The final day to explore Taiwan finally arrived, much to the children’s delight as well as dismay. They miss Singapore and our home, but they also enjoyed themselves so much that they want to stay just a little longer.
On our last day, we did a little more sightseeing leisurely.
We didn’t actually go into the hot springs, just enjoyed a leisure stroll around it and take a couple of photos here and there. Haha!
Our driver drove us up to Yang Ming Shan (陽明山), to not only see the beauty before us, but to also smell it for ourselves. Haha! Blake couldn’t stand the smell, so Sean took him a lot further away while Nakayla and I got as close as we possibly could to take some photos!
I only found out through my friends, after we left, that we were lucky for the skies to be clear and sunny that day cos it was usually all foggy and misty during the year-end holidays. Yay!
Side note: Between Yang Ming Shan (陽明山) and our next location, we actually stopped by a theme cafe – which I will never mention here. Ever. The experience there was horrendous. It’s so bad that I decided, from that day onwards, to never support live animal theme cafes. This is the first and last.
Despite the crowd we encounter from time to time along the way, an evening stroll along Tamsui Old Street (淡水老街) before dinner was surprisingly rejuvenating. It definitely helped calm my anger from the earlier cafe visit.
After this, our driver drove us to our final drop-off location for dinner. The initial plan was to have one last go at the night market before heading back to our hotel for an early night as we had a morning flight home.
Instead of dinner though, we ended up looking for a place to have Glutinous Rice Balls (汤圆) first as it was Winter Solstice (冬至).
We managed to find a nice little shop, 古早味豆花, without too long a queue.
I only realize that I didn’t take a photo of what we ordered that night after we returned to Singapore, so I searched through the internet to find this picture of it from their Facebook Page. Haha!
It’s crazy delicious! It’s just the right amount of sweetness for me and the glutinous rice balls are all so soft and chewy!
And, whatever soup base they use, we need to have it here in Singapore too! Ginger soup is too spicy and peanut soup is too chalky and heavy for me. I need whatever this clear soup base is with my 汤圆!
After filling our bellies with delicious glutinous rice balls, we walked to a shopping mall and had dinner at a Japanese restaurant – big sister’s treat again. And again, I forgot to take photos of the place and food! Haha! Sorry.
But here’s one my younger sister took of what she ordered.
We headed straight back to our hotel after dinner for an as early as possible night (had to pack!), cos we had to wake up early for our ride to the airport.
Upon checking in at the airport, we went for a quick breakfast before boarding for our flight back home.
And for the first time since we’ve arrived in Taiwan, it rained. It must’ve been sad that we were leaving. Haha!
With that, marks the end of our family trip to Taiwan.