More photos and reflections to come on my trip to Cambodia!
I finally feel like I’m embracing Singapore, now that I’ve tasted durian. It has been a personal mission of mine for a while to try durian. I wanted to know what this hype was all about. This was my first time encountering this controversial and banned tropical fruit. Yes, durian is banned in the MRT, buses and in some public places.
A few weeks ago, we went to one of the durian stands on Balestier with some of my durian-loving friends. We went around 4pm, because that is apparently a good time to go! We ended up getting a cut up durian, which cost $28. I was a bit surprised at how expensive it was!
The texture of the durian when I held it was pretty unpleasant because it was mushy and got all over my fingers. The taste was custard like. I didn’t think the durian tasted as badly people said. I was more disturbed by the texture and appearance of the durian then the smell or taste. After eating one piece, I didn’t feel any desire to eat anymore. Even though my friends happily ate more, I was done. I was definitely thankful that there was plenty of water for us to drink with the durian.
A big thanks to all who came out and ate the rest of the durian, which meant I didn’t have to eat any more! I am willing to give durian another chance, when I have some brave visitors that are wanting to try it! :)
I really enjoyed the beautiful mountains and the cooler weather of Taipei. It was a nice change in scenery and pace from Singapore. The first day I was there, we went to the public hot springs in Beitou, than afterwards went to Tamsui. Tamsui was by the water and had nice views of the mountains. Despite the rainy weather, I managed to get a few good photos. I also enjoyed the lively market place that had plenty of cheap food options.
Towards the end of my trip, I was determined to hike up Elephant Mountain, despite all the rainy weather. So one afternoon, I braved the drizzling rain and hiked up many sets of stairs. Even though I looked up directions beforehand online, the walk from the Taipei City Hall station to the base of the mountain was a bit far and a bit confusing. It’s supposedly a 15 minute walk from Taipei 101, but it took me a bit longer. It’s a good thing my google maps was still working on my iphone! When, I finally reached the top, it was still rainy and cloudy, but the view was still worth it. I highly recommend the hike if you are visiting Taipei! More posts coming on the delicious and cheap food of Taipei!