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Exploring Taipei (25/11/12) Day 4~

Very quickly, 3 days have passed, and today is the last day of our trip. We decided to go back to南美 coffeehouse for our breakfast as this shop opens very early. After our breakfast, we went to峰大咖啡 as my friend wanted to try their blue mountain expensive coffee. After she tried it, she told me the coffee smells amazing and the taste is indescribable… Too bad I don’t drink coffee. She also bought a few packets of coffee powder, and I bought some biscuits and confectionery, in case we get hungry in the plane. After that, my friend went to the salon to wash and cut her hair while I do some last minute shopping. I bought some more stockings and 2 more tops! 😀

The driver came to pick us up at the hotel around 12noon to take us to the airport. Before we go to the airport, he took us to 维格to buy some last min gifts for our colleagues and friends. When we reach the airport for checking in our luggage, the person said our luggage weight exceeded by 2kg! We took out some things and finally we are on our way home. I miss Taiwan and hope to be back there again next year~

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Exploring Taipei (22/11/12) Day 1~

We took the 7.15am Jetstar Flight to Taipei, the cost of flight + Hotel is around $734. We arrived at Taipei around 12noon and the flight is so smooth & on time, there is no delay or whatsoever. Arriving at the airport, we met up with a driver from Swiio Hotel, which we are going to stay at for the next 4 days. Swiio Hotel is situated at Ximending. The hotel Lobby is located at the 6th floor, luckily there is a driver provided for us from Airport to hotel, if we book this hotel. Otherwise if we travel by ourselves to this hotel, it may be difficult to find. For those who take the train, you may want to look for TGIF building and go up to 6th floor to the lobby. At the first floor, there are many shops selling clothes, shoes, accessories and a hair Salon & Manicure parlour. This hotel is very convenient for shopaholic! When we arrive at the hotel around 1.45pm, they only allow us to check in at 3pm because other customers are checking out at 12noon, and they need time to clean up the rooms. However, they allow us to put our luggage at their storage lockers for free, so we handed the luggage over to the bellboy and went to shop around and have our late lunch.

We found a nearby stall selling some local food; 汤面, 滷肉,豆干,白萝卜, etc.. It’s very nice & we ate till very full! The total cost is around 120NT for 2 of us, very cheap too.. After which, we still had time, we went shopping! Spent some time at the accessories shop and I bought a pair of black tights/stockings with crystal studs for 150NT. I also bought 2 racer-back tops (背心) for 100NT each, very cheap.. We also went to Watsons to buy many facial masks, make up, etc. After shopping till around 330pm, we went back to hotel to check in.

Hotel room & lobby is very unique, I’ve never come across such a special room. Look at the photos~ I love the special waterfall faucet which is similar to one of the Toto Neorest series faucet. The Rainfall showerhead lets us relax under it after a tiring day of shopping. The only disadvantage is there is no bathtub, and the countertop basin is a little narrow, which makes washing face a bit too wet & messy..

Hotel Lobby's Lounge

Hotel Lobby’s Lounge

Our hotel Pantry~

Our hotel Pantry~

cool waterfall faucet!

cool waterfall faucet!

 

Our Room

Our Room

 

swiio-hotel-toilet

swiio-hotel-toilet

 

After check in and freshening up, we went to have our dinner at a nearby 麻辣火锅stall, 299NT 吃到饱 buffet. The place is not too bad, quite normal looking, not much decorations. But the food is delicious; the fruits are really fresh and sweet.

Afterwards, we went to shop around and I bought a swarovski crystal leather bracelet at a stall in Ximending [西门町] (790NT).  Following, I bought a purple cardigan for 250NT. We then went to the toilet restaurant for ice cream dessert and drinks. Toilet restaurant seats are made of toilet bowl and the tables are made of bathtubs. Quite special design, however the food is not very nice & expensive, only good for taking photographs. We bought many little food stuff from those roadside stalls, including 台湾香肠, 泡泡茶。After shopping for quite some time, we went into a fish café which is one of the few café left that is still opened after 11pm. The design of the whole restaurant seems like we are in an aquarium, complete with swing seats and pebbled flooring. I ordered hot honey chrysanthemum tea, which comes in a pot. Calming my nerves for good sleep~

At the Fish house

At the Fish house

we also ordered a pot of hot chocolate at fish house!

we also ordered a pot of hot chocolate at fish house!

After a long tiring day, we head back to hotel for our  required beauty sleep.

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