Ops, I did it again I guess. Neglecting my blog and spent an immense amount of time in playing PvZ and procrastinating. But, I’m back, at least. So don’t complain.
Continue blogging about my Taiwan trip before I forget everything.
Okay, so I’d visited most of the tourist attractions that were labeled as “must-see” so for the second last day of my trip, we went out a little further out of Taipei City, to the Taipei County.
Before jumping straight to the travelogue.. I want to make a little confession here, well.. not really a confession but something worth to remember for the rest of my life, and as a reminder. Hehehehe
Remember that I mentioned that the stupid driver from Alishan tore my mom’s luggage? So, with that big gap, it’s impossible to put stuffs in so we’re left with 2 options,
1) buy a new luggage
2) get it fixed
Well, of course, as a well-known *cough* frugal person (and don’t you go attacking me because I don’t owe you any explanation or MONEY! And, I don’t think I am that karit, considering the amount of money I spent on food, entertainment, and sometimes.. unnecessary WANTS)… we ever came across a man who repairs shoes on the street and my mom said we should try letting him repair it and unless the luggage is “certified”, then we’ll get a new one.
So on that particular Sunday morning, we woke up extra early hoping to meet that man. But, to go there, we would have to wait for 2 traffic lights when it’s just opposite where we stayed!
Er, you understand what I was trying to say?
Okay, long story short.. I was lazy to walk that much just to go across with a big luggage so, I trespassed. Because, I thought I saw someone did that too.
WHAT???? Don’t look at me like that! It was 7am in the morning okay, there’s very little traffic that’s why I dared to do that lah.
So I found a gap that enables pedestrians to trespass and just after I crossed two lanes and reached the middle, two blue motorbikes drove towards me….
Yeap, it’s the policemen. How lucky kan?
Policeman: Heh, 你是有看到这里有斑马线ho? (Hey, you saw zebra crossing here?)
Me: Eh… 我在赶时间。对不起对不起。(I’m in a rush. Sorry sorry)
Actually, I didn’t give chance for the policeman to talk to me, I just walked away from him. HAhahaha. I know it’s bad but… I had no idea how come I dare to walk away from him just like that. And, I was a bit angry at that time because.. HOW COME I SO SOI ONE!!! That fellow who did that 1 minute ago didn’t kana and I kana!!!
But ever since that time, I really don’t dare to trespass anymore, in Taiwan.
And 48 laughed when I told her that. I was wondering.. will they saman pedestrians? And… if they do, and I don’t pay, can they track me down and don’t let me get out of the country until I pay the saman? Hmmm….
Ya, that’s my first time kana warning by police. In Taiwan somemore.
Bah, back to normal posting. We didn’t manage to find the man, bought some buns and sandwich and hopped on the train to go Jinguashi/Jiufen.
水煎包 (Pan-fried stuffed buns) a
I was already missing Soi Heng’s big pao that time.
After about 30minutes, we arrived Ruei Fang. Actually, there’s another story that happened inside the train. Involved a weird dorky guy and a female tourist from Hong Kong. I hope I’ll remember to let you know what happened.
Stepping out from the train.
Oh, unlike MRT, the automatic vending machine to purchase the train tickets are way way way way way complicated! I suggest you give up trying on that and just queue at the ticket counter. It’s faster that way, trust me.
Oh, just opposite the train station, there’s a bus stop that will takes you to JInguashi / Jiufen. Jinguashi is further up in the mountain and Jiufen is in the middle. So, we headed up to Jinguashi first, then Jiufen, and then Keelung. But, we gave Keelung up because too malas already.
We wanted to go to Jinguashi for the GOLD ECOLOGICAL PARK! Emas emas kami datang!
Oh, they’re close on Monday.
Another LED display for the entrance.
Admission is free.
I don’t know why I had to climb stairs everyday when I was in Taiwan! Damn many many many many stairs okay!
The tunnel was closed that day so we headed straight up to the Gold panning area.
Not much people know about that so it was quite empty when we went in. But, the experience was really worth it. NT100 per head.
A small dish will be given with soil and a small bottle for you to fill the gold dust in later.
Step 2: Get rid of more unwanted sand and little stones.
Step 3: Get rid of more and more unwanted sand.
Mm… I was kind of impatient so I lost quite a lot of gold dust. The instructor gave me his (he had one for demo purpose) and I had the most amount of gold dust in the bottle. Hahahhaaa.
