For our company retreat in 2016, we went further - TAIWAN!
Every year, some of my colleagues and I would extend the trip. Since we are already out of Singapore, might as well stay longer and enjoy.
For the past years, we've been having beach holidays (i.e. Phuket, Krabi, Bintan) so at most we extend two days. This time, we planned to go to Taichung, CingJing & Hualien. Was so excited...booked everything...got a driver to bring us around...
But Typhoon Megi spoilt our plans! On our last day in Taipei, we received news that many flights are cancelled, so my colleagues' flights were affected. We all had to extend another day in Taipei. So we quickly went to pay and secure our rooms for another night.
On our side, we had already bought the high speed rail (HSR) train tickets to Taichung. One of my colleagues mentioned we'd better check if the HSR will still be in service. Turned out that all HSR services were stopped. No wonder there was a long queue at the counter for refunds.
We stayed in Master Hotel, which is connected to Taipei Main Station. There are convenience stores and a mall right below our hotel. That night before Typhoon Megi's arrival (it became a public holiday), people went to grab all the cup noodles etc to stock for the next day, since we're not sure if the stores will be open and whether the weather will permit us to head out.
The day Typhoon Megi arrived, Hubby and I mainly camped in the hotel room playing games and watching the news channel on updates of the typhoon. I sat on the bed and stared out of the window for hours. The warm wind was really no joke and the rain became horizontal.
This was when Typhoon Megi arrived not long ago.
And this was the 'peak' at 2pm. The rain made it easier to see how strong the wind was.
We got drenched the day before and our shoes were still soaking wet. Left them out at the balcony for 5 minutes...and the wind totally dried and warmed them! Typhoon winds are warm because of the high speed.
At night, I couldn't sleep well (unlike Hubby...) because the wind was still very strong and our windows were rattling badly. Our room was on the highest floor and it was a corner room, so seemed like we got the bulk of it.
Our plans for Taichung and Hualien were spoilt, had to cancel our plans. Taichung wasn't so bad, we cancelled our hotel but still went to places of interest as we will pass by on the way to CingJing. Hualien was hit badly by Typhoon Megi and we were advised not to visit due to the possibility of landslide.
Breakfast on the first day!
Went to National Taiwan University after breakfast.
Had the famous Yong Kang Beef Noodles for lunch. I love the soup, beef and tendon, but I felt that the noodles are too thick and alkaline. I think rice-based noodles like kway teow and thick bee hoon will be more suitable.
Strolled around the area. A lot of cafes and quaint shops. Saw a street with interesting graffiti.
Headed back to Master Hotel to check in. We got a spacious corner room with unblocked view. There's even a washing machine provided at the balcony..
Went to a shopping mall and found that there's a branch of BAKE Cheese Tarts! And the queue was rather short. Bought a box of six since we have not tried yet. Not crazy enough to queue in SG. Verdict? I think it's nice only when chilled. I still prefer Bread Society's cheese tarts, which tastes good when hot, room temperature or chilled.
Went to Addiction Aquatic Development, which is a fish market. I would say Seoul's Noryangjin Fish Market has more variety and is also cheaper.
Everything's good except for the smoked duck. We really splurged on this meal.
Had our verbal appreciation session in the Modern Toilet Restaurant.
Drinking out of an urinal...
...exposed to poop-looking decor...
...sitting and eating out of toilet bowls. Can't make a proper judgement on the food as we were having finger food like fries and poop-shaped patties.
Will be sharing more experiences in the next post!