Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Taipei Zoo 臺北市立動物園 (Part 1)

It is very easy to go to Taipei Zoo. Just take the MRT and stop at 'Taipei Zoo' Station (the last station of the route) and the zoo is just located next to the station. 

The zoo is open daily except Chinese New Year and the operating hour is as follow:
  • Zoo Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (no entry after 4:00 p.m.)
  • Animals Exhibit: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (indoor and outdoor exhibits)

Entrance Fees

  • Adults: NT$ 60
  • Discount Prices: NT$ 30
    1. Children between 6-12 years of age.
    2. School student with student card.
    3. Military and police personnel with identification.
    4. Low income households with certification from Taipei City Government.
  • Groups of 30 people or more: 30% discount.
  • Free admission qualifications:
    1. Children under the age of 6.
    2. Handicapped individuals (with certification) and one companion.
    3. School excursions (with application and approval documents).
    4. Retired public servants and teachers (with retirement card).
    5. Seniors 65 years old and over (with identity card).
    6. Tour guides with Tourism Bureau authorization.

Internal Shuttle Train

  • Single Ride: NT$ 5 (exact change).
  • Free admission qualifications:
    1. Children below 120 cm in height.
    2. Handicapped individuals (with certification).
  • Operating Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Shuttle Train Route: Main Shuttle Train Station ←→ Bird World Station
  • Main Shuttle Train Station is located beside the Koala House.

This is the Internal Map of the Zoo:

Click here to visit the Taipei Zoo Official Website!!!


If you are bringing your child or baby, you can rent a stroller here at the cost of NTD 50 which is very reasonable!!!

The locker for your kids!!!

The decoration outside of the toilet, hahaha

Lunch at Panda Cafe. Again, the price is reasonable!!!

Ok, the real panda is sleeping...

So, taking photo with the 'fake' one...

The Nocturnal House...

The Owl and the rest...

More photos will be posted in the next post...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei (中正纪念堂)

It is very easy to go to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei (中正纪念堂). Just take the MRT to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station and use the Exit 5, the three main buildings; The Concert Hall (國家音樂廳), The Theater (國家戲劇院) and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall are just on your right hand side. I love the design so much as it is very detail in every part of the building!!!

This is the Exit 5 sign of the MRT

There are photos and arts for you to enjoy before leaving the MRT Station 

This is the first building that you see once exit the MRT Station: The Theater (國家戲劇院) 

Looking towards the The Concert Hall (國家音樂廳)

The Main Square 广

 The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (中正纪念堂)

One of the two armies station at the entrance of the hall. They are not moving and we are not allow to touch them...

The ceremony of changing shift... 

 The Concert Hall (國家音樂廳)

Walking down from the hall...


 The Theater (國家戲劇院)

 Another good thing for this tourist attraction is... it is free, no admission fees!!!

Namewee Wanna Meet the P.M. Video 黃明志要見首相的主題曲

Sunday, June 12, 2011

RM60 Million for the Road Between Marudi Town and Miri

MARUDI: The over 40,000 people in Marudi constituency had every reason to rejoice when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced yesterday an allocation of RM60 million to construct the Marudi/Miri road.

The road will greatly facilitate travel between the two places which currently takes about three hours by express boat from Kuala Baram in Miri or two and half hours through the bone-shaking and treacherous oil palm road.

The road was on top of the people’s wish list as indicated by the several banners being put up by some among the 4,000 people who turned up at the Marudi town square to welcome Najib – incidentally the first prime minister of Malaysia ever to come to Marudi.

The announcement was received with thunderous applause and cheers by the people who later joyfully joined him to proclaim three times BN’s election slogan of ‘Hidup Barisan, Undi Barisan, Menang Barisan’.
In his speech, the prime minister reiterated the government’s commitment to bring development to the people unlike the opposition parties who only talk, promise and criticise, and even criticising him for frequently visiting Sarawak and alleging that he was scared that BN might lose in this election. Najib pointed out that as prime minister of all races, he is duty bound to help the people and pledged to uphold the 1Malaysia concept.

“I must state that in my service as prime minister, I will implement the principle of 1Malaysia – People first, Performance now.

