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9 September 2014

Taipei Day 2 - Wufenpu & Raohe Night Market

Wufenpu 五分埔

110, Taiwan, 台北市信義區

Opening hours:
Mon - Sat 12pm - 12am
Sun 12pm - 9pm

Nearest MRT station is Houshanpi station.
Take a MRT train to Houshanpi Station and exit by 'Exit 1' - Wufenpu Commercial Zone. From there, (you may wanna use your GPS or phone map apps or simply ask a local) walk north along Jhongpo North Road to the intersection of Jhongpo North Road and Yongji Road.

Best to go around late afternoon/evening so that you can simply follow any batches of school students alighting at Houshanpi station. They seem to be mostly going towards Wufenpu.

Also, you can shop til evening and hop over to Raohe Night Market nearby!

Tip: Try not to visit on a Monday as the day is mainly reserved for wholesalers and thus the store keepers may not have energy to entertain tourists/random buyers.

Wufenpu is the largest commercial zone focusing on clothing in Taiwan. There are around 1,000 shops selling different types of clothes, as well as shoes, bags and jewelry in part of them, in a tiny area close to half of CKS memorial hall in size.
Plan a systematic manner of shopping up & down the rows of shops if you intend to comb through each and every one. Otherwise, it'd be so easy to get lost in this shopping maze!

Prices are hiked up for buyers to bargain unfortunately.
Most of the stores do give a slight discount ("wholesale price") if you buy a minimum of 3 pieces, which can be of the same or different designs - criteria varies for different stores.
On top of that, if you have a flair for bargaining, you will be able to get a better deal.

I must say, save your (bargaining) efforts if you really like the item. JUST BUY. lol. Though the prices aren't the most attractive I noticed, they're still mostly cheaper than in Singapore.
A gauge of the price range:
Female dresses - TWD300 - TWD700
Female flats/heels - Usual 2 for TWD500 - TWD700
Male casual shirts - TWD700 - TWD1,200

The designs of female clothings didn't catch my attention though. But if you do see anything you like, save the time (bargaining) for more important stuff like, combing through more stores :p

Raohe Night Market 饒河街觀光夜市

105, Taiwan, 台北市松山區

Raohe night market is a mere 10 mins walk from wufenpu. Use your GPS or screenshot the map before setting off!

The Raohe Street Night Market is one of the oldest and most popular night markets in the Songshan District.
It is about 600 meters long, with Ciyou Temple is at one end of the market. We followed our GPS from Wufenpu and found the temple (/night market) in no time!

Smacked right at the entrance of the night market is the famous 胡椒餅 (black pepper biscuit)!
Needless to say, we joined in the queue without thinking much *cue kiasu Singaporeans* :D

胡椒餅 (black pepper biscuit) is a Chinese snack composed of meat marinated with sugar, soy sauce, black pepper, and scallions encased in a large, flaky biscuit-like bread; this wrapping is not leavened with yeast.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this snack cos of the strong porky taste T.T So much for waiting almost 20 mins in the queue :(

Thankfully the next street snack SAVED ma life!
(Literally cos I was so hungry by that time!!)

Just slightly further up from the pepper crispy bun stall, there is the 鸟蛋虾球 (quail egg with prawn) going at only TWD55 for 10 balls! Less than SGD2.50 for such a combination is quite something, cos in SG, anything with prawns, for instance, tako balls with prawn fillings will set you back at least $3 for merely 5 balls?
Most important thing is, it is SUPER DELICIOUS.
Definitely a must-try please!

There are so many flavours to choose from, namely classic, japanese wasabi, thai sweet & sour, honey mustard, lemon pepper and so on!
The best sellers are the classic and thai sweet & sour flavours.
We chose the classic! ^^

Anyone knows where to find this snack in Singapore? I almost psycho M to buy the tako ball machine/maker so that we can make it at home ourselves lol.

Had some winter melon tea to dispel the "heatiness" from so much street food.

Our next favourite would be 玉子焼!
I don't know what it should be translated to in English but practically, this snack is of thick, dense but moist eggs with milk, salt and your selection of ingredients like abalone, pineapples, scallops, crab, lobster, black pepper, prawns, etc, topped with thin bonito flakes ^^

We had the choice of lobster fillings for this, and it was amazing!
Queue was very long though, around 30 mins :( Be sure to grab something else to munch on while waiting!

