In was a casual day when my best friends and I had our overdue catch-up session with each other, needless to say we kind of grew into this friendship our close to 30th year of friendship. We had long talks and of course the topic of holiday and vacation p
In was a casual day when my best friends and I had our overdue catch-up session with each other, needless to say we kind of grew into this friendship our close to 30th year of friendship. We had long talks and of course the topic of holiday and vacation popped up. Since we were makeshift trending 45-year-olds adults we concluded on - Taiwan.
Honestly, planning that visit to Taiwan was never in my mind. Well considering all other aspects such as flight tickets, accommodation culture differences and the most important food! especially Halal Foods.
But low and behold, those perceptions totally changed when our Taiwan journey begins. What made those perception change? Continue reading! :) Amazing how months of actual planning and effort came down to just a few phrases in this article for our readers to know it turned into my group of best friends 'women-getaway' holiday.
We finally went to Taiwan for 4 days from 28 October 2019 to 31 October 2019. As we landed at the International Airport, I was very delighted to find that the airport was very clean, well equipped, and convenient. From the staff, the retail/shop assistants to the cleaners who were all very warm and polite. Not to mention the weather was cold and just perfect.
We took a taxi to our Hotel in Zhonghe District, Taipei, Taiwan. Once settled, we knocked our socks off to catch up on the sleep before our next fruitful filled day.
The next day - 29 October 2019 we went to National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall where we saw many visitors and tourists. I remember there was an event during our visit there. We got to try and taste so many home-grown local products/foods such as fresh Taiwanese fruits, organic nuts, chips made from various roots vegetables, herbal/flavoured teas made from organic dried flowers, and the list goes on and on. Till date, I will never forget the taste of Taiwan and thinking of it now as I write this makes me crave for some.
To enhance our Taiwan experience, we commuted by train and bus which as a first timer being there is actually very convenient. The locals were very friendly and polite when we asked for directions. Here comes the fun part...
We had our very Taiwan halal food at the Main Station, there is an Indian stall and dessert stall that I sinfully enjoyed. This mountainous shaved ice, covered with various syrups and many delicacies of sweet gems surrounding it and what lies beneath this coned shaped ice were 3 different flavoured ice creams. Talk about sweet tooth, desserts like this are what formed my childhood memories.
We went along the streets and stopped by a shop to have halal fried chicken served with rice, if that dessert shop wasn't enough, the fried chicken crisp gives you what people like to say 'eargasm'. It was just so good; it was a waste that I couldn't recall the name of the place and location of it.
I definitely can't miss Taiwan's bustling night market...I remembered having the best baked sweet potato covered and baked in hot stone.
Soon to be told, the night came, and we called it day. As soon as the sunrise, we continued venturing for more halal eateries and desserts. Amongst many we had Shaved Ice Mango, my girlfriends had the other flavours like strawberry, durian, and blueberry.
All the food then made us full we had to put on some walk and exercise to digest and regain back those energy before we fall onto food coma. We walked amongst streets and found a meat/poultry stall selling halal meats. Which made us wonder, Taiwan would have been an amazing place to build up such business. During our time at the shop, we were able to chance upon the rubbish collection time where a lorry drives through, and a music plays to indicate its arrival. Homeowners will standby and throw their rubbish in the lorry. I also noticed on the walkway there are many signs to tell pets/dog owner to clear/clean their pets' stools where necessary.
I would definitely like to return to Taiwan as I did not have the time to see more of Taiwan. Not forgetting the Famous Halal beef noodles that I missed to try during my trip because the queues were snake-long.
Overall, I had such a wonderful time when I was in Taiwan, and it was an amazing experience that I will never forget.
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write by Hayati Bte Muhammad Yusuf , Singapore