Day 5 :
Research online for some breakfast place on Xi Men Ding and saw a local introducing a old school local reataurant selling noodle and so I thought of heading there to have a try. It's not popular among tourist as it is inside a small ally.
Look at the this ally, I'm sure no tourist will go in.
I was abit lost as well but lucky one of the staff who was washing plates outside saw us and told us to go in. The restaurant is inside the ally.
A very old school restaurant! It was empty when we step in but less then 15 mins the whole restaurant is filled up with only the locals! We are the only non local there!
The food is yummy! My mum and aunt tried the soup noodle and I tried the dried one and both of them are nice!
Pig trotter with full of chewy collagen. Very different with the singapore style and even Korean style of pig trotter. Theirs is less oily and more chewy!
I will come back here again for their noodle!
Took the subway from Xi Men Ding to Taipei Main Station and took the Taiwan railway to Ruifang ( same way and same station as the way to Jiu Fen ).
Fried rice stuffed in the chicken wing! Yummy!
Yeah it's our turn! Pass my phone to the staff and he starts to teach us to do all sort of pose! Haha! He is so funny!
Last but not least, the most important wishes is to be healthy!P/S: Saw our different pose? All requested by the staff! *Singaporean way of saying : Pattern more then badminton* Haha!
After putting the lantern, time to buy one miniature one back home and also as a souvenir for family and friends.
Since we bought the one day pass, we thought of going to 青铜 ( Qing Tong ) too but the place was too pack that er are afraid that we might not be able to find a good spot to stand during the lantern festival so we ended up walking around the 十分老街 ( Shi fen old street ) to pass time instead.
Snack time! Saw this Fried egg pancake and looks good so we decided to give it a try.
Wishing bamboo can be found mostly at Qing Tong but saw some at Shi fen too.
Taking our own sweet time to walk to the event venue which is about 20 mins walk from the Shi fen station since we got lots of time.
While walking, we saw a lot of stalls along the way to the event venus!
There is a lot of food stalls and games stall for people to kill their time before the festival starts!
Along the way, we saw a few reporter reporting about the well known event and there is even Caucasian reporter! This show how well known this festival are.
Super crowded! We manage to find a place near to the event entrance which only people who went early in the morning to queue up to get their number to be part of the festival and to put the lantern can go in. We wanted to but going there super early to get the number is too much hassle for us. Haha!
There is people climbing up the wall just to go in to have a closer look of the event. So dangerous but even the fireman and event staff tried to stop them from climbing up, they still insisted to do that.
6pm strike, and the event starts! The first round of lantern release will be at around 6.15pm. The first release is too fast that I'm not fast enough to get a better picture! So we will wait for the second release and this time round I prepared my camera much early.
The second release starts around 7pm or slightly later, can't really remember cause I'm afraid that I could not take picture of the lanterns so I got no time to look at the watch! Haha!
After the second release, we decided to head back to home. We took the Ping Xi train here but decided to Yale the free shuttle bus back to Ruifang station. A super long hill road to reach the bus! And again we slowly walk out walk up as my mum couldn't walk fast. We also came across with a Japanese old lady who almost fainted on her way up and the next moment we saw the ambulance coming. I ask my mum and aunt to walk slowly so that can breath normally. We are not in a rush anyway.
Took the train back from Ruifang station to taipei main station and we are all squeezed like a can of sardine fish! Haha!
Back to Xi Men Ding to hunt for our dinner. Most of the restaurant are close already so when we saw this 水龙王 ( Shui Long Wang ) restaurant that is selling local food is still open, we decided to go in to have a try.
Honestly, food is not good but price is cheap. We still prefer the noodle we had in the morning.
Hong dim sum for breakfast today! We have the dim sum at 红磡婚宴会馆港式饮茶 which is located at Xi Men Ding.
Address: 108, Taiwan, 台北市万华区中华路一段144号2楼
After a heavy breakfast, we took a train to Long Shan Si which is only one station away from Xi Men Ding.
When we reach his car, we got stunned by how many people is already I Bugis car waiting. It's a 9 seater mini van but there is actually 10 person including a child taking the van together and It is very crump! I over heard two guy from Hong Kong siting beside us saying ( in Cantonese ) that the driver charge them NT600 ( SG$26 ) for two person! Lucky we manage to get a better bargain!
My advice to people who gt approached by drivers outside the bus terminal, make sure it's a good bargain, you can always reject them if you think it's not worth. They will tell you that the airport bus tickets are selling at NT250 each which is not true ( they knew that you have not get inside to check the price yet cause you have just alighted the cab ). I have taken the bus a few times and I went in to double check with the bus terminal counter, and the bus tickets are selling at NT125 per person. Taking the airport bus is actually very comfortable too because there is people who will help you with your luggage and also stops right infront of the airport terminal. Getting squeezed in the mini van, I actually thinks that the bus is more comfortable!
Reached airport, queuing to check in and oh ya, I though that the phone card I bought will expire by yesterday but it last for 5 days from the timing that I bought! I could actually use till 4pm today!