3 Slinkys in a basket haha.
They were the stall owner's doggies and she kept them in the basket to prevent them from running around in the crowd while she's tending to her stall.

So many cutie doggies at the night market ^^

After satisfying our tummies, we went to try our luck at the catching machines.
M caught 3 lovely dolphins at one go! So li hai! And they were one of each of the colors available some more!
(Actually there's green, but none of us likes green so we didn't go for a fourth try, lol,)

Bought two pairs of sneakers from the night market for trekking the next morning.
One in a lovely shade of pink, and another pair in blue canvas :)

Here's one of them. Only TWD350 (SGD15)!

To go back to Ximending, simply walk to Songshan Railway Station and take a train to Taipei Main Station. From there, switch to the MRT to get to where you need, in our case, we took the MRT to Ximending which was just another stop away.

Take note they should look like this, and not like the usual MRT trains!

10 August 2014

The Cat Cafe @ Bugis Village

Following the first cat cafe that opened in Singapore, there seems to be an influx of such cafe themes and one of them is The Cat Cafe.

A quick comparison of the two cat cafes I've visited:

With that, you can more or less know which cafe I prefer personally :) 

The Cat Cafe wins hands down to date in Singapore. The staff/keeper at The Cat Cafe are approachable and interactive, chatting with the customers every now and then about the kitties and their liking. Interestingly, the felines are similarly sociable and communicative - some of them have traits that are simply too adorable to know!
I also like the idea that all cats from The Cat Cafe were ex-strays or cats abandoned by their owners. They were rescued by Kitty Care Haven and now given a "second chance/life" at The Cat Cafe.
Entrance fee to the cafe is also very reasonable, especially since we stayed for around 3 hours at the cafe, at just $15 with a complimentary soft drink.
The Cat Cafe is very spacious at 1,200 sq ft with a dining area that allows the cats to roam around freely. Also, cushions and floor seats are plentiful making sure that both customers and felines are comfortable chilling at the cafe.
Cliche, but I must still say, The Cat Cafe is almost purrrfect :)

The Cat Cafe is located above Bugis Village, which is convenient for those not driving.

The Cat Cafe SG

241B Victoria Street Level 3
(Right above Burger King)

$15 per entry (with a complimentary soft drink)
Top ups available to upgrade drinks to coffee/tea/juices
Age requirement: 6 & Above only. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adults

Monday: 3pm to 10pm
Tuesday – Sunday, Public Holiday: 10am to 10pm

Upon entering the cafe, you'll be greeted by a smiley staff/owner that makes you feel welcomed right away.
Currently there are no reservation system in place. However, you may call the cafe beforehand to enquire on the "waitlist", or to place your name on it so that you may gauge the time to arrive and not required to wait any further.
While making payment for the entrance fees, you'll be asked for your choice of soft drinks and any additional food orders.

We had to sanitized our hands before entering the cats/dining area and changed into non-slip footwear.

Once at our seats, the staff briefed us on the cafe rules with this plastic sheet, and asked if we have any queries or any other food orders.

Pet grooming items on sale in the cat cafe.

Here's their beef lasagne with chips and the complimentary soft drinks.
At only $8.90 (no GST and service charge), I would say the lasagna is pretty good for a proper meal while enjoying the time with the felines.

It would be great to drop by the cafe during dinner time (I mean dinner time of the felines) so as to catch them in action!
Look at them gathering for dinner.

Getting into petty catfights while waiting.


(I'm contented, lalala..!)

It was a joy to watch all of them munch hungrily at their dry food.
Naturally, there will be a few greedy ones that goes around sneakily once they're done, to grab others' food. Lmao. You HAVE to go down and watch them in real life! :)

See Elly searching for the "weakest link" to attack as soon as she was done with her dish.

Elly is probably the greediest and most approachable cat in the cafe. When there are no food in sight, she behaves like a guardcat seated constantly on the gate when we went, so she will be the first to "greet" all customers! (Thou I suspect she's seated at such a high point becos it helps in sighting food more easily, rofl.)

