Food Adventure Escapade to Taiwan!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hey there merry goers!

It's March already and doesn't time just fly by? Life has been pretty hectic coming into 2015 and there has been a lot of changes in my life especially in my career path. I have been doing a lot of thinking lately and one day it just struck me on how everyday we rush through everything in life and keep missing out on the wonders that life has to offer. When was the last time you sat down and have a quiet moment to yourself and just appreciate what you have been blessed with?

I know for sure that the greatest thing that God has blessed me with is my dearest mother. Bringing both me and my sister up by herself has never been easy especially with her also single-handedly taking care of both my aunt and my grandmother at the same time. Looking back I really don't know how she managed to take on so much in her life and lately I see her easily getting tired and still keep working hard to take care of the family. My relationship with my mother was never easy as she always needed me to be strong and pushed me to grow up at a very early stage of my life. Over the years, I handled many of my problems on my own because I hated the thought of troubling her and adding on to her worries. But this action of mine worsen our relationship as we stopped having real conversations and I started keeping to myself. We never seem to get along well as our opinions keep on clashing with me wanting her to start enjoying life and relax against her still carrying on her burdens in life.

My mother and I never had the chance to travel together and I never had the chance to bring her to the many places she wished to travel. I know that her dream was to travel the world and exploring new places but she never could do it because of taking care of me and my sister. Currently I am still not able to bring her abroad but of course I am still working hard to achieve her expectations and dreams in me. Thank God that I may now have the chance to bring her to Taiwan thanks to the Butterfly Project Malaysia and Time For Taiwan TTBKL. The Butterfly Project will be sending ONE lucky Butterfly and a friend for a Time to Enjoy Life" 5D4N Taiwan Trip worth RM8,000 (inclusive of flights, accommodation, tours). Once I heard about this Blogging Contest I knew that even though my chances may be slim I will still try my best to win this contest and be able to bring my mother along with me for our first ever Mother and Daughter Food Trip.

My mum and I are real food fanatics and although she is not as daring as I am about food, she is still one heck of a food lover. She loves trying out new places but because she always put me and my sister first, she never got to really enjoy the food that she loves. This time I would really want to treat her to a food escapade where she will be able to enjoy to her hearts content with no worries! When you talk about Taiwan of course you would think of the serene countryside, the bustling city life, the shopping spree but you definitely cannot miss out on the food hunt in Taiwan.

When I think of food in Taiwan, I think about all the night markets in Taiwan. Taiwan is famous for their street food where you can find in their night markets. There are several night markets which I would love to bring my mother along which are:

1. Tainan Flowers Night Market

2. Feng Chia Night Market
3. Shilin Night Market
4. Ludong Night Market

I heard that these night markets are really popular and they serve really good authentic Taiwanese food. Talking about Taiwanese food these are the food that I am sure both me and my mother will savour if we were to go to Taiwan. Get ready to be attacked by mouth-watering food photos! 

1. Braised Pork Rice

First and foremost I think everyone knows about the braised pork rice that we can also get at Taiwan food outlets in Malaysia but what an awesome experience it would be to actually savor the authentic braised pork on top of steamy rice in Taiwan!

2. Beef Noodles

Total beef lover here and the Taiwanese Stewed Beef Noodle is a definite must to try out if I am able to travel to Taiwan.

3. Oyster Omelette

Although not really an oyster fan but my mum is a huge fans of shellfish and just look at the size of the oysters! She will definitely swallow them whole! 

4. Bubble Tea

Famous drink that is a must try when in Taiwan which is the Bubble Tea with the glutinous chewy black pearls! A huge fan of milk tea but I will make sure to have my fill of bubble tea when I'm there.

5. Stinky Tofu

*holds nose* Although stinky like hell this stinky tofu sure gives you the kick in your nostrils! But fans of stinky tofu keep on coming back for more. There are some night markets that sell this atrocious snack but to really experience the authentic stinky tofu where else would be a great place but at night markets in Taiwan!

