Archive of ‘Travel’ category

Taiwan Roundup

It’s taken a while to put together this post! Here’s a Taiwan roundup of my trip from earlier this month. I pretty much spent the entire trip eating hence all the food pics in this post.

If you’re a die-hard Hello Kitty fan like myself, you must visit Hello Kitty Sweets Restaurant. This restaurant is extremely popular in Taiwan. We made reservations a few days before we left Australia for lunch on Saturday. I would recommend making a reservation if you are planning on going to avoid long queues. The cafe is very cute and everything is decorated with Hello Kitty including the rest rooms. We ordered a set meal, which includes a starter, main, dessert & drink. We also ordered an additional two desserts because the cakes were too cute to miss.

taiwan taiwan

After going to the Hello Kitty, we were hooked on themed cafes. So we also decided to dine at the Toilet Cafe! You’re probably thinking whatttt the heck is a toilet cafe??!?

It’s a restaurant where you sit on toilets and eat your meals out of novelty miniature ceramic toilet (as pictured below).

The food was very average and kind of expensive compared to Taiwan pricing but I guess it was the experience of dining on a loo haha.


During this trip, we joined a 5 day scenic tour which took us right around the island to the most popular touristy places.

I guess a lot of younger travellers prefer to freestyle their trips but the hubs and I like tours because we don’t have to plan and organise anything. Plus we don’t mind waking up early.

The hotels we stayed at during this tour was sooo amazing. At two of the hotels, we had our very own private hot spring. The hotel buffet was so darn good too, I missed that the most since being home.

This photo was taken at Taroko Gorge. The bus ride there was dam scary, the roads were so narrow. When I glance out of the bus, I couldn’t see the road only what was below… Braving the bus ride was worth it, the gorge was so beautiful and have never seen anything like it.


Taiwan is famous for their night markets where you can get a taste of local food and snacks.

We visited Shillin, Ningxia & Lio Ho night market. Shillin was the biggest one which stretched over several streets and even had an underground food court.

Each night market has its own unique characteristics. Some markets only sold food where as other markets will sold clothes and gadgets too.

The hubs loved the night markets, he had no fear and ate anything that looked edible. Whilst for me, I was a bit apprehensive (sensitive stomach you see). He especially loved the smelly tofu. If you don’t know what smelly tofu is, it’s fermented bean curd and it reeks.

I tried it and didn’t like it. I literally gagged in my mouth, it was gross.



Mister Donut was everywhere in Taipei.

Each day, I would stand there admiring the donuts neatly stacked on the counter. I couldn’t get any because I was always full from breakfast.

On our last day,  we had Mister Donut for breakfast. It’s not like your typical donuts you get here in Australia. The donut was kind of dense and not fluffy like Krispy Kreme. It’s not very sweet either and has a chewy texture.

I’m quite on the fence with this donut.


I’m not sure if you can describe a temple beautiful but this is exactly what it is. This temple is called Fo Guang Shan Monastery. I didn’t upload the photo but on the other side of this photo is a giant Buddha. Starbucks is so popular in Taiwan, there’s even a store inside this temple but selling only vegetarian foods and drinks.


So that pretty much sums up my Taiwan trip.

Guys.. we are currently planning our next trip! We just booked our tickets to LA and Rio in November! We are trying to do more travelling for next few years. So unfortunately, my makeup addiction may be slightly affected. I cannot spend frivolously no more. I’m going to try to shop my stash more.

Hope you enjoyed this post and catch ya soon in a few days time.

Goodies from Taiwan!

Goodies from Taiwan_beautyandthings
Well chickadees, my trip has come to an end. I’ve been back since Tuesday and went straight to work the following day. It was an amazing trip with lots of eating and sightseeing. I thought I would post about beauty goodies from Taiwan. There were so much stuff that I wanted but I had to keep to a budget. Most of the beauty products I bought were from Watsons, SaSa and Innisfree.
Goodies from Taiwan face masks_beautyandthings
Goodies from Taiwan Innisfree face masks_beautyandthings
As you can see, I had a thing for face masks this trip. I actually bought 6 boxes and ended up using an entire box while I was over there. I would have bought more but they take up a fair bit of room in my luggage.

