Last year, K1 & K2 made a stopover at Taipei to meet up with mum, Ah Yi, Yi Zhang & Uncle D. K1 booked 包车 to explore 十分 / 九份 / 中社花海 / Taiwan Times Village / Sun Moon Lake / Strawberry picking / 新社古堡 / 東東芋圓.
Taichung bnb is within walking distance to Feng Jia night market. Bnb has 4 rooms with double bed in each room, 2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 living room and different designs of chandeliers in each room as well as in the living room.
Previous year, K1 also booked 包车 to explore Yilan and stayed Hello Kitty themed rooms at Yilan minsu. Taiwan is 1 of K1’s fave holidays & K1 had been travelling to Taiwan yearly but different cities since year 2014.
This year, mum worries for her health & K1 decides to bring her jalan jalan to cheer her up. Thinking where to go as Scoot having promo. Mum said before she wants to experience sit Biz class. Thankfully Scoot promo airfare allows us to fly economy to Taipei & biz class back from Kaohsiung. So happy it’s a good deal ($300++ per pax). Shopping at Taipei, sightsee at ???, yummy night market food at Kaohsiung. Will book 包车 to explore a new city, make a guess which city we’re going to in May. Clue: It’s 1 of the stations of High Speed Rail…
It’s New Year Day… We woke up early morning to catch Air Canada flights from Quebec city – Toronto (transit @ Ottawa). The taxis from Quebec city – airport run on fixed rates & not by taxi meter. It’s too early in the morning, K1 is not hungry yet so share a cup of hot choco with K2. Rjjj, moon jie & K2 had their b’fast at Tim Hortons, Quebec city airport while K1 had b’fast at Tim Hortons, Ottawa airport.
Toronto’s bnb is located about 5 minutes walk from the Bloor subway line (Dufferin Station). We stayed at 1st & basement level of bnb while the host & family stayed at 2nd level of bnb. There are kitchen, sofa bed in living room, backyard at 1st level while a bedroom, a bathroom, washing machine & dryer at basement level. Bnb host makes us feel at home especially with K1 name besides door bell as well as she bought a choco cake for us to eat (Thank you…). K2 likes this bnb very much as there is a wide variety of shows such as Apple TV, Netflix, sports channels etc.
View from hall & kitchen @ Toronto bnb
The next day, Rjjj & moon jie went shopping while K1 & K2 went to Casa Loma & Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The staff at Dufferin station recommended us to buy a family day pass as it’s cheaper than 1 way metro fare.
It’s free at leisure till midnight flight departure so we had 3 course lunch at 360 Rest, CN Tower as well as a view of Toronto from CN Tower. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience & we are full after our lunch except for K2 who did not find his lunch filling. After that, K1 & K2 went window shopping & K2 asked K1 if there is anything K1 want to buy. K1 concern that baggage allowance might exceed if K1 buy more stuff cuz K2 already bought many stuff such as help his friends & K1 to buy Abercrombie clothes.
3 course lunch @ 360 Rest, CN Tower
We do not have experience driving in the snow although it is cheaper to rent a car and drive to Ottawa. The cab ride from Mont Tremblant – Ottawa is the most expensive cab ride throughout our trip. Cab driver is not familiar with the route, luckily K2 has Montreal mobile no and able to access google map for driving directions to Airbnb in Ottawa. Most shops are closed on X’mas Day so we bought pizza & Canada Dry Ginger Ale for dinner.
1st time book Airbnb so read the reviews and to book Superhost bnb if possible. In addition, to book bnb that is near bus stop or metro so that can take bus or metro to Downtown of each city.
Ottawa’s bnb is located in Little Italy / Chinatown area & there is a bakery opposite bnb. We stayed at 1st & basement level of bnb. There are kitchen, living room, bedroom & 1 bathroom at 1st level while another bedroom, 0.5 bathroom, washing machine & dryer at basement level. K2 said we are lucky that the bnb has 1.5 bathrooms & Netflix as the bnb that he is staying in Montreal has 1 bathroom & without Netflix.
K2 ask why we visit Ottawa as he feels that there is nothing much to see & do. K1 feel that Ottawa is the capital of Canada & to visit Ottawa since it is nearby the other cities that we are going. The next day morning, we walk to Parliament Hill from bnb (K2 lead the way using google map). Parliament Hill is nearby Fairmont Chateau Laurier, CF Rideau Centre & Byward Market. There is Boxing Day sale and we did our shopping at CF Rideau Centre. It’s K1 2nd time buying Kate Spade (KS) & there is discount for colourful polka dot wristlet. 1st time buy KS is when K2 app the photos to ask K1 if interested to buy any bag as there is online promo (K1 ask K2 to help buy a striped bag that turns out to be a baby bag, family joke that K1 is preparing to use the bag in future. At the moment, K1 plan to use the bag for staycation.)
It’s evening so we walk to Parliament Hill to see X’mas sound & lights show that people of all ages enjoy watching. After that, we took bus back to bnb and ate the Choco Hazelnut & Apple Cinnamon Beavertails that we bought.
Sweet Dreams 🙂