3D3N in Taipei – Cafés

Our first stop upon arrival, a less than 10-minute walk from our hotel.

Truffles Aroma


Come Buy Tea, Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store


Musikafee, Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store


Sugar Pea Café
Serves wholesome meals


Very Good Café


Awake til sleep

Visited this interesting local café + bar on our last night which was 5 mins by foot from the hotel. Thought we would just grab a coffee before returning to hotel after a hotpot dinner & some window shopping. Did not expect ourselves to stay for a good 3 hours, each of us downed a liquer coffee, a latte (owner’s treat) & a cocktail, and only left after midnight.

3D3N in Taipei

Our team trip to Taipei in April and this year, hubz joined me 😃

First night was dinner with the team. More than 250 of us had dinner at a local buffet restaurant – Hi-Lai Harbour Tianmu. This year’s was not that good as the time spent in travelling from hotel to the restaurant including a 45-minute traffic congestion, in seven coaches, was not worthwhile.

Meanwhile, hubz explored the area nearby and had his favourite beef noodle.

Besides the team dinner on first night, it was a free and easy 3D3N. Every morning after meeting some colleagues for breakfast, we would set out separately.

Visited a few cafés, did a bit of shopping and indulged in some street food at Ximending.

Had early dinner at a Japanese restaurant in Uni-UStyle – Hataka Tempura Yamani (博多天麩羅 山海).

Chose this Japanese restaurant because it was just 5-minute walk to a brewery where we wanted to have some post-dinner beers. We had their Dark Lager (which uses Bavarian chocolate malt from Germany containing caramel and chocolate flavors) during our last trip in Nov 2016 and so missed it. And it was cheap too – SGD5.20 a pint during their HH which was a 1-for-1 promotion!

The night did not just end there. Were being “summoned” to gather after we were back at hotel. So after freshening up, we met the ladies at the hotel’s lounge for some back-to-school card games 😄

Year end Trip (2018) – HK hotel

We stayed at Madera Hollywood in Central which is an all-suite hotel with only 38 units in total.

Given its excellent location, this room size is actually a luxury. The only drawback would be the tiny hotel lobby, it is about two-third of our living room size.

But the 4-day comfort & convenience we enjoyed had exceedingly made up for its small lobby.

Year end (2018) Trip – HK

This time round we stayed in Hong Kong Island (used to stay in Kowloon for all our past trips). We like the very centralised location and 3 of the cafes we went to were within walking distance.


Visited our “friend” in Hong Kong. He and his family members are just so adorable!


Our favourite place for hotpot – Giant Seafood Hot Pot (Jordan).


Dim sum brunch at One Dim Sum. Queued for almost an hour but worth it. Cheap and yummy (total bill was only SGD26 including chinese tea).


Year end (2018) Trip – HK – cafés

We were thinking of another short trip as my office would be closed for Christmas – New Year holidays.

Wanted some cooler weather and not too far from us, it would have to be Hong Kong. Since our last visit was in March 2016, we did not mind going there again.

As we had our annual family Christmas party on Christmas Day, we took the red eye flight and arrived in HK at 5am!

We would visit HK every 2-3 years to satiate our cravings for HK local food. But this time round, we did it a little differently. Slotted in a few cafe trips instead of the usual local food trail whenever we were there.


Halfway Coffee


Tiffin, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Festive afternoon tea


Hazel & Hershey Coffee Roasters


The Coffee Academics Causeway Bay (Flagship)


Common Ground