Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 15 - Taipei (台北) | Shin Yeh Japanese Restaurant (欣叶日本料理)

15 December 2018

Our final night in Taiwan after more than 2 weeks! I really enjoyed this trip and it is by far the most memorable one to date! To mark a sweet ending to our family trip, we decided to splurge a little and have a good family meal together.

Near the hotel that we are residing in is a popular Japanese restaurant - Shin Yeh Japanese Restaurant which has garnered many good reviews. We happened to chance upon it on our first night in Taipei. After enquiry, we were shocked to learn that reservation needs to be done in advance and the restaurant is usually fully booked! Thanks to lady luck on our side, we managed to secure a table on our final night in Taipei.

Located on the 6th floor, the atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant is both elegant and cozy. We were led to our table and wasted no time to check out what's on the buffet line!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 14 - Taipei (台北) | Cycling in Tamsui (淡水)

14 December 2018

After spending our morning exploring Beitou, we took the train to Tamsui. Tamsui (淡水) is located at the northern part of Taiwan and a beautiful spot for viewing sunset. Easily accessible via MRT (Red Line) to reach the north coast from the city central. There are many things you can do here which makes it a popular spot for tourists.

3pm: We have been to Tamsui a couple of times and this time, and this time we decided to do something different - Biking. Found a Bicycle rental shop that is not too far away away from the train station and the rental rates are reasonable too. We spent NT500 for the rental of 4 bicycles.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 14 - Taipei (台北) | Beitou (北投) | Beitou Thermal Valley (地热谷) | Quanyuan Park Foot Bath (泉源公园温泉泡脚池园区)

14 December 2018

We planned to start our day for a half day trip to Beitou (北投) in Taipei. Surrounded by mountain ranges and beautiful natural landscape, Beitou is famous for its hot springs and a paradise for joyous living with steaming hot baths.

There are 4 things you must do at Beitou - Scenic Viewing, Enjoy the Good Food, Visit Historic Sites and go on a Hot Spring.

Traveling to Beitou is an ease as it is connected via the city's metro line. Take the MRT Red (Tamsui-Xiangshan) line towards Tamsui and alight at Beitou MRT station (R22). From Beitou station, transfer the pink line to Xinbeitou Station (R22a) which is only one station away where the hot springs area lies.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Stay Home Cooking Ideas - Home Cooked Meals for Family #1

I only started picking up cooking randomly about a year ago and only know how to make a few simple basic dishes - like fry an egg or heat up a can of sardines etc. Hence when Covid-19 strikes, and we are staying home, I realised I have to cook almost every day for my family.

To make things more challenging, I need to plan what to get from the supermarket for the week to reduce our trips. I started taking photos of the ingredients I needed to prepare a meal and also keep track of cost.

I try to keep to very basic ingredients - so for the first week, it is mainly cabbage, potatoes, chicken, carrots, canned food and eggs. Managed to come up with some different variations and keep our tummies full.

#1 - Stir fry Cabbage, Chicken Stew

Friday, March 20, 2020

Sushi Delivery Singapore - Delivering Sushi right to your Doorstep

We are a big fan of Japanese cuisine particularly sushi, sashimi and salmon! At times we have the craving but were too lazy to head out to the restaurant. With the recent coronavirus outbreak in the community, we prefer to have meals at home instead of dining out.

Hence, we really appreciate to have our comfort food delivered fresh right to our doorstep. 

Sushi Delivery Singapore is newly launched in early 2020 and it offers Sashimi & Sushi, Bento & Bowls, Appetizers & Sides as well as Party Sets.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Kuala Lumpur Family Travel - Batu Caves

We have made our climb up to many Chinese temples.. but to a Hindu temple, this is our first! During our family trip to Kuala Lumpur last December, we visited BATU CAVES - a  400 million years old limestone hill which is located about 13km north of KL which attracted many worshippers and tourists.

Batu Caves comprises of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The main attraction is the Temple Cave (Cathedral Cave) where you need to make a steep climb up to reach. At the base of the hill are tow cave temples - Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave. At the extreme left end is Ramayana Cave where another tall green statue - Hindu God Hanuman stood.

