Upcoming Trip 2014: Taiwan

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Fortunately for me that this round trip was planned by hubby due to my mandarin limitations in reading and writing. But this does not stop me from writing out my experience throughout the whole trip. Here is a brief itinerary planned out for the trip of 11D10N. Main focus is sightseeing and food. We booked a driver for the first 7days trip and the rest was in Taipei which was a self walk method.

For the pre trip guide, check out this link.

Day 1: Taichung (台中)
- Flight from KLIA – Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
- Driver pickup from airport
- Breakfast
- He Xing Railway Station (合興車站)
- Lavender Cottage Farm (薰衣草森林)
- Neiwan Old street (内灣老街)
- Nanliao Fishing Port (南寮漁港)
- Feng Jia Night Market (逢甲夜市)
- Stays in Eiffel Tower Hostel aka Ai Fei Er (逢甲艾菲爾)

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Pre Trip 2014: Taiwan

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The most basic thing that you need before preparing for a trip, of course you must do some research. Unless you follow tour then its a different story. You would need to decide what kind of trip you wants to go for. For example; shopping, sightseeing, food eating, etc.

For this trip of mine the focus would be the culture, some local stuff, food, sightseeing, etc. Of course a little shopping is a must. Since this is a winter season, it is critical that you take care of your body. Although Taiwan does not snow, but it often rains and have heavy winds. Uses lotion, lip balm, moisturizers, apply some mask, wearing the appropriate outfit to cover every part of your body from head to toe to make sure that you are warm. You might want to bring umbrella or raincoat. But no worries you can get it anywhere there conveniently.

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Bitter Gourd Fried Rice

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On a public holiday… what would you like to do? Probably do some cleaning, cooking, knittings etc.
Today I am cooking one of my favourite type of fried rice which is the mixture of bitter gourd, rice and eggs.

Ingredients:
- Eggs
- Overnight rice (so that you could feel the rice round instead of sticky)
- Bitter gourd
- Butter

Steps:
- Cut the bitter gourd into small pieces and leave aside.
- Break the eggs into a bowl. Add some salt and pepper into the eggs. Beat the eggs.
- Heat up the pan. Put in some soften butter. I put in about 2 tablespoon.
- Put in the bitter gourd and fry with the butter.
- When bitter gourd soften, put in the rice. Add some salt and pepper as per desire.
- Make sure well mix and cooked. When almost ready, pour in the beaten eggs.
- Slowly mixed them up until the egg is cooked.

Tada…. Fried rice ready

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South Korea {Jeju} – Manjanggul Cave

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One of the famous place that people visit when they are at Jeju Island is the Manjanggul Cave (만장굴). It is It is one of the largest lava tube there. It takes about an hour or so to finish the tour depending on your speed of walking. They only opened up about 1 kilometers for tourist. It is very beautiful inside where you can enjoy a slow walk and view the scenery. Do take note that it is slippery, the roads are holey and a little cold inside. Make sure you bring your jacket along and walk properly. A torch light could be useful :)

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South Korea {Jeju} – Dongbok-ri Haenyeo-chon

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In Jeju, one of the thing that must try is Sea Urchin Noodle (seongge-guksu) and Abalone Porridge (jeonbok-juk). I chose Dongbok-ri Haenyeo-chon as my first stop for food in Jeju. You will need to go very early or non peak hours. It usually packed with people during peak hours.

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South Korea {Seoul & Jeju} – Day 1

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Was so excited and looking forward for the trip. First day is practically just flying from LCCT to Incheon via AirAsia X then from Gimpo to Jeju via EASTARJET. We took a cab around 5am and head to LCCT. Even though I have done online check in, but when we reached there is another process for the luggage check in. Which is actually equivalent to check in there because the queue is also long.

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Post Trip 2014: South Korea {Seoul & Jeju}

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Back from Korea for about a week or so now. The feeling is EXTREMELY great!!!. No other word can express my feelings for this trip. First of all the weather is superb because it is below 0 degree. The sad thing is that it was not in the process of snowing when I was outside. But I did manage to see and play with snow which is already on the ground when in Jeju and in Mt Sorak, it was cool.

Enjoy eating lots of different thing from fresh raw to cooked food. Get to see the culture, people, their subway system, etc.

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Pre Trip 2014: South Korea {Seoul & Jeju}

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Before preparing for a trip, of course you must do some research. Unless you follow tour then its a different story. You would need to decide what kind of trip you wants to go for. For example; shopping, sightseeing, food eating, etc.

For this trip of mine it would be a sightseeing, food eating, the culture and some local stuff. Of course a little shopping is a must. Since this is a winter season, it is critical that you take care of your body. Uses lotion, lip balm, moisturizers, apply some mask, wearing the appropriate outfit to cover every part of your body from head to toe to make sure that you are warm.

Mistake of mine is that I was not prepared with gloves and proper socks. I only got mine in Jeju on the second day. Fingers cracks very seriously and its painful. During this season I believe that the wounds are difficult to heal which occurs in my case. Only a week after I am back from Korea, my finger start to heal and close up the crack.

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