February 4, 2017 (Day 5 Part 3)My Husband and I stop at the Qingjing Market to purchase some facial creams that are made of sheep of course and after the quick trip to the market, we leave Cingjing Farm around 4:30 PM and went back to our accommodation to collect our luggage. My husband and I sent several post cards first to our loved-ones in the Philippines before taking the bus to Taichung. We also take a couple of photos along with the staff of Cingjing Camper Horse Motorhomes.

Fresh Produce at Qingjing Farm Market

Sealed with a kiss!

Taken around 5 PM with the motorhome staff. Can you notice my color? I forgot to use sunscreen when I visit Cingjing Farm and instantly, I went 2 shades darker. So when you plan to visit the farm even if it’s winter still wear sunscreen ^_^

I always love baon/snack while traveling so I bought these in 7/11 before we hop on a Nantou Bus heading to Taichung.

Spectacular View from the window of the bus taken with an iPhone.

map-point 730 PM  TSHR Taichung Station

We leave Songgang at 5:15 PM and reach Taichung HSR station around 7:30 PM. I went straight to the ticket counter and purchase the next available train to Taipei. I paid for two non-reserved seats valued at NTD675 per person and we were assigned to Car 10 to 12 since it’s a non-reserved seat. This kind of seat is cheaper as compared to a reserved seat. We’ve traveled Kaohsiung to Taichung via HSR so technically it’s our second time using this kind of train so finding the platform is quite easy, but this time we bought the ticket directly at TSHR and not via KLOOK.

TSHR Counter

TSHR Ticket Taichung to Taipei

HSR Interior

map-point 840 PM  Taipei Lantern Festival

Our train leaves Taichung Station at exactly 7:40 PM and traveled to Taipei for 50 minutes and since we’re in HSR Platform we needed to switch to Taipei Metro going to Ximending. Ximen MRT is just a stop away and so we reach it in no time. To our delight, we are just right in time for the Taipei Lantern Festival, the place is swarming with locals as they celebrate CNY and there are three huge chicken lanterns in the street. They also hold a concert in the middle of the street with cheering crowds that make the festival so lively. By the way, Ximending is similar with Shibuya, it’s a big crossing/shopping street with too many people gliding in all directions. We stayed there for a couple of minutes to witness their countdown and head to Ximen Wow Hostel to check-in.

Yes, it’s a party!

People snapping away for the countdown!

map-point 9PM  Ximending

Soon as we settled our stuff, we leave our luggage and went out again to eat at the famous Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle and drink the famous milk bubble tea of 50 Lan (50嵐) but instead, we roam the well-known shopping area of Taiwan. I just love comparing places in terms of similarity because, in that way you can get a grasp of what the place is, Ximending is somehow similar to Myeongdong of Seoul and Shibuya of Japan in terms of liveliness and action. So if you’ve been to these places then you know what I mean, especially for Shopaholics. 🙂

Flooded with Shops & Restaurants

More Shops & Plenty of Food Options

More Shops!

map-point 930 PM  Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles

At 930 PM, we started to look for this famous noodle shop known as Ay-Chung flour rice Noodles. It’s one of the must-eat foods in Taiwan, they’ve been here since 1975 serving and handing their bestselling noodle bowls ever since. Mee Sua as the Taiwanese local call it, refers to this noodle made of flour-rice, as for us Filipinos we refer to it as Miswa. Yes, that’s what it’s made of Flour Rice Noodles plus several spices, and cured pig intestines. The Mee Sua as expected is quite goopy and the soup has the right amount of different spices in it. But honestly, it’s not for the picky eaters and not for everyone. For us, we like it because it’s tasty, spicy and hot, which is perfect for the cold weather.  They also add a hint of cilantro leaves that makes the taste more distinctive.

How To Order?

1. Line and Be Patient. (It’s a long queue and still, I’m lining up for it.)

2. Pay for it. NTD65 for Large Bowl and NTD50 for Small Bowl. And I chose Large, 2 Large Please!

3. Walk a few step and Get your order.

4. Add whatever you like, Pureed Garlic, Chilis and Vinegar.

5. Enjoy your Bowl of Ay-Chung Noodles.

pinkeart2 Note: Don’t look for chairs or tables because they don’t provide. And you can see people enjoying their bowls standing on the street. As for us, we like to take it out and eat it comfortably at our hostel.

map-point MilkTea Madness

We plan to get KOI milk bubble tea or the well known 50 Lan (50嵐) but the store is already closed that time and so we ended up buying at Orange Tea. They have a wide selection of fruit teas and they also offer conventional milk tea. I ordered one fruit tea and one pudding milk tea that set us back NTD40 each.

At Orange Tea

They have plenty of options. Hmmm!

map-point 11 PM  Ximen Wow Hostel

We headed back to our accommodation and look for a free table, laid out the foods and enjoy it while the soup is hot. We stayed here for an hour, chit chat a little, wash up and hit the sack because we still have a full day tomorrow to enjoy Taipei.

It’s a little feast!

At Ximen Wow Hostel Common Room

SMILE Budget & How To?


How To Get Here?


By MRT Take Blue Line 5 or Green Line 3 to Ximen (西門).

ship-carAy-Chung Flour Rice Noodle

GMAP ADDRESS: No. 8-1號, Emei Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108


Ay-Chung Noodles

Large Bowl NTD65 and Small Bowl NTD50

Milk Tea

Runs from NTD40 to NTD60


Travel Tips

  1. Buy Easy Card for easy traveling on the Metro
  2. Metro runs from 6 am to 12 am
  3. Ay Chung opens from 9 am to 11 pm
  4. Buy the Large Bowl instead of the small one.


Thanks again for dropping by, as always, I’m in love with Taiwan so watch out for more Taiwan entries in a few days and since we traveled DIY, I will be posting Taiwan Free and Easy guide after my travelogues. Feel free to use the comment area below for questions and or share your experience with me by sharing it here. Also, I’m prepping my Youtube Channel so please do support by subscribing at RunawayMariaTV Don’t forget to follow my journey through my INSTAGRAM @runawaymaria and Facebook by tapping LIKE! See you in my next post.

Happy Travels