Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Taiwan shopping

Went to Taiwan for my honeymoon and truthfully spent the most part of it shopping. Nothing got me more excited than looking at (and buying) stuff that are not sold in Malaysia or getting items for cheaper. Taiwan shopping is pretty good. You can get high end stuff or quirky labels that you can't get in Malaysia, and you get to buy really affordable/ creative items especially at night markets. The night markets might look like a bigger grander version of our 'pasar malam', but honestly the stuff they sell are all in the latest fashion (mostly following Japanese fashion trends) and quality is reasonable too.

So here are some of the things i bought.

Taiwan is of course well known for it's beauty products. Tried looking for Kevin beauty Maker products but can't seem to find it.Tried Breeze Centre after checking out online forums but the shop was non-existent!Sigh.. so i only bought one-uno-yi skincare product there and this is it.

'Heme' snow lucent whitening night jelly. I know it's already available in Watson's here, but i had to buy a beauty product from Taiwan right? And i was going to buy it in Malaysia anyway. Needed a sleep on treatment and this is it. As the name suggests it's like a translucent jelly that feels cool when put on the skin. I feel it moisturizes but have not seen much whitening effect though. But then again have not been using it that much either. Only once a week.

In Taiwan everyone wears false lashes. I had a severe case of lash envy. It's a Chinese thing i suppose. We were genetically programmed to need fake lashes. So i bought some.

Okay i bought a lot.But the quality is such i have  to throw them away after each wear anyway. So it's not that much. The first few days in Taiwan i kept reusing the fake lashes my make-up artist used on me during my wedding. The lash looked really natural and non-intrusive. But due to lack of experience i had my lashes coming off halfway a few times. And it was not pretty. Worse of all i had to spend ages in the toilet removing dried up eyelash glue and cleaning up the old lash then re-using it again. And there was the problem of sticking it on in the right place, securely! Just really troublesome. But sort of worth it cos i looked less sleepy in pictures that way.

It was in fashion.

What can i say, i needed a holiday hat.And this was the only one that fit my head.

Really cheap clothes. None more that RM20.

Of course in Taiwan you have to get pineapple tarts. It's the de facto gift to bring back home.

 We bought so many boxes. The nicest and cheapest were from Jiu Fen. Though the airport also sells some really cheap ones if you need last minute gifts.

All nicely packed.

Very proud of this bracelet actually. I can't really wear bracelets since my wrist is so tiny.But the lady manning the shop at the night market was able to adjust the length of the bracelet for me. All i had to do was walk around Raohe Night Market again and pick up my bracelet after 20 mins. Score- a bracelet that actually fits!

Hair claw with fabric flower covering the ugly claw.

Is this even counted as shopping ? Nevertheless this was the best dumpling i have ever tasted! Hands down yummy. Helped further by the cold weather, the warm dumpling was exceptionally good.
We found this in a day market which was actually hidden in a non ubiquitous alley in between shop houses in Taipei. It was near Guting MRT station which was where we were staying. So in between banks, and shops like 3 storey Watson's and Mr Donut there was an old school looking market operating in the morning, with the feel of a night market cos it was pretty dark being hidden away in between those tall shops. But it had everything and there were many people doing their marketing there too.Since it was the dumpling festival there were plenty of stalls selling it. This one was soft and fluffy with generous amounts of meat and salted egg yolk. Fragrant and lightly flavoured. Nothing overbearing or too oily.Yummy...hands down best 'bak chang' ever!
Souvenirs for home- purses, iron eggs, Doraemon shirt, note book..

Lots of organic soap.

Girly stuff.

Old- school sweets.

Okay i have to show u the shop in which i bought the sweets from.

Very old- school.

Love the feel of going into this shop.

A 150 year old bed. A lot of the furniture were from their ancestors.

Just noticed the whole shop was wall-papered with pages from a book.

Love anything ancient. Futuristic designs just don't do it for me.

And here my post shall abruptly end.

1 comment:

Migil said...

Hi, may I know where is this old school shop which sells sweets?


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