Yes I know. Extremely, extremely, overdue. But here goes! Day 4 in Taipei!!!
Took a train to the Taipei Station to get our train tickets to Shi Fen. It’s quite troublesome getting to this place. You’ll have to exit the MTR and go to Exit M4. It’s a long walk!
We were taking the morning train so we had to get up super early (7am lol). Always try to buy your tickets in advance so you can gauge about what time to set off from the hotel/apartment. The trains in Taipei wait for NO ONE.
Once you see the above ^ you know you’re at the right place! Get your tickets and some breakfast because it’s going to be a long ride!
The station has Mister Donut…
And they all taste pretty damn decent! I already tried the bento boxes (which are super popular in TW) the day before so I went for bread instead. SO GOOD!! Their bahu a.k.a meat floss is damn different from Singapore. More dense and not as fluffy. But I like it!! Yums!!!
Get your ticket and ask for directions to get to the right entrance. You also need to know which side you are going to board. They have like 1A 1B, 2A 2B etc…
Ours was towards Keelung, 4A!
The train to Shi Fen looks something like this… Ugly. LOL. Just super old school and you won’t miss it!
We boarded in a jiffy and took a nice long nap on the train (my dad lah) and snapped some pics.
We were lucky because it wasn’t rainy (YAY!!!!!!!) and the sun was exceptionally sunny that day. Perfect because we were going to see waterfalls and 放灯笼!!!
There’s no direct train to Shi Fen so you’ll have to get off at Rui Fang Station and exit, then buy a ticket to Shi Fen.
Here’s me queuing for the tickets to Shi Fen!
Tadah! And then you re enter the gantries and move towards the Shi Fen platform!
And if you thought the previous train was ugly…. The train to Shi Fen is even uglier. LOL. Super obiang!! They have these pictures of “sceneries” plastered on the train and you CONFIRM + CHOP will not miss these trains. Hahahahhaa….
Board immediately and be prepared to stand for a good 30minutes before reaching Shi Fen. Honestly, it was quite uncomfortable.
Shi Fen is now a super popular tourist destination thanks to that 那些年 movie… So yup. Be prepared to squeeze like sardines at every stop!!! People just keep getting on!!!!
And alas, after a long gruelling wait… We reached Shi Fen! You’ll know when you get here. Everyone disembarks… And there’s a lot of pushing.
Look at the number of people on both sides!!!
Was met with this GLORIOUS smell of chicken wings as we walked along the roads trying to find a place where we could set lanterns off into the sky. We were still quite full from breakfast at the Taipei Station so we made a mental note to come back for these. The queue was insane too… KIV!!
So cute!! There are super a lot of dogs in Taiwan and I think I saw the most in Shi Fen! Although… I have to say I felt quite sad about some dogs. Talk about that later but for now… LOOK AT THIS CUTIE!!! Missed Prince so much that moment :(
We continued walking and realised that there were SO MANY LANTERN stores and the prices were quite similar. Most of them will also offer to take pictures for you at the station when you set off the lanterns. So no worries! Of course, go to one which is “less busy” and has younger staff because they won’t rush to take pics!!
Cute little sponge cakes!! With fillings! Smelt so good!!!!!
We settled for this store along the tracks and bought a lantern to write our wishes on. The different colours represent different things like love, luck, wealth etc etc. I can’t rmb!! But we did it for fun and it was!!!
You get these paint brushes to write with and I felt like I was in calligraphy class all over again. Of course, I already lost all my “skills”… Haha….
Took some pictures at the (very crowded knn) rail tracks!!! Oh and BTW, these tracks are fully functional. Meaning about 15 minutes before a train comes, the store owners (who know the schedule like it’s their own) will shout for people to stay back and start moving everyone out of the way.
I thought that was pretty cool, although a little dangerous. Reminded me of that market in Thailand!! Got to experience a train zoom past me less than 10m away.
And there it goes! Our wishes flying to the heavens…. Figuratively. HAHAHA. We saw a few poor lanterns burning up less than a minute after it flew off because they hit something (a building etc). So sad!! LOL.
We just kept praying, PLS DON’T BURN UP SO QUICKLY!!!!!! And of course, it didn’t. Ours went quite far and we lost sight of it after awhile.
FLY LANTERN!! FLY!!!!!!!!!!!
