Skip to main content

Taiwan: JiuFen - PingXi (九份-平溪)

*Continuing from Taiwan: Taipei post*
Day Two!

Here comes our Amazing race!

First up, Tip #1: we headed back to the bus station (台北西站B) to put our luggage (1 x big, 1 x small, 1 x hand carry) into the locker!

Aiya!!

Can not fit leh!

I felt like we were playing log puzzle live with our luggage

Photo taken from gallery.mobile9.com
Hahahaha we tried all combo, vertically, horizontally, on top etc but it just won’t fit.

In the end, I combine our luggage into 2! Sit on both of them to zip it up, stuff it into locker, and force the door shut with my butt pushing against it! I know it’s a bit Sia Suey to do that in public (somemore the lockers are just outside the restroom, lots of people passing by you know) but never mind lah, no one knows we are Malaysian. Lolol!

Tada! Done!

No luggage! We are good to go!

Tip # 2: We took a train to Rui Fang train station (瑞芳火车站) and then a bus to 九份. [Tip # 3: Bus stop is next to Welcome Mart (顶好) just opposite the train station. Hop on bus number 1062, 788, 856, 825  or any buses that is heading to金瓜石 and it will bring you to 九份. If in doubt, ask the driver or the locals cause local GPS is always reliable! J]

And here we are – 九份 (Jiu Fen)!

Story has it that at the very beginning, only 9 families were living in this area. Whenever one of the families is heading down hill to buy goods, they would include the other families and return with 9 sets of them! That is how 九份(Jiu Fen) got its name, it means ‘9 portions or 9 sets’ in Chinese. 


Not long after that, the discovery of gold has turned 九份booming in prosperity. Until, in 1971 mining activities has ceased and the area has regained its tranquility. Ever Since the movie 'City of Sadness' had its scene at 九份, it’s become an attraction not to be missed -for its beautiful scenery, old architecture from Japanese colonial, food and its charm.


So what we are after today?

Food of course!

Okay, before that you got two things to take note = Tip # 4:

One. Taiwanese somehow have all these brainy creations that others would have never thought of, so trust me on it when I say not to go to Jiu Fen with a full stomach! You got plenty of FREE food samples (you have never seen) to try out! All you gotta do is be thick-skinned and eat the samples (even though you don’t plan to buy hahahaha).

Two. I say, you better budget you money to spend here. Cause it’s very likely that you are gonna get hooked after trying even their tiniest bits of sample. Hahahahha good advice leh~! Of course mah, I am the one that had to stop Kenny from buying all these food, that’s how I learnt that it’s important to budget.

We bought this!


I am allergic to seafood so I didn’t buy the dried cuttlefish; instead I bought the meat slices. It’s similar to bak gua, except that it’s paper thin and not oily. Taiwanese use it in their rice dumpling (饭团) and porridge. If I remembered correctly, buy 5 free 1 for TWD 1000, in other words it’s about Rm 18/pack.

Assorted ice cream wrapped in Dorayaki! I love it!

There are variety of ice cream flavours to choose from, if I am here alone, it would take me forever to decide. Thank goodness I have Kenny, he picked and I just ate it! Hehehe we are such a good team!


YES!!

Another round of stinky tofu! There are two types served here the crispy v.s. the spicy. 
I ate the crispy stinky tofu yesterday so today I am up for the spicy sticky tofu called 深坑麻辣臭豆腐! I think this version taste better than the crispy version cause the spiciness of the soup has penetrated through the tofu so evenly and it’s less stinky. 

Hehe at least when you kiss your other half he/she won’t faint mah! Lolol!!!


Oh! Tip # 5: Another must have is Grandma Lai Taro Ball Soup (赖阿婆芋圆). Taro balls are freshly made in front of your eyes, and what wowed us is that they are faster than a fast food chain!

The speed they cut the Taro balls out from the long dough, requires a lot of concentration and skills. If I were to do it, I probably would have cut my fingers and ended up in hospital with my left hand heavily bandaged. LOL.

Not just that, another thing that impressed us is that the taro balls are ready at the count to 3 upon ordering!! Sooo Fast! Like bullet train speed kinda fast!


You can sit in their shop next door to eat your taro balls. In fact, from their original taro balls, other flavours like sweet potato, sesame are now available too. This is what I called Product development! LOL!

