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The best place after hours with or without Plus or Cirus logo is the Cashbox KTV on Zhonghua Rd in Ximenting (Big Building) KTV ALWAYS allow you to withdraw money My friend had a no logo problem .
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Youth Hostelling:
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Just back from taiwan (what a nice trip! manage to find chance to attend the super star 超级星光大道recording! )

Day 1
-------
- 通化 Night market

Day 2
-------
- Take train down to 关子岭 for the special hot spring 泥浆温泉 (there is only 3 places in the world that have this mud spring), manage to arrange free transport bus from the hotel, else it will took 500NTD taxi.
- The hot spring bath is interesting, you can apply the mud they took from the hot spring source all over your body including your face (like face mask!) and then dip into the hot pool. There is also the spa fish pool where you can put your feet into it to let the fish 'eat' them. There is one fish spa at our singapore flyer mall but I feel that fish there are more 'hardworking'

Day 3
------
- Take free bus from hotel back to train station and make way to 高雄
- Reach 高雄train station and tranfer to the newly open mrt system, few stations to reach the tallest hotel in the city 金典饭店. We book a room on offer which state that there is no scenery, but turn out still ok to us, its at 49th floor, 1/3 view block, but still ok (as compared to paying 1000+ NTD more to get better view)
- Went out and go around using the MRT system, got most clothings at 新倔江shopping distrinct ( a place like 西门町, a lots of youngsters, i feel ppl there more 'hot'!)

Day 4
------
- More city tour in 高雄,we went to the northmost mrt station塘厂,a museum site for the old taiwan trains, some good ice cream is avaliable there.
- next went to 旗津by taking mrt to 中央公园, then transfer to bus follow by the ferry (10NT only). All transport in the city can acdept the new MRT card and they are now having promotion, mrt ride only 12NTD irregardless of how far and transfer to bus is free!
- Take some seafood at 旗津, try to go along the beach area and look for better store before deciding which one to eat. There is free bicycle at the police station near to the ferry terminal.
- Back to mrt station and go for shopping at the biggest shopping mall in asia 梦时代,can take free shuttle at 凯旋mrt staion exit 2. Went for the hello kitty flyer and took the transparent cabin (only 2 of them, need to wait longer if got long queue). Try to go before the evening crowd and also aviod weekends! Now got promo the flyer ticket can go one stairs down to exchange for 20NTD coins each for playing the game machines
-
- shop around at the mall, major mall in taiwan have tax rebates if purchase above 3000NTD, can buy in different stores and accumulate to bring to service counter to process the application form for tax rebate at airport when departing. Also, mall have also promo just like in sg, so look for them if you want to make purchases like clothing, shoes, food to bring home. I feel that the Nike shoes are quite cheap there. There is a special shops at the basement selling all hokkiado stuff at cheaper price than singapore. We accumulate our buyings and got a free hard lagguage case just in time to put all my stuff!
- Unload everything back in hotel and continue our night market time to 瑞豐Night market, this one is less comercialize then 六合Night Market, and more local taiwanese will prefer here. We have been to both and yes I do agree 瑞豐 is more 'interesting'

Day 5
-------
- Enjoy breakfast in hotel (this 5 star hotel breakfast spread quite a lot, can walk two round look at all foods). The hotel got free warm water swimming pools but we have no time to use them ......
- went to do last minute shopping near to the 高雄 train station, 公车at 高雄is less frequent but only a few bus no and it went around in major areas.
- check out hotel and take mrt to 左营to take bullet train 高铁back to taipei, it take around 1.5 hr to 2 hr to reach 台北车站,transfer to taipei 捷运and check in to hotel, just outside mrt station, very convinence!
- went to 师大night market for 徐记生煎包,now their business is so good that you have to take a number tag and wait! Heavy rain force us to go back hotel to enjoy our food, manage to grep a mango ice on the way back. Now is raining season in taiwan, remember to bring along umbrella.

Day 6
-------
- Went to 西门町to see got any free concert as it is a Sat, not much though for that weekend. Shop/eat as usual.
- Went back to hotel and prepare to go for 林宥嘉concert at 台大体育馆,hotel got free car can use once per day :> The concert at taiwan is much better in singapore or malaysia - crowds are better bahave, no flash flash all around when singers are singing!

