River Of Love

The Love River (爱河) in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, runs from the South of the city to the North. It is especially beautiful during sunrise and sunsets. The river became a romantic place for couples to meet and therefore the river was known as the Love River.

 

We actually went there after dinner and was told that it was closed for the day. However, we went there again the next day as our hotel was just nearby and managed to get on to the boat ride.

 

Apart from the beautiful scenery provided, there are also bike paths and walkways for a walk under the stars. Musicians are sometimes seen to be playing to the crowds. There are countless attractions along the Love River that visitors and locals return to it every time.

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To enjoy a full experience of Kaohsiung, the boat tour has become a popular choice among many visitors. Plan for an entire afternoon to take a ferry ride and enjoy your journey through Kaohsiung!

– Kerri

 

 

References:

http://www.lifestyleasia.com/all/en/travel/feature/the-travel-diary-things-to-do-in-kaohsiung-11916/

http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kaohsiung-Love-River.jpg

Taipei 101(台北101)

Visiting Taipei 101 in Taiwan was the best thing ever. You get to see a clear 360 view of everything from up there, and I mean everything! High-powered binoculars, souvenir shops and drink bars are available for visitors so that they can have a memorable time there. Located in No. 45, Shifu Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City, it opens daily from 9am-10pm. Moreover, there are Night Markets nearby for you to grab your dinner! (Check out my previous posts on Taiwan’s Night Markets for a review.)

 

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View of the tower while heading there. That’s tall, isn’t it? In fact, its about 508 meters (1,671 feet) tall!

 

The first few floors in Taipei 101 consists of restaurants, a food court, library and a shopping mall (Taipei 101 Mall) that markets several designer goods. The lifts at Taipei 101 are the longest and fastest that goes at 1010m/ min which is 60.6km/ hr! So incredible.

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What a beautiful view from the top of the tower. I could stare at this for hours and never get bored. If it’s your first time in Taiwan, it is mandatory have this iconic landmark marked on your to-do list!

– Kerri

 

 

References:

http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002090&id=3469

The Amazing Bean

If you have never seen Cloud Gate before, which has been nicknamed “The Bean” because of its bean-like structure, it may look like a big drop of water right in the middle of the square, which is exactly what I thought it was! But unfortunately, it wasn’t. Ever since I’ve watched the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” that was released on June 26 2014, I’m been tempted to visit “The Bean” and hope that I am able to in the near future.

Cloud Gate is built and designed by British artist Anish Kapoor’s and it was his first public outdoor work in the United States, which is made up of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates inspired by liquid mercury. The name “Cloud Gate” came about because its surface reflects the sky and city skyline. Cloud Gate sits upon the AT&T Plaza, which is located in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.

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It is definitely a tourist trap as it provides an eye-catching view of the entire city located in the area. You get to see a reflection of the whole city from a variety of perspectives which enthralls you to have different points of views of the skyline and clouds, providing an endless reflection from where you stand.

I am constantly amazed by the countless selfie opportunities it allows one to have because it enables you to look thin or plump due to the angles where the reflections are stretched, expanded and displayed on the bean. There is even a concave area where visitors can stand underneath the bean!

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(The concave area that captures your attention)

 

Who would have thought that an enormous gorgeous metallic bean-shaped sculpture could become one of Chicago’s top tourists attractions? It is simply fascinating and is one of those landmarks that makes it worth your time and journey.

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There is almost always a crowd so it’s best to come early to avoid them. No trip is complete without a trip to The Bean. Kids, children and even adults are drawn to it. The best part is that it’s always 100% free! This is the perfect place to visit for a family vacation, and the view especially at night is simply fascinating 😉 Definitely a place you should not miss out!

– Kerri

 

 

References:

http://sensefunction.blogspot.sg/2012/04/why-cloud-gate-chicago.html

http://www.travelchannel.com/daily-escape/millennium-park

 

 

Giants on Earth? That’s right!

If you would like to have a totally different experience and spend your little vacation in a country across the world, then this post is the right one for you! This post would be about San Francisco aka the island where the sun always shines!

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in San Francisco, California, that plays in the National League West Division. They have won 22 National League pennants and appeared in 19 World Series competitions – both records in the National League. The Giants also consist of having the most Hall of Fame players in all of professional baseball.

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(The Giants’ celebrating their victory over the Detroit Tigers in a four game sweep in the World Series at Comerica Park on Oct. 28, 2012 in Detroit)

 

One of my many leisure pursuits is to travel to San Francisco to visit the stadium of the San Francisco Giants. My Dad has always been a big fan of the San Francisco giants, and since young I’ve often heard him talk about it. I’ve always wanted to experience sitting on a bench in an open field and cheering for my supported team among thousands of spectators. Just imagine the adrenaline rush of anticipation! Hear the crowd roar!

