Taipei,Taiwan, travel

Bopiliao Historic Block 剝皮寮歷史街區


  
Hello 2016 to the world and all my beloved readers! I know that time really flies and I am just back from the moon to celebrate the love of traveling when time and budgets permit. I start blogging very late this year by saying Nihao from Taipei 😍

  
And before it is too late, I would like to share with you a creative move of Taipei government in bringing back the good old days and sharing a soulful community space to local residents and visitors alike.

A short walk from Mengjia Longshan Temple, The Bopiliao Historic Block 剝皮寮歷史街區 is one of not-to-be-missed locations in Taipei for exploring the old charms of Wanhua district which was Taipei’s oldest district. 
  
It is very easy to be here and you will have a chance to breathe the history of Wanhua district and you may encounter the meaningful Art Exhibitions or else if you are lucky.  

Direction :

About 10 min walk from MRT Longshan Temple Station

  
Address :

No. 101, Guangzhou St., Wanhua District, 

Taipei City, 108 Taiwan

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Coffee, Dubai, Eat & Drink, supermarket

Organic Foods & Cafe, Sheikh Zayed Road


If you would like to explore full selection of organic products or to have early organic breakfast in Dubai, then maybe you would like to try Organic Foods & Cafe at Sheikh Zayed Road. You may even feel very healthy once thinking about anything organic or you may feel so good instantly once entering this organic shopping heaven.

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Jun June and I got a lovely buy 1-get-1 free coupon so we headed there for pizzas and coffee. After our hearty meal, we then explored the organic supermarket where we found so many interesting organic products from various sources around the world.

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I believe this is the biggest branch in Dubai, but you can check them out.

 

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Organic Foods & Cafe (next to Oasis Center)
SHEIKH ZAYED RD:
Shop: 7.45am to 10.30pm
Café: 7.45am to 10.30pm (last orders 9.45pm)

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Dubai, Market

Dubai Creek


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I assume that most of the first time travelers going to Bangkok will take a chance to enjoy exploring Chao Phraya river by boat. Therefore, I guess it is almost the same ritual for those who are fond of cultural-focused experience to explore Dubai Creek (a salted water creek) via Abra.

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Today I would like to share my cheerful trip with my super nice friend, Jun June across Dubai Creek via Abra, water taxis. Nothing much to say , I think the easiest way to explore the history and the charming part of Dubai you may need to immerse yourself in Deira part where traditional markets are located. You will enjoy going back to the past of Dubai.

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Jun June and I started our trip at Al Ras, metro station which connects you to The Heritage House, Dubai which I posted earlier. With this metro station, you can easily reach Gold Souk or Spice Souk which are the traditional markets. You also might cross Dubai Creek via Abra to explore further as you wish from this metro station.

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This time of the year in December I believe that traveling via Abra across Dubai Creek is just lovely activity and will cost you only 1 dirham. My photos were taken on March 7, 2015 and the weather was also super nice back then.

Happy weekend, everyone !

 

 

 

 

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Abu Dhabi, travel

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi


Jun June, my super nice friend took me to see Emirates Palace, a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi since early May. Let’s begin our กะเหรี่ยงน้อยทัวร์😁

From the exterior, Emirates Palace is so magnificent like a palace as its name suggests. Since the weather in May was a bit hot outside so I did not take the photos of the whole building site under the beautiful sunshine.  However, you can always check this magical place from its corporate website.

My impression is Arabian element details. Surprisingly I found the gold vending machine in the hotel (no photos) and think that this selling approach is quite unique 😅

Emirates Palace is worth visiting if you are already in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Emirates Palace

West Corniche Road

Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates
Tel +971 2 690 9000

Fax +971 2 690 9999

Email Address: info@emiratespalace.ae

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Beijing, Coffee, Eat & Drink

Comfort food @ Peking Cafe (a rooftop terrace), Beijing


  The repeated visit to lovely Peking Cafe in Beijing last year gave me a feeling of comfort food love. A rooftop terrace offered me the view of the crowded lane, Nanluogu Xiang

I had a simply delicious Japanese style rice dish with curry (vegetarian option, I believe) and caffe latte. That was so simple happiness on earth ! 

There were lots of people on the rooftop on that day, but I guess it was a nice spot to relax with a nice cup of coffee and at the same time to observe the bustling world around you.

 
Peking International Youth Hostel

No. 113-2 Nan Luo Gu Xiang

Dong Cheng District

Beijing, China

Tel: +86-10 – 6401 3961 / 8403 9098

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Abu Dhabi, travel

SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE, Abu Dhabi


Today, it is now a time for Abu Dhabi to shine a bit as a big brother. I would like to share with you the glimpses of stunning architectural work of art, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi ( or The Grand Mosque as we call it ) . If you are already in Dubai, Abu Dhabi which is the capital of The United Arab Emirates is about 150km away from Dubai. You can use the five-lanes E11 highway if you go by a car.
 
Apart from the grand size of the mosque ( housing 40,0000 worshippers), the most impressive design features for me are the white marble on external surfaces on the main prayer hall ( floral design ), 82 different size domes with pure while marble cladding, the world’s largest hand- knotted carpet (12-month knotting ) and a lot more. Jun June, my lovely Thai friend drove me to see the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi before I left Dubai.   Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily for visitors, except Friday morning which it is open for worshipers only. I saw from the website that you also have a lovely chance to join 5pm Sunset Tour too. It must be a good walk in the evening. There is the strict dress code for women. You can check Mosque Manners to see what are allowed. 

Remark :

I found there is still no metro station in Abu Dhabi ‘s city centre (May 2, 2015). Having metro is absolutely more convenient for visitors with the efficient public transport to get around. But if you plan to rent a car or take a taxi, then it is also convenient if you know the way.

How to get there

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Coffee, Dubai, Eat & Drink

camel latte – The Majlis @ Dubai Mall


What does this sound to you ! Don’t say it is too scary due to MERS outbreak. Life is all about trying new things and enjoying every bit. Remark  : the precaution advice from WHO is “People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked”.   Cooked camel milk might be ok, I hope. 🙏

 For me, I have no clue about the taste of any camel milk before so I tried Camel Latte once at The Majlis with its refined finger food , called Arabian twists on my lovely Saturday in Dubai (February 28, 2015). My verdict as a judge in my own court is very simple. I love the way the Italians make a cup of coffee the most so I shall stick with the classic caffe latte and my love for lavazza with the cow milk. 

 
In a super hot summer in Dubai now, nothing can beat Dubai Mall on weekend. A truly long walk from Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station in the air conditioned walkway will make you stronger. You will find the huge camel statues in front of The Majlis at The Souk of Dubai Mall. If you have not yet tried any camel milk before, then maybe you would have fun trying the new delicacies in Arabian style.

Life is sometimes about taking a risk. You will know only when you take a chance 🐪 Good luck and have fun !

The Majlis, Dubai Mall
Call :+971 56 287 1522

Email : cafedm@the-majlis.com

Website : http://www.the-majlis.com

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