Day 7
-------
- Shop around at Sogo near hotel, now is near to 端午节, so a lot of 粽子,they have so call 冰粽 which is quite nice.
- Took hotel free ride to 中视to watch 超级星光大道recording -- its top ten now! Our 2 singapore representative is still among the best and I think they may be able to make it to tope 6! The recording is quite fun and different from singapore one, very professional and orderly, except that it is very long hour, from 3 pm to 8 pm! This time round is 自我突破Try it! and a lot of 'hot' scene! It is going to be boardcast tomorrow at taiwan.
- Went to 华纳威秀area as it is near the tv station. eat dinner + go to their handphone shop to see see look look - they have brands like sharp/nec which is not avaliable locally.

Day 8
-------
- Went places like 台湾故事馆 (a place where you pay 250NTD to enter and they give you 150NTD voucher to spent around, a lot of old taiwan deco around where you can take photo, but food and things sucks), 淡水, 士林 - thought nothing to buy liao today, but grep more shoppings in 士林 ..... they really know how to do business in taiwan.....
- went to 24hr 诚品near hotel, decided not to waste last night there :-) a lot of ppl went at night there too, very happening place beside the pubs.

Day 9
------
- Take MRT to 猫空to take the cable cars, took all the way to the top and see see look look. Nothing much except some comercialised stores. We dont have time to venture further as out flight is in the evening, so we took the cable car back down. Be careful of the weather when going there, we almost got caught halt in the middle due to bad weather -- they will stop operating the cable cars if weather is bad. And yes, the cable car dont operate on monday, so don't go on Monday.
- Last minute collection of food at shops to bring back to singapore.

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Old 29-05-2008, 01:05 PM   #10204
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Just back from taiwan (what a nice trip! manage to find chance to attend the super star 超级星光大道recording! )

Day 1
-------
- 通化 Night market

Day 2
-------
- Take Normal Train down to 关子岭 for the special hot spring 泥浆温泉 (only 3 places in the world have this mud spring), manage to arrange free transport bus from the hotel
- The hot spring batch is interesting, you can apply the mud they took from the hot spring source all over your body including your face (like face mask!) and then dip into the hot pool. There is also the spa fish pool where you can put your feet into it to let the fish 'eat' them. There is one at our singapore flyer mall but I feel this one fish more 'hardworking'

Day 3
------
- Take free bus from hotel back to train station and make way to 高雄
- Reach 高雄train station and tranfer to the newly open mrt system, take few stop to reach the tallest hotel in the city 金典饭店. We book a room on offer which state no scenery, but turn out still ok to us, its at 49th floor, less than 1/3 view block, but still ok (as compared to paying 1000+ NTD more to get better view)
- Went out and go around the MRT station for different places, got most clothings at 新倔江shopping distrinct ( a place like 西门町, a lots of youngsters, i feel here ppl more 'hot'!)

Day 4
------
- More city tour in 高雄,we went to the northmost mrt station塘厂,a museum site for the old taiwan trains, some good ice cream is avaliable there.
- next went to 旗津by taking mrt to 中央公园, then transfer to bus follow by the ferry (10NT only). All transport can use the new MRT card there and they are not having promotion, mrt ride no matter how long only 12NTD and transfer to bus is free!
- Take some seafood at 旗津, try to go along the beach area and look for better store before deciding which one to eat. there is free bicycle at the police station near to the ferry terminal.
- Back to mrt station and go for our shopping time at the biggest shopping mall in asia 梦时代,can take free shuttle at 凯旋mrt staion exit 2. Went for the hello kitty flyer and took the transparent cabin (only 2 of them, need to wait longer is got long queue). Try to go before the evening crowd and also aviod weekends! Now got promo the flyer ticket after taking can go one stairs down to exchange for 20NTD coins each for playing the games machines
-
- shop around at the mall, major mall in taiwan have tax rebates if purchase above 3000NTD, can but in different stores and accumulate to bring to service counter to process the application form for tax rebate at airport when departing. Also, mall have also promo, so look for them if you want to make purchases like clothing, shoes, food to bring home. I feel that the Nike shoes are quite cheap there. There is a special shops at the basement selling all hokkiado stuff at cheaper price than singapore. We accumulate our buyings and got a free hard lagguage case just in time to put all my buyings!
- Unload everything back in hotel and continue our night market time to 瑞豐Night market, this one is less comercialize then 六合Night Market, and more local taiwanese will prefer here. We have been to both and yes I do agree 瑞豐 is more 'interesting'

