Wednesday, November 25, 2015


It took us a long time to decide on where to have dinner in Jiufen. In the end, we chose to dine at this tea house called 九戶茶语.

No, they do not only serve tea, they also serve full meals. We chose one of their set meals upon their recommendation.

Service was prompt and courteous. There was a bowl of complimentary winter melon soup.

There was a box of something, which we found intriguing. They did not allow us to touch it, as it was apparently, burning hot.

Ah, so it was our prawns!

The plate of peas was lightly stir-fried and not heavily seasoned.

The braised chicken was tasty, too. If it were a warm dish, I would have eaten the whole plate. Too bad it was a cold dish.

Mum and Dad really liked the baked basket of corn, sweet potato, pumpkin, groundnuts and mushroom. Perhaps it was because of that smoky flavour.

We thought the fish was quite well done, too. The sauce was light and the fish was steamed to a texture that we liked.

At the end of the meal, they served us a plate of complimentary fruits. It was a plateful of watermelon slices and cherry tomatoes. There was a small serving of gherkin, too. 

As we chose a window table, I could see the night view of the harbour below from where we were sitting.

I could not resist taking a photo from the balcony. How pretty is the night scenery? Look at the lights and the reflection on the water, so pretty (would be prettier if I knew how to change my camera's settings).

In my opinion, no trip to Taiwan is complete without saying hello to Jiufen.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sunny Room Bed & Breakfast 阳光味宿

For the final night of our Taiwan holiday, I chose to spend the night in Jiufen (九份). As I have seen Jiufen in the day time, I was eager to see Jiufen at night, imagining it to be very much like the scenes in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. After all, it was the place that gave him the inspiration for that animation.

There were so many B&Bs to choose from on Tripadvisor but in the end, I chose to stay at Sunny Room Bed & Breakfast (阳光味宿). Phyllis drove us into their compound and so we approached their public area via the main entrance.

After the worker (who was Indonesian-Chinese and started to converse in Indonesian with me) collected the rest of our room payment, she showed us to our room, which was up a flight of stairs.

Similar to Olive Tree where we stayed at for our first night in Taiwan, Sunny Room had lots of little figurines and trinkets scattered throughout their compound.

We were impressed with the room, which we found airy, welcoming and uniquely-designed. Mum and Dad were pleased with this choice.

This is called the Small Happiness Room (小幸福四人房) and what I really liked was the rock-hard mattress of a bed! I love hard mattresses but not everyone does, so if you prefer soft mattresses, you may not want to choose Sunny Room as your choice accommodation.

We really liked the layout of the bathroom - so much like our kind of design that is simple and white.

There was a little reading corner that had a window with a picturesque scenery of the Pacific Ocean framed by pink curtains. Tastefully done, indeed.

What really blew us away was the view from the balcony. We would have sat out there for a longer time had it not been for the mosquitoes that welcomed us very quickly.

I mean, how can you not like this as your view?

Sunset at Jiufen
Morning scenery at Jiufen

We followed instructions to walk up to Jiufen Old Street (九份老街) using their side entrance.

There were quite a few steps to climb to get to the old street, so be prepared. After soaking in the old street atmosphere and having dinner, we retired to bed and the next morning, packed our luggage and took a final tour of the B&B.

From the outside, I really liked how the bookshelf looked.

Again, like the outside, there were lots of trinkets and figurines inside.

It definitely exuded a homely feeling, a kind of lived-in feeling. It was not pretentious and we liked that feeling. And who would complain with a view like this to accompany meals?

I liked the sandwich they served. I like anything with egg, really. Haha! And I had a feeling that those are Twisties that you see in that green cup.

After a short chat with the owner, we knew the reason behind the unique design of the rooms and furniture - the husband and wife team used to work as interior designers and had crafty hands. They live in one of the rooms on the premise with their family of two children, as well as their fur family.

I managed to pat all the dogs but could not get to the cat - it refused to budge from its spot in the garage.


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