10D9N Taiwan Travelogue – (Part 2): Day 2 @ 西門町 Ximending, 瑞芳 Ruifang, 九份 Jiufen, 饒河夜市 Raohe Street Night Market, 五分埔 Wufenpu

Day 2 of our Taiwan adventure and by the look of this blog’s title you can see it’s going to be a long day ahead for us! Just Day 2 and so many places to cover. How are we going to travel? Many of our friends booked personal drivers when they visited Taiwan. For us, we wanted to try taking their public transport. This is the way we want; travelling together with the locals.

西門町 XIMENDING

I mentioned before that Via Hotel is located right smack in the heart of Ximending. Not only it is just 3 mins walk to Ximen Train Station, there are many food carts located nearby in the morning selling light snacks.

Plenty of choices to choose from and the best was they were not expensive at all!

As you can see we did not book a personal driver for the first part of our trip. Apart from saving cost, we really wanted to experience taking their public transport. To us, that’s what experiencing the best of Taiwan is all about.

 

瑞芳 Ruifang

Taipei Main Station is just a stop away from Ximen. We had to switch to Taipei Railway Station to switch to Ruifang station to visit Jiufen.

The train ride was about an hour.

Here we are…outside Ruifang Train Station.

Many taxis are parked outside Ruifang train station. But we are not taking taxi to Jiufen.

You have to know that Taiwanese are very friendly and helpful. We asked a local on the cheapest way to reach Jiufen. She guided us to take a bus. The distance was about 15 mins walk. Along our way, we chanced upon some local eateries and stopped by to snack. This is one of them.

We walked for about 15 mins and finally reached the police station. The bus stop is just next to it.

Remember the “invisible bus stop” is right at this green coloured building. We made a dash to this bus!

You only need to pay when you alight. The bus ride is about 15 mins. 九份 Jiufen is very much a touristy spot. Huge crowds are expected all season round. So watch out for your valuables in crowded places.

九份 Jiufen

We reached, we saw and we were blown away at this sight. 九份 Jiufen is so beautiful!

Food galore. Now you know why we didn’t eat much in the morning. This is why we are here for. Smelly beancurd may not be a liking for many, but we wouldn’t mind to try.

Peanut ice-cream.

This is a popular fish ball noodle stall in Jiufen.

After filling our stomachs, we continued to explore the streets of Jiufen. Taiwan is heavily influenced by Japanese culture. While you are in Jiufen, don’t be surprised to see some shops or streets akin to that of Japanese concept.

This is just the front part of our trip but yet there are so many things to buy!

We love dogs very much. This trip we were pleasantly surprised to learn that Taiwanese love dogs very much too. Often, we would come across dog-owners bringing their furkids out to do shopping with them.

We reached the top of Jiufen and were amazed at the panoramic sight.

This will surely etched in their memories for a long time to come.

Not forgetting to take a family photo as well 🙂

If you think that’s the end of our Jiufen visit, you are wrong. We made an impromptu walk down the village to explore.

A view of Jiufen from the village.

We explored the tunnel as well.

All of us were tired, not to mention the presence of mosquitoes. It was challenging fending them off. So we will remember to bring mosquito repellent the next time we travel overseas.

Direction: From Taipei, take the train north to Ruifang Station. After exiting the station, cross the street to the bus stop and board the Keelung Transit bus towards Jiufen. The bus trip takes roughly 15 minutes, and the fare is NT$21 during the week, NT$15 during weekends/holiday.

 饒河夜市 Raohe Street Night Market

We walked for up to an hour and were exhausted. We managed to get a taxi to bring us to 饒河街觀光夜市 Raohe Street Night Market. Big and Small M were completely knocked out inside the taxi. We were glad actually as they could catch a short nap before we reached Raohe.

Everyone was crazy with these meat buns. The queue was insane. Good that these buns didn’t strike a chord with us as we don’t like vegetables to be stuffed inside the buns.

But if you really want to try, be prepared to queue up.

I’m a fish fanatics as well. Same goes for Big and Small M.

They enjoyed long-kang fishing here.

Be a fisherman for a day!

This is an interesting sight. Grilling beef in real hot flames.

Yummy squid.

Beef stew for me.

Non-stop eating whole day.

Taiwanese sausages is a must-try for me.

We like Raohe Street Night Market very much because the stalls are very well-organized. While it may not attract so much crowds as Jiufen, the spaciousness of this night market made walking so much easier.

Hello, I love to travel with my humans 🙂

My humans asked me to stay behind to look after the shop.

Plenty of these game stores in Taiwan. Big and Small M were so excited that we could spend an hour here.

Can I buy these?

Let’s make a giant candy floss.

So huge …

Address: Raohe St, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Hours: 4pm to 12am

Direction: Take the Green Line 3 to the terminal station Songshan (松山), exit 5. The night market entrance is just to the right across the street next to the temple.

五分埔 Wufenpu

Have you been to Thailand Pratunam? Wufenpu is similar as well. Wufenpu is near to Songshan Station. Just 10 mins walk from Raohe Street Night Market, this place is a gigantic outlet that carries literally everything.

This is a apparel shopping haven for everyone. Prices are low and quality, surprisingly (honest), is good! Apparel prices can start as low as NTD $50.

Some of the apparels which were hung in the discounted rack were also of good quality. If you are thinking of a place to shop and stock up your wardrobe, visit Wufenpu.

Yes, we literally shopped till we dropped. It was late and we were the last few passengers in Songshan Station. Do you know that Ximen Station is just 7 stops away from Songshan? Better still, they are in the same green line.

Back to Via Hotel and we had a light snack at the complimentary snack bar.

