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Zhongshe Tourism Flower Market, Houli, Taichung

June 19th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered


Our third day, we headed to Taichung to visit Zhongshe Tourism Flower Market (No.469-13, Sanfeng Rd., Houli Dist., Taichung City). Again… Don’t be silly to do a day trip to Taichung from Taipei, it’s just too far and too tiring, you’ll be wasting all your time on the road. Stay a night or two in Taichung would be a better idea. Besides, there’s many places to discover in Taichung.


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If you like flowers and photography, why not visit Zhongshe Tourism Flower Market. It’s opened all year round. Every season has different flowers(can check out their website for flower updates). You can also BBQ at this place. There’s a little corner where you can learn about bees and buy its products such as soap, honey, bee pollen and etc.


By the way, entrance isn’t free. You have to pay, the fee changes based on season. Do be sure to check the website again.


The flower market is a fun place for the young and old. It can be really hot in the summer as shades are scarce. If you are allergic to pollen, be sure to take some measures to avoid or at least lessen the allergy reaction.


These are just some of the flowers, there’s so much to see.


You can easily spend the whole morning there, maybe about 1 to 2 hours. Then you can have BBQ lunch there if you want. Guests having BBQ there are exempted from entrance fee.


I’ll just let the photos do the talking.


Flowers…


Flowers…


And more flowers…

Till then… Toddles…

Categories: Going Places · The Heart of Asia - Taiwan

Nando’s Celebrates 20 Years of PERi-PERi Perfection!

June 13th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

How time flies?!? Nando’s is in Malaysia for 20 years! It was a pleasure to be invited to celebrate their 20th anniversary at their AEON Kuching Central establishment.


You ever wonder how your Nando’s favourite sauce is made? We were given opportunity to make our own. It was fun! It’s very simple, all you need is PERi-PERi chilies, onion, oil, herbs, fresh lemons, and garlic. I made mine and it was soooooooo spicy! Try to make it at home, it’s not hard at all. No measurements of the ingredients, just adjust to your own liking.


Happy birthday, Nando’s.


How can you not eat the chicken when you’re at Nando’s? The chickens are marinated in the sauce for 24-hours and then basted with your choice of heat level ranging from lemon & herb to the fiery Extra Hot.

Do download Nando’s mobile application if you like to go to Nando’s. You will get to enjoy the rewards such as redeeming a free quarter chicken or whole chicken once you’ve collected nine chillies.

Hope you enjoy your flamed-grilled chicken.

Categories: Food Porn · Public Events

Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Yuchi Township, Nantou County

June 6th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

I’ve been to Taiwan twice, all for work, all in Taipei. This time around, the third time, finally it’s for holiday. Of course, we ventured out of Taipei, only spent 2 nights in Taipei. I’ll share the key places we’ve been for this trip. Will share where we stayed after all attractions posts.

Our first day was spent in the airport, the plane, the airport, the plane, then on the road to Nantou County from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

We visited Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village on our second day starting in the morning at 9.30am. Entrance ticket is NT$850/adult while children and senior citizen(65 years old and above) is NT$420/pax. There will be morning welcome show at the Culture Square near the entrance. You can have photo opportunity with the performers after that.


Before visiting the culture village, make sure you have your mosquito repellent ready! A lot of them to feast on you. I was their feast haha… While inside the village, there are many mosquito repellent available FOC on site, so be hardworking to apply it whenever you see it to reduce the possibility of being feast ;p You can check out my instagram on how yummy I was…



The cultural village is so huge. I can assure you that you need one whole day to discover the place. The entrance ticket is very reasonable which include cable car rides within the village and even go all the way to Sun Moon Lake, it also entitled you to play at the amusement park without additional charges. Food and beverage and merchandises are not included.


After the morning performance, be sure to take the cable car and go to the Sun Moon Lake Ropeway station first. You can choose to take the Crystal Cable Car, limited units available, you will just have to wait for it, there’s a special lane for it. The one we got on is the Crystal Cable Car, you can look all the way down.


View of Sun Moon Lake from the cable car.


The view of Sun Moon Lake. You can sit here and enjoy the breeze of the lake or have a stroll. Then ride the cable car to go back to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village for lunch.


Back at the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, we went to get our lunch before exploring the cultural village. We had ours at Bunun BBQ. We ordered the Grilled Set Meal(NT$200) and some fancy pink fizzy drink(NT$50). Really don’t underestimate the portion, for small to average eater, you can share this one set. The set consists of corn, Taiwan sausage, yam, grilled pork, rice, and soup. The fizzy drink is quite refreshing with some jellies in it. Get one or two side orders to share for average eaters and you will be filled. By the way, it’s pork, pork, pork… Oh, make sure you clear your own plates after eating.




