Saturday, August 9, 2008

Holiday at Miaoli - Day One

Woohoo! My very first holiday! Today marks the start of our 4-day holiday to Miaoli (苗栗). Miaoli County is located at the western part of Taiwan and it is about one and a half hours drive from Taipei.

Mom packed all our luggages and my treat box.

We rented a car for the first time too!

Dad, I think the GPS system said “Turn Right!"

It started to drizzle even before we leave Taipei City, I hope the weather will be good for the next few days.

There was a slight detour because the navigator fell asleep.

Two hours later, we arrived at Tongsiao Township (通霄鎮) in Miaoli. We made numerous turns around the mountain until we reached Jian Min Farm (建民農場) where we will be staying for three nights. I got a little car sick and threw up in the car. Ewwww!!!!

It was a nice and clean spacious room with a big TV.

Now, let me show you around. There are many trees right behind our room and I met a pig, some turkeys and ducks in the pond.

Time to pose with some greenery.

There are wide green spaces to run around too!

And doggie friends to play with.

First, we have to get a group shot with our new friends. Hee Hee, that was not an easy task.

This is Duo Duo, his Mom is an Accountant there and took very good care of us during our trip.

Mommy with Duo Duo.

We managed to watch the sun set before dinner.

Here is the bar counter at the restaurant.

This is Golden, he belongs to a neighbor of Duo Duo's mom and he goes with her to work too!

We were served moringa tea which is supposed to be very good for our health.

Look at what we had for dinner! Just kidding! Someone was taking photos of the food for the new menu and it made us all very hungry.

Dad ordered a chicken set dinner.

And Mom had the house special fried fish.

The boss of the farm was very hospitable and gave us some yummy dishes to go with our meals.

He also let us try a tiny red fruit called "Mysterious Fruit". You eat it before the lemon and mysteriously, the lemon tasted sweet and that is how the fruit got its name.

After dinner, we rested in the room for a while.

Then Duo Duo's Mom brought us to see some shrimp catching and fireflies and we also went to another lodging place called Fishing Cat where they also conduct some pottery classes.

After that, Duo Duo's Mom brought us to the local night market and we got some supper and fruits.

So that was the first day of my holiday, I sneaked into bed when no one was looking. It was really comfortable, but Dad wouldn't let me sleep on it. Anyhow, I had a good sleep that night until the chickens started to crow at 3am.

Next: Watch out for Day Two of my adventure!


Anonymous said...


How i wish we were never in shanghai but taiwan!!
We wana be there!!!


Amber-Mae said...

Wow! What a pawsome howliday you had Dino! The place you stayed reminds me of Ruby's Resort. And you had friends staying there too! I wish I was there.

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Dino and Family said...

Thank you estiqu3 and Amber for your comments! It would definitely be even more fun if you guys were here.
Love, Dino

Lorenza said...

Hi, Dino! (again!)
What a vacation you and your family are having!
what I saw in the first picture sure was the most important! Your treats!
That food loos delicious... my mom is drooling!
I want to see more!
Kisses and hugs

Anonymous said...

What a fab holiday! You looked so cuuuuuuuuuute sleeping. Well done with the swimming, Dino! Can't wait to see pics of you swimming in the ocean!

Love, Auntie Felicia xoxo