With Mother's day coming, how are you showering the extra love and care for your Mom?
LG specially wants to present a helping hand this Mother's Day. Why don't you reward your lovely mom with the super cool gadgets by LG.

Stuck in an era of technology and speed, pamper her with the new LG G5 featuring the modular type design so that she can customize her own play experience. Of course, you can bundle for her the CAM Plus so that she can capture all the memories as keepsake pictures or attach the HiFi Plus to blast her favourite tunes while she is relaxing or spending quality time at home.

Price chart of LG G5 is S$988, Cam Plus S$158 and HiFi Plus S$298. However when you purchase the attachments together with LG G5, save up to 40% off and enjoy great savings.




If your mom is television kinda lady and she love to watch those Hongkong dramas or awesome Korean Dramas, then ask her to sit back and relax while she enjoys the LG Signature OLED TV and SH8 Sound Bar. Lift up her tv watching experience to another level as she immerse in the beauty and essence of the OLED TV. I am sure the high 4k resolution, bright highlights and surreal colours complements the superior audio delivery which will blow her mind away. With the OLED TV being as thin as only 4 stacked credit cards, I am sure this is going to further impress her with such a great gift. ;)


Typically of course on such a special day, we would like our mom to take a break from household chores and enjoy the day, but you can make it a cinch for her moving forward. Getting her the CordZero Hom-Bot Square will aid her in the cleaning daily. Mother's day is just not today but it should be everyday. The CordZero Hom-Bot Square works better than any other conventional machine as it can reach corners more effectively due to its square design. Did somebody said multi-tasking? well we just want our mom to have more time to rest even on a busy workday...

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Recently, I just went for my annual trip to Taiwan and this time around I was there with a few comrades friends. With a tight schedule and limited resources, we did our best to try to cover as many new places that we can go to.

A few of us arrived on the first day to stay in a hostel which is what I am going to cover in this post, Sleepbox Hostel @ Taipei. Located in ZhongZheng District, Taipei. it was super convenient to walk from Taipei main station when we arrived from the airport via Kuo Kwang Bus Service. Due to a flight delay from Singapore, we arrived Taiwan about 3-4 hours later than planned, that took us by surprise but we were thankful that we gotten an accomodation in a familiar area. If you are walking underground, look for the exit Z4 and you will be on the right side of the area where you can proceed to look for Sleepbox hostel.

There is another shorter route which will be from Ximen station (take MRT Exit 2) then you can walk directly to Sleepbox Hostel :) When we arrived the Taipei Main Station on the first night, it was already after 12am, there was no train service operating so we had to take the first option and walk from Taipei Main Station area.

When it is past opening hours as well, the underground doors are all closed, so it is important to prepare your map (via GPS) or physical map to find your way to the hostel. It is easy breezy I tell you.

Blue marks the spot (Sleepbox Hostel), red refers to the 2 areas which you can be coming from :)


It is always important to inform your accomodation the estimated time of arrival so that they are aware of you coming. Lucky for us, even though we experienced a flight delay, we managed to arrive at Sleepbox Hostel before 2am, that is where the reception will be closed for the day (phew!).
3 of us staying for the night, opted for the quad-sharing room with an ensuite toilet. Worth the deal, every single moment.

I would probably go again to try out the single box style which is similar to the capsule concept kind of accommodation. Sometimes when travelling in groups, it is much better to have a private room to ourselves. Apart from the privacy convenience, it is also being responsible towards other guests, cause in our excitement we may forget that we are sharing the room and make extra noises which may disturb others (Let's face it, we are always excited when travelling).

After completing a simple check-in registration and payment, we were ushered to our room which took my breath away. I guess we were all tired from the flight and moving around but importantly the room and bed were so inviting.

The private 4-person room costs $3,200 TWD (weekday rates) which comes to about SGD$135 which works fairly affordable for our group.

Since we were only staying for a short night and we had to rush to get the early train out, I did not get to check out the other facilities in the hostel, that is why I must go there again or if anyone of you have great inputs about this hostel and you have personally stayed in. Please share the good thoughts with me.








Seriously, the bed was so comfortable that I just want to immediately sleep when I lie down. I have no idea how many thread counts are the bed sheet and what-not, but the material feel so soft and smooth with fluffy pillows to entice and rock me to sleep anytime I lay on the bed. 
Sleepbox hostel provided us with basic necessities like bath towel, face towel, tooth brush/toothpaste, shower foam/shampoo and even a hairdryer. There were bottled water and a water boiler as well. There is nothing bad which I can say about the shower room which have a functional hot and cold water outlet. The one thing I have to emphasize in Taiwan is that their toilets may not take foreign objects which includes....toilet paper, so there is always a bin inside the toilets for you to dispose your tissue ( I mean Eww but yeaaa, ikr)
The room is very well-maintained and aircon is good and strong which we have the remote controller to adjust it ourselves. Minimally, this place has earned a good 5 stars from me.

