Exploring our Taipei Neighbourhood

Exploring our Taipei Neighbourhood is fun, there are many stalls and shops which are off the radars of Google. We stayed 3 nights at a HomeAway apartment next to 南京復興站 Nanjing Fuxing MRT Station.

 

We will share more about our HomeAway apartment and its neighbourhood in this blog post.

..you know something is good, delicious, cool when you see a queue.  And there are many such “treats” (pun intended) in the streets of Taipei (Taiwan too!)

 

 

Below Instagram (link) depicted our friendly Taiwanese friends. Through word of mouth recommendations, we string up an impromptu neighbourhood itinerary .

 

Another famous Taiwanese trait is the folks’ friendliness 台湾人热情好客 !

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#Taiwan #台湾 people Super friendly and 好客 🇹🇼 Host recommended us #遼寧街夜市 #LiaoningNightMarket (we will share our gorgeous #Homeaway unit later) . We found Champion #LuRouFan #滷肉飯🍛#冇冇有麵攤 Kids all thumbs up 👍😋 . The friendly boss recommended us 💆‍♂️foot massage at #足將軍養生館 🙌✊ Massage 师父(shifu) recommended us Bak Chang #肉粽 at #王記府城肉粽 . Taiwanese will help forklift your car out of tight spots too 🚙 (joking, the parked cars were blocking 🚧the lanes 🤣). . #sengkangBabies #sengkangBabiesTaiwan

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A reliable host is hard to come by, and HomeAway’s Lydia is exceptional!

(Link to our HomeAway link). Our family got many requests, and she exceeded our expectations. More photos and details here and here.

Lydia will give you super detailed instructions to her apartment, and is very accommodating too. She was positive to our requests to drop our heavy luggage enroute to Keelung Ruifang, and also extended luggage storage after we checked out.

Beautifully decorated, we got a feeling of home away from away staying 3 nights here. Thank you Lydia, you made our Taipei stay so much more memorable 🙂

Video (YouTube link) : Christmassy feeling from our Taipei HomeAway apartment

We would gladly recommend Lydia’s apartment to our friends. Do use promo code “HomeAwaySKBabies” and enjoy 8% off your booking (Valid until 31 Mar 2018)

~~ back to our Taipei Neighbourhood recommendations ~~

#01 遼寧夜市 Liao Ning Night Market
(GPS 25.049110, 121.542156)

This is a niche Night Market, 8 minutes walk from our apartment. Plenty of seafood and hawkers are super enthusiastic to secure our business.

Dessert stalls are very popular in Taiwan, ideal when the temperature drops.

 

We saw this stall which advertised Champion 滷肉飯 Lu Rou Fan. We would recommend #冇冇有麵攤  (rated 3.75/5) 古早 old-school menu too.

(GPS 25.049000, 121.542150)

 

We also ordered beef noodles from next door. Most of the eateries (neighbourhood, not restaurants) would allow you to bring food to another stall.

The boss and staff are very friendly and recommended a massage centre 3 stalls away to sooth our tired legs.

 

#02 – 足將軍養生館 ( GPS 25.048488, 121.542120)

We went for a 60 minutes massage for NTD 900 each.

A good massage experience always depend on the 師父 shifu’s (therapist) skills. Ours were chatty and really know where to press to release the tired knots.

Before they press the pain point, the female therapist would make Mrs laugh so the soreness (pain) is more bearable haha.

There are a few branches and depending on demand, the shifu sometimes need to cover a few area. Me and Mrs had an enjoyable massage and I would rate 足將軍 (4/5). The kids were happy indulging in mobile games in their room.

#03 – 王記府城肉粽 is a 老字号 (traditional)  Bak Chang 肉粽  outlet in Taipei.

(GPS 25.048026, 121.546059)

The 肉粽 Bak Chang was recommended by our massage therapist. If you mention traditional 肉粽, many folks would direct you to the famous stall.

Some will recommend the carrot soup and “面线 mee shua” too. We had extra servings of the delicious  肉粽 (salted egg and walnut fragrance) (rated 3.75/5)

 

#04- Haritts donut 甜甜圈
(GPS 25.051219, 121.545522)


Recommended by Google, their donuts received good reviews. Donuts are tasty but the cover charge per child and drinks were expensive (overshadowing the donuts). (average NTD 200 to 250 per pax)

We love our Mocha and hot Chocolate beverages.  We would rate the donuts experience (3.75/5)

 

 

Many Instagrammable corners in this donut shop.

