Travel – SWFToys Back From Taipei!!!

23 07 2007

Ok, back from Taipei! Our 6 days there from 18 Jul to 24 Jul was really just 4 days of playtime. We arrived at our hotel at 9pm plus on the first night and we flew off from the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 9.15am on the last day. Should scrutinise the travel plan in greater detail the next time! Anyway, it’s a really fun trip although we were visiting Taipei only. Besides the usual toy hunt report, I will also be posting some information on sightseeing as well. Even the toy hunter cannot hunt for toys for the entire trip right? Actually, for once there will be more sightseeing reports. I have to admit that there was limited success in my toy plan. But at least it’s a contribution of info for the next Taipei bound toy hunter. There will only be 2 pitstops featured this time. Watch for the backdated posts! For other stuff about Taipei, read on…

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Travel – Taipei 2007: Danshui

22 07 2007

Besides visiting the northeastern coast of Taiwan, the next day saw us taking the MRT all the way to Danshui which is the northwestern part of Taipei. The Danshui MRT Station is the north most end station on the red Danshui line. Travelling time from Ximen MRT Station was about 40mins. So what’s there at Danshui? Well, I would say more food!!! But that’s because the summer heat discouraged us from venturing further. So that’s how my assessment of Danshui came to be!

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Travel – Taipei 2007 Pitstop #2: Toy Land @ Taipei 101

21 07 2007

Here’s the second and final toy pitstop for my Taipei trip – Toy Land at Taipei 101. Thanks to the tip from Kenny, I immediately scanned through Taipei 101’s directory listing the moment we were embraced by the mega-structure’s cool air-conditioned interiors. Spotted Toy Land to be in Basement 1 and waited for the chance to prod Mrs SWFToys down the escalator when her shopping at Espirit was done. “My turn now.”, I said to her.

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Travel – Taipei 2007: Taipei 101

21 07 2007

Reigning as the world’s tallest building since 2003, the magnificent Taipei 101 skyscraper is truly a construction marvel. With 101 floors, Taipei 101 is always visible in the distant at different parts of the city. Ironically, when I exited its nearest Taipei City Hall MRT station, I could not see it anywhere. We were really amused because we purposely bypassed the area map in the MRT station because we reasoned that “it’s so tall, surely we can spot it outside.” It turned out after some paces from the MRT exit that the world’s tallest building was blocked by a building of much shorter stature.

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Travel – Taipei 2007: Jioufen & Northeast Coast of Taiwan

20 07 2007

Here’s a good place to visit to escape the monotony of shopping and city buzz. Why not take a half day trip to the Northeastern coast of Taiwan and visit the mountain village of Jioufen? That’s what we did by signing up at our hotel’s lobby. For NT1000, a van will pick you up shortly after noon to get out of Taipei city and let you take in the rural parts of Taiwan. With the sweltering heat of summer, we ducked into the van’s aircon interior swiftly to start the 1 hour journey to the coast.

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Travel – Taipei 2007: Shilin Night Market

19 07 2007

We visited the Shilin Night Market thrice during our short Taipei trip. That speaks for the attraction of this bustling food and shopping paradise which comes alive in the evening. In fact, it’s my favourite night hangout even if I had to swop perspiration with the crowd there and tax my feet further weary from the day’s walking. And Shilin Night Market is crowded every night of the week – not just weekends.

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Travel – Taipei 2007 Pitstop #1: Wan Nian Commercial Building (Wan Nian Shang Ye Da Sha)

18 07 2007

Spotted the 1st toy pitstop, Wan Nian Commercial Building, on the first night at Taipei. It sits at the intersection of Xi Ning South Road (sometimes indicated as Si Ning S Rd on maps) and Emei Street (actually pronounced as Er Mei Street) in the popular Xi Men Ding area.

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