Insanely difficult to capture nice solo shots on the tracks because people were just EVERYWHERE…. But anyhow, we still tried.
Not bad la. If not for all the people in the background. PFFFT~~~ NEHMIND.
So Korean. HAHAHAA. Can’t wait for KOREA!!!!!!! (WOOOHOO!!!!!~~~)
Obviously super babied by their pawrents… In a baby stroller! HHAHAHA WTF. I can’t imagine putting Prince in one. He would go mad.
They have cats too!! Nearby Shi Fen is this place called Houtong Cat Village… Which supposedly has a lot of cats but my family isn’t a fan of them. We didn’t go there in the end! Stayed at Shi Fen the whole day.
Walked some more and saw this vendor selling custard sponge cakes and I CAVED. My nose betrayed me. I couldn’t take the smell!! It smelt too good!!!!
Bought a box of them and they were absolut DELISH! I got 3 custard and 3 chocolate filling ones. YUMMEH.
OK SO ANYWAY, I was saying some of the dogs there damn poor thing right?? SO right as I was devouring this box of awesome custard egg sponge cakes. I saw this man f**king shoot a rubberband at a very VERY unsuspecting and innocent stray dog who was just standing near the tracks minding it’s own business.
THE DOG IMMEDIATELY FREAKED OUT AND BARED IT’S TEETH. LIKE OBVIOUSLY?? And then it freaking RAN onto the train tracks. WTF.
I mean like, FINE, there was no train running at that moment but imagine if there was??? Wtf I was damn angry at that fella and I told him off! I said wtf did you do that for and he just laughed. Like it was super funny to do something like that.
DAMN ANGRY WTF. I GOT SO PISSED OFF. I WANTED TO SLAP THIS IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After that very angry incident we continued walking as I complained about that ass and we saw this vendor renting out scooter looking thingys which would take us to the Shi Fen Waterfall!
I’m not sure what’s the vendor’s name but as long as you stay on the path and continue walking towards the waterfall you’ll definitely see it.
I jumped at the opportunity to ride this because I wanted a “Jay Chou MV moment” LOL. Like you know.. The kind when you’re hugging someone from the back while travelling the country etc??? HAHAHAHHA…..
OK WTV. So anyway we rented 2 scooters, one for Jw and I, the other for my Dad and my brother.
HAHAHA THAT’S MY DAD TESTING OUT THE SCOOTER. He was like damn noob. So different from when he drives his car… HAHA.
Jw’s turn to try and he freaked out a bit at first (LOLOLOL) but got the hang of it aft awhile. It’s quite idiot proof la. Saver than those in Phuket confirm!
We followed the signs which were to take us to Shi Fen Waterfall and it’s really not that hard to navigate. We were told it’d be a 30 min walk and a 10 min scooter ride… But obviously rubbish one lah. Hahaha. Honestly I don’t think there would have been much difference. It’s just the experience and novelty of riding a scooter!! SUPER FUN!!!
(Because I was the passenger…)
Brother decided to “drive” instead. He said my Dad too fat will get it stuck. HAHAHA WTF. #logic
And I started on my Jay Chou MV moment… I even made an MV out of the videos I took but that’s on FB. HAHA!!!!
And then we had to park our scooters… At the Guanbu Suspense Bridge area. (I think they meant suspension…) Because scooters weren’t allowed all the way up to the Waterfall area!! WTF LOL. In the end also have to walk quite a distance lor. Kanasai.
Felt a bit scammed but the scooter ride was honestly quite fun. Haha.
Nothing exciting lah. Really just a bridge. HAHAHA. And it leads to nowhere.
Nice place for pictures though. And of course the sun was being extremely cooperative that day too. :>
Family portrait :D
I saw these lalangs and I was like OMG I HOPE THEY HAVE TALLER ONES I CAN TAKE PICS WITH. Hahahahahaahaha.
Once last shot at the bridge before we headed towards the Waterfall!
And while walking… We indeed found some tall lalangs. HAHAHA. And I got my photos as requested. YAY!!!!
On the hill~~~
And fi fi fi finaaaaallly we reached the Waterfall Park.
Or so we thought.
Looked at the map and realised we have to walk even deeper inside to see the waterfall. LOL. Much sians. Oh and please please please wear comfortable shoes if you’re going to see the waterfall. The steps can be quite steep.
NO HIGH HEELS PLEASE.