Day 5
-------
- Enjoy breakfast in hotel (this 5 star hotel breakfast spread quite a lot, can walk two round look at all foods). The hotel got free warm water swimming pools but we have no time to use them ......
- went to do last minute shopping near to the 高雄 train station, the 公车at 高雄is less frequent but only a few bus no and it went around in major areas.
- check out and take mrt to 左营to take bullet train 高铁back to taipei, it take around 1.5 hr to 2 hr to reach 台北车站,transfer to taipei 捷运and check in to hotel, just outside mrt station, very convinence!
- went to 师大night market for 徐记生煎包,now their business is so good that you have to take a number tag and wait! Heavy rain force us to go back hotel to enjoy our food, manage to grey a mango ice on the way. Now is raining season in taiwan, remember to bring along umbrella.

Day 6
-------
- Went to 西门町to see got any free concert as it is a Sat, not much though for that weekend. Shop/eat as usual.
- Went back to hotel and prepare to go for 林宥嘉concert at 台大体育馆,hotel got free car can use once per day :> The concert at taiwan is much better in singapore or malaysia - crowds are better bahave, no flash flash all around when singers are singing!

Day 7
-------
- Shop around at Sogo near hotel, now is near to 端午节, so a lot of 粽子,they have so call 冰粽 which is quite nice.
- Took hotel free ride to 中视to watch 超级星光大道recording -- its top ten now! Our 2 singapore representative is still among the best and I think they may be able to make it to tope 5! The recording is quite fun and different from singapore one, veru professional and orderly, except that it is very long hou, from 3 pm to 8 pm! This time round is 自我突破Try it! and a lot of 'hot' scene! It is going to be boardcast tomorrow at taiwan.
- Went to 华纳威秀area as it is near the tv station. eat dinner + go to their handphone shop to see see look look - they have brands like sharp/nec which is not avaliable locally.

Day 8
-------
- Went normal places like 台湾故事馆 (a place where you pay 250NTD to enter and they give you 150NTD voucher to spent around, a lot of old taiwan deco around where you can take photo, but food and things sucks), 淡水, 士林 - thought nothing to buy liao today, but grep more shoppings in 士林 ..... they really know how to do business in taiwan.....
- went to 24hr 诚品near hotel, decided not to waste last night there :-) a lot of ppl went at night there too, very happening place beside the pubs.

Day 9
------
- Take MRT to 猫空to take the cable cars, took all the way to the top and see see look look. Nothing much except some comercialised stores. We dont have time to venture further as out flight is in the evening, so we took the cable car back down. Be careful of the weather when going there, we almost got caught halt in the middle due to bad weather -- they will stop operating the cable cars if weather is bad. And yes, the cable car dont operate on monday, so don't go on Monday.
- Last minute collection of food at shops to bring back to singapore.


haha somehow you do like 超級星光大道 alot i feel!
i went last dec and i did head to their concert.
and i agree. concerts are way better. though the one i went was free seating and the place-same as you pretty small.
but no cameras were allowed throughout.
and no one was allowed to stand.
like how good. (somehow the high parts made people feel like getting up. but no one did-controlled i guess!)

LOVELY!
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Old 29-05-2008, 04:26 PM   #10205
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I follow it since 2006dec till now, every friday night now watch the real-time boardcast instead of the boring channel 8/U :>

Oh yes, tonight also got special session showing their life back in their homw town (for top ten). Got to see what they have recorded in singapore.

