Sunday, January 14, 2018

Taiwan Travel: Changhua 彰化: Changhua Roundhouse 彰化扇形車庫

If you have read our travelogues, you may have noticed that I am a big fan of trains! We visited Miaoli Railway Museum in our trip to Taiwan in 2015, and embarked a railway adventure in Kyushu (Japan) in June 2017. So our trip to Taiwan in December 2017 also includes something related to railway - Changhua Roundhouse 彰化扇形車庫.

Does this remind you of Thomas and Friends? 

While I was busy snapping photos, the children had a great time stacking the pebbles on the tracks.

Since we were in Changhua, we went to try the famous Changhua meatball (ba wan) 肉圓. It is a large size dumpling  consisting of pork, egg and mushroom, and it is served with a sweet sauce. We had Changhua meatball at 北門口肉圓.

We ordered the big size meatballs which consist of dried scallop. The outer skin was crispy at first, but after soaking in the sauce for a while, it became chewy. The fragrance of garlic lingered in our mouths for quite some time.

Changhua Roundhouse 彰化扇形車庫
How to get there:
From Changhua Station (TRA), walk along Sanmin Road, then turn left into Heping Road, walk till the end and walk through an underpass.
Opening hours: Weekdays 1 - 4 p.m., weekends and public holidays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed on Monday
Admission: free

Address: No. 494, Section 1, Zhongzheng Road, Changhua City, Changhua County, Taiwan 500

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Taiwan Family Travel 8D7N Free & Easy Itinerary (December 2017)

The children had been looking forward to the trip to Taiwan, because they got to travel with their beloved grandparents again! This is the children's second time visiting Taiwan, but this time, we traveled to places that we didn't visit in the previous trip (see our itinerary for Taiwan December 2015 here).

We hired a private driver for 2 days to visit places that are not very accessible by train and bus. Here is our 8D7N free and easy itinerary for our family Taiwan trip in December 2017, stay tuned for our Taiwan travelogue!

Day 1 Taipei
Singapore -> (transit via Hong Kong) -> Taipei Taoyuan International Airport -> (Taoyuan Metro) -> York Design Hotel -> (Taipei Metro) -> Shilin Night Market 士林夜市

Stay: York Design Hotel

Taoyuan Metro Airport Terminal 1

Day 2 Taichung
Taipei -> (High Speed Rail + Taiwan Railway) -> 53 Hotel -> (Taiwan Railway) -> Changhua Roundhouse 彰化扇形車庫 -> (Taiwan Railway + bus) ->玩 One Pizza -> (bus) -> 53 Hotel

Stay: 53 Hotel

Changhua Roundhouse

Day 3 Nantou 南投 Puli 埔里 - private tour
Cingjing Farm Green Green Grassland 清境農場青青草原 -> Talowan 塔洛彎景觀餐廳 -> Guangxing Paper Mill 廣興紙寮 -> King Garden 元首館 -> Taroko Mall

Stay: 53 Hotel

Cingjing Farm

Guangxing Paper Mill

Day 4 Taichung
Taichung Second Market 台中第二市場 -> Miyahara  宮原眼科 -> Fourth Credit Union 第四信用合作社 -> Taroko Mall -> (bus) -> Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市 -> (bus) -> 53 Hotel

Stay: 53 Hotel


Fourth Credit Union

Day 5 Taichung - private tour
Rainbow Village 彩虹眷村 -> A Liang Mushroom 阿亮香菇園 -> Lavender Cottage 薰衣草森林 -> Master of Mushroom 菇神 -> Chung-She Flower Garden 中社觀光花市 -> Gaomei Wetlands 高美濕地

Stay: 53 Hotel

Rainbow Village

Lavender Cottage

Chung-She Flower Garden

Gaomei Wetlands

Day 6 Taipei
Taichung -> (Taiwan Railway) -> Taipei -> (Taipei Metro) -> Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂 -> (Taipei Metro) -> Yongkang Street 永康街

Stay: York Design Hotel

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Day 7 Jiufen & Taipei
Taipei Main Station -> (Taiwan Railway + bus) ->  Jiufen -> (bus + Taiwan Railway + Taipei Metro) -> Shilin Night Market

Stay: York Design Hotel


Day 8 Home sweet home
Taipei Main Station -> (bus) -> Taoyuan International Airport -> (transit via Hong Kong) -> Singapore

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Pineapple Tarts Singapore Review + Discount Code

[Sponsored Review]

Gathering with family and friends is one reason why I look forward to Chinese New Year. Another reason why I look forward to Chinese New Year, is to savour the delicious Chinese New Year goodies.

Started off with a bakery in Penang, selling homemade pineapple tarts, Pineapple Tarts Singapore rose popularity in Malaysia, and they expanded their business to Singapore. Pineapple Tarts Singapore takes pride in their products as all ingredients used are fresh and of premium quality. We are thankful that the kind folks sent us their signature products to try.

The fragrance of butter emerged once the lid of the container of Melt in Your Mouth - Pineapple Tarts was opened. The pineapple filling was generous, the sweetness was balanced by the slight sourness. It was a perfect combination with the buttery crust when I sank my teeth into the pineapple tart. The texture was soft, yet not too crumbly.

As a cheese lover, my taste buds were over the moon when I popped Cheezylicious - Cheese Pineapple Tarts into my mouth. What an innovative twist to pineapple tarts! I could feel the perfect fusion of parmesan cheese with the crust! 

The first person who tried Pineapple Tarts Singapore's Crispy Sia - Prawn Roll was my father. He popped one prawn roll into his mouth, then another one, and another one! Then I ate one, and understood why my father could not stop eating the prawn rolls. The prawn rolls were crispy, and I enjoyed the crunch! The filling of sambal and prawn paste was generous.

I had Thousand Layer Goodness - Kueh Lapis  as my breakfast and afternoon tea for a few days. You may ask why I didn't get sick of it, it was because the kueh lapis was fluffy and rich! It was moist and not too oily. 

Are You Nuts? - Cashew Nuts were roasted to perfection, they were so crispy that I could not stop eating them!

In addition to getting goodies from Pineapple Tarts Singapore for your own consumption, it is also a good idea to get some as gifts for family and friends!

Discount Code

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Disclaimer: We received some Chinese New Year goodies from Pineapple Tarts Singapore for review purpose. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine. 

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