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第四週勞碌命牽到愛爾蘭還是勞碌命總整理 14.11.17-21.11.17

第四週勞碌命牽到愛爾蘭還是勞碌命總整理 14.11.17-21.11.17

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!

第三週都柏林關關難過關關過總整理 06.11.17-13.11.17

第三週都柏林關關難過關關過總整理 06.11.17-13.11.17

1. 房關 果不其然暫時還是沒有任何房子可以提供永久居住,於是透過好心人的引薦終於從高級Airbnb退駕,暫時安居位於都柏林13區的溫馨雅房(工作在2區),都柏林以利菲河大略區分南北,南部是雙數區,北部是單數區,大約20年前有傳言說南部是較有錢,高級住宅區,而北部治安較不好,當地人說現在早已不分這麼清楚了,不管南區北區只要有得住都是好區,不過根據我實地走訪經驗還是比較喜歡南區。

第二週都柏林大躍進總整理 30.10.17-05.11.17

第二週都柏林大躍進總整理 30.10.17-05.11.17

1. 這裡的悠遊卡叫做Leap卡,是綠色的上面有一隻青蛙的圖案,真的要相信他,因為在都柏林的交通真的就跟跳棋一樣處處要用點跳點的方式行動,

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第一週都柏林初體驗總整理 24.10.17-29.10.17

第一週都柏林初體驗總整理 24.10.17-29.10.17

  1. 這裡的所有標示都有英文與愛爾蘭文Gaelic二種,公車報站唱名也會有二種語言,如果台灣有一天也可以做到這樣就好了,語言一直是雙向的,若能做到這樣,學習普及的程度也會越高。

Rochester MN Downtown Farmers Market

Rochester MN Downtown Farmers Market

There’s something about markets I just LOVE. Wherever I travel, market is always on the top of my must-go places.

Alternative destinations to HaLong Bay Vietnam 比下龍灣更夢幻的景點

Alternative destinations to HaLong Bay Vietnam 比下龍灣更夢幻的景點

 

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:

  • Halong bay:

    • Rock climbing (Cat Ba)
    • Party Boat
    • Boat cruise
    • Kayaking
  • Khao Sok:
    • Wildlife watching
    • Jungle walk
    • Trekking
    • Cave exploring
    • Kayaking
    • Stay in floating huts
  • El Nido:

    • Diving/ Snorkeling
    • Trekking
    • Kayaking
    • Island hopping
    • Beach dining/ parties

 

Cheapest way to get around BKK 曼谷最便宜的交通工具

Cheapest way to get around BKK 曼谷最便宜的交通工具

Bangkok, what a chaotic city. But I love it. Lets not talk about public transportation here, what is the cheapest way to get around this city if you’re on a budget? A lot of people would just wave down a tuktuk. It’s not expensive comparing […]

A Cup of Joe in Vietnam

A Cup of Joe in Vietnam

  Coffee. Caffeine. I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker however I’d consumed the most amount of caffeine in my life during my time in Vietnam. 3~4 cups of coffee, daily. If you know Vietnamese coffee then you know they’re not like your typical […]

Where’s Food From – Cheng-gong Market 台北成功市場

Where’s Food From – Cheng-gong Market 台北成功市場

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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.

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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!

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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)

-Tiffany Alexandria

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小時候,媽媽總是會早早把我挖起來跟她去傳統市場買菜。現在“逛市場”變成了我最愛做的事情之一。

我到各個國家總是會去逛逛他們的傳統市集,我認為市場是一個觀察人際交流及各國飲食習慣的最佳場所,也不像其他旅遊景點,會為了觀光客而特別包裝看不到原來的面貌。

台北市大安區 有許許多多傳統市場,雖然叫傳統市場,可是有別於以前在街上人來人往的流動攤販,現在的市場都被屋頂蓋了起來,裡面一格一格的固定攤販,一個蘿蔔一個坑,似乎少了點流動攤販式的互動。

我個人還是喜歡街上的市場,雖然很多人可能會覺得這樣阻礙交通,而且很亂,但我覺得流動攤販雖然亂,但是亂中有序。而且常常有不同的攤販,也常常有更新鮮及特殊的蔬果,因為很多小農或是阿嬤想到了就會拔拔自家種的有機蔬菜來賣。我喜歡穿梭在市場裡那種“尋寶”的感覺。

成功市場也是一個歷史悠久的市場,以前是陸軍眷村市場,現在已經搬到一個鐵皮屋裡面,裡面應有盡有。有新鮮的土雞、海鮮、台灣牛肉、蔬菜、水果還有好幾個小吃攤,餓了就可以坐下來吃。

要介紹的太多了,今天來針對蔬菜介紹吧。

這家賣菜菜的攤位在市場中間的走道(我忘記看菜攤編號了!),不用擔心,它很好找– 看人最多的那家青菜攤就是了!

在還沒買過他們家的青菜的時候,我一直很納悶為什麼每次經過都這麼多人擠在一起搶著買菜,直到買過一次之後才真的了解他們的厲害。

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!

如果你家住在成功市場附近,拋棄超級市場,早早起床去傳統市場買菜吧~ 上面那些菜如果去超級市場買可不少錢呢~

  • 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

-Tiffany Alexandria

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