If you follow my Facebook and/or Instagram, you would know that I’m on a vacation in Taiwan. rif has been wanting to go to Taiwan since 2 years ago and he finally convinced me to go early this year. To be honest, I don’t get why he wants to go to Taiwan when he can’t speak a single word of Mandarin.
It’s been a pain trying to be his translator when my Mandarin isn’t exactly fantastic — it’s only good enough to get me by. In Taiwan, most of them speak little or no English. That aside, it’s been a pretty interesting trip so far. We’re travelling with a friend and engaged in a driver who is a really nice guy. He was recommended to me by a friend and that friend of mine who used him to travel around Taiwan.
I think a driver is important if you want to explore beyond Taipei, as the train lines and buses don’t stop in these areas. So far, I’ve been to Yehliu, Yilan, Luodong, Hualien, Taroko Park and am now in Cingjing Farm. The scenery is beautiful but pity it’s been raining since I got to Taiwan wtf.
Food has been ok for me. I haven’t been particularly impressed with the street food and favourites such as smelly tofu, small sausage in large sausage, and lu rou fan didn’t knock my socks off. I did however like the steamed fried pork bun and beef noodles, plus the seafood in Hualien.
Haven’t been eating as much as I usually do in Hong Kong and Penang because not everything caught my fancy. I noticed the food culture in Taiwan is heavily influenced by the Japanese, Korean and Chinese, evident in what I’ve eaten so far.
And if you’re wondering, I think the Shilin fried chicken is tasty but a bit too jelak for me. Really miss the Subang fried chicken and curry laksa now hahaha.
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