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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Taiwan 8D7N Free & Easy Tour - CingJing Farm (清境农场)

Our visit to CingJing Farm (清境农场) was probably the children's favourite destination throughout our 8D7N tour in Taiwan. After checking in to 黃慶果園民宿, free transportation service was provided to drive us to CingJing Farm.


Entrance of CingJing Farm


Map of CingJing Farm

Entrance ticketing price list to enter Green Green Grassland

Do note that there is Equestrian (horse) and Sheep show at designated timings. Hence, do check out the schedule to avoid missing them.

Horse Show : 10.45am and 15.45pm (Daily)
Sheep Show : 09.30am and 14.30pm (Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays & Summer and winter vacation (except Wednesday)

Since we were at Green Green Grassland on a weekday, we missed the sheep sheering show. Nevertheless, the gorgeous scenic view and the free-roaming sheep on the green green grassland made up for our disappointment.



Even though it was the month of late November and standing at 2000 meters above sea level, the temperature is pretty warm. Thankfully, with the sunny weather, we have a clear panorama view of the mountains and grassland. The air is fresh and the grassland is HUGE! Herds of sheep were grazing around everywhere, without boundaries!


Children get plenty of opportunities getting up close to the sheep and feed them. (Note: Feeds for the sheep is available for purchase at various sheep food dispenser machines around the grassland ~ TWD$10). The sheep are gentle and very accustom to having close interactions with humans.



We made our way to the stage area to catch the Equestrian Show starting at 10.45am. The better seats were already taken but we managed to get a shady spot. It was a astonishing performance put up by the performers as they displayed many applauding stunts while riding on the horse.


Lots of photo-taking opportunities at Green Green Grassland.

View of the mountains from the top.

Be prepared to walk a lot at CingJing Farm as there are slopes and you have walk up and down quite a bit. Apart from feeding the sheep, we also took on the 487-Step Trail (步步高昇步道) - the downwards path of course (as my legs were hurting since Day 2). I was actually pretty confused as it was also all the 499-Step Trail, but in fact, it was only 487 steps. After researching online, Taiwanese believe 9 is a lucky number and 99 symbolizes prosperity and hence padded the name.

At the beginning of the trail you can also spot the bronze statue of ex-president Chiang Kai-shek.

The trail by the stairways is beautiful! You get up close view of the mountain trees, and I can imagine how pretty it will be during autumn. 


Hubby at the bottom of the stairways. You can always take up the challenge to climb up 487 steps at your leisure pace back to Green Green Grassland. 

We walked down as we were hungry and decided to have lunch at Carton King and visit Small Swiss Garden before returning to CingJing Farm again. By the time we finished our lunch, my legs were in greater pain and we are very thankful that the transport from our minsu drove us back to CingJing Farm again.

View of Green Green Grassland in the afternoon.

Maybe it was a weekday, hence there isn't a big crowd.

The children loves feeding the sheep and we bought a few packets for them to have some close interactions with the furry animal. 


The sheep are very smart and they follow where the food goes. If you have the box in your pocket, they will get close to it very quickly!




We walked to the open field where more sheep are grazing on the grassland. Beware of where you are stepping as there are poops around. :)


The children are busy surrounding the sheep and getting them together.

They managed to 'attract' a brown one. 

Family photo at Green Green Grassland

CingJing Farm is a great place for children and adults to visit. It was indeed a wonderful experience to see the sheep roaming freely and our kiddos had so much fun. It was a pity we did not manage to catch the sheep shearing show, but we brought back many fond memories, pictures and happiness. We spent almost a day at the Farm and till now the children still speak fondly of it and that they would love to return and re-visit.

CingJing Farm (清境农场)
Address: No.170, Renhe Rd., Ren’ai Township, Nantou County 546, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Wellness Delights from Nature's Glory

Year 2017 has been a year where I have not been in my pink of health. I was having giddy spells and feeling tired most of the time. By noon time, I would be on the verge of dozing off and would love to have a quick power nap. Somehow my body is telling me that somewhere is wrong and hence I went for my full body check up in late 2016 and the results indicated that my iron count was exceptionally low.

After multiple visits to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and visiting the Gynaecology in KKH, doctor noted that I have Urinary Track Infection (UTI) but the final diagnosis was Menorrhagia (abnormally heavy bleeding at menstruation) that might have resulted in my low iron count.

I have a history of UTI since a couple of years ago but it was periodical. Nature's Glory has kindly sent me Nano Energy Booster (NEB) - SP20 UTI patches to help with my UTI condition but I had to go for my Hysteroscopy, D&C (Dilation and Curettage) surgery last September, where the uterine lining was scraped. After which, I had a period of rest and recovery before I get to try the NEB patches in late November.