Hunting for more stalls, Taipei neighbourhood never fail to surprise us.

 


Boon Yee’s favourite egg snack, 鸡蛋糕.

#05 – 金車快餐便當 (GPS 25.050188, 121.544807)

Kids enjoy their economical rice. Cheap and yet delicious, the meat balls and chicken cutlets were fulfilling.

We first noticed the long queues, both white and blue collar workers. If in doubt, trust your instinct and follow the queues 🙂

(rated 4/5)

Yummy local delights

The MRT is just downstairs of our apartment if we needed to venture further. Infact, we even transited from Nanjing Fuxing to Taipei Main enroute to Taoyuan airport terminal.

SOGO and parks around our HomeAway department. Although we stayed here for 3 nights, we did not have enough time to explore everything.

Besides finding new attractions, the amount of steps helped with my Marathon recovery too.  I had just completed my Marathon a week before our Taiwan trip.

 

Taipei Neighbourhood
Taipei Neighbourhood

#06 – 八方雲集鍋貼水餃 Dumplings and 煮炒
(GPS 25.052445, 121.546859)

八方dumplings are delicious and cheap. I was hunting for snack and saw students lining up. Google revealed many 八方 branches in Taipei.

Hint : If you see students queuing up, it means the food is good and affordable (example Bubble tea)

We also packaged some fried rice and seafood soup from the 煮炒 (Zhi Char) stall next door. If you love to experience good local eats, most of the Zhi Char stalls would not disappoint. We would rate both stalls (3.5/5)

#07-Some other findings around our Taipei Neighbourhood

-Bikes (YouBike) are almost always neatly parked at allocated slots. When we walk on the streets, bike lanes are clearly demarcated and road users keep to their own lanes, minimising the chance of collision. Unlike Singapore, walking in Taipei is very safe, you need not worry about another speeding reckless escooter.

-(Below, Right picture). We witnessed a road work, and the forklift simply moved the cars away swiftly and efficiently. I am puzzled why the alarms were not triggered, this is a rare sight in Singapore.

Civic-mindfulness of Taiwanese  🙂

 

 

佳德鳳梨酥 Chia Te outlet is about 1.8km away from Nanjing Fuxing MRT station. We still prefer Chia Te’s crispy Sun cake (NTD 360 for 12 pieces).
太陽餅 and 鳳梨酥 anyone? (GPS 25.051316, 121.561493, nearest MRT is Nanjing Sanmin)

-1km south from our apartment,  路地 氷の怪物 cute ice creams await (GPS 25.044674, 121.544192 )

林東芳牛肉麵 Lin Dong Fang beef noodles (GPS 25.046850, 121.541353)

慶城海南雞飯 Ching Cheng Hainan Chicken Rice is highly recommended by our host (GPS 25.052921, 121.545550) , but we wanted to try something which is less common in Singapore :p

– No worries about fast food, Mcdonald’s and KFC are around the corner

-Shopping Mall Urban One is just opposite and a very popular bakery downstairs (Brothers Hotel). We always miss this bakery due to its early closing time (first come first serve), and there is always a constant stream of customers!

Wherever you stay in Taipei, we hope your family would have Fun exploring Taipei  Neighbourhood too.

Photo albums :

Day 1 Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing
Day 3 Xitou Nature Education Area, Monster Village, Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Taichung (Zhongshe flower, ShengXin station, Cycling, Fengjia)
Day 5 Taichung (Animation Lane, Rainbow, Miyahara)
Day 6 Keelung 基隆
-Day 7 Ruifang, Jiufen and Shifen
-Day x Taipei HomeAway and Neighbourhood
Day 8 永康, Xi Men Ding, 象山, 饒河 Raohe
Day 9 and 10 北投 Beitou, Toyshop, 士林 Shilin

Blog posts :

** Taiwan Itinerary for families 
Day 1 Google Sheet, Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing Farm
HomeAway Recommendations for Taiwan
Day 3a Xitou Nature Education area (溪頭)
Day 3b Monster village 妖怪村 and Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Cycling Taichung 台中 
Day 4a 台中 Taichung  attractions
Day 5a 台中 Taichung food Ice cream and Bubble Tea
Day 5b 台中 Taichung Fengjia night market
-Day 6 基隆 Keelung
Day 7a Jiufen attractions
Day 7b Shifen attractions
Taipei Neighbourhood around our HomeAway Vacation Home
Day 8a Yong Kang Street and Xi Men Ding
Day 8b Raohe Night Market, Wu Fen Pu and 象山 Elephant Mountain

Instagram Hashtag #sengkangBabiesTaiwan

Instagram #sengkangBabiesTaiwan

 

 

 

HomeAway options in Taiwan

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Our family is bigger so we normally go for apartments when we travel.

