Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Where to stay in Taipei (台北) - Taipei H imperial Hotel (台北亚太H帝国)

We stayed in Taipei M Hotel back in 2016, 2 years later, we decided to stay in Taipei H Imperial  Hotel. I believe both hotels are under the same management (ECFA group) as we see many similarities in terms of the interior design, and layout of the rooms.

Why did we pick Taipei H Imperial instead of M hotel? Primarily for its strategic location as the hotel is located directly opposite to Taipei Main Station while Taipei M Hotel is still a short walking distance away. The room is also rather affordable as we paid ~SGD548 for our 4 nights stay in Taipei (~SGD137 per night).

Officially opened in December 2017, many travelers find it hard to spot Taipei H Imperial as there is no prominent sign to indicate the hotel location. Taipei H Imperial is actually the brown building between Caesar Park Hotel and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (新光三越).

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Taiwan Trip Day 10 - Kaohsiung (高雄) | Formosa Boulevard Station (美丽岛站)

10 December 2018

If you are in Kaohsiung, then most probably you will not miss Formosa Boulevard Station (美丽岛站) as it is the main interchange station between the red and orange lines. Recognized as one of the most beautiful MRT Station in the world, many tourists came to admire the charm of the Dome of Light. 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Youths Celebrate! @ Gardens by the Bay

We are back at Gardens by the Bay once again! This time the Supertree Grove has transformed into an enchanting neon jungle with neon light installations and a variety of exciting programmes lined up. This year's Youth festival - Youths Celebrate! runs from now till 27 Oct 2019 comprising of FUN, MUSIC and ENTERTAINMENT!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Taiwan Trip Day 10 - Kaohsiung (高雄) | Hi Lai Harbour Restaurant (漢來海港)

10 December 2018

While planning for our trip to Taiwan, I chanced upon a video showcasing Harbour Restaurant (漢來海港) which offers All-You-Can-Eat buffet! Diners can indulge in Chinese, Western and Japanese delicacies with the seafood section being one of the most popular area.

Harbour Restaurant is well known to provide quality ingredients and hence has been a reputable and popular name with many outlets in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Taoyuan. We visited the Hi-Lai Harbour Arena (巨蛋店) outlet in Kaohsiung which has nine themed buffet areas and a seating capacity of 530!

Even so, it is always packed! The locals made reservations as early as a few months ago! Thankfully, we managed to get a booking upon our arrival in Kaohsiung a day before.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

All-You-Can-Eat Ala-Carte Buffet at October Japanese Cuisine (十月日本料理) @ JP Perdana [JB] - CLOSED


Our last visit to October Japanese Cuisine was a couple of months back and we are delighted to return and learn that they have re-launched their ala carte buffet once again at an attractive price!

Ala Carte Buffet
Monday to Friday: 6pm - 10pm 

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 12pm - 3pm 
Adult: RM59 nett 
Senior Citizen: RM49 nett 
Kid (6 - 12 years old): RM39 nett
Dining Limit: 2 hours

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Taiwan Trip Day 10 - Kaohsiung (高雄) | Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (龍虎塔) | Lotus Pond (蓮池潭) |The Spring and Autumn Pavilions (春秋御阁)

10 December 2018

How to get to Dragon Tiger Pagodas from Dream Mall

From Dream Mall, we took the light rail from C5 - Dream Mall Station (梦时代) to C3/R6 - Kaisyuan Station (凯旋). Hopped onto the MRT and took the red line to R16 Zuoying/THSR (左营/高铁)

Upon exit, proceed to the bus stop just outside the station and take the public bus - Red #35 which takes you straight to the Lotus Pond (蓮池潭). It is about 8 stops away which takes about 10-15 minutes ride.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Taiwan Trip Day 10 - Kaohsiung (高雄) | Dream Mall (统一梦时代购物中心) | Kaohsiung Eye (高雄之眼)

10 December 2018

Day 10 - Taiwan Itinerary (Kaohsiung)
1) Breakfast - Jia's Inn
3) Dream Mall (梦时代购物中心)
4) Lunch - 争鲜
5) Dragon Tiger Pagoda (龍虎塔)
6) Lotus Pond (蓮池潭)
7) Dinner - Habour Restaurant (漢來海港)
8) Formosa Boulevard Station (美丽岛站)

11:15am - Traveling around Kaohsiung is really convenient as it has a developed metro and light rail system. You can either get an IPASS (一卡通) or EASY CARD (悠遊卡) and hop onto the public transport to get you around easily.

From Pier-2 Art Center, we took a light rail to C5 - Dream Mall Station (梦时代站) which takes us straight to Dream Mall (统一梦时代购物中心). It was our first ride and we got a little confused initially as there are card readers at the platform and inside the train. Some passenger tap before entering while others tap when they are in the train.

After much observation, we figured either ways work and you only need to tap once for the ride. Passenger do not need to tap again upon alighting.