Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Farglory Hotel in Hualien

We went on a weekend trip to Hualien where we stayed at the beautiful Farglory Hotel and visited the Farglory Ocean Park. I didn't wanna make this trip into a huge post, so I decided to split it up into two posts. One mainly about the hotel and another one about the ocean park.

We decided not to drive there since it's a fairly long drive from Taipei (at least 5 hours without traffic), so we took the the train there. However, we didn't just any train there; we took the Formosa Express.

The Formosa Express is just a regular train that has been remodeled and redecorated. It is a lot cleaner and roomier so it did feel a lot more comfortable. What was really different was the "bar" (No alcohol. Well, I couldn't find any or maybe I didn't look hard enough) shown in the photo above and the karaoke room, which is the door in the far end of the photo. Also, the ticket came with a mealbox and some souvenirs.

We killed some time on the train by making paper planes and silly hats out of the brochures.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Rooftop BBQ @ MJ's

As we do every summer, we did lots of grilling / BBQing this past summer which included a relaxing get-together at the rooftop of MJ's place.

We arrived early in the afternoon so I could drink with MJ and yet have enough time to sober up for the drive home later at night. We drank some SangSom of course, and of course we proceeded to kill the entire bottle.


People watching from the rooftop.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

National Center for Traditional Arts in Ilan

After going to the King Car Whisky Distillery, we decided to drop by the National Center for Traditional Arts before heading home. This was not our first time at the center and I still highly recommend it to everyone, especially if you have kids.

Some photos...

The "main street" of the center is built to look like most "old streets" you find all over Taiwan. For example, the Sanxia old street or the Hukou old street

There was a parade on the main street depicting traditional Taiwanese puppet shows.

More real life puppet characters.

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