We decided to go for a city ride which covered almost 10km and our route took us back by the Love River and we were surprised that there were so many anglers along the river. We decided to stop and see what was the commotion..... It was a Milk Fish Fiesta!!! Everyone was trying to lay their catch and we too took a few fishes home, by the way Milk fish is Taiwanese delicacy.
12 May 2010
This is the third time we patronized this BBQ restaurant but this time is different. A very special friend to us and our family, Breden Chua. Currently he and his college, Lim are here on work assignment by Manitowoc, an American Crane Company. I got to know both of them through work when I was their client. Over the years Breden and me got to know each other better because we shared the same passion, beers and bikes. Those years we would set off from on our BMW bikes to Thailand and enjoy the sun, sand and sea.
9 May 2010
This is basically a short trail around 8.5Km but mostly technical, from hill climb, riding down the steps and even carry the bike up the hill.
Last time I rode in this track was about a year ago. It felt good coming back to the place again and see those bridge crossing we made was still intact. Today's weather was hitting hard on me, my whole body was burning hot. Wish there was a waterfall.
30 Mar 2010
N23 11.497 E120 23.784
We arrived WuShanTou Reservoir from Siao Ruishi 小瑞士 pretty late in the afternoon. After contemplating if you should camp at 烏山頭水庫風景區 Wusantou Reservoir Camp we decided to drive around the reservoir using the plantation roads till we find a nice spot to spend a night.
21 Apr 2010
N22 35.243 E120 17.194
Located on Cijin Island, Kaohsiung City, together our friends ZhongHan and YaPing we decided to head down to Cijin Island to try the Japanese 關東煮 and BBQ. It was understood that most of their dishes were imported from Japan.
15 Mar 2009
N23 19.941 E120 30.213
GuanZiLing is another hot spring area in Taiwan, it is also one of the few places in Taiwan with mud hot spring. We decided to drop by this area to get a hot shower and wash our clothes as we had been camping in our van for few days. As it was a weekday, there was hardly any crowd and we decided bargain for the prices. We managed to get NT500 for both us otherwise we would have to pay NT700.
15 Jul 2009
N25 06.743 E121 50.880
When I was in Singapore, my friend Calvin who runs a camping store told me he was coming to 九份 JiuFen. He told me it is one of the most beautiful places in Taiwan, situated on a hill over looking Taipei City and the sea. When I returned back Taiwan, without returning home we headed for JiFen.
22 Feb 2010
N25 10.315 E121 26.747
I have eaten many smelly tofu hot pot and really like them but this is different. When we were in 淡水鎮 DanShui Night Market, we decided to try this 麻辣臭豆腐 Mala Smelly Tofu. As I am a very fussy food eater, we decided to order just one bowl of house special. So what did we think about it? This is one of the best Mala Smelly Tofu we have tasted, even my partner who is a Taiwanese agrees with my point of view. At time we will still miss this Special Mala Smelly Tofu.
6 Sep 2006
N23 52.248 E120 56.636
Located just around the corner of Sun Moon Lake, this was our first Theme Park when my kids first came to Taiwan. It is not a place just for kids to play but a very informative back ground on the natives of this island.
7 Mar 2007
3 Apr 2010
N23 42.066 E121 33.035
This is a surfer paradise beach, there is a campsite Jici Beach Recreation Area 磯崎海水浴場 located at the beach but it seems that everytime when I am there, it is not opened. The last time I was there on 3 Apr 2010 it was still not open. I had a closer look around the area and it seems to be in operation but no one is in there. Prior to posting, I just check the website, I was not able to hook up to the website.
6 Apr 2010
N23 50.183 E120 53.951
Located just east of Sun Moon Lake, we came up to this area when we saw a camping signboard. We were surprise to find this tranquil area. The owner of the campsite briefly told us that this area was previously used for farming irrigation and now the government had taken back some of the area and rebuild it. He also informed us that we can view firefly around the lake but we did not get the chance as it was raining for last 2 days. Around the lake, there are few Chalets but they have stop the construction due to grey water being dump into the reservoir.
7 Mar 2007
N24 08.578 E121 17.066
The first time we headed up to Hehuan Shan we were in luck. It started to snow as we drove from Taroko National Park. Being a tropical lander, never did me and the kids seen snow. It was an extreme delight for all of us, the kids enjoyed so much in the snow.
