Jun 29, 2011

Week in iPhone pics: Taiwan!

I will have a lot more pictures of my trip from my dslr camera but for now, here are pics from my trusty iPhone! Just a quick little recap... Warning, a lot of food pics ahead because we did A LOT of eating! :)
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  • The view from Taipei 101. This was not my first time there but my first time getting to go up to the viewing deck and it being clear enough to see the entire city! Taipei 101 is one of the world's tallest buildings but the fun part is that there is a ton of shopping in there! Almost all the high end designers have shops there so it's fun to go and shop around and then go see the view.
  • We went to quite a few Buddhist Temples which are always so interesting to see. This one was a newly built modern temple (all the other ones we went to see were well over 100 years old). I love all the statues that are carved by hand and so beautifully detailed. It's much more amazing to see in person than in photos.
  • You can't go to Taiwan and not go to a night market! It's the best part about going to Taiwan! This one had a fancy entrance but most don't. It's craziness and a lot of fun, all you do is shop and eat!
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  • These buns were the latest craze at the night market so we stood in line to try them. They were good but not blow me away good. I still prefer all the traditional night market food.
  • Taiwanese street food at it's best! I love these kinds of dishes, delicious meats over rice and veggies.
  • We have a Beard Papa here in Seattle but they only serve the boring little cream puffs. The one in Taiwan had several kinds and I gobbled this fancy little one right up! For some reason, it tasted a lot better than the regular cream puff.
  • Gotta love Asian candy! I went to 7-11 to stock up on the candy. I love buying the different flavors of Hi-Chew that we don't get here.
  • Taiwanese department stores are awesome because the bottom floors are just one gigantic food court with so much yumminess that it takes forever to decide what to eat! They had one floor of just desserts food court and we stumbled upon Mister Donut! I love the shape of the donuts. You pull them apart and it's like you get a little donut hole in every bite.
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    • You can't go to Taiwan and not get Xiao Long Bao! These little dumplings are one of my favorite foods in the whole wide world.
    • Green Onion Pancake! The name sounds gross but it's delicious.  I introduced it to my husband here in Seattle and whenever I pointed it out to him on the menu he always said "that sounds disgusting" but I ordered it and now he loves it!
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    • Chinese magazines and much needed iced coffee.  We had to take breaks from being out in the hot and humid weather Taipei is having. It is SO hot there.  I love that they have tons of magazines to read while you are sipping your coffee.
    • I love the packaging of Asian cosmetics. I tried to find these polishes but couldn't find them anywhere. Too bad though, I love the design!
    • I did get my hands on Asia exclusive makeup like this Bobbi Brown BB Cream. Why they don't bring BB Cream to America is beyond me. I think people would buy it here. If you don't know what BB Cream is, check out this link
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    • The hotel we stayed at in my grandpa's city had 3 of the cutest dogs! I fell in love with the littlest one, how can you resist that face?
    • You can't avoid the cuteness in Asia, especially the Hello Kitty love! I saw this bag in the window of a shop (obviously a fake Hermes) but gotta appreciate the rhinestones and how long it must have taken to do that!
    • The Taipei airport has a whole gate dedicated to Hello Kitty, which I wrote about before (click here to see more pictures of the gate!) but I hadn't noticed these cute pay phone booths before! I never thought you could make a pay phone so cute!
    • Me and Hello Kitty before getting on the flight for the long 12 hour trip back. This was already after I had flown from Shanghai to Taipei and then had a 5 hour layover so I was a bit of a hot mess. Excuse the weird outfit, I suddenly got cold and threw on everything I had to keep me warm!
    That's it for now!  More pictures to come next week!

      49 comments:

      1. lovely, lovely pictures! I can't get enough of your night market photos (which may have to do with the fact that I haven't eaten yet today...) those doughnuts are sooooo cutely shaped and colored! I am sure I would have bought some just for how they look... and i soooo love Asian cosmetics. Like you, I have no idea why BB creams aren't mainstream in the US. I mean, they've been around forever! And I absolutely adore all your Hello Kitty photos! I want that phone!

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      2. Boscia recently introduced a BB cream for the US. In fact, I just got mine in the mail yesterday! Looking forward to trying it.

