Taiwan (1 of my fave holidays)

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…

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Jul – Dec 2014

Dad, I have many stories to share with you. Let’s start with the month of July – mama & K1 went to watch NDP NE Show 2 (Thank you Ms R for tkts), K1 won 1N stay Fullerton Hotel @ TTG fun run lucky draw and Mum’s bday makan @ Aloha Loyang chalet.

We went for a week holiday to Taiwan by Scoot promo airfare. 2 nights at Legend Hotel Kaohsiung – nearby Liuhe night market (yummy white bittergourd juice and crispy king oyster mushroom) and we went to E-Da Theme Park. 1 night at Misty Villa Cingjing – rental of taxi driver to bring us to Green Green Grassland and photostop @ The Old England Hotel. 1 night at Leofoo Resort Guanshi (breakfast and dinner buffet have a wide variety of food) – rental of taxi driver to bring us to Taichung Rainbow Village, DIY Leicha @ Beipu Leicha. 2 nights at Westgate Hotel Taipei – nearby Modern Toilet restaurant, Ximending. We explored Taipei by train to Longshan Temple, Tamsui old street, Starbucks at 35th floor of Taipei 101 office building, release sky lantern @ Shifen. We took High Speed Rail (HSR) from Taoyuan – Zuoying station, Zuoying – Taichung station and Hsinchu – Taipei station.

In Aug, cooking team bonding with colleagues, a lucky year to watch NDP twice – 2nd time on NDP day, Garden Festival @ Gardens by the Bay, attended ZK & KW wedding (saw many friends whom said long time no see, how are you getting on?) and Sports Hub open house.

Sep is my fave month as it’s a month of makan and celebration. We watched Cavalia, it’s a nice show and had Thai cuisine @ Porn’s for dinner. Received hello kitty stuff, rainbow bear and bunny from family, relatives and colleagues. Was sick and lost my voice, luckily recover few days later. We sang K @ Ten Dollars Club, Aranda CC and had dinner @ Just Acia, Downtown East. N1 drew K1 and bday cake.

We had Hokkien cuisine for Uncle D bday and vegetarian cuisine for chit chat session with Mr & Mrs T in Oct.

Nov is a busy month @ work. However, I went for Fam trip to Balkan region (Vienna, Ljubljana, Bled, Postojna Caves, Opatija, Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Zadar, Krka National Park, Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Podgorica). Family, relatives, friends and colleagues said ‘You are lucky’. Yes indeed I’m very lucky for the opportunity to go for 2 week learning overseas trip and started to miss Eastern Europe after back in home country. A weekend getaway to Kukup and stay @ Piggy House chalet – a relaxing trip that included lunch and bbq dinner, boat ride to kelong, sing songs and play mahjong @ chalet.

XH ge ge’s wife gave birth to a baby boy when I was overseas in Nov and it’s Baby B shower in Dec. I bought baby bib from Croatia for him but forgot to take photo. After attending Baby B makan, we head to T3 for X’mas display. N1 and N2 are delighted to see the X’mas display of snow and that they watched it twice – 2nd time with XM ge ge. This year, we did not have year end dinner as a company. Instead, we had lunch and dinner gathering as individual dept. We had lunch @ PS Cafe that has nice ambience and serves big portion of mushroom soup and main course. We had dinner buffet on another day @ Triple Three and I’m lucky to win 2nd prize @ lucky draw (Capitaland shopping vouchers). Staycation @ Fullerton Hotel, I use the 1N lucky draw voucher and also booked another room as a gift to Papa and Mama (Papa is like my 2nd Dad after you left us). N1 and N2 also stay with us and hotel arranged a complimentary bday cake for N2 as well as decorated the room with ‘Happy Birthday’ balloons. ‘Wow’ was the word when we enter the hotel lobby that was decorated with X’mas decor and makes me feel like going to Europe again. This year, there’s X’mas market @ Gardens by the Bay but I prefer the X’mas market in Vienna as we pass-by and stop for awhile to shop so not sure if there are other nicer X’mas market in Europe.