Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Vibrant Taipei (Part 3)

I just back from an interview with MUI Group in KL. It was the shortest and simplest interview I've ever attended. No IQ test, no personality test, no essay-writing and i was only interviewed by a manager, not a group of panel. I'm quite disappointed because I expect listed MNC would have strict requirements in recruiting executive trainees which they will groom us to be the future management team. So I decided not to attend their second round of interview. No point of wasting both parties' time since I'm not interested in joining them anymore.

Feel extremely sleepy and tired because I woke up at 6.30am to travel from Seremban to KL by our "fastest" KTM commuter. Though KTM has made more shopping complexes, offices and recreational centres more accessible, it has created an extremely serious problem that badly affects the people in Malaysia. Due to the undue delay of train, couples quarrel when their partners are late and employees are scolded by boss or have their performance evaluation deteriorated. Not only that, the "never-be-punctual" culture is further promoted in Malaysians' daily life. So we can imagine how the tourists would be impressed by this kind of public transport system.

Ok. I think I have enough complaints. Let's indulge in the hilarious moments to wipe away my tiredness.

TAIPEI again

............. I do not know when i can finish blogging about my taipei trip because I just love it too much. I miss their foods, their friendly people, their night markets and also their skin care products.

There are wide varieties of high quality skin care products in Taipei, mostly Taiwanese and Japanese brands for me to choose.

We went to a shopping centre in Xi Men Ding to have a glance on their skin care counters and also to compare prices.

The price of the skin care products are quite cheap compared to Malaysia. Price of facial masks were ranging from NT$ 10 to NT$ 200 per piece. What's more? The famous Japanese brand, Lifecella eye masks (unavailable in Malaysia) were only NT$ 199 for three pairs. Super cheap!!!

"Dog shit smell" was very common here as there were too many stalls selling “Stinky Taufu”.

I love this Korean style cap a lot

Off-season shoes were out for sale!

Food streets in Xi Men Ding

Since this shop was patronised by so many handsome students, I decided to check out what was their famous food.

I found “braised meet rice” was very common in Taipei and the price was only NT$25 for one.

Meet balls.

Fried oysters with egg. It was so perfect because the oysters were fresh and juicy .

The little Tokyo

Starbucks & 7-Eleven


Xi Men Ding symbolises the urban life in Taipei and it strongly reflects the Japanese and Korean culture. It’s just a modern and vibrant place for youngsters. Cinemas, food stalls, hair salons, beauty salons, convenience stores, shops selling garments and gadgets are all available here but things are a little bit pricey.

After exploring this unique and fun place, we went to Taipei 101, the landmark of Taipei. It is located at Xinyi District, a high-end shopping area in town.

Taipei City Hall MRT Station

Here we are!!

There are fabulous selections of international popular fashion brands, delicate restaurants with international cuisines and also a financial centre that comprises of banking services and electronic products.

The interior design of Taipei 101 is stylish and luxurious

Observatory level at Taipei 101

Taipei 101 during day time

I found one tall Christmas tree here. There were not much of Christmas decorations since it was just the beginning of December

Introduce my shopping heaven to you all..........
Wufenpu, a ready-made clothes distribution zone.

This place is just like another Pratunam in Bangkok.

Although there are many made-in China garments, but the quality is good. Besides, you can also find a lot of Korean and Hong Kong garments here.

Time to eat again........

The popular “Big big fried chicken fillet” with chilli powder

We then walked over to Raohe night market to buy its famous pepper buns.

People were queuing to buy the pepper bun.

Very strong pepper taste and it was nice because I was extremely cold in this windy night.

Next to the night market is an ancient temple

Day 2 in Taipei was my happiest day because I found my desired winter coats in Wufenpu. I advise you guys who wanna go shopping in Taipei to bring more cash because all the stuffs here are damn nice and they are just simply irresistible to buy. I had suffered from "no-cash-no-talk" experience when shopping at Wufenpu. They do not accept credit card at all. And that's why I bought very few clothes and souvenirs because I had no other ways to get cash in Taipei. So sad............

More savoury snacks and pretty photos of me are coming soon!
But be patient because I'm busy preparing myself for the coming interviews and assessment centres with Alliance Bank, Public Bank, UOB Bank and Price WaterHouse Coopers. Please share your experience with me if anyone have been to the assessment centres of the firms named above.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Vibrant Taipei (Part 2)

Half day Taipei city tour

Our tour bus

Taipei city in the morning

Our first stop was the famous Chinese palace-style building, the Chiang Kai Sek Memorial Hall (Zhong Zheng Ji Nian Tang).

The people holding green and red flags were those to support and oppose to the dismantlement of the words of “Da Zhong Zhi Zheng”. Since this incident was actually involved in political fight, the tour guide advised us not to approach those people holding big green and red flags on their hands because we might be caught by police or even be beaten by public.

This was the head topic of the daily news in Taipei during my stay. What I saw on the TV every night was this ……..

As you know tour guides are not tour guides if they do not bring you to any place that is time-wasting and boring for you to buy the local products for their commission. They use smart ploys by telling you some interesting and funny grandmother story in the bus to raise your curiosity and then indirectly convince you and finally bring you to the shop for their extra pocket money.

So we were brought to the “Alishan” shop where Alishan people sell “Ling Zhi” and royal jelly.

Alishan Gu Niang was explaining how miraculous their “Ling Zhi” was.

You would never know how whether this “Ling Zhi” is real or fake because China-made fake Louis Vuitton handbags are also actually same with the original one.

But the tour guide in Taipei was actually very friendly and polite person and didn’t turn a smiley face into a “u-don-buy-I-curse-you” face even though we did not purchase anything from the shop.

Next stop was a historical place called “Zhong Lie Ci”.

After 15 minutes stay, we proceeded to the National Palace Museum.

This fully modernised museum provides earphone to each of their visitors so that everyone can listen to the tour guide clearly without having the tour guide to raise her voice.

I’m not interested in visiting museums because I do not like those precious and meaningful collections ……. Unless I’m allowed to take it home. HAHA. What’s more, no photo shooting is allowed in the museum and this makes me feel bored.

After viewing a few series of collections, we were allowed to take breath outside the museum. Hurray!

The last stop was a shop selling “Pi You”. “Pi You” brings luck and prosperity according to the Chinese traditions. They sold at freaking sky high price and I believe I could buy it at less than RM50 for a pair in China.

The “Si Fu” in the shop, who gives advice on the type of “Pi You” for every individual based on their names.

It was really unfair for us because we were just allowed to spend 15 minutes for every scenic spot but when they sent us to those shops, they would dump us there for at least 30 minutes. But I had no choice since this trip was complimentary tour for our booking of hotels and air tickets.

The most enjoyable thing during this city tour was getting to know some of the histories and cultures of Taiwan.

Shopping at Xi Men Ding, Taipei 101, Wufenpu and Raohe night market

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