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      3. I love your pictures! How doy ou get them to have such a vintage-y feel?

        Im jealous too that you're travellign…Ive got the bug!

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      4. Those dumplings really are the best thing since...ever. If I could eat them every day, I totally would.

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      5. So cute! You've captured Taiwan perfectly! I was just in Taiwan last week and also ate a lot of everything! It was worth every pound that I gained.

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      6. So many cool stuff, so love that Hello Kitty Hermes-ish bag, cuteness!

        Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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      7. Looks SO fun !! I would love to go. And the hello kitty things could not be any cuter !

        xxLily
        goldandgray.com

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      8. Ohh your trip looks like so much fun and I'm basically drooling at my desk looking at all your amazing food pictures!

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      9. Loving your pictures! I love the night market in Taiwan and all the food you mentioned! Especially the onion cake, it's so yummy. And bubble tea! Love Hello Kitty too. Looks like you had a great trip there!

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      10. Looks like so much fun!
        Smashbox recently introduced a BB cream, but I think it's exclusive to QVC until the end of the year. Unfortunately for me, no one makes one that really works for darker skin tones. Oh well... Looking forward to seeing more of your photos!

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      11. I have a lot to comment on this post but the length will be too scary so let me keep this short. I love xiao long bao. So yummy! Did you try the Taiwanese sausage too? You seem to have so much fun there. Some korean beauty stores do sell BB cream here but because there are too many brands out there so I always do not know which one is good. But Bobby Brown one is definitely a safe one to get. Also, you and the hello kitty, super cute! Great post Tiff! :)

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      12. Glad to hear you had a lot of fun in Taiwan! I've been there once and I had such a great experience. The night markets are definitely the best part! :)

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      13. the food looks so yummy!!! you still look great! =) cant wait to see more pictures...

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      14. Ahh...I'm so jealous...I always wanted to go to Taiwan. just for the amazing food they have there!

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      15. Oh gosh, my mouth is watering. It's making me really homesick...on another note, I have a quick question...rather I want to pick your brain on a dress & shoes combo. I recently bought this dress below for a wedding and am having the hardest time find the right shoes to go with it. I got the Kate Spade Charm in gold thinking that it's more versatile than the silver. But I don't think they go too well. What are your thoughts? Do you have any suggestions? I can't do anything higher than 4" when I have to chase after my two little ones.

        thanks so much! :)

        http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/Woman+Collections+Dresses/71FU5/PICK+MIX+BEADING+DRESS.htm

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      16. Oh my gosh, all the food looks so, so, good! I can't wait until the next time I go back to try some of these. Hopefully there are more food pics to come from your DSLR? :)

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      17. Mmm... xiao long bao are my faves! I've never been to Taiwan though I've been to lots of other places in Asia. I'd really like to go sometime soon!

        xo, alison*elle

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      18. Xiao long bao are hands down my favourite dim sum dish! These pics really make me miss Taipei. I had such a blast there. It's quite a dynamic city.

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      19. love your photos and one word for you: jealous. i wish i could go TW and eat and shop!! My gf just came back from there and bought a bunch of cute bags!

        I am going to HK in the Fall. Any suggestions on where to shop for cute (and inexpensive)'good' quality handbags/clothing/shoes?

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      20. You can buy BB cream on Amazon. The Missha BB no. 23 is the one that a lot of korean actresses uses. It isn't very expsensive either.

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      21. @laura haha, that's the exact reason why I bought the doughnuts! I just loved their shape!

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      22. @K.Rae oh, good to know! I will check it out! thanks for letting me know.

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      23. @A Fine Balance I did some editing in photoshop, otherwise these photos are straight from the iPhone, no app.

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      24. @Alexandria agreed! but it's hard to find good ones (well as good as Taipei) here in Seattle.

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      25. @Kwisto oh how funny you were there last week too! I agree with your last sentence but I think this cold has helped me lose some of that weight so I evened out. haha!

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      26. @JCHokie i actually only got bubble tea once there but i of course love it too! :)

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      27. @Anonymous oh! I didn't know that! I'll check out the website right now. Bobbi Brown BB Cream actually came in three tones which is so unusual for BB Creams! I chose the darkest shade which worked for me and my sister who is a bit tanner than I am.