There’s a lot of this-stone, that-stone, or this-mountain, that-mountain in Rueifang, named after the item they look like.
Didn’t quite enjoy the music because.. it sounded really haunted!
Saw the little girl turning the wheel of the machine? The man was saying, “I prefer girls than boys, so uncle is going to give you 2 marbles instead! Go choose from the basin.”
Then the little boy in yellow asked, “How about boys then?”
Uncle replied, “That’s your problem then.”
Admiring my gold dust.
Next, to the Gold Waterfall and “Yin Yang” sea.
The roads are super narrow and winding! When the driver is taking corners, he will horn in case there’s car coming from the opposite. I guess it’s a good place for drifting too. LOL
Next destination, Gold Waterfall.
“The substantial Jinguashi rainfall seeps into the mine shafts through cracks in the surface rock, becoming acidulous water after interacting with the pyrite and energite underground and undergoing oxidation reduction. A natural wonder “Gold Waterfall” has formed where the terrain drops sharply. This is one of the sources of the Yin-yang Sea. “
It didn’t rain that much during time of our visit so the waterfall didn’t look as magnificent as compared to the photo.
Love how those houses were built on the mountain like that. This one really is 背山面海！
This is Yin-yang Sea. It was initially believed that the sea color was the result of pollution from Taiwan Metal Mining Corp’s smelting activities but, over 10 years after the company stopped its activities, Yin-yang Sea still exists. Scholars say that the Jinguashi geology has a large amount of pyrite that, after millions of years has formed Fe3+ which does no dissolve easily in water. This forms iron ion floating particles when it flows into the sea, resulting in the strange sight of the Yin-yang Sea.
The remains of Shuinandong Smelter.
After Yin-Yang sea and the Gold waterfall, we took the bus down to Jiufen!
Ever watched Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away”?
You’ll know why I mentioned that later on.
I thought / was hopping that it’s going to be potato + prawn but no.. it’s cabbage again.
I’m so used to Brunei style of fried food, everything got potato inside. But in Taiwan, they replace potato with cabbage. Bwaaaaaa….
Still nice nevertheless. Just, not what I expected.
Taro balls! Now this is good stuff that both Bobby and I craved from time to time!
Love it so so so so much!
From this shop, just opposite the prawn balls stall. Customers came in and go and it’s always full!
It was said that Mr. Miyazaki went to Jiufen and sat in Ah-Mei tea house and got inspirations for the movie. Can you see the resemblance?
Skipped Keelung because the main reason of going there is got the night market. But we seriously had enough of night market and wanted something simple.
And we took the bus back to Taipei and met up with 48 (who just finished her English tutoring and shared plenty of jokes with me).
Two of us took MRT down to Shandao station to return the Digital Tour Buddy I borrowed.
I still had quite a lot of credit inside the phone and because the credit cannot be refunded, I asked 48 to use it all up on the spot.
First she called her parents in Brunei. Remaining credit, NT300+
Then we tried calling SL. No answer.
Then we called Theen, she was in Singapore that time with her phone roaming. Hahhaa
Then we tried calling Yen Kai.
I had no one I want to call because.. the 3 persons whom I love most were there with me in Taiwan that time!
It was pretty cool. Instead of counting the number of dishes you took, it’s charged by the weight! Fair and square kan?
Then we went to SKH Mall jalan-jalan, makan-makan.
2 months plus in Taiwan and all she longed for was local delicacies. By local, I mean those like fried kueh tiaw, kolomee, and you know what she misses most, LAO-SU-FEN! Die die tell me no lausufen in Taiwan.
Got leh, 米台目 not laosufen meh? Just don’t know where got sell nia mah~
They won’t ask “Original or Spicy”, because there’s only one type! Just like the good old days. It’s like our spicy chicken but not spicy. Sama-sama crispy~
Went back to our room and started to pack a little.
The base of my luggage. Hhehehee. Food, facial masks, shoes and whatnots.
Day 5: Longshan Temple, CKS Memorial Hall, Jian-Guo Weekend Flower Market, Danshui, WuFenPu, RaoHe Night Market
Day 4: Taiwan Storyland, NPM and Hello Hebe
Day 3: Taipei 101, Eslite, Shihlin Night Market (part 2)
Day 3: Alishan sunrise (Part 1)
Day 2 : Up up and away to Alishan
Day 1 : Kao Hsiung
How much to travel to Taiwan?
My Taiwan Itineraries