I do hope I won't have the same reaction like this guy here though. Haha

6. Xiao Long Bao

Chinese delicacy with sweet savoury soup bursting out at the first bite! Be careful that it may be piping hot and you wouldn't want to burn your mouth!

7. Shaved Ice Mountain
Snowflake, Tong Pak Fu, U Desserts and so many other outlets here in Malaysia serve this cool snowy icy dessert which is so enjoyable and soothing on a hot summer day! 

8. Taiwanese Breakfast

Staying in Taiwan I must definitely experience the Taiwanese style for breakfast! Just look at the array of breakfast dishes which will be sure to fill me up before going to explore Taiwan.

9. Coffin Bread

This dish sounds so ominous and you can just imagine in the movies where the vampire comes out from the coffin but the reason why this dish is called the coffin bread is because it is shaped like a coffin where the insides of the bread were removed and the filling replaces the bread. I super love this coffin bread where it is crispy on the outsides and I can get a nice hearty meal from the fillings. 

10. Pineapple Cake
Every time anyone goes to Taiwan, they will definitely buy back some pineapple cakes and that is because they are just so flaky and buttery with sweet pineapple jam in it making it the perfect treat for me. I go bonkers for pineapple tarts and every Chinese New Year I will make sure to have some stocked up in the house!

There are so many other Taiwan street food that I would love to savor and attack if I am able to go to Taiwan. Especially after watching Fung Bros video on the street food in Taiwan I know that I seriously need to like diet for more than a month so that I can just fill my tummy with the glorious food!

Video: Fung Bros

Besides the night market, I wish to explore Taiwan's food that have not been discovered and share it with everyone. So I'm really hoping to be able to enjoy this trip with my mum!

Photo credits: Google Image 


Taiwan Travel Fair is Back in Town!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hey merry-goers!

The Taiwan Travel Fair is back at One Utama Shopping Centre!
Eat, shop & go on two wheels in Taiwan!
Before that grab the best travel deals at Taiwan Travel Fair

Whether you are considering a first or subsequent visits to Taiwan, there’s never a better time to tour the island than in 2015! Taiwan Tourism Bureau Kuala Lumpur (TTBKL) is organising its first-ever Taiwan Travel Fair in Malaysia. With the theme of “Time to Enjoy Life”, it will be held at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, where the public can get the best deals for Taiwan travel at this one-stop event from 25 to 29 March 2015.
With the first Taiwan Travel Fair, TTBKL hopes to present great value travel deals to Malaysian families. They have tied up with top Taiwanese and Malaysian travel agencies to offer a variety of exciting packages and the most attractive travel deals for all destinations in Taiwan. This also includes customised packages or tours specially-catered for Muslim visitors.
For visitors of the fair who purchase any tour package from participating agents, they stand a chance to participate in a lucky draw for every RM500 spent. Prizes include Taipei return flight tickets sponsored by China Airlines and Eva Airways; and East Asia cruise on Star Aquarius, Star Virgo and Aquarius liners sponsored by Star Cruises. So do make a date with us and visit the Taiwan Tourism Fair to bring back these fabulous prizes!
The Taiwan Travel Fair will be held at the Oval concourse in 1 Utama Shopping Centre from 25 to 29 March 2015. Opens 10 am daily. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/tbrockl !
Based on a survey conducted by Taiwan Tourism in 2012, the top attractions for inbound tourists are sights and sceneries, food and shopping. As such, the Taiwan Travel Fair will also highlight three major experiences under the theme of “Time to Enjoy Life”:

Time to Eat

When it comes to food, Taiwan has it all. Dine like royalty without paying a king’s ransom for it. From juicy seasonal fruits, sumptuous traditional Chinese dishes, healthy vegetarian dishes, icy desserts to creative tea drinks, Taiwanese cuisine makes full use of local ingredients and age-old techniques to surprise and satisfy your palate. Don’t forget the world-famous night markets, filled with the enticing aromas of delicious street food and snacks!