What you see here is just some of the things you can see. There are model houses of the native aborigines in Taiwan, a museum too. Along the way, there are many interactions with the staff. They are very professional. They took their job seriously, even when no body or people are still far from the site, they still continue with their “performances” like clockwork.



Demonstration of glass beads making at the Paiwan village (check out the video here). You can buy the handicraft here. We bought a few but just realized that we bought the more commercialized and fancy ones instead of the traditional glass bead as shown in the photo above.


Lots of sculptures around the cultural village. They have many owl sculptures and totems. The Thao believes that if a pregnant woman sees an owl on a tree nearby, it is the spirit sent to protect them. The spirit is said to be of an unmarried young lady who died after she was banished from her village because she became pregnant. Her body was found in the mountain, under a tree where an owl perched at the top of the tree.


The show at Pestle Music Theatre where you see traditional aboriginal instruments performance.


While at the Naruwan Theatre, this is where you can enjoy a series of aboriginal folk dances and they also interact with the visitors. If you are lucky, you might score yourself some souvenirs.



These are some activities you can do in the cultural village.


There you go… Be sure that you stay nearby and don’t be silly to try to visit this place if you are based in Taipei, it takes hours to drive here! You will be left with very little time and tired from the road trip. You need to spend a night in Yuchi Township in Nantou County to maximize your visit. Check out the official website for more information.


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Categories: Food Porn · Going Places · The Heart of Asia - Taiwan

Sungkei Ria Ramadhan Buffet at Riverside Majestic Hotel

May 30th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

My first Ramadan buffet this year. Last year, none…

This time, I’m sharing with you Sungkei Ria Ramadhan Buffet at Riverside Majestic Hotel. If you don’t like hot and stuffy place, having it at Riverside Majestic is the way to go. I didn’t smell like walking kitchen even after being in there for almost 3 hours.


You’ll not just get the usual sungkei dishes, you’ll get special cuisines which you cannot find elsewhere.


You can get chili crab!! What?!?! Crab?!?! I was surprised to find crab there.


Here’s my favourite sections. Oh yummy yummy BBQ meats, there’re crabs, mussels, bamboo clam and all the other kind of meat. It’s not easy to find Japanese food in Ramadan buffet, when I saw it, I started eyeing it *LOL*


Especially the salmon skin, finally! It’s always out of stock elsewhere. I had so much last night, I can eat more but hehehe… Need to try other food too. Satay is also a must-eat for me.


Not just inside the cafe, there are more food outside.


Here’s some of the food I had. Didn’t take photos of the rest, only remember to feed myself, forgotten about my camera hahaha…

I’m sure you want to know the price, the price for adult is RM92 nett and for child is RM46 nett. The buffet dinner is served from 6:30pm to 10pm daily at the Café Majestic Coffee House from 17 th May until 14 th June 2018.

Do not miss the chance to get special price as low as RM69.00 nett per adult if you book online at http://www.riversidemajestic.com/deals.

For Muslim guests’ convenience, Riverside Majestic Hotel also provides designated male and female prayer rooms and a section for wuduk.

For reservations, please contact the hotel’s F&B Department at +6082532222 extension 8842.

Categories: Food Porn · Uniquely Kuching

Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam

May 17th, 2018 · Nobody Surrendered

Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam is nude pink matte-radiance highlighter for face. I got this from the UK with discount, it costs £22.00(original price). Not so sure about Malaysia.


Previously I was using Benefit High Beam Face Highlighter for 3 years and decided to give Shy Beam a try. The former has obvious effect as it shimmers, it took me quite some time to get used to the effect of Shy Beam.

Shhh, it’s the highlighter with a low profile. This soft-matte, nude pink highlighter puts the most natural-looking spotlight on you. Let a radiant you shine through!

You can use it on its own or with makeup. I’m using it under my blusher to give subtle glow to the cheekbone and to plump up the cheek. I’m also using it on top of my face powder or foundation on various parts of my face(refer to photo above) as my last step of makeup.


Left: Before, only with face powder.
Right: After, Shy Beam applied and smooth out.

Since it is shy, shimmer-less, it’s not that obvious. The nose area is quite obvious as it catches the light more. In actual life, it gives you healthy glow and diffuse light which can “conceal” some of my pigmentation and highlights without shimmer.

Remember, it is shy, a little goes a long way. Otherwise, instead of healthy glow, you’ll get white residue stuck in pores and fine lines on your face, it does not look good at all! However, it will not be that obvious for High Beam if you applied a bit too heavily.


Final effect with my daily makeup. Can you see the soft sheen of Shy Beam?

I might go back to High Beam, this is too shy for me. Anyway, both are very good products.

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