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

掌握一生的幸福。。。

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Taiwan Annual Cycling Trip Down South - March 2017 (Part 1)

I have been procrastinated,  yes! A long waited until I thought of arranging my pictures and memories back on it once again. It was a yearly event and long awaited for our selves own type of vacation. Life been a little hectic when I discovered I will need to get onto a business trip half cross the globe prior to this trip.

Glad that I was able to meet the group at Taipei airport, even though I needed to wait for half a day. Toured around both Termina 1 and 2, up and downs, discovered many places I won't usually hangout when arriving to a country's airport.

We managed to ride on the brand new MRT from TaoYuan airport to Taipei main station. It was pre-launch free ride, but it was kind of rush as it ended its service by 4pm.

Hello Kitty heaven
First destination upon arrival. Food hunting at

Raohe St. Night Market


It was raining :(
Favoured bun



proper sit down dinner
I couldn't recall where did we stay for one night in Taipei, or we didn't?

Following day, we took the train from Taipei all the way to YuLi (玉里) where we started our cycling journey. Arrived around early noon time. We headed for the noodle we tasted last year. YuLi noodle at 張媽媽美食


Journey begun with gloomy and rainy track. We cycled passed this track before, but it was at a different direction, we went South this time.

YuLi Cycling track
Pit stop for coffee



Beautiful paddy field
Our day 1 ended at GuanShan (關山). A very small town and I was exhausted that night, didn't join the group for 7-11 convenient store exploring. GuanShan is famous for bento, we had bento for dinner! 關山便當

bento

Our stay at 東籬緣民宿 
Nothing great, as the township is extremely small. Cant expect more.

We continued our day 2 cycling journey, towards TaiTung (台東).
Fruits and food exploration become and point of exploration. 

Huge custard apple
This lunch place was the highlighted of the trip. Super like their local dishes, plus the lards topped plain rice served.


--- Trip became unpleasant --- :(

Nevertheless, we moved on and continued with food. When things get unpleasant, most situation could had turned sourish. I was glad, I did handled them all with patience.

The following dinner was a treat by our returning host. The bike company owner and our trip organiser. We finally had a chance to meet him in person (as he was away the last trip).

海靖甕仔雞

Chicken was their specialties
Day 3 begun. Nice weather and beach where we supposed to go the previous day evening. We made it right the morning, as the blue sky was extremely nice. ... and my bike was on the car track instead... I skipped the day journey.

Lovely
First stop for the day, ice cream stall. All kinds of local ice cream were sold here.

東糖冰品

Yummy
Had lunch somewhere around, LuRouFan (滷肉飯) is something that will not go wrong!

T’ai-ma-li

Luroufan
Day 3 stay was at a hot spring resort at JinLun (金崙) stay  It was a family run private resort. Room was so-so, but the weather and hot spring facilities was alright. Breakfast served in brown bag.

一田屋溫泉

Brown bag breakfast
Did I resumed cycling on Day 4? Couldn't remember, but there was some climb towards XuHai (旭海).... but I remember I didn't made it up to SouKa, it was No.9 road's tip climb.

壽卡鐵馬驛站


Our Day 4 accommodation was at a place even remote than the previous places.

旭海左岸民舍

Homestay
Lovely stone beach


In fact all dishes we had this fern as vegetable, namely 山蘇
Simple seafood dishes. No other choice, no other restaurant around.

紅牌活海鮮店

seafood dinner
On the way walking back to our homestay, no 7-11 nor Family mart. We went straight into a village convenient store manned by an old couple. Start exploring local junk food! 

Local mamee
That's all for part 1... stay tune.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Chiang Mai, Thailand, An extraordinary trip - Jan 2017

My posts are usually delayed about 6 months. Save me!! Thought I would have resume blogging after having my new iMac since last December.. time had just passed the way it flipped faster every year.

Anyway, back to the end of 2016 and very beginning of 2017. We spent our count down and New Year 'overseas' this time. We had chosen a quiet yet peaceful place to end the year in a unique way. Though it's no longer a new place for us, yet there are lots of nature to explore.

We were expecting a cool weather. Unfortunately, we made it only between 18-25C.

Highly recommended by a colleague - upside down ice cream
Accommodation 1:

Sleep guesthouse

  • Located nearby the city center, where locals and tourists wonder
  • Extremely simple yet nice guest house, friendly owner
  • Room was minimalist and clean
Sleep Guest House
Activities :-
  • Street wondering, majority by walking, one of the days we even achieved 20k steps!
  • Local markets around been interesting to-go place, fresh fruits available and there are lots of visitors attending cooking class around the corner

Local market

Beautiful sunset @ river
Nearby temple



Pork Knuckle Rice 
Anusarn Night Market


Activities 2 :

  • Cycling package with Araiwah Bicycling
  • Very classic bicycle we had, no complain as it was the fun and exploring part that enjoyed us, we made new friends with tourist all around the world too, it was when I met a Japanese lady resides in the States

My classic bicycle

Mueang Mai Market

  • Our guide brought us to taste local foods in the market, i.e. fried pork intestine, siewmai, red glutinous rice, and many more 
Fresh vege
Tom Yum fresh ingredient
Taste good red glutinous rice



fried pork intestine

siewmai

  • Craftman of the silver plated temple
Patiently crafting 
Beautiful silver temple


Craft even at the door


On the wall

Wat Muern Sarn

7 ยอดพลาซ่า Jet Yod Plaza

  • Lunch place, though wasn't our guide choice (since his recommended place was off that day)
  • Nice basil pork rice
Fried basil pork with egg

Smile Coffee 2

Had a coffee after lunch



  • Was a difficult climb, think I pushed the bike up
  • Scenery at the waterfall was nice
Climb up the hill for waterfall

วัดแสนเมืองมาหลวง (วัดหัวข่วง) Wat Saen Muang Ma Luang (Wat Hua Kuang)

  • Another temple (Wat) before we end the trip
  • Quiet but nice place to hang around
Quiet Temple

Khun Kae Juice Bar

  • Nice smoothie place, which located just infront of our Sleep Guest House :)
  • We had the drink almost everyday after that

Several photos of my back...

In and within the market
Local houses



University campus

Temple
After a long day, we head for body massage at Lila Thai Massage 5th
  • Foods along the night, all night long we won't be sleeping... waiting for the count down
  • Heard there will not have grand ceremony, i.e. fireworks in respect for their late King
  • Unexpectedly, we saw lots of lanterns from ThaePae Gate

Coconut dessert

Khao Soi and dunno wat

Lovely Neon Light

Tourist and locals releasing their lanterns since 8pm

All over the skies

We had drink and count down here, nice place
Jan 1, 2017 - Greeted New Year with a nice breakfast by the guest house owners.

Breakfast included

Brunch with braised pork rice and Thai Iced Tea

Roaming around some art streets nearby

Tourtist
At noon, we were picked up by another Resort stay's driver.

Accommodation 2 :

The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort

  • We were on a 1 Day detox program, will all day long fruit juices included in the package, meditation, and colema
  • http://thepavanachiangmairesort.com/
  • One day magic detox - http://thepavanachiangmairesort.com/activities/one_day_pass_detox/ 
  • Missed the fresh air and almost nothing-to-do life style, walked up the pagoda every morning for 60min meditation... blissful
  • Fresh vegetable were planted by the resort
  • We had a loan bicycle and made our own ride with a given map, we couldn't made the loop and almost got lost... 
Our meal before the Detox Fasting program starts

Village view

Evening sun

Meditation place

Lovely morning 7am

Our  meals of the day

Nicely decorated resort
Our stay

Till the next trip, may be next year...