TAIPEI TOY SHOP

September 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Shop is located in Taipei City ‘Y’ Mall, underground.  There is Z Mall, M Mall and Y Mall.  Y is furthest north.  (Each runs east – west).

Easy way to find the shop be to start at TaiYuan Road and get into the ‘Y’ mall at exit 13 where there are escalators up and down.

Gun Heaven is nearer to exit 26, so have a stroll.

P.S. Tai Yuan Road is north of Taipei Main Station and Civic Blvd.

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NEWSPAPER POLL – Best night market list

June 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Taipei Times 25 June 2015

NIGHT MARKET LIST

HUAXI STREET (Longshan Temple area, Taipei)

March 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Not like the average corner store in Australia.

Not like the average corner store in Australia. View from Exit No.1 MRT at Longshan Temple station.

Note: Tourists should not venture down the narrow side streets in this area.  Women working there are quite aggressive with their sales tactics at present.

Best chicken and mushroom soup, NT $40

Best chicken and mushroom soup, NT $40

Toe nails clipped NT $200 (both feet).

Toe nails clipped NT $200 (both feet).

Hauxi Street arcade is within the night market area outside.

Huaxi Street arcade is within the night market area outside. PS Leave the Longshan Temple MRT via exit No.1

CHEAP EATS – KAOHSIUNG

August 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Opposite the Kaohsiung Main Station (railway station) is the usual KFC and McD’s. Nearby are the locals.  Breakfast is similar to the China Pizza (previously reviewed in in the underground mall at Taipei Main Station).

It’s a rice-flour pancake with egg and sauce.  Traditional food.

This version is cheaper at NT $20 – served in a plastic bag with tiny chopsticks.

Many shops in this area have shut as compared with our first visit here, ten years ago.  Between the Main Station and the Liouhe Night Market (which is at Formosan Boulevard MRT station) we counted seventeen shop closures.  Not a good sign of the times.

Rice flour and egg pancake.

Rice flour and egg pancake shop, opposite Kaohsiung Main station and near McDonald’s.

Some fresh food is also a good idea.

Some fresh food is also a good idea. Cheaper when purchased from a fruit shop.

MINI SHOPS (in KEELUNG)

August 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

This shop must have the narrowest entrance  - a bit over one meter in width.  Narrow passage leads out the back to a larger room.  They sell quality handbags, back-packs, and a few suit cases.  I found this shop in the main street opposite the harbour at Keelung.

This shop must have the narrowest entrance – a bit over one meter in width. Narrow passage leads out the back to a larger room. They sell quality handbags, back-packs, and a few suit cases. I found this shop in the main street opposite the harbour at Keelung.

 

Pet shop

Mini pet shop

MICRO SHOPS  (in KEELUNG)

Narrow lanes may contain shops or residential entrances.  At first a foreigner may feel apprehensive about walking through these at night. It’s all in the mind.

 

TRADITIONAL MEDICINE STORE – (plus video)

November 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

With beautiful timber furnishings dating back over 100 years, this Chinese medicine shop in the middle of Keelung’s shopping area is a marvel.

The owner arrived in Keelung (northern Formosa now Taiwan) in 1949 along with about three million others fleeing communists in mainland China.

His family has been traditional medical practitioners for several hundreds of years at Canton, (now called Guangzhou) passing the knowledge down to each generation.

My father’s famous ancestor was Swedish who made seventeen trading voyages between Sweden and Canton, each trip taking 18 months. It would be interesting if my ancestor (by the name David  af Sandeberg  (David of Sand Mountain) and admitted into the House of Nobility by King Gustav in 1772) had made contact with the ancestors of this Keelung medicine family 350 years ago.

My little personal quest is now complete.  I found the answer in Keelung without going to Canton, China where nobody would have been at home.

Not impossible points. Stranger remote coincidences have occurred to me.

 2012-11-07

BARGAIN ALLEY – Taipei Main Station area

October 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

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