There was a cool red mini fridge which we can store our cold food and drinks as well. With a big flat screen TV, where sadly we did not have the time to watch but well who needs a TV we are on holiday here yaw. 






In Taiwan, like Singapore or Hongkong it is a place for shopping and eating haven. But one great thing about Taiwan is that even in areas where there may not be much eateries there is bound to be a convenience shop. They could be 1 door or even 2 doors down from each other. Talk about competition, there must be something that they can have a healthy competition with each other on the same level. 3 main convenient shops to look out for will be: 7-Eleven (aka Seven), Family Mart and Hi-Life. 


We went down to Seven just across the road since we were all hungry and did not have a proper meal upon reaching Taiwan. So we were on a food hunt in Seven. Fret not, for my vegetarian friend or muslim friends. Over the past 10 years as I have been to Taiwan yearly, I saw how they are opening up to tourists and friends from all over the world. There is now a proper prayer's room in the main station. The nearest Halal food selling authentic beef noodles/dumplings were located in prime area like Kaifeng Road. Gone were the days when I had to travel far to search for halal taiwanese cuisine or simple Mediterranean cuisine which were halal.

In Seven itself, most of the instant noodles are not halal and they used pork lard or real meat inside the noodle, so that is definitely a no-no. They are also famed for their oden which is served piping hot but there are also unwanted food present (such as pork blood or meat dumplings). A lot of food is a no-no but let me share with you what is available. They have hot piping corn on a cob, or sweet potato roasted on charcoal right in the store (Amazing right), there is a pot of herbal tea eggs (to die for...heheheh). 
Apart from the instant noodles which are not halal, they do sell the cold noodles which are vegetarian, which contains sliced cucumber, sliced carrot, sesame sauce, soy sauce and the cold noodles.
For me, the rice triangle is another not to be missed. It is basically onigiri which is stuffed with either tuna or salmon mayo or kimchi or even shrimp. Whatever rock your boat man~ Coupled with a big bottle of Yakult ahhh that makes my night go weeeee~



Now we have to head off to bed cause we gotta wake up in a couple of hours to meet another friend who is arriving from Singapore and then we will head out to Hualien.


Early morning, we did not get to explore other areas like the kitchen or the communal areas of Sleepbox Hostel so I will keep it to mind the next time I am here. Checking out was a breeze, we left the keycard with the reception and then we head out to the Bus Station.

Look at Jasmine, so fresh, so awake so happy and then look at Linko and me, so crappy, so sleepy, so hungry~ 



The next couple of hours will be spent travelling in the bus and train as we head to Hualien for our homestay.

Let me know what else would you like to find out about my taiwan trip or Sleepbox Hostel!


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By NoemiJay
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I hope you have enjoyed the previous article on the Fisherman’s Wharf and here comes another part of Tamsui where you can explore.
After the sightseeing session, it is now time for food and shopping. Take Red 26 back to Tamsui train station, with the gantry on your left, walk straight down and towards the left where you can see the river.

Along Tamsui train station
Route to Tamsui Riverside
View of Tamsui train station from Tamsui Riverside
Walk further down along the riverside and on some days, you might get to see artists around showing their talent just like the living statues as shown.


 

Living statues along Tamsui street

There is a grass patch along the way where you can see children playing around and for Starbucks lovers, you can pop by Starbucks to grab a drink or two before you begin your walk on Tamsui Old Street.

View of Tamsui Old Street from Tamsui train station

Starbucks Coffee building @ Tamsui Street
Ready to conquer the old street? Let’s go!

Signboard @ the start of Tamsui Old Street
So what greets us first at the start? The iron eggs (“铁蛋”) on the right and the jumbo ice cream that you cannot resist.

Wei Lai Xiang Iron Eggs stall @ Tamsui

Iron eggs (“tie dan”) stall @ the start of Tamsui Old Street
Jumbo ice cream stall @ Tamsui Old Street
The Tamsui old street gives you a laid back feel as you walk along. Shops selling souvenirs, hats and shades, plush toys, food, etc. You name it, they almost have it all. There is also a place like a museum known as Xin Bu Xin You Ni (“信不信由你”). The sign board is pretty attractive as you can see below.