For first timers visiting Batu Caves, do scroll down to the end of the post on what you need to take note prior to visiting! 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

DIY Baking & Brunch Cafe @ RedDrip Baking Cafe [Kuala Lumpur]

Back in 2016, we brought our children to Love Fun Baking House (in Johor Bahru) to experience our first family DIY baking. There we met Angie (founder of the baking house) and her lovely staff. They were really friendly and from then on, from acquaintance, to frequent customer, we became friends. Every time when we travel to JB, we will pop by the baking house for baking sessions or simply to chat.

With the success of Love Fun Baking House, Angie has ventured her business into Kuala Lumpur and since then we have not met her for a long time! During our trip to KL last December, one of our main objective is to visit her and her new shop - RedDrip Baking Cafe

Located in Uptown Damansara in KL, this is not only a cafe offering delicious breakfast and brunch, but one that also allows you to make your own dessert/cakes! Check out the menu here -

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 14 - Taipei (台北) | Raohe Night Market (饶河街观光夜市)

14 December 2018

Raohe Night Market (饶河街观光夜市) - is one of the oldest and also popular night market in Taipei. Located right outside Songshan Station (Green Line), Exit 5, it is easily accessible via MRT. 

There is usually a crowd at Ciyou Temple (慈祐宮) which is at the eastern end of the market where you will find the famous Black Pepper Bun right at the entrance. November and December months in Taipei tends to be rainy and it was again another wet, drizzling night at the open air night market. Thankfully, that did not dampen our mood to check out what's installed within.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 13 - Taipei (台北) | Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (國立中正紀念堂)

13 December 2018

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (國立中正紀念堂) is a famous tourist attraction in Taipei. Located in the Zhongzheng District, the national monument is erected in memory and honour of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, former President of the Republic of China.

After our morning walk at Wulai, we decided to make an impromptu trip to C.K.S Memorial Hall before going for our climb at Elephant Mountain later that evening.

How to get here?

Take MRT (Red or Green line) to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station. Take Exit 5 and C.K.S Memorial Hall is next to the exit.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 13 - Taipei (台北) | Day Trip to Wulai (乌来半日游)

13 December 2018

Wulai (烏來) is located at the southern suburbs of Taipei where the settlement of the Atayal Aboriginal people (泰雅族) resides. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the area is scenic and it is a lovely place to spend a day or half day trip.

According to legend, warriors of the Atayal tribe came to Wulai two to three hundreds years ago to hunt. They found white smoke rising from the river and shouted "Wulai" which means 'smoky hot water' in Atayal and this is how the place got its name.

Hence, one of the main attraction is to experience the hot spring!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Usher into the Lunar New Year with Pink Fish's "Pink of Health" Yu Sheng

We are ushering into the Lunar New Year in a couple of days. Pink Fish has launched their catch of the month - "Pink of Health" Yu Sheng made specially for the joyous occasion.

The star highlight of this plate is the abundance of fresh salmon cubes from Norway's Ice-cold Fjords, paired with golden salted egg fish crisps, orange peels, pickles, crackers, ginger slices, grated radish, carrots, garnished with sesame seeds and accompanied with plum sauce for a refreshing touch.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

#FutureTogether Art Installations @ Gardens by the Bay

A beautiful start for Year 2020 as Gardens by the Bay presents #futuretogether - an immersive art exhibition featuring seven exhibits of digital art installations. Organised in support of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration, it is jointly presented by Gardens by the Bay and GIC, with art by Japan's renowned teamLab.

The seven exhibits are span across both indoor and outdoor spaces of Bayfront Plaza which encompass three themes - Aspirations, Connectivity and Possibilities - that relate to how Singaporeans look forward to the futures as the bicentennial year comes to a close.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 13 - Taipei (台北) | Elephant Mountain (象山)

13 December 2018

It was a rainy afternoon and our plans was to climb the Elephant Mountain (象山), well known for its panoramic spectacular view of Taipei and Taipei 101 from the top. We were a little hesitant if we should continue with our plans knowing the stairs will be slippery and we may not have a good view of Taipei 101 due to the rainy weather. Nevertheless, we decided to brave through the rain and take on the climb up.

From Xiangshan MRT Station, it is about 20 minutes walk to Elephant Mountain. Simply follow the direction signs and it will guide you to the foot of the trail.