So this is the long-awaited first of my Taipei-Tokyo posts. (say only long-awaited actually nobody cares but myself wtf)
As you know, the trip was thanks to Expedia, who one day when we were just moaning on Twitter about wanting a holiday to Japan, answered our tweets and prayers and sent us on a trip to Taipei and Tokyo!
If you’re planning a trip anytime soon, check out Expedia!! They’re having a global hotel sale (including the hotels we stayed at) with discounts up to 60%!
Hello from Eva Air!!!
We flew on a weekday afternoon so the flight was so empty! We were quite sleepy (Cheesie and I flew to Singapore on a very early flight and Wendy is just sleepy all the time from her pregnancy haha. Qiuqiu I dunno I think she spent whole flight watching movies wtf) so we all took up whole rows and lay down to sleep. Best sleep on flight ever!
Actually I feel very badass doing this. Cos I’m a huge goody two shoes ok I follow ALL the rules. Wendy suggested we do it and she was very casual about it, having done it all the time, but deep inside my heart was beating fast and it was very exciting for me WTF.
Touched down and made our way to our hotel! It’s called AMBA, located in Ximending.
Quite cute one everything is named ‘something ba’ in it. Like restaurant is “Eat Ba”, hotel slipper is “Wear Ba” hahaha. I think Mandarin speakers would get it.
When at first I saw the hotel I was like “oh my god not another hipster hotel.” Because in San Fransisco, Fatty and I stayed at the W which is like the mother of all hipsters. Only purple UV light in the lobby, fat Buddha statue in the room, some W hotels so hipster until they have the bathtub in the middle of the room… and I hated it.
Luckily our hotel wasn’t like that hahahah.
The view when you first walk in. Sorry ah a bit messy hahaha.
Very minimalistic and simple, but I like that it’s done in shades of white and brightly lit! Very cosy and comforting to come back to.
Also like that the sink is outside so one of us can wash up at the sink when the other is showering.
Turn around and this is the view. My roomie was Cheesie!
Since we’re in Ximending (sounds like a rhyme) we quickly dropped off our stuff to go outside and hunt for street food for dinner!
First we found a beef noodle place for dinner. I really liked it I thought it was quite yummy! But Cheesie and Wendy said the soup very bland and tasteless and henceforth referred to me as Low Expectations Aud.
Qiu who doesn’t eat beef (not due to religious reasons, just tastebud reasons) had some sesame pork thing which she said was nice also. ^^
Lots of yummy yet weird looking street stuff! Nice.
The three of them are very grossed out because I like chicken feet. Why leh! The spices and sauce it’s cooked with very nice what! Plus it’s all crunchy omg my mouth watering just thinking about it. I also like eating cartilage. ^^
All of us look damn off in this picture -_- But had to post cos we all look very happy here! It’s just the camera, it’s the camera.
Not even sure what this is. Some grilled food stall no doubt #CaptainObvious.
Fried balls of something!
Mochi! So pretty so we took pictures.
Ban chang kuih! I know because I grew up eating this. ^^ Not sure what it’s called in English but I think it’s made of sticky sweet dough…. with nuts and other filling inside. This one was very sweet and fresh.
Random Hello Kitty store that we walked into on Ximending. We went all snobby, like, “Pfffft whatevs we are going to the real Sanrioland in Tokyo to buy Hello Kitty.”
Then topped off the night with a nice cheap foot massage!
I guess we should have saved the massage for later on when we’ve walked miles touring, but we were trying to find something to do late at night and stumbled across the massage place.
Very shiok! Masseuses really knew their stuff. When they were adjusting their level of strength to suit us, Cheesie asked her masseuse how hard he was pressing. He said “level 2 out of 5”.
I was interested so I asked “mine leh mine leh?”
The masseuse said, “Yours? Level 0. I’m only tickling your foot.”
Thanks to Qiu who took most of the pictures!!! And thanks to the girls without whom I’d have been utterly lost in translation in Taiwan. <3
Favorite picture of the day! <3