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Taiwan - Day 1

We arrived on at the Tao Yuan airport at 5 am and made our way to the bus station from there we took bus 1819 to Taipei main station.The bus driver was really nice tagging our luggage with serial numbers and passing us a coupon, loading our luggages in the luggage compartment .

At the entrance of the Taipei main station hungry we had a quick bite at Mos Burger.Breakfast was on the menu, a little different from the Singapore branch  . Dear and I had a vegetarian burger made of rice and some tau pok looking thingy and an egg and ham burger. Ingredient used was super fresh. For drinks we had the ever popular internationally Mos burger milk tea and milk coffee.

Apologies for the wrapped up rice burger, It can get a little messy when exposed.

                                          Yippee for coffee and milk tea!

After breakfast we quickly made our way via MRT to Ximending where our hotel, I Trip Taipei Inn to check in our luggage.

Location wise it's awesome, smack in the middle of Ximending and 10 minutes walk to MRT. Thanks to Expedia, TripAdvisor and my dear who is a genius in locating places we were able to find our way to the hotel easily.

Directions are : From Ximen MRT Exit 6, take the Right "Han Zhong St", walk until you pass 7-11 and starbucks (on your right), then turn LEFT into "Wun Chang St", walk until you pass another 7-11 (on your right), you should reach the cross-junction "Xi Ning South Rd", and there on the RIGHT is the building (Shi Zhi Lin) credit to cgk123 on TripAdvisor.

The staff there were super helpful and kind they were always ready to provide us with directions to places of interest and even loan us a universal adaptor plug when we ask where we could purchase one.

We stayed in room 207 and were delighted to have a window.

In Taiwan most hotels check in timing is 3pm which is a bummer :(

It was only 6am when we reached the hotel and most of the shops only open after 11 am, bored dear approached a security guard to ask what was available.   He was a very nice chap indeed, very cheery told us well since it's early why don't you catch a movie, the museums are open as well.

To the museum it was,  heading towards National Palace Museum from Ximending we took a MRT to Shilin
and caught a bus.We were all very excited and wanted to get off the bus when the bus driver said in mandarin, hey we are not there yet, don't worry I'm not taking you to a place to be sold. Talk about great humour haha.

The museum is a must to visit with it's huge collection of fine chinese art, the collection is so vast that  museum has to exhibit the artifact on rotatory schedules.On weekends it's free entry, we were lucky to reach taipei on a saturday morning so we got to visit for free.

I love the exhibits, everything was so fully of culture and the meat stone and jade cabbage are really spectacular, I have seen it many times on screen in documentaries but no words can express the feeling of finally being able to see it live. There are a lot of other works of arts, the chinese ships and it ingenious  the design. Really worth a trip !

No photography is allowed inside so we mostly cam whored outside lol. I barely slept on the plane so please excuse my messy look.
Dear knew I am a sucker for stamps so he bought me a bunch of meat stone design taipei stamps.Awww.

 Lunch, we were walking around shilin area where we came across this western food restaurant.

I can't read the title due to my dyslexia but I'm thankful that I'm able to understand and speak chinese well enough to get by haha, I mostly depended on dear for reading.

I simply adore the decor of fairy lights on the ceiling and colourful cups that greeted guests as we enter.
The food was cheap and good, free flow of drinks and ice cream if you order a set.The soup had a bread like crust kindda reminded me of Country Manna restaurant in Sg .

Dear had the beef steak while I had chicken chop, portions were very generous.

After walking around for a couple of hour and getting a sim card so we could surf the net and make calls back home to let our parent know we arrived safely, we headed back to the hotel to rest and freshen up.

In the evening we headed back to shilin for the night market and for dinner, we got dear's baby  niece an adorable dress and had an awesome teppanyaki styled dinner and some bbq stuff they sell in the street stalls.Beer is really cheap too.

 Well that was our first day in taipei, will update more on the other days we spent there when I got more time...

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