I was actually peculiar how a patch will help with an internal condition like UTI? The creators of NEB actually 'written' a restorative programme into the small metalised patch,  where the material is charged and can present as a "field of information" which the body can understand and received. Sounds very complicated, unbelievable yet amazing.

I followed the instructions on the packaging and attached 1 patch on my body (above left waist) for the next couple of weeks.

I was not able to confirm if my UTI condition got better as I did not feel any major changes to my body but a general observation was there was lesser white discharge and itchiness from the vaginal area. I guess these are considered good signs? The patches are rather sticky, yet I can hardly feel its presence and I had them on with me 24x7 (even in shower). So far there are 2 times the patches came off. The first patch came off on the 2nd day while the 3rd patch came off on the final day.

Nature's Glory Organic Propolis Extract - made only from propolis and manuka honey, extracted from tree barks by bees, it has a lot of health benefits including helping to ease pain in throat, increase body immunity to flu and cough. Just recently, I started to feel a little discomfort in my throat and I had about 5-10 drops of the Propolis extract and it helped to ease the pain sensation.



Apart from health products, Nature's Glory also have a wide range of good food products. We received a packet of Soba Buckwheat noodles and Kombu.

Pardon my limited culinary skills, I probably did not do justice to the quality food. Thankfully, I managed to cook up a simple bowl of Soba noodle and a bowl of Kombu soup successfully!


We hope Year 2018 will be a year filled with Good Health and Wellness!

Nature's Glory
Address: 315 Outram Road, #01-09, Tan Boon Liat Building
Telephone: 6227 1318
Business Hours: Mon (9.30am - 2.30pm), Tue - Sat (9.30am - 6.30pm)
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays


Disclosure: All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received. Above products mentioned was received for review purposes only.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Review: Capturing Memories with Canon EOS M10

There are definitely moments that you can capture better photographs with a camera than mobile phone. I managed to get hold of Canon EOS M10 for about 2-3 months to check out how this compact and light-weight camera might just change the way I take pictures in the future.


Lets have a quick look of the specification. Canon EOS M10 is a 18 megapixel entry-level mirrorless camera with a 3" tilting touchscreen LCD screen. It has a built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity with full HD 1080p video. Very convenient for me to upload the photos that I have taken on Instagram or Facebook.

Being very accustom to the convenience of only carrying my smartphone with me for photography, I brought Canon EOS M10 out with me everywhere I go on the weekends just to have a feel of how bag friendly it is. Its light-weight and compact size made it easy and convenient to carry around in my bag. I also carried it along to our trip in Johor Bahru and didn't mind the extra weight in my bag while shopping.

Personally, I prefer camera that I can auto-pilot with easily and I actually like the idea that there aren't many control dials on the camera body. If I need more specific/advanced setting, I can rely on the 3.0 inch touch screen LCD monitor to set the aperture and shutter speed.

My photo-taking experience after 2 months?

I realized I was taking more close up shots with the camera and really like how clear the pictures turns out to be. Snap shots of the children not focusing at the camera actually appeared naturally sharp and fine.



The photos taken at Gardens by the Bay was simply gorgeous. The colours are bright and vibrant. Check out more photos taken with Canon EOS M10 here.


Food photography is hassle free with M10 as it produce excellent quality images easily.


We celebrated our daughter's birthday in late September and I really adore how we were able to capture her happiest moments here.

Our girl was able to tilt the screen 180 degree and take wefie shots easily. :) Canon EOS M10 is so user-friendly that even children can have their hands on experience and give it a try.


Beautiful moments continued as we went on a year end vacation at Changi Seaview Resort Chalet. The children invited their friends over and we had a relaxing time by the beach.


We like to take jump shots and after a few tries, it is best taken from low angle. With EOS M10, jump shots can be easily taken with the convenience of the tilting screen.



I also tried miniature shots (which I gradually grows to love taking) and it turns out well with a little more enhancement from Instagram.



It has been a wonderful photo journey experience with Canon EOS M10. I really like how clear, bright and sharp the pictures turn out to be and it has a better picture resolution, suitable for photo printing. Canon EOS 10 is compact and user-friendly and this seems to fit the bill as it is pretty affordable as well. I have been considering purchasing a camera for awhile but have also been hesitant as having a smartphone in my pocket is so convenient to carry around. However, with plans on going for an overseas trip next year, it seems its probably time to reconsider grabbing a better camera soon.

Disclosure: All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received. Canon EOS M10 was loaned to us for 2-3 months for review purpose only.

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