Liyu Lake (鯉魚潭) is a place to enjoy leisure activities, right at the foot of Liyu Mountain. Continue reading
We went along the east rift valley, going to 5 different places. Ching Xiu Temple, Liyu Lake, Lichuan Fishery, Lu-Fung Jade Workshop and Lintian Mountain. That’s me again being too greedy wanting to see too many places all in one go!
We had a late start as we were quite tired from our pre-wedding photography on the previous day.
We went to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (中正纪念堂). The hall is designed to resemble the Taiwanese flag, using only blue and white as its color combination. The blue tiles represent the blue sky, the white walls represent the white sun, and with a flower bed of red flowers, the three colors of blue, white and red echoes the flag.
The memorial hall is Continue reading
We reached Ivy Bridal at 8am in the morning. We needed an early start as we had 6 locations to go, each with dresses and hair styles to change in between. There are so many beautiful places in Taiwan I want to go for the photo shoot but I could only limit myself to 6 locations.
The first location we went for the shoot was Bopiliao Old Street (剝皮寮老街) in Wanhua District.
One of our “missions” of going to Taiwan was getting our pre-wedding photography done with Ivy Bridal in Taipei.
After visiting Continue reading
Taipei 101 is Taipei’s icon. The 101 Mall is at the base of the building with offices on the higher floors, indoor observatory on the 89th floor and an outdoor observatory on the 91st floor. We did not go in the building, but just viewed it from afar. I like Taipei 101 better during the night. As a comparison, Continue reading
Our Langkawi itinerary was quite relaxed, not so much of rushing around to go to the next destination or the next city. We took our sweet time going from place to place, and spent some time by the pool and the beach. But if you are tight for time, I think you can still use my itinerary for a 3 days 2 nights stay. Here is our actual itinerary:
We started our day with brunch at 12pm at Tapaz Restaurant at Perdana Quay, Telaga Harbour. The scenery was very beautiful; there was the sun, the blue sky, the yachts floating around, and the brightly colored restaurants. As it was still kinda early for lunch, it was also very serene because there was hardly anyone else besides Gary and I. The whole Quay belonged to the two of us (and the waiters at the restaurants) for about 30 minutes before other tourists came for food.
At Tapaz Restaurant
I started off my brunch with a huge glass of sungria, probably equivalent to half a bottle of wine. The sangria had lots of fresh fruits and a good amount of alcohol inside so I think I got a little bit tipsy when I was only half way through the drink (but then again my alcohol tolerance is not exactly that great so maybe somebody else drinking the sangria would not have any tipsy effect).
We ordered the chicken liver pate and a tapaz platter for two. The chicken liver pate was smooth and went really well with the chewy home-made bread (it tasted quite homely to me at least). The size of the chicken pate must be one of the largest I’ve seen as well! It came in a souffle cup!
The tapaz platter was fantastic ! There were fried calamari, prawn in garlic olive oil, omelette, sausage with mustard and button mushrooms (hiding behind the fried calamari).
We really liked the whole atmosphere the restaurant presented as a whole. The colors of the restaurant decoration had that strong Spanish vibrant feel, the food was great, and the price was reasonable ( around RM100 for 2), would definitely come back here again. But I would come back in the night-time as it was really hot during our meal ! Now I know why there was not many people at lunch…
Our next stop was the Panorama Langkawi Skycab. As it was a public holiday, the line was so long we really didn’t want to spend so much time waiting. We tried waiting, but gave up after 30 minutes and went to the Underwater World. So make note in your plans to not go to the skycab during public holidays, or if you do, go early in the morning to avoid wasting too much time at the queue.
Underwater World was a must-go for Gary because he is a big fan of fisheys and I am not. There were a few different categories of animals – reptiles, marine, freshwater tropical forest, sub-antarctic and temperate.
I enjoyed the visit but I had shorter attention spans for some sections. When it came to the sub-antarctic and the temperate sections, I must say I enjoy watching the penguins more than anything else.
Rockhopper Penguin – I like his yellow eye brows. He looks mad in this picture…
Black Footed (African) Penguins.
As we exited the Underwater World, there was a duty – free shop right next to it. If you are pressed for time, you can do all your duty-free shopping here instead of going to Kuah Town. Chocolates, alcohol, Corelle and Corningware, etc.
During the night, we went to Kuah Town to do some pots and pans shopping for our up-coming new house. We looked around quite a few duty-free shops to compare prices. The prices are more or less similar between various shops so you don’t have to worry about maybe some shops might have higher prices than others. If you are a Corelle lover, you will go crazy here ! All sorts of designs with all sorts of shapes. Big plates, small plates, fish plates, bowls, soup bowls, tea cups…. etc etc. Other brands included Pyrex, Tefal, La Gourmet and Luminarc.
We ended up buying one Corelle set of bowls and plates, and one set of La Gourmet pots (set of 3 pots). The price was really good as it was about 40% off compared to other places in Malaysia. I havent opened the sets as I am waiting to shift them to the new house, but I did open up two plates for the sake of taking photos 🙂
I just can’t resist Corelle kitchenware I dont know why. The last time I was in Langkawi I didn’t d0 much except for work, I didn’t drink much as I was there for work, I didn’t go anywhere much except staying inside the hotel and went once to Kuah Town, I didn’t even buy too much chocolates as I was watching my diet, but what I did do was I hand-carried a set of three super heavy Corelle pots (S, M, L) all the way back home with me…
Some websites which you may find useful:
Perdana Quay. http://www.perdanaquay.com.my/
Tapaz Restaurant Info. http://www.langkawi-gazette.com/trendy-restaurants/1537-tapaz-langkawi
Under Water World. http://www.underwaterworldlangkawi.com.my/indexmenu.html
Quah Town. http://www.langkawi-info.com/kuah/