We had a free and easy 5D4N trip to the southern part of Taiwan, and it all began with the 6am flight to 高雄 Kaohsiung Airport via Scoot. We had managed to get a pretty good deal for about $150 per pax without seat selection, luggage or food 🙂
Sleepy-eyed as we were awake since 2am, we were initially a bit disappointed that we were assigned the middle aisle seats in the last row, meaning that the seats could not recline 😦 We were also slightly concerned that we would take much longer to clear customs and all, given that we would be the last to alight, and we were on a rather tight timeline to try to catch the 12 noon ferry.
However, minutes before the flight was due to depart, a flight steward came by to inform us that due to an error, we were incorrectly assigned the least preferred seats which could not recline, and he would be able to shift us to another row of seats after take-off. Wow! We were very surprised by this lovely gesture, since we would have been none the wiser if he chose not to inform us. Hence, the flight had 3 very happy passengers; me who got a window seat, hubby who had 2 seats to stretch his long legs, and the passenger with us at the same row who proceeded to occupy the original 3 seats as his bed 😛
Categories: Taiwan, Travel
Today we were hanging out within 高雄Kaohsiung, and we wanted to head out to 旗津 Cijin Island. The 10-minute ferry ride was more like drifting across the waters 😛
Once we got off the ferry, we rented a 4-seater electric bicycle (NT600 for 2 hours) to get around the island. A map was provided and all we had to do was to follow the trail and stop whenever we felt like it.
Though it was a really hot day, we could still feel the pleasant sea breeze. We took our time to stop and enjoy the scenery 🙂
Initially, it was Ms K who did the “driving”, and then halfway through, I got my chance to try, and there was no turning back, LOL! I thought it was so fun! With Ms K guiding me along, it was an easy ride. I even managed to “drive” through a particularly crowded street while trying to find our way back to the bicycle rental shop. Another cheap thrill for a non-driver 😛 Hubby might have almost fainted sitting at the back though 😛
We met up with our driver 王师傅 at our hotel 頭等艙飯店高雄‧站前館 Airline Inn – Kaoshiung Station for our day trip to 屏東 Ping Tung at 9am. He was the alternate driver whom 許大哥 (who took us from 高雄国际機場 Kaohsiung International Airport to 東港码头 Donggang Ferry Terminal) offered, as he had a last-minute assignment. We could not help but feel a little disappointed as we thought 許大哥 was really friendly and experienced. While 王师傅 seemed to be rather unfamiliar with this area (and we appeared to have done quite a bit of detours during the earlier part of the trip) he was a very safe and patient driver.
The original NT4000 10-hour (9am to 7pm) plan which included petrol, toll, parking and passenger insurance (excluding entrance fees) was:
酒店出發 > 霧台谷川大橋 > 霧台 > 原住民文化園區 > 山川琉璃大橋 > 涼山瀑布 > 佛陀紀念館或旗山老街 > 回高雄
We ended up extending by more than an hour and we topped up an additional NT500 on our own accord for his patience. Here was what we did:
We were finally going on a trip again!
This side-trip to 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island was definitely one of the highlights of our Kaohsiung trip, and we were so looking forward to it!
We had decided to stay overnight at 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island as we could only reach the island past noon and wanted to spend more time here in 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island.
Our flight was scheduled to touch down 高雄 Kaohsiung at 10:40am, and it would take more than an hour to reach 東港码头 Donggang Ferry Terminal (entrance to 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island) by bus, and we wanted to do the 潮间带 inter-tidal zone tour (scheduled to take place at 1 pm) so it meant that we must make it for the 12noon (or earlier) 25-minute ferry ride. We figured that the timeline would be rather tight, so we decided to hire a driver to bring us to the ferry terminal instead and arrived at the ferry terminal within 45 minutes! After obtaining our return ferry tickets, we made it just in time for the additional ferry service at 11:30am.
Categories: Taiwan, Travel
So, Ms. T heard all about our funny road trip to Johor Bahru the last time, and she wanted to join in the fun.
We decided to make another trip in before Lunar New Year, before the crowds descend into Johor Bahru for Lunar New Year shopping. This time, we would explore more of Skudai area.
Ms. T was like, “So we meet around 10am and go JB for lunch?”… And was quite stunned when we said we should be having our second meal by 10am *LOL just kidding*
We met up at 8am, and the jam wasn’t too bad… so we managed to cover quite a few things today 🙂
AEON Tebrau City
After our maiden trip together to Johor Bahru using public transport, Ms. K volunteered to drive in so that we could explore further places 🙂
Our itinerary for the day:
It was a hilarious trip, as we kept missing exits and kept finding ourselves doing unexpected u-turns on the expressways (isn’t it expensive to build flyover u-turns?), or hubby as navigator said to turn left, and Ms. K immediately turned right. My contribution in the car was… Endless laughter, LOL!
Still, being a relaxed trip, we had a lot of fun getting lost and seeing different parts of Johor Bahru 🙂 And yes, we plan to drive in again!
Taiwan remains as our favourite short-trip destination!
Despite the slightly more expensive and longer flight as compared to Hong Kong, food and entertainment are definitely much more affordable in Taiwan, and I supposed it helps that we know the language.
We tried to do some different thing every trip, but we also love to revisit old places that brings fond memories to us as a couple… 🙂
Like the picture of 九份 Jiufen on the top banner, a place we love going back to, especially to sip tea on the balcony! Haha…
Here’s what we did in the short 4 days.
Categories: Taiwan, Travel
A Jetstar promo got us packing for a short trip to Hong Kong 🙂
The 10am flight meant that we could have some proper rest before going to the airport for a hearty breakfast. Since it was yet another chillax trip, we actually re-visited some of our favourite places.
And thanks (but no thanks) to typhoon, we actually had to stay in the hotel on the 2nd last day and had afternoon tea in the hotel, and spam ancient Hong Kong movies in bed! First time we encountered typhoon no 8 in Hong Kong!
Despite being so near to Johor Bahru, hubby and I had never venture there together before, firstly because of the fear of weekend crowds, and secondly, we always thought that we would need a car to travel within JB. However, for some unknown reasons, people around us had been talking about JB recently, and encouraging us to go on a weekday. So when Ms. K suggested going to JB together via public transport and exploring the area within walking distance of City Square, we readily agreed!
Here was our day trip itinerary:
- Brunch at Faculty of Caffeine
- Lunch at Restoran Ya Wang 鸭皇药材烧腊大王
- Tea break at Flowers in the Window
- Some shopping within City Square (J3-12A, 106 – 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia)
- Banana cake shopping at Hiap Choo Bakery located at 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
We were all very interested in seeing cherry blossoms, and while hubby had seen the beautiful blooms many years ago in Japan, the rest of us have only seen them online and on TV shows. Initially, we intended to fly into Japan first before travelling to South Korea (the flowers started blooming earlier in certain parts of Japan, and the variety of flowers were different), but the exorbitant air fares made us decide to go for a less ambitious trip 😛
We read about the largest cherry blossom festival in 진해 Jinhae 镇海, and decided that we would focus on 부산 Busan 釜山, and 서울 Seoul 首爾, while keeping things flexible in Busan so that we could go for a day trip to Jinhae, when the cherry trees were in full bloom.