I think I am going back for more concert, there is two upcoming one in Aug/Sep that I may want to attend (张雨生20周年纪念演唱会,林志炫演唱会)

The people in the recording said the final for season 3 will be on 1st Aug (real time)
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Just back from taiwan (what a nice trip! manage to find chance to attend the super star 超级星光大道recording! )

Day 1
-------
- 通化 Night market

Day 2
-------
- Take train down to 关子岭 for the special hot spring 泥浆温泉 (there is only 3 places in the world that have this mud spring), manage to arrange free transport bus from the hotel, else it will took 500NTD taxi.
- The hot spring bath is interesting, you can apply the mud they took from the hot spring source all over your body including your face (like face mask!) and then dip into the hot pool. There is also the spa fish pool where you can put your feet into it to let the fish 'eat' them. There is one fish spa at our singapore flyer mall but I feel that fish there are more 'hardworking'

Day 3
------
- Take free bus from hotel back to train station and make way to 高雄
- Reach 高雄train station and tranfer to the newly open mrt system, few stations to reach the tallest hotel in the city 金典饭店. We book a room on offer which state that there is no scenery, but turn out still ok to us, its at 49th floor, 1/3 view block, but still ok (as compared to paying 1000+ NTD more to get better view)
- Went out and go around using the MRT system, got most clothings at 新倔江shopping distrinct ( a place like 西门町, a lots of youngsters, i feel ppl there more 'hot'!)

Day 4
------
- More city tour in 高雄,we went to the northmost mrt station塘厂,a museum site for the old taiwan trains, some good ice cream is avaliable there.
- next went to 旗津by taking mrt to 中央公园, then transfer to bus follow by the ferry (10NT only). All transport in the city can acdept the new MRT card and they are now having promotion, mrt ride only 12NTD irregardless of how far and transfer to bus is free!
- Take some seafood at 旗津, try to go along the beach area and look for better store before deciding which one to eat. There is free bicycle at the police station near to the ferry terminal.
- Back to mrt station and go for shopping at the biggest shopping mall in asia 梦时代,can take free shuttle at 凯旋mrt staion exit 2. Went for the hello kitty flyer and took the transparent cabin (only 2 of them, need to wait longer if got long queue). Try to go before the evening crowd and also aviod weekends! Now got promo the flyer ticket can go one stairs down to exchange for 20NTD coins each for playing the game machines
-
- shop around at the mall, major mall in taiwan have tax rebates if purchase above 3000NTD, can buy in different stores and accumulate to bring to service counter to process the application form for tax rebate at airport when departing. Also, mall have also promo just like in sg, so look for them if you want to make purchases like clothing, shoes, food to bring home. I feel that the Nike shoes are quite cheap there. There is a special shops at the basement selling all hokkiado stuff at cheaper price than singapore. We accumulate our buyings and got a free hard lagguage case just in time to put all my stuff!
- Unload everything back in hotel and continue our night market time to 瑞豐Night market, this one is less comercialize then 六合Night Market, and more local taiwanese will prefer here. We have been to both and yes I do agree 瑞豐 is more 'interesting'

Day 5
-------
- Enjoy breakfast in hotel (this 5 star hotel breakfast spread quite a lot, can walk two round look at all foods). The hotel got free warm water swimming pools but we have no time to use them ......
- went to do last minute shopping near to the 高雄 train station, 公车at 高雄is less frequent but only a few bus no and it went around in major areas.
- check out hotel and take mrt to 左营to take bullet train 高铁back to taipei, it take around 1.5 hr to 2 hr to reach 台北车站,transfer to taipei 捷运and check in to hotel, just outside mrt station, very convinence!
- went to 师大night market for 徐记生煎包,now their business is so good that you have to take a number tag and wait! Heavy rain force us to go back hotel to enjoy our food, manage to grep a mango ice on the way back. Now is raining season in taiwan, remember to bring along umbrella.

Day 6
-------
- Went to 西门町to see got any free concert as it is a Sat, not much though for that weekend. Shop/eat as usual.
- Went back to hotel and prepare to go for 林宥嘉concert at 台大体育馆,hotel got free car can use once per day :> The concert at taiwan is much better in singapore or malaysia - crowds are better bahave, no flash flash all around when singers are singing!

