savorLA meets savorTaiwan
Day 9 & 10 & 11
I’m combining three days because we didn’t do much these three days. Day 9 I hung out with some of my cousins/aunt and uncle. Our family is indeed HUGE and I’m going to write a post about my fam very soon haha For those of you who don’t know, I have more than 20+ people on both sides on my fam. I think my dad’s side of the family is 30+ o-o’
Anyway, on Sunday, the cousins took us on a tram ride to MaoKong. Hello Kitty recently partnered with them so everything in this building is decorated with Hello Kitty stuff.
The tram ride is located at the bottom of Taipei Zoo and there are 2 kinds of trams, one that’s normal and one that has a glass bottom. We made reservations for the one with the glass bottom! My poor aunt and cousin are terrified of heights and when we got off, they were still shaking ^^’
This is the view of the tram ride. It was actually fairly long! Around 30 minutes.
At the top, we stopped at a restaurant to take in the scenery and drink tea. However, the restaurant website was entirely different than what it actually looked like… BUT it was still super fun to drink tea and play card games with everyone!
The next day, our aunt and uncle (from my mom’s side) took us out to eat lunch before taking us back to Sanxia where most of my mom’s side of the family live.
This restaurant is apparently very busy during regular lunch hours and sometimes it’s impossible to get a spot because it’s so small. It was 2pm by the time we went there so we were lucky to be one of the only 2 customers there. (They close at 2:30pm)
We got a various amount of delicious dishes, such as Chewy Glass Noodles or “Guo Tiao” in Chinese.
Mao Po Tofu
Si Gua with Egg. Si Gua is a type of melon. Fun fact! If you dry up the entire melon, you can use it as a loofa to scrub your body when you shower :D
And Chicken! This restaurant has medium portions but is more expensive than usual Taiwanese restaurants.
The next day, gramps took us to a Taiwanese Walmart called “Da Run Fa”. It has everything from electronics, food, clothes and random house supplies.
My sister and I went a bit overboard with a bunch of snacks to bring back to the states…
Hey some of it was our grandpas too! LOL
Ya, now the days are def becoming more chill. Most of it consists of just spending some quality time with my parents before we leave!
All Photo Credits: Kristine Ko