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Monday, July 21, 2014

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport gets best rating in history of Skytrax survey

Taoyuan International Airport has earned its highest ranking ever in Skytrax’s latest rating of global airports. The airport’s global ranking improved six notches from last year to 18th. It is good news for everybody and me in Taiwan.

The Skytrax ratings are based on a global survey of 18.85 million passengers from 160 countries around the world. The Taoyuan airport also ranked in the top 10 in the categories Best Transit Airport, Best Airport Immigration and Best Baggage Delivery. Its strong showing comes after work on the renovation of Terminal One was completed last year.

From the news I also knew that Taoyuan International Airport’s visibility was raised when it was featured in director Luc Besson’s latest movie “Lucy.” I made a careful check of Lucy on wiki. I found it will release on 22 August 2014 in Taiwan. I have to see the movie in any case.

On 2 April 2014, the first trailer for Lucy was released on "Scarlett Johansson Goes Superhuman in ‘Lucy’ Trailer (VIDEO)". I post the YouTube Video as below:

Welcome to see the movie because the locations filmed at were Taipei 101, Taiwan’s Regent Taipei hotel, Club Myst, Tri-Service General Hospital, and the underground passage at Heping Road and Dunhua Road except Taoyuan International Airport.

Wait! It suddenly strikes me that we will have a birthday party that day. It's unbelievable. I have a good plan.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Zhongli - One of the Most Immigrated Cities in Taiwan

Ever since I invited couchsurfers to stay with us, I have been thinking of changing my surroundings as well. I’ve decided to start my journey a little closer to home. Right now, I am in Zongli. My home city - Jungli (also Jhongli or Zhongli), formerly Chungli (and spelled Tionglek or Tiongliek in the 19th century), is a city in Taoyuan County of Taiwan. Zhongli is not always spelt consistently throughout the railway, bus stop or road plates, thus it can be quite confusing for English-only readers. It became a city before Taoyuan City, the county seat of Taoyuan County. Jungli is ranked 2nd by population in county-controlled city only after Taoyuan city. Ethnically, it is considered a kind of capital city for the Hakka people who live in great numbers here and in surrounding areas; a lot of the elderly could speak Hakka in addition to Mandarin and Taiwanese. Although I am of Hakka descent, I could not speak Hakka and only speak Mandarin, Taiwanese or English. Maybe you will think it’s unusual.
Jungli is one of the most immigrated cities due to its convenience and proximity to Taipei (easy to commute). So I love Zhongli. I’m glad I live in such a cool place.
from wiki JhongliStation Front
The city of Jungli is mainly centered around the TRA Jhongli Station. Zhongli Station (or Jhongli Station) (中壢車站) is a railway station on the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) Western Line located in Zhongli, Taoyuan County, Taiwan. The TRA station is the 3rd busiest station of Taiwan. There are two island platforms and one side platform. The rear station(後站) opened on December 31, 1995. I think it’s my friends’ second destination because they need take Taoyuan 5089 Bus from Taoyuan Airport to Zhongli Station. This Zhongli Station means the bus station of Taoyuan Bus Corporation near the Zhongli Train Station. We usually take friends to my home from this exit by car or by scooter if we have time - - if not, you’d better take a bus which is operated by Taoyuan Bus Corporation and Chungli Bus Traffic, Inc. from the bus station to my home.

JhongliStation Back
I know it does not seem to be convenient to you. But if you want to go to Taipei or to Kaohsiung the train station can server us very well. I love this city and it is the best base for touring north Taiwan for you. I will introduce more about it.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Taoyuan Airport - Best Airports 2013 in Asia

The SleepingInAirports community has voted Taoyuan International Airport as the sixth best airport in Asia. A traveler of the world said,” It was so modern, so spacious with beautiful architecture and mood lighting. When I approached the staff for directions, they were so friendly and helpful.” I never know this because I live in Taoyuan and do not need to sleep in the airport. The couchsurfers who stay with us do also not need to sleep in the airport because they have a big bed to sleep in my home. So I want to introduce more about the first destination which every foreigner visit Taiwan.

Initially known as the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport (CKS International Airport) when it opened for commercial operations in 1979, the main airport serving Taiwan and the city of Taipei is now famous for the Taoyuan International Airport (IATA: TPE, ICAO: RCTP). It is located directly west of the capital of Taiwan, about 40 minutes by car.

The airport operates two main terminals, which totally host more than 27 million passengers every year. It now stands as one of Asia's primary air hubs, providing for flights to many different parts of the world. The main airlines serving Taoyuan Airport are China Airlines and EVA Airlines - two of Asia's most appreciated airlines.

The following points draw round the various passenger pleasures that exist within the terminals, that is the main passenger terminals, of Taoyuan Airport.