Day 7
-------
- Shop around at Sogo near hotel, now is near to 端午节, so a lot of 粽子,they have so call 冰粽 which is quite nice.
- Took hotel free ride to 中视to watch 超级星光大道recording -- its top ten now! Our 2 singapore representative is still among the best and I think they may be able to make it to tope 6! The recording is quite fun and different from singapore one, very professional and orderly, except that it is very long hour, from 3 pm to 8 pm! This time round is 自我突破Try it! and a lot of 'hot' scene! It is going to be boardcast tomorrow at taiwan.
- Went to 华纳威秀area as it is near the tv station. eat dinner + go to their handphone shop to see see look look - they have brands like sharp/nec which is not avaliable locally.

Day 8
-------
- Went places like 台湾故事馆 (a place where you pay 250NTD to enter and they give you 150NTD voucher to spent around, a lot of old taiwan deco around where you can take photo, but food and things sucks), 淡水, 士林 - thought nothing to buy liao today, but grep more shoppings in 士林 ..... they really know how to do business in taiwan.....
- went to 24hr 诚品near hotel, decided not to waste last night there :-) a lot of ppl went at night there too, very happening place beside the pubs.

Day 9
------
- Take MRT to 猫空to take the cable cars, took all the way to the top and see see look look. Nothing much except some comercialised stores. We dont have time to venture further as out flight is in the evening, so we took the cable car back down. Be careful of the weather when going there, we almost got caught halt in the middle due to bad weather -- they will stop operating the cable cars if weather is bad. And yes, the cable car dont operate on monday, so don't go on Monday.
- Last minute collection of food at shops to bring back to singapore.
Wah, your 泥浆温泉 sounds interesting. Can give me more details of it? Esp how to go and how much it costs?
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what are the days for the recording of 超級星光大道?????
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Hi I understand that for Royal Castle there is internet access in room. Is there any in the room for Rainbow too? And is it free? I'm thinking of bringing laptop over.

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sorry guys urgent qn as im leaving taipei tmr. I'm currently staying in Housanpi, any recommended way to get from my location to the Airport?
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I follow it since 2006dec till now, every friday night now watch the real-time boardcast instead of the boring channel 8/U :>

Oh yes, tonight also got special session showing their life back in their homw town (for top ten). Got to see what they have recorded in singapore.

I think I am going back for more concert, there is two upcoming one in Aug/Sep that I may want to attend (张雨生20周年纪念演唱会,林志炫演唱会)

The people in the recording said the final for season 3 will be on 1st Aug (real time)
no wonder!
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Old 30-05-2008, 03:10 AM   #10212
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sorry guys urgent qn as im leaving taipei tmr. I'm currently staying in Housanpi, any recommended way to get from my location to the Airport?
ask the hotel people or .. some random look friendly people?
or else. go to taipei main station. go to the bus side. get a bus which goes airport? (i think so!)
ask the people at taipei main station - control station. they are very helpful from what i recalled.

fetching a cab to airport will cost a bomb.

ok go to houshanpi. ask the mrt control station people. i think they should be able to help. try looking very helpless and gonna cry. :x

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Wah, your 泥浆温泉 sounds interesting. Can give me more details of it? Esp how to go and how much it costs?
you can take a look at this website:

http://travel.network.com.tw/tourgui...owpage/32.html

best to find a hotel there and stay a night, there is some shops along the street that you can shop, but to go to the different scenary location you best to book a vehicle from the hotel, cause its 3hr walk if you are walking around.
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what are the days for the recording of 超級星光大道?????
have to look in their blog:
http://www.wretch.cc/blog/superstar3

the latest date is this sunday - recording for PK part 1 & part 2. I heard they are having recording every sinday for the next 2 weeks as our singapore singer Mr Huang needs to come back for 2 weeks reservist

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sorry guys urgent qn as im leaving taipei tmr. I'm currently staying in Housanpi, any recommended way to get from my location to the Airport?
Take the MRT to Taipei Main Station and then walk to the Bus Station :
http://www.freewebs.com/crazyazn/bus...ntoairport.htm
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