Walked awhile more and……
TADAH!!! Pretty waterfall!!
But nothing compared to the Nigara Falls. Stood there for a good 5minutes just listening to the water fall (lol I’m so punny). It was quite therapeutic I must say. Made the walk so worth it.
:> My fav pic of the waterfall.
Switched over to my fisheye lens because it was kinda hard for us to do a group shot. So happy I decided to bring it out!! :)
We saw this three legged dog while walking back to the main area in Shi Fen after exploring around and I felt so upset. It looked like it was amputated messily…. Like a train accident of some sorts.
It was hobbling about and I can’t help but think of that assh*le and suspect that this could have been a consequence of his “entertainment”. Bloody ass.
Btw the dogs are super friendly so I pat it and of course used my hand sanitiser right after. They’re so so cute.
The sun was starting to set and it got less sunny. Perfect for a nice stroll back to collect our bikes and continue filming my MV~~~~~ LOL.
THERE WE GO!!!!!!! 拍MV咯!!
Bought an icecream cone right after we got off because we started getting hungry and it was painfully mediocre… Nonetheless, a good cold treat after spending almost one whole day in the sun!
Remembering the chicken wings we saw at the start? WE REMEMBERED.
They’re boneless and stuffed with glutinous rice and OH SO FREAKIN good!!! Got them before getting onto our train back to RuiFang and BOY WERE WE HUNGRY!!
Totally recommend getting this before leaving Shi Fen. It’s a must!!!!!
No bones no fuss!
Bought tickets back to Taipei but of course I was damn tired after walking in my heeled Timberlands the whole day, climbing steep steps and all…. And I just gave way at the train station. LOL.
No place to sit so I’ll just squat…..
Paiseh must hide face. Jw found it so funny he kept taking pictures kanasai. HAHAHAA.
Got back to Taipei safe and sound but we were ALL STARVING!! It was about 8pm by the time we got back to Taipei and we decided to have the BEST LU ROU FAN in Taiwan!!!!! As claimed by my cousin, and now, by me.
It’s a pain in the ass to find, but it’s so damn worth it. YOU MUST MUST MUST eat at 阿財虱目魚 if you’re in Taipei! They only open from 10pm ONWARDS and you’ll have to queue there for 30minutes before they open to get a seat!
TRUST ME. IT’S WORTH IT.
It looks like this!
We were seated at around 10.15pm (lol they were late but wtv) and completely starving so we ordered A LOT of food.
The menu is right above the kitchen and of course.. You can tell it isn’t all that cheap. It isn’t super cheap but I wouldn’t call it super expensive either. For the quality I got? DAMN WORTH IT LA.
We ordered 4 bowls of Lu Rou Fan initially but the bowls were so tiny and the guys finished them so quickly. It’s so smooth, and the gravy was OH MY GOD AWESOME, so we ordered more and I think they had like 3 portions each. HAHHAA.
Super guilty but WA!!!!! DAMN SHIOK!! SO much better than that whatever Formosa Chang we had a few days back.
I personally liked THIS even more than the Lu Rou Fan. I call it Braised Pork Belly with rice. It’s freaking shiok!! And they add spicy Cai Po with the rice making it even more shiok!! It’s like crunchy and soft at the same time?!?!? SHIOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Onion Fried Egg was also very popular and we ordered one serving, regretting that decision immediately… WE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN TWO SERVINGS! It was so good it couldn’t feed all the 4 of us. In the end we ordered another portion.
I WAS SO HAPPY. I MISSED HAVING SUCH AWESOME OMELETTE EGG.
They’re super famous for the fish belly so we weird both the steamed and fried versions. I liked the fried version more!!! I think it had more kick! Mega shiokadeee!!!
I don’t remember what’s this…
The veg was normal, but refreshing after a whole load of fatty food (although it was quite oily also lah).
My dad ordered another bowl of this after I raved about how awesome it was. Bunch of hungry monsters.
Ok and the last thing we ordered… The HUM!! I am not a big fan of these because those that aren’t fresh can taste damn bloody and make me ill. I took a gamble after my cousin’s convincing and tried this. I DIDN’T REGRET IT.
Had a super satisfying meal to end the day in Taipei and you can see how happy my dad was. All of us were. The closest train station is Ximending so GO VISIT THIS PLACE! SO WORTH IT!!!!! That’s all for day 4!!!! Day 5 comin’ up!