本週都在上班沒有靈感所以只有二點。 1. 愛式幽默，當初公司人資經理打電話通知我錄取後說會Email合約給我，要我印出來簽好名交給店長然後寄回公司，但這裡又不是每走五步就有歇們是要去哪列印！
We’ve recently went on a little trip to Cat Ba island in Lan Ha bay, Vietnam to check out the climbing scene. Since we are not much of a climber (attempted but failed after pathetically, only made it to 1m off the ground) we took a boat trip to tour the Ha Long Bay area.
I’ve always heard a lot about how beautiful the area is and is listed as a world heritage site since 1994 but perhaps I’m missing something, it didn’t touch me the way I hoped it would.
For the similar lime stone karst, I much preferred the quieter Khao Sok national park, Thailand or the marine-life rich El Nido, Philippines.
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK, THAILAND
Khao sok, located in southern Thailand, 3 hours north of Phuket is a gorgeous national park. It is one of the oldest rainforests in Southeast Asia, the dense virgin jungle makes this area home to rare species such as the giant Rafflesia flower, hornbill birds, gibbons and tigers. Wild elephants, bison, snakes and snakehead fish can also be sighted in the park.
I’d been to Khao sok twice and both stayed in floating huts on the lake, it was surreal how the jungle swallows you whole and you become one with nature. Serenity was probably my favorite part of being in Khao sok.
Nam Talu cave was another memorable experience during my stay in Khao sok. It is probably not for the faint hearted and it can be dangerous if there was a sudden thunderstorm to cause a rapid flood in the cave. It is roughly a 45 minute hike through the jungle to get to the cave. After entering the cave, a headlight is all you get for illumination and will be trekking in flowing water almost the whole way. The cave is gorgeous, covered with stalactites with water streaming down that glistens when your headlight hits it was just magical. My favorite movie when I was a kid was The Goonies, and this cave reminded me of the waterslide scene. It wasn’t as crazy (there’s no actual water slides, and we went upwards instead of downwards) but it was pitch black.
EL NIDO, PHILIPPINES
Look it up online for more images, I hadn’t figure out how to take photos back then apparently, none of my photos does this place justice! Soft white sand, crystal clear water that changes color, limestone karst islands and endless lagoons. I LOVED IT. It was also the best snorkeling spot I’ve ever been to, too bad I didn’t learn to dive back then! I bet it would have been an incredible experience.
Spend days hiring a boat to do some island hopping, or even better, rent a kayak and go island hopping yourself! We rented a kayak and just went to random islands and did snorkeling on our own.
Chill and relax at the beach is also recommended! Enjoy a nice meal with your toes tucked in the sand.
Here’s a simple list of what each places are good for to help you decide:
- Rock climbing (Cat Ba)
- Party Boat
- Boat cruise
- Khao Sok:
- Wildlife watching
- Jungle walk
- Cave exploring
- Stay in floating huts
- Diving/ Snorkeling
- Island hopping
Beach dining/ parties
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Traditional market, getting the freshest groceries! 好逛市場，新鮮便宜蔬菜這裡買~
One of my favorite things to do when I get some free time is to go to the markets.
As a kid my mom would always drag me to various markets so early in the morning I could barely even open my eyes.
We’d go “treasure hunting” looking for interesting ingredients for our meals and new things to experiment with.
There are vendors coming from everywhere in markets in Taiwan, especially street markets. Some of them get veggies from bigger farmers and some of the veggies they sell comes straight from their own garden. You never know what you might find at these markets and that’s what makes it so fun about going to one. Plus, since they get the veggies straight from the distributor/garden and start selling them right away they are always fresher than supermarket goods!
Cheng-gong market is a day-time market located in DaAn area of Taipei, it’s one of those in-door markets but it’s still fairly traditional. (Taipei government’s been trying to move street markets into buildings.)
It’s got everything you can possibly need- veggie, fruit, seafood, meat, nuts, clothes, and food stands! I’ll get to all of them eventually in later blog posts I hope, there’s so much to share!
If it’s veggie you’re looking for, I really recommend this stand located in the middle row of the market (totally forgot to take a look at the stand number). Don’t worry, it’s super easy to find! Look for the veggie stand with the most people and that’s the one.
I always thought that it was ridiculous for there are 30 more veggie stands in the market but this one is always the only one packed with people– till I thought I get some veggie there.
They not only have some of the freshest and tastiest veggie out there but also a very reasonable price. The vendors are genuine and hard-working.
I remember when I used to shop with my mom, the vendors would always throw in a few “goodies” when we bought stuff, most of the time it’s things they think would go well with what we bought- spring onions, basil, ginger…etc. Vendors seems to have stopped doing that for whatever reason, but not here!
I was very surprised the first time I bought veggie here, they just thrown in a big bunch of spring onions and apologized for not having much else to give me!
Here is a photo of my recent purchase. Spring onions, ginger, cilantro were “gifts”, and everything else cost 100NT(a little more than 3USD). I’m totally spoiled with all the cheap and fresh veggies I can get in Taiwan.
If you ever find yourself wandering around DaAn area of Taipei, whether you’re looking to buy anything or not, I recommend you to check this market out.
- Cheng-gong Market Address:
No. 192, Si-wei Rd.,
DaAn Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan
- Opening Hours:
6:00~13:00 (they would be cleaning up by then, but they’ll still let you buy stuff)
青菜的價位比周遭的都便宜，而且很新鮮! 老闆又很阿莎力，不管你買多少，蔥阿，香菜，辣椒，薑… 一把一把的塞進袋子裡送給你。上次買了菠菜、空心菜、地瓜、番茄、洋蔥一堆加起來100元，旁邊的調味料全部都是老闆給的(上圖)，還一直跟我說 “不好意思，沒有什麼好送你的”，我才不好意思吧!
- 成功市場地址: 106台灣台北市大安區四維路192號
- 營業時間: 早市 約6:00~ 13:00
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