Having visited London before, it is a great pleasure to experience a day in the life of how Londoners spend their day as compared to Singaporeans, and one of the most distinct features is their routine of receiving their daily newspaper by the train station before hurrying off to catch their train. I had a wonderful experience travelling to different cities in London with my Dad, and I hope to create more memories and experiences in the future.

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Of course, I could not end off this post without mentioning the infamous Golden Gate Bridge, also located in San Francisco, CA, which is easily identifiable by its international orange colour. It took a total of 4 years to finish construction with 2,737 metres in length and 227 metres above the sea.

As a prominent landmark, it attracts at least 10 million visitors annually. Walkways along the sides of the roads are available to pedestrians and cyclists. Do not be overwhelmed nor afraid at the length of the bridge and how long it will take you to reach the other end of the bridge as the journey offers plenty of fabulous views. Biking along the bridge is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the moment and scenery. Once you get across, you’ll be able to see the Golden Gate Park National Recreation Area, which is the perfect place for park enthusiasts!

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Skyscrapers and the tallest buildings can been seen drawing the well-known skyline of San Francisco. I’ve always wanted to experience how living in the countryside would be like, and travelling to San Francisco would be the perfect opportunity.

 

I might just plan a little surprise for my Dad during the end of year holidays! I can’t wait!

– Kerri

 

 

References:

http://whatchamccollums.blogspot.sg/p/mlb-stadium-tour.html

http://www.history.com/news/6-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-golden-gate-bridge

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kptripathi/6922527665/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Giants

http://nymag.com/daily/sports/2012/10/a-giants-tigers-world-series.html

Taiwan’s Night Markets

When I was told we were going to spend the last week of our end of year holidays in Taiwan last year, I spent each of my holidays counting down till the day we left for Kaohsiung, Taiwan. As I have not been there before, I felt excited and a sense of anticipation that I could finally try their signature dish, the Chou Dou Fu (臭豆腐).

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Kaohsiung, located at the southern part of Taiwan, is known for its Night Markets as it is one of Taiwan’s special features. Some markets are normal city streets during the day that transform to bustling markets in the evening that last till past midnight. Most that are open nightly offer a variety of Taiwanese snacks, clothing, and fun accessories. It may surprise you to learn that Night Markets have surpassed the National Palace Museum and Taipei 101 as the island’s hottest tourist attractions, being the most popular and busiest Night Market in Kaohsiung and throughout Taiwan itself! Unbelievable, right?

 

I am still amazed at how cheap the things are at one specific Night Market, Rui Feng Night Market, as compared to Singapore. Rui Feng Night Market, located in the Zuoying District between Yucheng and Nanping Road, differs from the other Night Markets as it one of the most well-known as well as the largest Night Market present in Kaohsiung. It is also situated in a somewhat grid formation where visitors, tourists and locals go for a meal on the streets or to find great deals.

 

These are places where one can eat, drink and be merry. Moreover, formal attire is definitely not required. Amid the hubbub of traffic, conversations and calls of stall owners promoting their goods, visitors especially locals are seen in their comfortable attire which consists of a tee-shirt, shorts and flip-flops. One need not spend a lot of money to fill their appetite with the seafood dishes, snacks or drinks available here.

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However, the highlight of Rui Feng Night Market is its seafood. Oyster omelettes, bubble teas, stinky tofus, fish balls with several spices to choose from such as wasabi, pepper and sweet sauce are common to see. However, the stinky tofu which I ate and am in love with is located at the end of the street which is bustling with people, where some specially came all the way just to try their stinky tofus, although some may dislike the taste of stinky tofu due to its pungent smell.

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Clothing and accessories stores are without a doubt an eye attraction for both women and children. Not only are they affordable and fashionable, you’re more than welcome to engage in the practice of bargaining where one could achieve awesome deals!

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We had most of our dinner at several Night Markets as each Night Market is only a few streets away from one another. It may not be the cleanest place to spend your night at but it is definitely a place where one can appreciate the Taiwanese traditional foods and cultural activities. Their appetizing and delicious ice shavings is also not to be missed!

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Some markets are normal city streets during the day that transform to bustling markets in the evening that last till past midnight. I would prefer to visit the Night Markets at night as most that are open nightly offer a variety of Taiwanese snacks, clothing, and fun accessories as compared to in the day.

 

If you are keen to experience a different kind of Night Market in Taiwan, Rui Feng Night Market is the one for you 😉

-Kerri

 

 

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruifeng_Night_Market

http://khh.travel/en/index.asp?au_id=120&sub_id=306&id=19