Well other than eating in 九份,there are a lot to see as well. I bought a multi-pocketed bag for my cosmetics for TWD 100 only (Rm 10). That is dirt cheap. And, and, and a beaded collar singlet in my favourite purple colour for TWD 100 too! *chest circles* (Heck, remember what I said about budgeting? LOL!)

There are other things to see, like 3-legged dog.


No, it’s not an attraction lah but really pity the dog. So kelian!

Couple-T anyone?

Eermmm….I bought one set! Hehe, show you on the last day of this post ok! It’s so adorable!

There are also luggage tags!

I like the superman tag. But I figured that my luggage has enough tags on it dy. I don’t need more weights unless superman can deliver my luggage for free, then good lah! hehehe

Cool idea!
Pay and take your own change! (Provided you can count!)

Postcards!

Kenny and I like to write each other a postcard whenever we are travelling together. J J little little things like that make us happy ~! I love you my dear dear!

Aiya, I can’t put everything down, from crafts to souvenirs to tea houses to musical instruments etc , you just have to come and experience it yourself. 

See, people mountain people see (hahaha Oh My English!).


And who knows you might bump into a long lost friend in the crowd? And that was what exactly happened! LOL. Kenny met his Singaporean friend at JiuFen. Wahhh, we were like ‘what are the odds?’ But the odds still happens! LOL!

Then, we found this inconspicuous tunnel full of names (wanted to call it graffiti but reckons the artistry doesn’t qualify for it LOL).  This tunnel is pretty interesting……
 WATCH OUT!

From one end of a busy street, it leads you to another end of serenity. 

Wahhh! I felt so peaceful! My dear dear is so sweet loh, he plucked a flower and slide it onto my ear.

 Awww~ ~

Then I plucked one and slide onto his too! Hahahahahaha Seen a guy with flower on his ears before? Lolol!

So, half a day of eating, we returned to Rui Fang with our bulging tummy.

Fat ahh!!

Tip # 6: From Rui Fang (瑞芳) we took another train to PingXi (平溪) – famous for Floating lanterns.

Realising floating lanterns has been one of the things we wanted to do as a couple. We are both so happy that after 2 years, we can finally get it ticked on our list!


Tip # 7: Please take note that bus services and train services are not very frequent so make sure you plan for your transportation back or else….hohoho……Good luck!

Tip # 8: If you are planning to take a bus, like us, here is the bus timetable

Tip # 9: The bus route to MuZha (木栅)

Our floating lanterns are from 美之乡 工艺社, as to why, well, no specific reason lah. Kenny just walk walk walk and stop and said ‘okay, I pick this’ so we went in loh! Haha so random one!


There are a lot of colours to choose from (and they have different meaning) but I picked the traditional white which means ‘富贵平安 年年好运’ (great prosperity, peace and luck)

Tip # 10
Putting my wishes on a huge white lantern, with my dear dear writing his wishes on the other side is probably one of the most romantic things we have ever done. :D And then leh, dear dear sneakily snapped my photos hahahaha


I just can’t help it. So happy!


Here comes another hiccup!

We have 5 mins before our scheduled bus arrives. If we missed that, we won’t make it to Taipei in time for our night bus to Alishan. Just when we were ready to release the lantern, the bus came! WTF!

Stay or skip floating lanterns?

Just as we were still deciding to run or not, the bus left dy! OMG! I remembered telling Kenny 既来之则安之, let’s release the lantern and we will figure our way out!




I got to say, the moment when my dear dear appear right in front of my eyes when the lantern rose above us, that is the moment full of happiness. Then we tacitly locked our eyes and smile. 有你真好真的很幸福!

Fly lanterns, fly up high, send our wishes up high!

The lady boss of the floating lantern shop is so nice, she made an effort to call the taxi driver she knows to give us a lift. We are pretty lucky that the taxi driver didn’t mind (cause some won’t want to drive back with an empty car i.e. no passenger on board). The moment she hanged up the phone, another bus came! It’s our bus!

To run or not to run? (why we always have to make tough decisions wan???)

And I ran and waved at the bus like Sio Po! T___T heck, speaking of my image, it’s deep down the drain dy! Haih~ at least no one knows me!

Tip # 11: So from PingXi (平溪) to MuZha (木栅) via bus, then from MuZha (木栅) to 台北西站B 西门町via taxi.

