Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Joys of Toys - Review

It's been a while since we last went to an indoor playground with the kids since we've been traveling around and are taking time off to rest our butts.

My wife alerted me to a newly opened playground at The Central Clarke Quay which was opened by a couple and the review was good so there we went today.

The place is located conveniently at one of the insides in the mall on the 3rd floor. It wasn’t extremely spacious but the theme was not running playground but rather toys so it is considered very decent.

Toddlers playing area

There is a separate section for the toddlers and the slightly older children, which is on the other side of the store and you have to exit the toddlers area to enter.

Oscar sneaked in to the toddler section to play for a while before he decides to head down to the main playing area after getting bored, lol.

Meanwhile, Oliver continued to enjoy his toddler playing area...

The toys are of highest quality there as it is from Hape and is made of all wood instead of the cheaper plastic toys you see out there.



1,2,3... Cheese

Standing on his own :)


Where's my missing piece!?

What fruit is this?
Meanwhile, I went to accompany Oscar while my wife stayed behind to play with Oliver at the toddler area.

This is the Main Playing Area, which is hugeeee
The main playing area is divided into 3 big sections.

The first section is the transportation and role playing area where kids can play with cars and transportation to their imagination.

Oscar loves this section the most.


Oscar arranging all his transports, creating a massive jam


Role Playing hospitals and schools
The second section I would categorize it under the creativity section as it has a wide range from 3D puzzle to real music instruments to block puzzle and arts and crafts.

Personally, I found this section the most amazing because the toys are of really high quality and it is a very intellectual toys which you seldom see on the toy store.

Puzzle Block

The range of toys available are very wide
3D Puzzle

Football Flick

Magnet Maze

Musical Instrument

Shark Fishery
The third section is the kitchen and cake section where kids get to go to the supermarket, select their stuff, pay them at the cashier and have them cut and cooked in the kitchen.

The utensils and ingredients are mostly complete so you have a large selection of the food you can cook.

Who wants a cake?

Daddy waiting for buyer

Getting busy in the kitchen

Shopping at the supermarket

Cash or card?


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Taiwan 2018 Travelogue - Day 9 to 13 Yehliu Geopark + Jiufen + Taipei 101 + Ximending + Shilin Night Market

We spent the last 4 days in Taipei which I booked an Airbnb for us to stay since we wanted somewhere that is convenient and near to Ximending area.

The place is rather cramped but I thought it is quite comfortable for us.

There are also incredibly many good food nearby some of those including the famous Fuhong beef noodle, the number 1 best Taiyangping in Taiwan and the cuttlefish noodle just down the stairs. There is also 7-eleven right below the apartment.

Link Here

Airbnb for 4 nights in Taipei Ximending
We didn't spend a lot of attraction visiting in Taipei as we had enough during our island round-trip before coming to Taipei and many were exhausted. So we simply chill around and look for some snacks to bite and eat.

Nevertheless, we visited a few of them.

One of them is the Yehliu Geopark which is home to a number of unique geological formations of stones including the "Queen's Head" and is located along a cape stretching out from the town of Wanli.

Besides the "Queen's Head", the other remarkable formations also features "Sea Candles", "Kissing Rock" and the "Princess Head".

Selfie formation

Beautiful stone formation

Queen's Head

Beautiful stretch of waters

After visiting the Geopark, we were famished and we headed straight to Jiufen where the old streets were selling plenty of delicacies and bites we could very much welcome.

Ready to conquer

Jiufen street


Famous Ice-cream Muah Chee peanuts


Famous Steam Snail

Beef Noodle

Apart from the above, we also visited Taipei 101 attraction in a separate day, which the ticket I booked through Klook which was fast, convenient and also cheaper than buying onsite.









And also last but not least, we'll leave the memory of Ximending with us, which we really have a great time walking everyday all day long.

50 Lan Bubble Tea

Walking right through Ximending

As usual, our caffeing moment to rest our legs

Super good beef cube, bought this twice

Famous bitter gourd lemon juice

Suckling pig anyone?

We sneaked out midnight to watch "Red Sparrow" :)


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Taiwan 2018 Travelogue - Day 4 Sunmoon Lake + Aboriginal Culture Village

We look forward to this day because we know we were heading towards the famous Sunmoon Lake 日月潭 and the sky is bright.

This helps to boost our energy level and the forward looking feeling tremendously.

We bought a ticket ferry which would enable us to move from one island point to another. Each ferry took about 15 min each and there were 3 stops along the way.

Clear blue sky and water

Chop for our ferry

日月潭

By the time we reached one of the station, we were famished and so we ordered the famous Ah Mah egg which was selling like a hot cake.

We heard from our driver guide that they sell 20,000 eggs in a day and counting and do not have to pay rent and taxes to the government (there is a long story here).

Ah Mah egg

We were strolling around in our own leisure and pace and were enjoying the fruits we bought while viewing the scenery.

This is the beauty of private travel where we get to enjoy at our own pace.

After about an hour, we returned to the original station and the driver is ready to take us into the Aboriginal Cultural Village, which we had to go in via a cable car.

Cable Car cabin fits 8 of us

With Magnificent Views

We spent the next 4 hours and the rest of the day in the village.

Turns out the place is 100x better than my expectations and I was glad that we went and made it inside.

There were many historical sites, cultural stories, beautiful cherry blossom, amusement park and the amazing European garden.

We took so many photos inside in our leisure walk from the start to the finish.



Meteor Garden!??

What a beauty!

Yay, found an amusement park which is free

Free Carousell


Free choo choo train

European garden backdrop

Leisure Walking

Once we are done, we headed to the nearby minsu we booked.

It was called Moon B&B and was located in a strategic location near all the activities surrounding the night market.

The owner was very kind and we really loved the minsu very much. The only drawback is that it doesnt have a warmer at night and we were feeling very cold.

Really heart this minsu

Beautiful entrance

Some hot tea to warm perhaps

Breakfast

Really homely food

Soya milk and milk tea

Best moment for me
Missing this minsu already :(