Time to Shop

Taiwan is a shopaholic’s dream come true, with many large shopping centres and chain department stores in all four corners of the island. Shop for anything you want, from high-quality made-in-Taiwan 3C products, to famous highland tea and handmade weavings. For the fashion lover, all kinds of affordable clothing, leather goods and branded products are at your fingertips. In Taiwan, you are sure to find just about everything you want.

Time to go on Two Wheels

These days, the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) trend is gaining popularity as people begin to be more health and eco-conscious. Taiwan is well-known for its LOHAS practices, and there is no better way to experience it than to travel along the breath-taking coastal highways by bicycle! Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and appreciate the simple yet wonderful things in life with your loved ones. 

Credits: plusizekitten.com


Pimp My Chu Lip Contest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hello merry goers!

Say hi to my Pinky Pie ChuLip which I decorated during the 'Pimp My Chu Lip' event hosted by Butterfly Project at Kare Cafe, One Utama! This Pinky Pie definitely represents me with the sweet pink and dainty decorations!

Around 50 butterflies met up at Kare Cafe to get to know more about Mentholatum latest product which is the ChuLip. This product is very popular in Japan and is gaining popularity among Malaysians too! As you all know, Mentholatum is famous for their lip balms but you know how lip balms come in a specific shape which is the standard long tube but now with Chu Lip, you can moisturize your lips with style!

The Chu Lip lip balm has been the talk of the town with it's unique shape and funky colours in Pink, Red, Purple and Green making it a trend with ladies using it in public. The cute design is an upgrade with the ultra moisturizing properlies and easy glide-on formula compared to the earlier lip balms. All Chu Lip lip balms are enhanced with moisturizing ingredients like Olive Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil and Rose Hip Oil for happy and healthy lips.

Each colour represents different scents with catchy names of places like Pink - Paris, Perfect Memories (Sweet berry scent with Raspberry and Peach flavour), Red - NY, Brilliant My Way (Fruity scent of Apple, Ginger, Tea Rose), Purple - Arabian, Floral Shower (Elegant flower scent of Rose, Germanium and Clove), Green - Nordic, Fancy Nostalgia (Refreshing scent of Orange, Lime and Mango)

But wait a minute! Besides the launch of the new product, Mentholatum is organizing a contest by letting Chu Lips fans pimp up their Chu Lips and personalizing it to be in the running to win an Ipad Mini 3 or a set of Chu Lip lipbalms!

During the event, we were given decoration items to pimp our Chu Lips! You can decorate yours with ribbons, glitters, stickers or even use Sharpie markers and give them a fabulous makeover.

Use your creativity and personalize your Chu Lip. Let your creativity run wild and design your Chu Lip any way you like making it the one and only design in the world. 

So now it is time for me to personalize my own Chu Lip and make it the one and only design! I chose the pink Chu Lip as the base and since nowadays I am really into the pink feminine colour, I chose to use several shades of pink. If you know me well, I really am not good with crafts so here goes!

Tada~ My little Ms. Pretty in Pink with her partner Mr. Casino decorated by my good friend Anis. She was the only one who did a male Chu Lip! There were several other designs that really caught my eye and 6 best designs were chosen and we voted for the best three designs.

And the winner goes to Mira with her cool rock star design and she walked away with a new Baby G watch! Congrats to the other winners as well!

Had a really good time at Pimp My Chu Lip event with fellow butterflies and great to know new butterflies too! Thanks to Kare Cafe for the good food as well. 

To the rest of you, you can get your own Chu Lip at any leading pharmacy or major supermarket and purchase it at RM 25.90 each. Although slightly on the higher price range, the Chu Lip last quite long and I really love the fragrance of each Chu Lip. Besides that don't forget to join the Pimp My Chu Lip contest by decorating your Chu Lip and uploading your photo at www.chulip.com.my/pimpmychuliip to win an iPad Mini 3 or a set of Chu Lips. This contest is by Mentholatum in partnership with Watsons and will be ongoing from 5th March until 31st March 2015.

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