Airport Hotels:  Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport and Evergreen Transit Hotel , one of which is part of a world well-known hotel chain, place on the premises of the airport. They are both located just a few minutes walk from the terminals. They are excellent options for those passengers who don't like to wait overnight at airports.

Business Centre: the business centre at Taoyuan Airport is designed to provide managerial services and facilities to business travelers. However, passengers don't have to be business travelers to experience the business centre. There are buffet and food options, internet services, business facilities, television, shower rooms and conference rooms.

Beauty Salon: Taoyuan Airport offers an outstanding hair and beauty salon for customers to enjoy. The service offers male and female haircuts, and hand/nails protection. The service provides a great hiding spot to flee the occasional disorder of the terminal.

Children's Playroom: take the tension out of waiting at the airport, and send the children to the terminal playroom. This will provide adults more time to take pleasure in the services of the airport, while providing an enjoyable and fun atmosphere for the kids. Terminal 2 has about three children's playrooms, while Terminal 1 contains just the one.

Internet: wireless internet is available for all clients in the airport. However, another service that is conveniently operating in the terminals is the computer zone services. This allows passengers even without laptops to enjoy searching the internet or play games while waiting.

Massage: several branches of Blind Friend Massage services are situated within the airport. They are quite renowned in the airport, as it gives visitors a chance to rest and revitalize for their flight or upcoming holiday.

National Palace Museum: the National Palace Museum is a series of stores and exhibitions located within the airport. Patrons can explore the exhibitions, and even buy some of the art pieces on display.

Restaurants: the range of menus and restaurants at Taoyuan Airport is amazing. Visitors don't just have to eat Chinese food when waiting at the terminals. There are quiet a number of Western menus available too. 

Burger King is commonly regarded as the most renowned fast-food store in Taoyuan Airport.

Shopping: Taoyuan Airport and its shopping are indissolubly linked. Many passengers that experience the terminals in Taoyuan Airport rhapsodize over the shopping experience. There are duty free shops in the international section of the terminal. Also, non-duty free shops are found in most areas of Taoyuan Airport.

Transport: when it comes to modes of transport, Taoyuan Airport has plenty to select from. Car rental in the terminals is a fantastic service for those travelers who want to experience the sites of Taiwan, rather than just Taipei. Nevertheless, buses, both public and privately operated, leave from the airport and arrive into the facility on a regular basis. Dozens of taxis are always found outside the terminal exits.

The Taoyuan Airport offers travelers a lot of shopping/dining/service choices, while also providing a number of art exhibitions and display windows on subjects related to Taiwan. Although I rarely buy things in the airport, for foreigners to buy these things sometimes also full of convenience. If you have time to learn more about the history of aviation development in Taiwan, you can pay the Aviation Museum a visit. Or if you have a day, even you can hang out with me.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How We Take Out the Garbage in Taiwan

I was playing a board game with Frederik from Mainz, Germany and he pointed me to something that he’ll never see in Germany – the garbage stop and music. Visibly, taking out the trash in Taiwan is a lot more involved than simply walking it to his trash can. He felt funny that these trucks are equipped with speakers that play music -- popular tunes include Beethoven's "Für Elise" and Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska's "A Maiden's Prayer"

In Taiwan, the garbage truck doesn’t come to us. Instead, we go to the garbage truck. Just like you have bus stops back home, Taiwan has garbage stops. We wait at these stops for the garbage truck to show up so they can dump their trash. The really funny thing that my foreign friends think but I do not think it is special is these trucks sound like an ice cream truck. Well, I think it’s strange the ice cream truck played “A Maiden's Prayer”. And in fact I never see the ice cream truck in my American trip.

Actually, I hate the "trash doesn't touch the ground" system because we always need to spend the evening waiting for the trucks and sometimes even need to run after a garbage truck. Somebody run after a truck by scooter and it’s very dangerous. I think it is a stupid government’s policy but I need to obey it.


Maybe I can check out the garbage trucks in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore on March.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Buy Home Products at PeachSuite Hotel Supply


Three weeks ago Sophia and I made a 12-day backpacker tour of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. We chose S1 Hostel in Bangkok and AL-33 Hotel Melaka to stay. We also stayed with friends while we were in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Staff in S1 Hostel was very nice and helpful if need be, they spoke decent English to get by. We could not find anything to eat really around the hotel in the morning. I'm sure there were things, but we did not know which way to go. If they have Browne Foodservice Supplies and provide breakfast, I think this will be perfect.

