Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I woke up on the third day with a serious sore throat and runny nose so decided it was better to keep nearby and visit a shopping area to purchase some medicine. Our hotel shuttle brought us to Ximending (西門町), Taipei's version of shopping streets Harajuku/Shibuya. Ximen is also accessible by the blue line MRT.

This attracted me while I was walking past. The toy shop is located upstairs, selling collectible figurines (公仔). A lot of shops are located on the 2nd floor and in Taiwan you tend to climb a lot of slopes or stairs. A friendly young guy beckoned us to take a look so we did.

Snapped this while the retail assistant wasn't looking muahaha. His name is Monkey. I didn't get what I was looking for, but he had nice Totoro toys which were comparable to Singapore's prices (slightly cheaper because I could haggle). My mom bought a Disney Aristocat torch.

A Totoro pin and Hello Kitty pin from a lady on the side of the street. Counterfeits of course. She displays the pins by sticking them on a large umbrella. One for 15NTD (US$0.50), 10 for 100NTD.

Tea everywhere in Taiwan. This red tea (no boba pearls) costs only 15NTD (US$0.50), they have the giant cups 1000CC but mine's the small one, I couldn't finish it as it was too sweet.

My mom and I decided to have some Japanese food. Can't remember the name of this shop, it is located on the 2nd floor. I ordered a vegetarian tomato soup hot pot for I think 195NTD (about US$6.50) and my mom a grilled saba (mackerel) fish meal (180NTD). There were 2 delicious hazelnut chocolate cubes given as a dessert! Yum. I gave one to my mom since my throat was too painful to enjoy lol, so she had 3 pieces. We also ordered a pot of hot blueberry tea which was 35NTD if purchased with a meal. 

This is the view from the window while eating.

This is a historical landmark in Ximending. Called the Ximen Red House (西門紅樓). I think it used to be a theatre. They have a little shopping alley inside where indie artisans set up shop.

Cool stamps in the Red House exbibit. Taiwanese use rubber stamps with their names or companies as substitutes for hand-signatures.

Gets very crowded at night.

The meds I bought from Watsons. The left one is called Sinphar TROGIN for pain relief. Also Sinphar Nocough syrup and Panadol Flu tablets. Pretty effective as long as you keep taking them.


Dazed Designs Jewellery said...

Food looks amazing! Hope you feel better soon x

Holly said...

Your photos are so vivid and colorful! I would love to have a staircase like that, and the Japanese food looks yummy.

Tea said...

Gah. I wish I had more time in Ximending. I was only able to look at some shops since we were pressed for time. =3= I'm definitely going back someday! :D