Ya! We detoured cause Kenny die die want to eat Oyster vermicelli (蚵仔面线) from 阿宗面线 and he got me convinced!= Tip #12 Damn nice lah!

He is right! It’s really good! And do watch out,  they are scalding hot!


And that’s our dinner before we board our night bus!

Fruit anyone? It's good for digestion!


And what you are reading is what happened on 31st May 2013

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

so this is 'First Aid'...part 1

I have 2 days of First Aid training at my workplace, and it turns out to be fun and hilarious!

Trainer:I have seen people putting weird stuff on the wound. What have you come across?

A: Coffee!!
my monkey mind: Wow?! Very creative! Liddat also can?

B: Tobacco leaves!!
my monkey mind: Huh? Miss smoking that much?

C:Colgate!
my monkey mind: I wonder what is the reason behind? Somemore must be COLGATE...not DARLIE?!

My monkey mind: But how come this man pakai colgate and left with this much of teeth only?

Trainer: Guys!!! See ~ ~ ~You get all different kind of 'Treatments'. This is what you should do *and he explained for the next 20 minutes*

Trainer: Now, what do you as a First Aider when someone got burnt ?

D: Find some butter!!

Trainer: To make it EXTRA CRISPY is it?

HAHAHAHAHA !!! *that is me laughing loudly in the Auditorium*

Can not tahan, my colleagues are so funny!   LOLOL!!!




View so this is 'First Aid' part 2 here!

Kuching: Money Changer

Done with my last minute packing and money changing. Yay!! :D Feeling satisfied cause I get things done much FASTER last minute. LOL!!!

But the consequences of that is I get a hell lot of nagging from my mom =_____= *whimpers*.

Okay, I will be off to Perth for my City to Surf Full Marathon. So wish me plenty of good luck.

I have compiled this useful entry here about Money changers in Kuching. So next time when you need to do your last minute money changing you know where to look. I shall keep it updated. Hope you find this useful.

Bye~!

*****************************************************************************

Last Updated: 9th March 2015 (Changes made: added point 11)
1) Hong Xi Enterprise  
Location: Tun Jugah Mall, Level 1 (one of the best rate)
Address: Lot 111, Level 1, Tun Jugah Centre, Kuching
Tel: (082)-428 151

2) Mohamed Yahia & Sons 
Location: an indian book store inside Sarawak Plaza
Address: LG, Sarawak Plaza, Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching
Tel: (082)-416 928

3) Everri…

Wedding 101: Bridal Studios in Kuching

*continuing from Wedding 101: Wedding Planners (Kuching/Sibu)*
I came home. Dad greeted 'Where have you been?'

'Bridal Studio Hunting' I said.

'HARRR?!'  he exclaimed 'You surveyed all the Kuching Bridal Studios liao har?!'


Oh my cute Papa! Of course NOT!!! I laughed for a moment and a thought stroke in. 
Hang on, dad has his point too, I don't have to spend almost every weekend being physically in one of the Bridal studios ehh! There must be a more efficient/ convenient way~ 
Then, *wink* I got an idea!
TIP #1:Why not survey them online (Fb, website)! It'll save a lot of time and you can still narrow down the list!
Read their REVIEWS. Check out their photos for their PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS. Message them if you wish!
This will save you a lot of time (and petrol too)!

TIP #2: Well, in case you are clueless about the Bridal Studios available in Kuching, I've compiled the list below.Some are pulled out from forums (in Black), some from my visits (Red)
It'…

Wedding 101: Choosing a venue for Wedding Reception

*Updated: 25 July 2014*
*Hi, I am preparing for wedding on 09/09/2014 and I'll be sharing my story/ useful info/tips on my little space here. Hopefully it's helpful.
I have created a new label under 'Weddings 101' so do check them out! 
 =)*
*continuing from: Wedding 101: Where to 'Kua Zit Ji' in Kuching*
I guess both parents have met and set your wedding date? Next up: You need to book a wedding venue ASAP!
Let's face it! There is only <----> this much of wedding reception venues to choose from in Kuching, plus with that 吉日, you can pretty much expect that there are a few more couples that are getting married on the same day!
I suggest you get an idea about: Tip #1: if both families are gonna have a joined reception (男女联婚) or separate? Tip # 2: the max numbers of guests invited.
These two questions will help to narrow down the available choices.
Tip #3: here is the compilation I have done for tables above 40:
(pls note prices indicated excludes 6% tax and 10 % s…