Shopping at Innisfree was pretty awesome. I bought 5 individual face mask sheets and they gave me 2 free gifts – the cleansing kit and their best loved collection. Gotta love freebies!!
Goodies from Taiwan Watsons_beautyandthings
Here are my Watsons and other drugstore purchases except for the Tony Moly Lip Gloss. I didn’t realise the Biore UV Aqua was that popular until I posted on instagram. It was a random purchase for the husband but now I’ve claimed it as mine. I should have perhaps bought another just in case.
Goodies from Taiwan Jill Stuart blush_beautyandthings
This is my favourite purchase of all – my first ever Jill Stuart product. The packaging is so fancy yet ultra girly, it even comes with a brush. I’m going through a huge dilemma. On one hand, I want to start using it and the other I don’t want to ruin such a precious blush haha.

That’s it for this post, stay tuned next week for the next post where I talk about my trip to Taiwan.

Let me know if you have tried any of the products above, would love to hear your thoughts.

Everything was purchased by me.


What’s In My Bag: Travel Edition

what's in my bag travel edition

Wanna take a sneak peek in my travel bag? The Hubs and I will be heading overseas shortly to attend his friends wedding in Taiwan. So what better time to show you what’s in my bag travel edition! With travelling, it is important to bring along all the essential things, especially if you can’t speak the language there! Here’s a quick look into the items I’ve taken along with me!

what's in my bag travel edition

In no particular order:

  • Ipad: I’m bringing along my Ipad mainly for researching asian makeup and products so I know what I’ll be getting instead of looking puzzled in store.
  • Tissues: Gotta carry a bunch of tissues around. You never know when you are going to need it.
  • Lip balm: A must for me. As you know, I have fairly dry lips no matter how much lip balm I use.
  • Water: When travelling, I always make sure I carry a bottle of water with me. Of course not on the plane but once I land, I usually stop buy a convenience store and stock up on water for the hotel room.
  • Hand sanitiser: Always good to have. Sometimes you might not have access to the ladies room to wash your hands so using a hand sanitiser at least you are semi clean to eat haha
  • Hand cream: For those dry hands of mine.
  • Lipstick: I’m not the type of gal to be carrying a bunch of lippies with me while travelling. I just take a favourite of mine and use it for the entire ones going to notice anyway.
  • Phone: Bringing my phone along so that I can call my mum and let her know I’ve arrived safely.
  • Pen: This comes in handy when you have to fill in those custom declaration forms at the airport and taking notes during the trip.
  • Passport: Leaving the country so have to bring it along with me.
  • Purse: To carry my money and cards in.
  • Mirror: I like to always have a mirror in my bag to check if I have food stuck on my face or hair. Believe it or not, it happens quite often.
  • Pink pouch: To keep my passport, pen and tissues in. It’s good to have a larger pouch to keep the smaller items in there so it’s easier to find stuff.

what's in my bag travel edition

what's in my bag travel edition

I was super lucky and was sent the Hedgren Diamond Touch PAT backpack to use on my holiday. I was so excited when it was delivered, I was carrying it around the house (the hubs thought I was nuts).

Two things I love about Hedgren bags is how light and durable it is. Their bags have so many compartments, it’s awesome. This lovely backpack looks small but can fit quite a lot in there. The zip for the main compartment is located at the back of the bag. It’s a really smart and safe idea because I’m always paranoid that people could easily take things out of my bag without me noticing. By having the zip at the back, there is no way anyone will be able to unzip without me feeling it. One of the main reasons why I wanted to carry a backpack while travelling is because my shoulder can’t handle heavy bags. Carrying a backpack means I also have my arms free to take photos and eat lots of yummy good. I’m looking forward to taking it with me on my South American trip at the end of this year as well.

I hope you enjoyed What’s In My Bag: Travel Edition and let me know what do you carry with you while travelling?

The lovely people from Hedgren has gifted me the backpack for my overseas travel. This has not influenced my opinion because their stuff is awesome!!


1 2

© Copyright Beauty & Things 2016