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      28. @Fashion and Number oh yes! I am Taiwanese after all so I've had Taiwanese sausage many times. it's yummy! :)

        I know, it's so confusing which one to choose. I was going to buy drugstore BB cream in Taiwan but there were so many choices that I walked out with nothing. But I'm glad I found the Bobbi Brown one.

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      29. omg these photos made me SO nostalgic - I miss Taiwanese food and hanging out there so much....BB cream I have heard mixed reviews about...but I'm still curious! :)

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      30. @DSK Steph I can go to the night markets every night and not get sick of it! So much to do, see and eat! :)

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      31. @jennifer ooh, gorgeous dress! Perfect for a wedding! I do like gold with it. I am thinking something more strappy like these http://www.lordandtaylor.com/levi-strappy-metallic-leather-stiletto-sandals.shtml

        or more edgy like these http://www.zappos.com/michael-michael-kors-zoe-cross-strap-pale-gold

        hope that helps!

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      32. @Cee funny enough, I think I took all my food photos on my iPhone!

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      33. @Kat When we went to HK we stayed in Causeway Bay and shopping around there, you will find a ton of cute and inexpensive stuff! We stumbled upon one little mall that just had a TON of little stores with super cute stuff that was fairly inexpensive. I don't know the name of it, but if you walk around the area, I'm sure you'll find it!

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      34. @lucy oh yes, good point. I just wish that American brands like Bobbi Brown would not make their BB Creams Asia exclusive! I love the skin 70 Super BB cream. I use that mostly in winter because the tone of the cream is pretty pale.

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      35. @Katherine I'm definitaly a fan of the BB Cream but be warned that it's best for the light skinned since now it's only targeted towards Asians who love to be pale! :) The Bobbi Brown one was better because they had 3 varying shades to choose from. The others usually just have one universal shade.

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      36. I LOVE Taiwan. The xiao long bao are the best!!! There's a really good place at the bottom of a SOGO where they let you watch them make it.
        I'm always the person who burn my mouth because I'm not patient enough to wait...

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      37. Xiao Long Bao! Looks like you're having and awesome time eating, shopping, and vacationing. I'm so jealous! ^^

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      38. Wow! I love these pics!I just got an iphone4 and seriously cannot stop taking pics of everything! Furthermore I am sooooo hungry right now- and I really want to go to Taiwan! The night markets which seem like heaven esp. for a night owl like myself:)
        xo
        lj
        jonesyloves.blogspot.com/

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      39. i adore travel posts! look at all the yummy food and hello kitty! how can you not love taiwan? xx

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      40. This post made me so hungry! I'm intrigued with the green onion pancake. Didn't gross me out at all, I'm all for adventure when it comes to food! :D

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      41. AMAZING!!!!
        I love to travel
        great pics :)
        http://urbanprettygirl.blogspot.com/

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      42. Amazing! I definitely need to get there one day!

        x
        http://artfashiontwentysomething.blogspot.com

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      43. Your pictures are amazing and I love your layout and curved ends of the pictures. You images are always so artistic. Also makes me hungry for the chines food we had.

        http://redsolesandredwine.com

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      44. What a wonderful trip you posted! Loved how you got to experienced a little bit of everything

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      45. drooling. i love strawberry flavor from mr. donut. :) xo

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      46. OMG! I love 85!! They have one in Irvine and when I used to live there.. I seriously went every day for their peach green tea! Looks like you had a blast in Taiwan.. can't wait to see more pics!

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      47. LOVE this post Tiff! You're getting me o excited for my trip to Taiwan next month! So much to do/eat, so little time! LOL on the green onion pancake. I think my sis' BF thought that too until she made it for him and he's like obsessed with them now! And that HK-Hermes bag - so cute! What was the new temple you went to go see?

        xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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      48. Thanks for the advice Tiffany!! :) I am still trying to decide. But I saw these below and I really want them but can't find them in my size. :(

        http://couture.zappos.com/n/p/p/7764871/c/249762.html?channel=152&mr:referralID=NA&mr:trackingCode=2714D014-5B77-E011-9636-001B2163195C

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