Case of a wrong caption-ing

 

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In case the photo above doesn’t load properly: The photo shows an adult panda bear partially hidden between two stumps with the caption ” The wife of China’s ambassador to Japan (!!) and the governor of Tokyo (!?!) turned out on Monday to help mark this week’s public debut of Japan’s popular panda cub, who turned six-months-old this month.

Well played, Business Times. Well played

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Taiwan Go Go Go

No trip to Taiwan is complete without the mandatory shot of Taipei 101 – so here is it:

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Ok, now that is out of the way. Lets talk about my recent family trip to Taiwan.

I have always like Taiwan, from the first time I stepped into Taiwan with my army unit on training in my early 20s. Like many of my peers, I was captivated by Taiwan’s culture and food.

Most of the army training grounds are located around Tainan and that is where my deepest impression of Taiwan lies, the warmth of the people, the nature, the peace and calm and of course the tasty food!

I made a few more trips (both personal and business) back subsequently after Army, but it was mainly to Taipei. My last trip before the current one was back 7-8 years ago and that was then I find Taiwan a bit boring and a bit predicable – the things that used to excite me was no longer that interesting.

Xilin Night Market is just another night market.

There is only this many times you can go up Taipei 101.

Xi Men Ding is not longer a suitable place for a boring old uncle like me.

XL Chicken Cutlet can now be found everywhere.

So yeah, when we were planning a trip to Taiwan, I wasn’t exactly over the moon. But I do know that it is a ideal place for both kids and elderly in terms of food options, things to do, language and culture.

Credit to The Girl , she planned the entire 9 days itinerary including accommodation, driver and places to visit. I just had to pay.

And I must say that this trip far exceeded my expectation. I get to see more of Taiwan than the total of all my previous trip. And it is a side of Taiwan that I like better. Less of the modern cosmopolitan city of Taipei and more of the rural Taiwan. For anyone who is interested, this is the itinerary that we have done:

 Day 1 (Arrived) Arrival – To Taichung

接機~單純送到台中~住台中

Day 2 Taichung – Rainbow Village – Lavender Garden

台中~彩虹村~薰衣草花園~

大坑紙箱王~東東芋圓吃甜品~住台中
Day 3 Taichung – Sun Moon Lake – Cultural Village

台中~元首館~日月潭遊湖~九族文化村~

甕窯雞晚餐~小瑞士花園~住清境
Day 4 Cinjing – Cinjing Farm

清境~青青草原綿羊~蘇媽媽午餐~

時代村~住飛牛牧場
Day 5 Flying Cow Ranch

飛牛~住飛牛(自由行)

Day 6 Flying Cow Ranch – Le Foo Zoo

飛牛10:00接~六福村野生動物園~

住宜蘭礁溪溫泉會館
Day 7 Yilan

宜蘭~幾米公園~山宰村~亞典蛋糕館~

蘇澳港海鮮~宜農牧場~梅花湖~住宜蘭
Day 8 Yilan – Jiu Fen Old Street

宜蘭城堡咖啡館~東北角海岸~

陰陽海~黃金瀑布~九份老街~十分天燈~
住台北
Day 9 Taipei

台北~住台北(自由行)

The type of activities and sightseeing places to visit are definitely more varied as compared to Taipei. Bonus: They are generally very elderly and kids friendly. But lesson learnt that we should try no to pack so much activities in a single day – so that we can enjoy the place more and explore the places more.

So based on these , I must say that I will definitely visit Taiwan again…!

Till then.

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