19 Oct 2009
N21 55.895 E120 44.781
Aound Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, my favourite hangout area would be at 南灣 South Bay. The water over this area are less choppy and makes a great place for water sport activities. However because of the Nuclear Power Plant location, many locals worries about the contamination of the water. As for me there had been no reports of any accident still make a good place to enjoy. Here are some tips
16 Mar 2010
N22 59.087 E120 26.452
Following my GPS to the nearest place of interest, we ended up this area coming down from 308 high land (三0八高地). The downhill from 三0八高地 to Caoshan Moon World was rather steep and mostly off-road. After driving around the area we found that the whole place had been under tourist. Most of the tourist site were not taken care and most of the area are slowly turning into a farm land. This area is definitely not worth the visit.
N22 59.981 E120 09.187
I love soybean curd, first time I tried Taiwan's cold soybean curd was a bike ride with the club from Kaohsiung to Tainan. Ever since we pass by the area we would stop by for a cold soybean curd treat. I must say it is one of the best soybean curd we had. There are 2 shops located side by side. One selling the white version soybean curd while the other the black soybean curd. We prefer the black version which was smoother and tastier.
2 Feb 2010
N23 00.094 E120 09.652
Fort Zeelandia was build over the span of ten year from 1624 - 1634. Dutch last strong hold after 38 year of occupation on the island was later defeated by the Chinese Ming Dynasty General Zheng Cheng Gong after 9months of siege. The Dutch surrendered the fortress and left the island in 1662 after a signed agreement Treaty. The defeat was partly blame for failed reinforcement from the Java.
28 May 2009
N23 30.132 E121 21.551
The spa hotel is ran by an elderly couple, the main spa pool area is separated by a road from the hotel. The hotel room is pretty comfortable and they come with an indoor hot spa tub. Around the spa pool area there are water parks for the kids. The main spa area consist of few different pools with various temperate hot spring water.
29 May 2008
N23 29.360 E121 24.085
Guess this is the only place we currently know that we can enjoy white water rafting after the 8 Aug 2009 disaster that destroy the Laonong River in Kaohsiung County. Comparing both rafting area we preferred Laonong River as there are more rapids however the Xiuguluan River will cover more distance. Rafting arrangement can be done at location otherwise here is a contact link. The rafting center provide camping site, click here for details
2 Apr 2010
I was curious why there was not a coastal road from Syuhai to Daiwu instead you will need to drive around the mountain to the other side. On my GPS it did indicated a small road, previously I did attempt from Syuhai trying the small road but it came to a dead end at a radar station. So this time I tried from the other end from Daren village.
2 Apr 2010
N22 31.768 E120 57.960
Located in Taitung, Tamali Village, we were very surprised how this hot spring joint survived the last 8 Aug 2009 flooding disaster. It just sits right beside the JinLun river which buried hundreds of families. The hot spring joint cost NT150 for use other camping would cost NT250
10 Apr 2010
It been a while I cooked up a spicy feast. Finally after their busy work schedule, I managed to invite ZhongHan, YaPing and Ah Kui for dinner. So far they are a few Taiwanese friends I know can handle the heat. I decided to prepare sambal kangkong, curry fish head, curry crab and sambal prawn to go Thai white rice.
Last visited 4 Apr 2010
Located in Taroko National Park, this hot spring area is currently closed. I was told about this hot spring when I met a guy from Taichung while camping around the area. He told me he used to frequent this area and the hot spring was one of his favourite hang out. Next day taking his advise, we drove 2km up north from our campsite to seek out the hot spring. Watch me and Siboy our dog how we got to the hot dip!!
Last Visited 12 Mar 2010
The last time I was in Alishan park was 4 years ago with my kids. This time I am up there with family to view the cherry blossom (sakura). After the long hike around the area, we decided to take the forbidden road back to our vehicle.
Last Visited: 28 Feb 2009
GPS: N23 06.126 E120 45.150
This is the best wild hot spring in Southern Taiwan!! My fellow biker friends discussed during our camping trip at Shidong Hot Spring campsite. So the next day I decided to embark an unknown journey as we are unsure how the Aug 8 2009 disaster left in her path.