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Twincharged

Its been 3 years since my last visit to Taiwan. Used to visit Taiwan twice a year for work visiting suppliers. Now that they are fully opened its time to go again.

Monday morning 6.15am at the Suvarnabhumi Airport
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Had breakfast at the Singapore Airlines lounge
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At the gate
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My ride
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Many mothballed aircraft still on ground
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Brunch on flight
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Arriving Taoyuan Airport
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Having to go to the southern city of Kaohsiung, I had to take a taxi to the Taoyuan High Speed Train Station to catch a train to Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung.

At the Zuoying station - bought a burger to go
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Then it up the train
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My late lunch
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Burger
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Great packaging for burger will not dirty hands
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Another great packaging for fried chicken
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Then took another taxi from Zuoying Station to the hotel. Arriving at hotel

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My room
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Harbour view
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Compliment
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Hypersonic

Yes, now is a good time to visit Taiwan.

No PRC tourist, and tourist spot not very crowded. 

Enjoy your trip. 

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Was brought to a crab restaurant by the locals

Starting drink
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Starters
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Garlic crab
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Squid
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Padi fish
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Spread
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Gourd
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Vegetables
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Tofu
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Last drink
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A very important thing I forgot to share at the beginning. Covid entry requirement.

ZERO!

Theres nothing they check and require since checking in at the Suvarnabhumi Airport to leaving the Taoyuan Airport. Only thing is you will be given a box like this:

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Inside contains 4 sets of covid antigen test kits 

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which they recommend you to do 1 as soon as possible within the day of arrival and then another the next day before you leave home/hotel. You don't have to report anything at all. So its as good as "up to you". Well, being a good boy I followed

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and the result was

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As this is a very short trip I had on two full days to work, Tuesday and today. So for this trip did not expect any free time for sightseeing or photos of scenery. Tomorrow morning will be on our way to Taoyuan and then back to Bangkok in the afternoon.

I was in an industrial area these two days. Yesterday after the morning work the locals brought me to a local restaurant popular for serving mutton (meat from local goats).

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The food at this mutton restaurant

Freshly boiled mutton
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Mutton stir fry with bitter gourd
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Mutton stir fry with spring onions
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Meesua (fine rice noodle)
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Mutton stir fry with pineapple
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Baked mutton
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Mutton herbal soup
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Mutton vermicelli
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Boiled prawns
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The spread
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Good morning everybody. This 40 seconds time lapse video taken from my hotel room window yesterday from 4.15pm to 8.15pm (4hrs)

 

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Supersonic

Nice. I missed Taiwan. This is one of the country i would never get tired going back again and again and again. 😂

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1 hour ago, Mkl22 said:

why didnt you just fly to Kaohsiung directly and bypass the train?

Unfortunately there is no direct flight to Kaohsiung from Bangkok at this point in time.

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Ok this post will not make justice to local food nevertheless here it is a dinner at the Kaohsiung city's Marriot Hotel.

I've never sat on such a humongous table (for 10) like this in my life 
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Has 2 motors for the center turntable
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But its pretty
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The cutleries 
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Very high-end Narumi bone-china
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The dishes
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The special drink for dinner
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Starter - tofu and chives
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Starter - pickle
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Starter - bamboo shoots
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The drink
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We started with a appetizer consisting of 4 items - prawns, fungus & jellyfish, mullet roe, tofu
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Creamy soup that has prawns, scallops and white fungus in it
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And then its the lobster with curry sauce
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Braised wagyu cheek
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Beef simply melts in your mouth
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Mixed vegetables and prawn
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Grouper with thick rice noodle
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Fruits
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Almond cold soup with egg white
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We had a wonderful dinner certainly however these are not Taiwanese food at all. If looking at what Taiwanese food is all about look at the next video below

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So this is what Taiwanese food is all about

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU0j1E3DbIE&t=4s

Stopped at a stall and ordered these
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Fried oyster with egg and sauce ($3)
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Thick soup with pork ($1.80)
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Simply delicious all of them

Walked more down the street found another shop
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Making dumplings
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My sauces
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Spring onion cake, amazing 
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Clam clear soup
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Dumplings
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Chicken
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Dinner (total $15.70)
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This is what I'd call Taiwan food

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So this the breakfast that I have been dining at past 3 mornings. Overly huge spread this hotel's breakfast it has everything.

 

My braised pork rice (肉燥飯) today before I check-out from the hotel

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