Purple has now turned blue... purple is joy, yet blue is hope!

掌握一生的幸福。。。

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Kaohsiung, Taiwan - May 2018 (Part 1)

I almost forgot I have a blog! Guess we have been busy with Instagram and its stories... made us forgot to compile all those nice pictures and information to share. I keep my blog as my diary, perhaps till blogger discontinued it service one day.

The trip to KHH (KaohSiung) was rather eventful one. We were late to the gate, we were all delayed close to an hour because there were some medical rescue in the plane.


Checked in 85 Sky Tower, one of the tallest building. Apparently the building has it rooms/apartments managed by a few homestay company. Nevertheless, the stay was great with spacious room and nice view.

85 Ctree 家莉莉主題旅館





View from Hotel
Shop and Ikea
nice Ikea ice cream

新崛江商圈 Shinkuchan (New Juejiang Shopping Area)


Cuttlefish ball

7-11 I missed them all!
Our main theme for the trip to Taiwan this year was all about island. We targeted 2 main attraction islands to explore. There were nothing to do with cycling this year. I was geared up all the way with snorkelling mask and rash guard to the islands. Unfortunately, storm strikes and we were all stuck!

First Island - LiuLi (琉璃島)

In order to get to LiuLi (琉璃島) island, we have to board the boat from DongGang (東港). We stopped by this place during our cycling trip last year. We rented a motorcycle to hit some tourist spot within the island.

We did a day trip while still staying at KaohSiung. Took a taxi to DongGang in the morning.

東港快艇碼頭

fried cuttlefish balls 花枝丸 
Tasty twist snacks
Local beer 琉璃啤酒

剉冰女王

cooling mixed ice - yam and balls
The vase
Clear water
Starfishes



小琉球白沙漁港碼頭 Baisha Port Pier


Returning ferry
Explored DongGang (東港) food market.

Looks like keropok lekor
fish cracker
Lots of fresh sashimi

prawns
Next stop - TaiNan (台南)
It was expected to be a foodie stop. So much food to explore, so little time! haha... Our hotel was located strategically around some food centre. Yet, need some working and exploration.

Though, we wrongly explored a place during dinner time. In which, all shops and walking streets closes at 5PM. We caught nothing else to do except had a bowl of beef noodle at 阿財牛肉湯

Took a train to TaiNan

老鄭牛肉麵館

Beef noodle is a must!
控肉飯
牛肉麵

正興咖啡館 Zhengxing Cafe

Coffee time - Mojito iced coffee

FX Hotel Tainan


Strategic yet simple hotel
Every snack and beer - try a type a day
Sliced bread for breakfast

Fushenghao Bowled Rice Cakes

What's this black stuff? 米粿
滷肉飯!!

永樂市場

TaiNan streets are full of motorcycle

修安扁擔豆花黑糖刨冰

Beancurd drinks
Next Stop - BuDaiGang (布袋港)
It's a place that not many overseas tourist will stop by. It's a small town with its jetty to PengHu (澎湖) island. We took a train ride from TaiNan (台南) to XinYing (新營), then transfer to a bus to BuDaiGang.



Bus Stop

布袋港觀光漁市

Snacks here are rather special!

fried Yam sandwich with bread biscuit 
namely 芋泥餅 
So yummy
Our stay 光影民宿
Homestay

布袋港 Budai Port

The glass high heel shoe's church is very famous. Very nice for sunsetting view too.

The church and the shoe

Sunset overlooking oyster farm

布袋港觀光漁市

We walked into the fish market and found some food stalls in there. Serving dinner time too.
A simple meal with fresh sashimi cost not more than NTD1,000.

Simple fresh seafood meal

布袋港 Budai Port

Ready to board to MaGong (馬公市),main city of PengHu (澎湖). I was rather surprise with the scale of passenger ferry and its advances.

Ferry to MaGong
Old shop/house lot in PengHu
Will continue Part 2 - more on PengHu island.

p.s. apparently I didn't edit the remaining pictures since Aug 2018 :)
good nite

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Curitiba, Brazil - April 2018

South America, a continent I am pretty unfamiliar with. Glad to have such opportunity, though it was tiring to stay on a 30 hours door to door travel journey. It was Autumn, getting into Winter. Was glad to get both the gloomy chill and blue skies warm over the week's trip.

