Lungshan Temple

May 24, 2017 Taipei, Keelung City, Taiwan


After a short visit to Tianhou Temple, we took a quick train ride to Lungshan Temple. It was very busy at the temple that day since it was a weekend. We walked around the temple grounds and even did my fortune. You can read it up top. It made me chuckle that I got that fortune. How fitting! 

The temple was pretty big. It even has a man made waterfall. And a lot of decorations outside the temple grounds. I really loved the intricate dragon statues decorated above the temple roof.

We walked around the temple before going to a small market to sample street food. It was a fun day to spend my birthday.

Tianhou Temple Taipei

May 16, 2017 10844, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, 成都路51號


When I started to feel better, it was already my birthday. I ventured out my room and walked around Ximending with my boyfriend. He took me to Tianhou temple. It is located in an unassuming building and you can't really tell it's a temple until you go inside. 

I loved the lanterns that were hung on the ceiling. The lights just reflected off the lanterns making it glow. 
The temple was very quiet. I barely saw anyone coming in. It was perfect because Ximending is such a busy and loud area. You can come here if you need some peace.

It's a small temple but it has a lot a koi pond, garden, and a mini waterfall. I really enjoyed visiting this temple!

Travel Ailment: Flu Abroad

May 2, 2017 Taipei City, Taiwan


My trip to Asia last year was terrible. I got the flu! It was the worst feeling in the world being bedridden in a foreign country. Thankfully A and Keiko were there to console and feed me.

There is nothing worse than getting sick on the road. I had a fever, I had aching muscles, and I was just feeling crappy. It got worse in Taipei and I had to stay inside our hotel room most of the time to sleep. 

On day 3, I decided that it was time to see a Doctor for precaution. Our hotel was super helpful in locating a clinic for me. It was a short walk from our hotel.

The receptionists at the clinic were so friendly and kind. I had to pay a small amount of money to see the Doctor. And I only waited for 10 minutes before the Doctor saw me. He was so patient and asked me a lot of questions on how I was feeling and the symptoms I was experiencing. I knew I was in capable hands.

He told me to rest a lot and to take medicine. He prescribed me a list of 3 types of medicine and told me to go downstairs to get my prescription. I thanked him profusely and went downstairs to reception. I was expecting to get my prescription paper and leaving with it to get it filled at the pharmacy but instead they handed me my pills in individually wrapped packaging for each day/dosage amount. I was in shocked! This was great service! I don't get the same service in Toronto.

I never experienced this before. Wow!

I couldn't believe it. It was done in a matter of minutes. Why can't we do this in Canada?

I paid less than $40 for my appointment and medicine. And I got an amazing and efficient service.

I paid more money calling my bloody insurance than going to the Doctor. I'm still too angry to write about the crazy and extremely terrible service I got from my insurance company. I'll save that for another time.

Have you gotten sick while traveling? How did you get through it?

Ningxia night market

April 26, 2017 Taipei, Keelung City, Taiwan

After our dinner at Din Tai Fung, we decided to take a walk.

Taipei is famous for night markets. Amanda informed us that there are lots of night markets every night. The most popular night markets in Taipei are Shilin & Raohe. It was my plan to go to both but life had other plans for me. We ended up at Ningxia night market.

This night market is mainly focused on food and we saw a fishing game going on too.

A lot of stalls selling different types of street food. From meat, seafood, stinky tofu..
Everything was mouth watering but we just had dinner so we only sampled a couple of dishes. We were very curious about the stinky tofu so we bought a small plate to share. I was not a fan of the smell or taste. I'd rather just have regular tofu.

Have you ever eaten stinky tofu? Tell me your thoughts. 

What I Ate: Din Tai Fung

April 17, 2017 Taipei, Keelung City, Taiwan

Of course one of our first meals in Taipei was at Din Tai Fung. It's a very famous restaurant for xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings). We met Keiko's friend Amanda who took us here for dinner.

Amanda ordered the food for us because she knows what's good. I was just happy to eat and not be bothered figuring out what to eat.
I was starting to feel ill during this time so my mind was starting to get blurry but you know food so I had to eat. Thankfully, I still had an appetite here before I got the flu. I would have been really bummed if I didn't taste any dishes. 

The rice with pork on top. OMG, the rice was really good! You all know how much I love rice, haha!
This was really good too - fern! So refreshing after eating all the meat.
Forgot the name of this dish :(
Of course the xiaolongbao did not disappoint. I could eat this every day. The only thing I skipped was the xiaolongbao with crab (allergies!!).

You have to be very careful eating the dumplings because it's very hot that it can burn your tongue. I usually take a small bite before slurping the broth inside and then I eat the whole dumpling.
The glutinous rice dessert!
Loved watching them make the dumplings from the window. They make it so fast!! Teach me please.

Have you ever had steamed dumplings before?

Raiding Japanese supermarkets

April 12, 2017 Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Going to the supermarket is always fun to visit in different parts of the world. I find it exciting to walk around grocery stores in different countries/cities. I am always curious on what people eat. 

Keiko took us to a supermarket in Nagoya where I went crazy taking photos.

I love the pre-packaged meals and look how cheap it is!!! Ahhh, can I live in Japan so I can eat fresh fish every day without breaking my bank account!
I honestly could not believe the prices - less than $3 for each. Wow! That's at least double here in Toronto.
So cheap!!!
I found a lot of mini versions of items inside the supermarket which I think is a really brilliant idea. You don't see a huge can of coke or giant tubs of ice cream. No wonder Japanese people are quite slim. 
And selling alcohol inside the grocery store? That's awesome! Ontario is finally catching up to this..
A mini Canada dry. Had to take a picture of this!
This is a kid's drink but I bought myself a few of these because it was cute and also, it was very tasty with sliced oranges inside. And I needed vitamin C. So win-win.

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