AL-33 Hotel Melaka is located right in the main street but because of the hotel does not have any signage and lacks of road sign, there was a taxi that went to the hotel for 20 ringgit. The room is very tiny, we didn't expect it to be that small. The bed and pillows are not that comfy though it's rather new, I reckon the hotel should provide at least 2 sets of pillows since it's so thin. And if they use Hotel Shower Curtains to help keep water from running on the floor in the bathroom, this will be better. Location of the hotel was alright but we rented two bicycles for 20 ringgit half of the day. They have no laundry service. What's even worse is that they used their own washing machine to serve us for 10 ringgit, we lost my five toes stock and Sophia’s a piece of clothing.

Should you stay in AL-33 Hotel Melaka? No, it's not worth it now. I really recommend AL-33 Hotel Melaka choose PeachSuite Hotel Supplies to improve their quality of service. I will advise you of any change in their services. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Smart Motorhome and Caravan Sales Change Your View of the World

During Moon Festival last year when President Wang invited several of his friends to camp at 恩愛農場of the Lalashan Mountain, Super Typhoon Usagi made its closest approach to the area. Some people gave up the activity easily but we chose to rise to the challenge of risk. Frankly speaking, I thought the activity was a failure. I only could say “What the hell are we doing?” with the benefit of hindsight. Our tent was not waterproof. Sophia and I soaked in rainwater at midnight. We were exhausted. I think we need to improve the camping equipment. Maybe Smart Caravans for Sale is certainly worth it.
Image Three
Why ever did I say so? That's because when we visited Arches National Park and Yosemite National Park two years ago, we chose to camp at Arches National Park and stayed in a heated canvas tent cabin at Yosemite National Park. I saw most people had easier ways to motorhome fun than that time. It's miraculous! Why did they do that? Wait! It suddenly struck me that when we visited Sophia’s sister missionary in Utah, there was a motorhome in her home. Pretty cool!
Various modified containers
Some people like to live in containers. Although I feel that in summer it’s very hot, they set a fashion for the generation. A shipping container is used to transport large amounts of goods on boats and on trains. If you have a little imagination, the shipping container can become a cheap, reliable building block that can be used to build chic little getaway homes and castles of majesty alike! Containers are in many ways an ideal building material because they are strong, durable, stackable, cuttable, movable, modular, plentiful and relatively cheap. Architects as well as laypeople have used them to build many types of buildings such as homes, offices, apartments, schools, dormitories, artists' studios and emergency shelters. They are also used to provide temporary secure spaces on construction sites and other venues on an "as is" basis instead of building shelters. This place is small but we just go alone with it if we are traveling. And now I know there are containers for sale in New Zealand.
What do you think? Do you like it? Maybe you think what’s still missing in the caravans. Well, Sophia likes to cook. And we need food. So the kitchen and foodservice equipment is indispensable to a caravan. I also know Hot Chef is owned and operated by Hospitality Equipment Online Ltd—a 100% New Zealand owned company that has been selling equipment to the hospitality industry for six years. If you require more detailed information please visit http://www.hotchef.co.nz.

Our friends from Germany traveled New Zealand from end to end for about two months. I think motorhome holidays are ideal for family time. So this year we will travel in Indochina. We can choice to buy or rent a motorhome except cheap airline tickets. Maybe we can lower our transportation and accommodation expenses. It’s great in short.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Comfort Inn & Suites - The Best Hotel in Grinnell, IA

Iowa City is the Beginning of Mormon Handcart Trek. It was the end for the west-bound railroad in 1856. It was here that the convert emigrants were outfitted with handcarts to begin their trek. Grinnell Iowa hotels will be cheap hotels when planning your pioneer treks.

We took a trip to Utah and California two years ago. When we left for San Francisco by train, I very wanted to come back to Salt Lake City. I knew we need to plan another trip when I have more annual leave and money. I’ll go when I’m ready. My gaze rolls to Sophia. She smiles but doesn’t press me. My nerves fumble my return smile. I know she does not think our plan will succeed.


Who knows? We should prepare for a long plane ride, rent a cheap car and a hotel like the Comfort Inn & Suites. We can relax in the indoor heated pool and hot tub. When I go to book a hotel, I check the distance to whatever it is I’m doing in the area, and then I go straight for the amenities. The amenities in the Comfort Inn & Suites including laundry, indoor pool, fitness Center, free deluxe continental breakfast, free wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms, free local calls that’ll make me feel extraordinary.

Of course, if I do not choice the handcart route from Salt Lake City to Iowa City, I likely just come across I-80. I won't be in a big hurry. I'm thinking to drive 8-10 hours per day. And enjoy the majestic including Great Salt Lake, Red Desert, Rocky Mountains. The Comfort Inn & Suites hotel is conveniently located off Interstate 80, between Iowa City and Des Moines. When we have enough rest we can get to Nauvoo Temple which was the first latter-day temple in which endowments and sealings were performed, which proved a great strength to the pioneers as they endured the hardships crossing the plains to Zion in the Salt Lake Valley. This is a dream to drive and a beautiful trip.
 

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