“It is my duty to help and champion the cause of the people not because of election. I have visited Sarawak many times and long before the election, and don’t listen to the opposition parties who said I come to Sarawak because of the election and that I am scared BN would be losing,” he said.

The prime minister also urged the people in Marudi and Baram to continue having confidence in BN government and give the two BN candidates — Sylvester Entri Muran (Marudi) and Dennis Ngau (Telang Usan) — a resounding victory tomorrow. At the function, Najib approved an allocation of RM1 million for the building fund of SJK(C) Kee Tee at Long Lama, in the Telang Usan constituency. Earlier, he launched the 1Malaysia river mobile clinic at the Marudi Jetty.

Among those present were Minister of Health Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, BN candidates Sylvester and Dennis, Deputy Minister for International Trade and Industry Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan, Deputy State Secretary Datu Ose Murang, senior government officials and community leaders.

Meanwhile, Sylvester when met by reporters after the function, thanked the prime minister for approving the proposed 45 kilometre road, which will be constructed under the ‘Jiwa Murni’ project.

Contractors for the project have been identified and construction will be carried out once fund is available.
“This is the government’s commitment to help the rakyat and I urge the people in Marudi to prepare themselves and take advantage of the economic spin-off from good road network to further improve their living standard, he said.

He said it is anticipated that many investors will come to Marudi and Baram districts once the road is completed.

“There will be accelerated development including business opportunities such as the tourism and services related sector, so the people must be prepared,” he said, adding that they must remain united and work closely with the government.

Original Post by Cecilia B. Sman (April 15, 2011: Borneo Post Online)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

No more free downloads as MCMC blocks 10 file sharing sites

According to the Star, Saturday June 11 (2011), in a bid to combat piracy, the Government has declared war on filesharing websites with 10 such websites now blocked by the telecommunications industry watchdog.

The websites were among the most visited sites by Malaysians to illegally download movies and the list of banned websites is as follow:

For further information, please visit TheStar.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

淡水老街 DanShui Old Street, Taiwan

As a continue from my previous post about Tian Yuan Temple (天元宮), we went to 淡水老街 DanShui Old Street after coming down from 天元宮.

At first, i thought 淡水老街 DanShui Old Street is just a street and i was wondering what can i see over there. In fact, there are many shops along not only one but two streets and things are selling in a reasonable price.

On the way to 淡水老街 DanShui Old Street

Looking for lunch

Iron Eggs 鐵蛋
According to Wikipedia, Iron Eggs are eggs that have been repeatedly stewed in a mix of spices and air-dried. The resulting eggs are dark brown, chewy and full of flavor compared to normal boiled eggs.

A century old shop selling healthy drink

NTD10, sorry to say, it is tasteless... 

Everywhere is food stalls in Taiwan

Full of people at 淡水老街 DanShui Old Street

Shopping at 淡水老街 DanShui Old Street

淡水老街 DanShui Old Street

Bikini each for NTD190 - 390

Cute socks...

For our new home

Stinky Taofu 臭豆腐 is behind me... The smell is not as strong as the Hong Kong one...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tian Yuan Temple (天元宮) - Taiwan

A good thing in Taiwan is almost everywhere is tourist friendly. Below is one of the examples. We wanted to go to Tian Yuan Temple (天元宮) to see Sakura.Thus, going there by MRT is one of the options. At first, we thought we should stop at Hongshulin MRT Station. Before leaving the station, a man standing at the entrance, holding a board to remind the tourists that we should stop at Danshui MRT Station if we want to go to Tian Yuan Temple (天元宮).  

On the way...

Another good thing in Taiwan is free transport to Tian Yuan Temple (天元宮) from Danshui MRT Station. Actually there is another station located opposite this stop with less people lining up but of course, it is not free. That's why so many people lining up here for the free bus.

Take a photo first while waiting for the bus...

On the bus and on the way to the temple. No place for us to sit because it is full and we have to stand just next to the door... that's why i'm able to take this photo... haha

Here it is!!!

Walking up the hill to look for Sakura...

Many food stalls at the road side while o the way up... cheap and tasty

The Temple


Haha, i like this one...

Baby or puppy???

The Trio

After back to Danshui MRT Station, we went to Danshui Old Street 淡水老街 for sigh seeing and lunch which will be posted later.