It’s complimentary 🙂

Sweet dreams. Let’s get ready for Day 3 🙂

Location: Next to Songshan Railway Station

Opening Hours: About 11:00 – 22:00

Keep your eyes peeled, as we continue updating details of our blog@Katong Kids Inc Facebook page – expect more activities and giveaways coming your way! 🙂

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A Rock ‘n’ Troll Musical for Kids: The Three Billy Goats Gruff 三只山羊 Review

I previously blogged on The Little Company’s Mandarin version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This is our first time watching a kids musical production and I must say, we enjoyed every single moment!

SYNOPSIS

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (affectionately known as “Big”, “Middle”, and “Baby”) are a close-knit bunch who graze happily together with their caretaker, Little Bo-Frilly. But one day, it dawns on them that they are in the middle of a horrible drought. As the grounds turn a dreadful shade of brown, they’re slowly but surely running out food.

Unfortunately, as the gang decides to cross the bridge to the other side of the valley for survival, they will have to take on a frightening troll that – gulp – loves to feast on goats!

继2015年英语原创制作广受好评之后,新加坡专业剧场属下的小剧团再接再厉,推出充满欢乐、让人难忘的华语版音乐剧《三只山羊》!

故事中的三只山羊———羊老大、羊小二和小咩咩——感情要好、关系亲密,经常和照顾它们的牧羊人在草原上玩耍,大伙儿快乐地生活在一起。可是,干旱以后,大地变得一片枯黄,快没有食物可以吃了。

不巧的是,当它们正要过桥到山谷的另一端寻找食物时,却遇见爱吃羊肉的怪兽。而这只可怕的怪兽最喜欢吃的,就是肥嫩嫩的羊肉!

欢迎你一起走进《三只山羊》的精彩童话世界,一同来欣赏这部让你开怀大笑、禁不住咩咩叫的音乐剧吧!

OUR REVIEW

We arrived at the Singapore Repertory Theatre full of anticipation of what to expect out of this musical.

We were clearly impressed by the stage props and of course…

Professionalism of the actors and actresses. They engaged the entire audience totally and we were impressed by their pronounciation, enthusiasm, body language and expression when they were performing. It was an eye-opener for us.

We were glad to watch the Three Billy Goats Gruff musical as it delivered strong educational values for audience to bring back:

  1. Children get to grips with the concept that the grass is not always greener on the other side and to appreciate what they have.
  2. Provides exposure for children studying or wanting to acquire Mandarin.
  3. The importance of being resourceful and thinking on one’s feet is demonstrated in a fun and engaging way.

Big and Small M learn the importance of cultivating a love for Mandarin and how to express themselves better in the use of this language.

We really eat paper!

All thanks to the Singapore Repertory Theatre, our tickets include a photo session with the cast.

It comes with a photo frame as well 🙂

YOUR KIDS SHOULD WATCH IT!

This is an honest opinion from us, at least. After the show, Big and Small M were asking if we can bring them back to SRT again for the next musical production. Rather than watching from a TV screen, why not bring your kids to watch The Three Billy Goats Gruff and be entertained and educated by a real cast? It is definitely value for money.

Rating: 4.5/5

Event Date

  • 18 Feb (Thursday) – 26 Mar (Saturday)
  • Mon – Fri: 10am
  • Sat: 11am, 2pm
  • Fri (25 Mar): 11am

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S$95(Cat 1) tickets for Family Package of 4 (Weekdays)
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Weekend Family pack prices (4 tickets)
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Cat 2 (no photo taking): $129

Weekend Family pack prices w TLC CD (4 tickets)
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Cat 2 (no photo taking): $141

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10D9N Taiwan Travelogue – (Part 2): Day 1 @ 西門町 Ximending

In my Part 1 blog on our Taiwan travelogue, I shared on 10 tips when planning a trip to Taiwan. I hope it’s useful to you. Knowledge is power. Even a small saving can go a long way to maximize your mileage to make your trip more enjoyable. Continue reading “10D9N Taiwan Travelogue – (Part 2): Day 1 @ 西門町 Ximending”

Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD) Gives Me Hope, So Can You – Adopt Me @ Marley

I feel privileged to write this blog. This is because of blogging that I get the opportunity to know more about dogs and raise the awareness of animal welfare groups, especially SOSD. Katong Kids Inc hopes to be the voice of these street dogs. They have so much to contribute and be loved at the same time.

Now that Daisy has been adopted, I was approached by another avid volunteer from SOSD to feature their poster boy, Marley. Continue reading “Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD) Gives Me Hope, So Can You – Adopt Me @ Marley”

Pororo Park Singapore Review

 We have always been looking forward to visit Pororo Park Singapore since its opening. With all our travelling and holiday activities, it was almost impossible. Well it’s better late than never! Finally, we had our chance to explore this edutainment indoor playground and you bet Big and Small M were clearly excited over it.

Continue reading “Pororo Park Singapore Review”

Get Ready for a Better World: KidZania is Set to Rock Singapore in April 2016!

Get ready for a better world! Slated to open on 12 April 2016, thousands of kids in our little red dot island certainly can’t wait to be a part of KidZania Singapore grand opening.

Tickets, starting from S$25 to S$58, will be available for advance purchase online from 11 March 2016, 11am, on http://www.kidznia.com.sg.

Online ticket purchases will be entitled to 5% discount off walk-in rates.

From 12 April 2016, guests can also purchase limited tickets on-site at KidZania Singapore, subject to availability. Continue reading “Get Ready for a Better World: KidZania is Set to Rock Singapore in April 2016!”

Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD) Gave Daisy Hope, She is Finally Adopted!

Our blog review on Roboyes Cafe was a blast. It not only garnered dog-lovers’ awareness on the newly-opened dog cafe back then, Katong Kids Inc also had the opportunity to make friends with them and understand more about furkids. Continue reading “Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD) Gave Daisy Hope, She is Finally Adopted!”