(Oh someone's here again!)

(O.O Is that FOOD i see??!)


For the cats' safety, all customers had the permission to "grab" the cats away in the event that they touch human food.
Most of them seem to love coffees, no idea why. But you know what to order if you want them coming to you (your food..) ;)

Elly was nosing her way into my tote on the floor while we were not aware. Hence M had to protect it!
Here's her attempting to manja M into giving her my tote, before being distracted by a water fountain nearby.

(Water in the bowl is better than unknown tote on the lap. *enlightened*)

After dinner-hour would be treats time!
Look how the cats will crowd around once they spot someone carry treats!
The treats are available at $3 per bowl - canned tuna.

(Do I smell tuna??)

Some cats wait patiently for customers to feed them one-by-one.

Some happily lap up treats that are accidentally dropped.

Some simply snatch *slaps head*

Some wait patiently.. (But never get it rofl)

Others queue up for treats.
Talk about discipline!

After treat-time, the felines roamed around for play and drinks.

Here's Missy, drinking and showering with the fountain.

Missy is a shy siamese cross that take a while to warm up. 
Her 'half-face' is so unique!

Jimmy and Yogurt having a romantic drinking session. lol.

See the fluff - almost too much to bear!

Per The Cat Cafe, Patches is also the selfie queen as she would stay still and look straight into the camera when you try taking a selfie with Patches. So true!!


See? Lmao, still looking at the camera!

A home grown Singapura kitty. In case, you didnt know Ginny is fully grown and not a kitten – Singapura cats are known for their smaller build.
Ginny can be extremely friendly at times and often found taking short naps on patrons lap. 

I believe she likes guys better though cos she was sniffing non-stop at M's butt lmao! And on another occasion, Mia told us that she fell asleep at T's crotch area for a good half hour *'.'*

Silver is one that constantly has that funny disapproving/bo-chup look on her face. But she is gentle and enjoys butt pats and stroking!

*Raises butt for patting*

*Bo chup towards my nom nom-ing*

Yogurt is the sibling of Cookie and Pudding. She might seem a little shy and need some time to warm up fully.
I can't really differentiate her from her siblings honestly. They look so alike!

*She was disagreeing that she looks alike with Yogurt*

(See how confident I stand, compared to Yogurt)

Pudding is one of the more playful cats and constantly on the move. She was often found wrestling with her sibling, Cookie.

Another cat that looks highly similar to Pudding above!
She's slightly tinier in size, and naps most of the time right after dinner.


Cookie seems to share a bromance with Tommy...

(Honey I'm home!)

(Oh sweets, you're back *smooches*)

The two black felines.
Tuxedo (left) and Tommy (right)

With his bromance with Cookie aside, Tommy loves playing with the fishing rod!

Our favourite cat for the night! He is very active and constantly on a lookout for play!
His favourite toy is the mouse and he walks around meowing aloud with victory each time he catches it.
We called him the haolian cat, lol.

The staff told us that Tuxedo enjoys belly rubs too, awww.
And here's the staff showing us in the picture.

Tuxedo lay down in bliss totally.

Looking totally like a fruitcake from the bakery, she is one of the oldest cat in The Cat Cafe. No wonder she has a kinda old grandmother look.
Nevertheless, her fur is so gorgeously colored!

(Excuse me, are you talking about me?)

(Btw, who were you calling 'old grandmother'...)

(I sense someone stalking me)

(OH! You! Want a photo of me?)

(I look better in this lighting *winks*)

At aroud 8pm, the cats start to fall asleep.

In 3....




(*GLARES* It's so rude to stare while I'm asleep.)

*looks away*

But can't beat the zzz monster...

(Is someone taking my photo?)


(I better wake up and look cute for the photoshoot)

(*Shows my cute pinky paws)

With that, we left the cats to their naps.

The Cat Cafe SG

241B Victoria Street Level 3
(Right above Burger King)

$15 per entry (with a complimentary soft drink)
Top ups available to upgrade drinks to coffee/tea/juices
Age requirement: 6 & Above only. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adults

Monday: 3pm to 10pm
Tuesday – Sunday, Public Holiday: 10am to 10pm