@ The start of Tamsui Old Street

“Believe it or not” museum (“信不信由你”)
Inside this museum, you get to see exhibits that can make you feel amazed. The admission fee is approximately TWD89 for adults and children can go in free of charge. Do visit them and gain some amazing facts at the end of the visit. As you walk further down the street, there are a few more stalls selling the iron eggs, relatively Ti Hu Da Shi (“醍醐大师”) and Ah Po Tie Dan (“阿婆铁蛋”). Their price range are pretty much the same. So it is a multiple choice question. A, B, C? Which one should you pick? Well, it is all based on personal preference. So no harm giving it a try if you like iron eggs.

Ti Hu Da Shi also sell other food items such as fish crackers, konnyaku jelly, etc. If you do a bulk purchase, they will pack them all in a box and it is good for check in on your flight home but the fall part is that you have to carry them back to hotel and also from hotel to airport, unless you have arranged for airport transfers. Actually, they do provide deliveries too! But you have to take note on their delivery charge. The rule is if the total purchase exceeds TWD3, 000, you get free delivery. BUT, as they used Ta-Q- Bin courier, the box provided is relatively small. To pack the whole TWD3,000 worth of food items in one box is impossible and an additional box would cost you TWD130. So what you can do is to pack those bulky items in the box, while the balance you can pack them into your shopping bag and carry them back to hotel. If you don’t mind spending more for ease of convenience, you can pack them all in with the additional box.

The other issue you have to take note is on the delivery timings. We understood that the Ta-Q- Bin delivery operates 24 by 7 in Taiwan, which is something good to compliment. But do give them an
allowance of at least a day to arrange for delivery. I believe if the delivery arrangement is tough, they will not encourage you to deliver the food items to hotel too.

Not only are the iron eggs, the fish crackers are good too. It has the non-spicy against the spicy
types. They are all well-liked by Singaporeans!

Famous Ti Hu Da Shi store @ Tamsui Old Street

Fish crackers from Ti Hu Da Shi store

Ah Po Tie Dan (“阿婆铁蛋”)
I wish to recommend one shop that sells souvenirs where the Chinese zodiac animals are glued onto
a pebble. You can have a family tree on a rock based on you and your family’s Chinese zodiac animal.

You can also bring your own pebble to the shop and they will create your family tree for you too!

That’s one of the creative creations by them that we don’t see back home.


Family zodiac animals on a pebble


Name card of the zodiac animals’ creation shop
There are many other shops that could catch your attention and you might find some familiar brands around, such as the Naraya shop. Yes, if you want a Naraya bag but you are not heading to Bangkok anytime soon, here’s the alternate place where you can grab one. Pricing wise is somehow similar to Bangkok, just the exchange rate difference only.

Naraya shop @Tamsui Old Street

On food wise, I have a recommendation by my friend for vegetarians. This shop sells yummy vegetarian food for vegetarians or if you wish to have vegetarian food on that very day. Their red vinegar vermicelli tastes awesome! (Note: For a vinegar lover though) Fret not! They also have soup stuffs and other specials too. Do check out the menu for more details.

Vegetarian stall @Tamsui Old Street

Vegetarian menu
You can also see some religious landmarks (i.e. a temple and a church). There is a saying where the grassland is usually greener on the other side. It can be applied to many aspects. Even the landmarks overseas looked nicer. But of course, each of them had their own uniqueness.

妈祖庙 @ Tamsui Old Street
Canadian Presbyterian Church @ Tamsui Old Street
These landmarks are usually the hot spot for wedding photo shoots as well. It was lucky to see one couple having their wedding shoots at the church area on that day and it happened that the wedding photographer was a friend of mine. His photography skills are awesome and I can vouch for that.

You may grab his details from me if you are interested.

Wedding photo shoot

If you wish to lepak to rest & relax or find a clean washroom, this Starbucks by Tamsui River is the best choice! Grab another Starbucks drink, sit at level 2 of the café and chill. Enjoy the sea breeze and spend some quality time with your travel mates. Best bonding time ever I would say.

Panorama of Tamsui River

There is a counter that sells ferry tickets to the Fisherman’s Wharf. Not only that, you can hear people shouting the ferry timings from far. Here’s where you board and alight the ferry to set sail to the Fisherman’s Wharf if you do not wish to take bus.


Ferry Terminal @ Tamsui River
I hope you enjoyed my introduction of Tamsui Old Street. There are many more corners available for exploration at this wonderful place. You can spend one full day here just by walking and sitting around for relaxation purpose. I can be sure that after you finish exploring this place, you will go back with a lighter heart. Just like what I have mentioned in the previous post. It is tested and proven somehow.

Try it and you will gain unexpected surprises and travel experience along the way.

Thank you for your time and stay tuned for the next introduction on other parts of Taipei!

Till then, be happy, strong and healthy to travel and discover more corners of the world that would surprise you in a different way.

~NoemiJay~
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