Not just the journey, I even had an opportunity to explore another airline - Turkish Airline. I was skeptical or rather placed very minimal expectation to the service. Even after hearing several positive comments. Glad I had that very low expectation, and I could sleep well throughout the journey. Nothing to WoW upon on the plane and service. Certain food (that I could understand from its English menu) tasted not bad, or rather I am not very particular with food.

Candle night on the plane

Istanbul's Airport Lounge

Fritter taste like fried popiah, zuccini wrapped cheese

Rilakkuma and Muji travel pillow were my companion
Learned some Portuguese language. "Bom Dia" as "Good Morning".
Downloaded Google Translate app (thanks to a friend whom introduced it after her solo trip to Japan). The app saved me a few times, especially during a conversation with Havaianas sales assistant.

Breakfast in hotel

Entrada = Entrance?
We were all blessed with good company and great local host (and family) on the Sunday.

Sight seeing

Pretty architecture

Mural too

Feirinha do Largo da Ordem

A local tourist spot selling handcraft items. We tried some local street foods here too. Pastel a.k.a fried pancake and Caldo de Cana a.k.a pressed sugar cane served with assam 
Sunday tourist market

Pastel store

Pastel choices and menu

Banana, Corned beef and Plain Pastels

Banana filled

I love Corned Beef pastel, and the drink
We walked into a church.  Nice architecture, and I am sure it has a few decades (or century) old.

Church view


Art and performance stage
Foods and drinks were what we explored.

Bar do Victor

Seafood lunch served.

Caipirinha - one of the must try drink in Brazil. It's a refreshing alchohol drink served with juice, just like a cocktail. Unfortunately, mine was served with extra ingredient - Several flies or insects.


My Caipirinha with insect
 We had a short walk after our lunch.


Caramelodrama Confeitaria

Coffee is also an essential drink to taste. Most coffee beans in the world comes from Brazil, they have wide rage of good coffees, and cakes were good too.

Cakes were nice
We walked back to our hotel, wondered around the streets.

Japanese garden
Hotel usually drop us a personalised card and candy, informing us the following day's weather. It's conventional, yet the thought counts.

Weather forecast

Tropilha Grill

Foods exploration were on going each day. We experienced how the local have their lunch. Weighing machines on a buffet serving style. Each and pay the amount you pick. Just like our local mixed rice, a.k.a. chap-fun.

Grilled lamb and ribs

Mixed food - lunch
Guarana - It's a popular soft drink in Brazil. High in caffeine and sugar. Taste good too. I love it,  it's tasted like apple drink with coke's ingredient, caffeine. Understand the fruit is wold red berried native to the Amazon.

Guarana drink
Pao De Queijo a.k.a. Cheese bread, we loved it very much. Had a few bites every morning.

Pao de Queijo a.k.a. Cheese bread
A Japanese lunch buffet, which I forgot its name. Very localised Japanese dishes, and they are weighing meal too..

Japanese weighing lunch
Another type of snacks we were introduced. Somewhat filled like curry puff, but fried with bread crump. Will update when I recalled the next time.



Another hotel's weather report and introduction of local snacks. Peanut sweet.



Madero Steak House

This burger was so much more decent than the fast food burger we had the night before
Nice burger
Nice weather came buy, 2 days before I left.

Nice weather

Coco Bambu

I remembered the potato gratin. It was a nice shared meal.

Dom Parma Trattoria

Another weighing lunch and it was a group lunch. Nice grill everywhere.


Sight seeing from the top view

Liquori Caffè Gourmet

The liquor coffee was nice. I think I had the mint choco.

Liquor coffee

Château de Gazon

The entire meal was served as either cheese dip or choco dipped. It was interesting!

Cheese dipped vegetable

Fruits went with choco

Hard Rock Cafe Curitiba

Standard hard rock cafe meal. Nothing to shout out, except the strawberry basil leaves soda. Will make this on my own one day.

Strawverry basil soda

The streets - pebble everywhere

Turkish Airline Lounge - sesame bread, country butter and local coffee

Turkish pizza

On my way home!
End of report~