twice after trying these out. Its actually really similar to Mr Bean, how they make it. Place the pancake batter, cook it. Except that instead of -ohsoboring- chocolate or red bean filling, these pancakes are filled with a whole egg and loads of cheeseeeeeee. Imagine how the runny yolk and melted cheese “explodes” in your mouth. Now thats my kind of pancakes yo~ Do note that there’s always a long queue and they take awhile to cook. 🙂 Best eaten immediately. Woots. (Wouldn’t mind selling these in Sg.. Hmmm maybe I should.)

Venue: RaoHe Night Market (Didn’t see these anywhere else too..)

4. Soft and Crispy 鸡蛋糕

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I don’t know how they make these so delicious in Taiwan but the ones in Singapore, or rather the similar stuff, like our local kueh bulus aren’t even good enough to put up a fight.

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You’ll see these stalls mostly at populated night streets and these small cakes come in various sizes and designs. Try going for those that aren’t just regular round shapes cause they tend to be crispier at the edges. I have no idea how they make them so crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy inside. Definitely missing these goodies… I can eat these everyday…Anyway, they’re actually quite cheap, and they often come in 6 in a packet. I usually buy two packets and still yearned for more. They are that delicious. I especially love the ones from the Uncle above at Wu Fen Pu.

Venue: Most Night Markets if you make a search for them. (Personally prefers the ones at Wu Fen Pu.)

5. Peanut, Icecream Popiah?? 

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P1020429_meitu_10Told cha that the Taiwanese have the most creativity when it comes to food. P1050228_meitu_7Yeps, they have popiahs here as well just that instead of the -eewvegetables- that we always have, they came up with some desserts popiah. As you can see in the picture, huge amount of peanut candy blocks are shaved on to the popiah skins and they do that all infront of you. They actually tasted pretty good with their ice-cream being not too sweet. Whyohwhy does Singapore only have icecream in mianbaos or cones when the dingdingding uncle rides his bicycle and come my house downstairs.. 😦 HAHA.

Venue: JiuFen Old Street (Seldom seen around but I think some Night Market might sell them)

6. Icecream Dorayaki 

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P1020433_meitu_14Ahh, fans of Doraemon… HAHA, if you prefer a fluffier base to go with the icecream, you can find the Dorayaki stall pretty near to the Ice-cream Popiah stall at JiuFen. I reckon these goes well with the teens while the Popiahs entices the adults.

There’s many flavours of ice-cream available to choose from at the Dorayaki stall. (If I didn’t remember wrongly, there weren’t ice-cream choices for the Popiah stall). The Dorayakis tasted a little bit too sweet for my liking but they had a bigger serving of icecream. Then again, Im drinking 25% sugar level when I order Bubble Teas, so please don’t trust my gauge when it comes to sweetness. It might be VERY sweet to me and BLAND to you. 🙂

Venue: JiuFen Old Street (Haven’t seen these elsewhere…)

Okays, so I’ve finished my first Taipei food post – 面粉篇.
Hope its a nice read! 🙂 Theres gonna be more coming up so please stay tuned to my blog k?
Leave your comments if you’ve tried them too…
#iwannagoholiday #iwannagobacktaipei

Taiwan Cafe: PS BUBU

If you remember the all-time famous Taiwanese Drama, Meteor Garden, then you would know the PS BUBU Cafe thats in Taipei. Featuring PS BUBU cars in different colors, this cafe is must-go if you decide on a trip to Taipei. Though it takes some travelling but hey what’s a little effort to relive some romantic drama moments right?

Lovely red bricked entrance with some road signs hanging~

Many seats, lovely setting and loads of car-turned tables.
Obviously I chose the pink car cause its the very one that ShanCai was in. This car was also featured in a recent Taiwanese movie called “闺蜜” which was acted by Ivy Chen. Totally my kind of car.

Im not gonna lie but the seats were a little tad hard.

We decided on their set meals cause its quite worth the value. Though its about NT490 which is like SGD22 but the whole themed atmosphere and picture opportunities made up for it. I think Taiwan cafes are really into the set meal idea. Anyway, here’s some PS BUBU serviettes.

Started off with the cold salad.

Next up was some consommé soup.

And we decided on two different spaghettis.

Generous portions and they actually tasted good.
I think the food here is a lot better than the Hello Kitty Cafe.
I can’t remember exactly what we ordered. The green one’s something like cream and dory fish with an extra flavour while the other one was a fusion of curry and cream I guess. Both were yummilicious!

Desserts was a slice of Banana cake with chocolate drawing of PS BUBU.

Don’t forget to visit the toilet before you go off. Thats a really cute mirror though it looked kinda squashed above the sink.

Glad to have at least visited this place once and I actually kinda miss the food there.
I WANNA GO BACK TO TAIWAN….

PS BUBU Restaurant (金屋藏车餐厅)

No.1 Lane 140 ZhongShan N. Road Sec 7 (中山北路七段140巷1号)
Opening Hours: 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 886-02-2876-0698