Besides having exclusive access to our own rooms, hall and even own kitchen, living together feels more like “Home Away From Home”.

Cosy and Christmassy feeling from our Taipei apartment

We are quite comfortable with “Rental options” for our holidays. During our recent trip to  Taiwan (10D9N link), we had an opportunity to explore two vacation units with HomeAway (under Expedia family).

The pictures below were taken from HomeAway app. Booking your perfect accommodation is only a few clicks away.

Let us share how HomeAway might make your next Holiday apartment a “Home away from Home”.

The usual shortlisting criteria :

-Central location
-Near to train or public transport
-7×24 Convenience stores (Mrs might wish for shopping malls)
-Wifi and washer availability

HomeAway App-Shortlist your preferred vacation units

You can even zoom in to your preferred neighbourhood (or train station) and find available HomeAway options nearby.

-Does the units fall under our Budget? Some folks might wish to splurge on a nice environment, but we typically just need a good bed and shower as we stayed out most of the time.

Sort your units by prices
View unit’s photos, we loved the spaciousness and greens

 

* Good reviews are very important for us, we need objective reviews of Host and unit. We value reliability, responsiveness and trustworthiness.

Good reviews for our Taiwan Host, Lydia

 

 

** Added assurance from HomeAway. The host will only be paid by HomeAway 24 hours after guests have moved in. This provide an added incentive for hosts to improve their customer service

Let us share some of the sample photos from our accommodations in Sun Moon Lake and Taipei.

1) We rated Lydia’s unit 5/5, love the cosy settings and super friendly host. Unit is just next to Nanjing Fuxing station, details at this link.

HomeAway options
HomeAway options

2)The other unit is at Sun Moon Lake (one night). Comfortable and spacious loft but we only stayed one night. A pity, since there are many things to explore (and cycle) around Sun Moon Lake. More details on this link.

It is easy and convenient to book your next vacation though HomeAway options (portal or app). We will share more photos and amenities of our vacation units in subsequent posts.

Special shoutout to HomeAway for making our holidays more memorable 🙂

Do find the latest HomeAway promotions here:
-Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HomeAwayAsia
-Website https://www.homeaway.com.sg

Photo albums :

Day 1 Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing
Day 3 Xitou Nature Education Area, Monster Village, Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Taichung (Zhongshe flower, ShengXin station, Cycling, Fengjia)
Day 5 Taichung (Animation Lane, Rainbow, Miyahara)
Day 6 Keelung 基隆
-Day 7 Ruifang, Jiufen and Shifen
-Day x Taipei HomeAway and Neighbourhood
Day 8 永康, Xi Men Ding, 象山, 饒河 Raohe
Day 9 and 10 北投 Beitou, Toyshop, 士林 Shilin

Blog posts :

** Taiwan Itinerary for families 
Day 1 Google Sheet, Aowanda, Cing Jing
Day 2 Cing Jing Farm
HomeAway Recommendations for Taiwan
Day 3a Xitou Nature Education area (溪頭)
Day 3b Monster village 妖怪村 and Sun Moon Lake
Day 4 Cycling Taichung 台中 
Day 4a 台中 Taichung  attractions
Day 5a 台中 Taichung food Ice cream and Bubble Tea
Day 5b 台中 Taichung Fengjia night market
-Day 6 基隆 Keelung
Day 7a Jiufen attractions
Day 7b Shifen attractions
Taipei Neighbourhood around our HomeAway Vacation Home
Day 8a Yong Kang Street and Xi Men Ding
Day 8b Raohe Night Market, Wu Fen Pu and 象山 Elephant Mountain

Instagram Hashtag #sengkangBabiesTaiwan

Instagram #sengkangBabiesTaiwan

 

 

ps..
for our HomeAway links (Sun Moon Lake Taipei), use promo code “HomeAwaySKBabies” and enjoy 8% off your booking (Valid until 31 Mar 2018)