Xian Ding Wei Taiwanese Tea Room @ Penang QB Mall | Restaurant for Family and Kids

What do you think of Xian Ding Wei Taiwanese Tea Room if we visited on one weekend and again on the following weekend? Sounds like either it is darn good (to us) or we are out of mind, right? We are sane, so I guess you get the clue.

The facade of Xian Ding Wei at Queensbay (QB) Mall Penang Malaysia
Taiwanese flavors in Penang

Located adjacent to Sake Sushi in Penang Queensbay Mall, Xian Ding Wei Taiwanese Tea Room is not a new place to us. The first visit was during our home trip back to Asia. Since we had our baby-moon in Taiwan, our good friends suggested a Taiwanese cuisine to complete our Asia tour! At the same time, to bench mark how great was Xian Wei compared to what we had in Taipei. The truth was, I did not have good appetite back then. I mentioned baby-moon earlier, nothing much to expect from an expectant momma who was perpetually nauseating and puking.

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Kiasi and Kiasu Parenting | Why Asian Parents are Superior?

Stepping into parenting means serious business. Yet there is no one parenting bible that fits all.  Every human is unique and so does our child. As much as we try and strive to be the most perfect parents to our children, we may be too engrossed in our own way, forgo a little wisdom, hardly see what we could turn out to be. Are we going to be the most perfect parents only in our own eyes and our own mind?

Three kids running jumping in meadows with lake beyond
The more the merrier…

Authoritarian parenting, fanatic parenting or perhaps what the Strait settlement folks in Penang and Singapore usually refer to – The ‘Kiasu’ Parenting and The ‘Kiasi’ Parenting. Kiasu or literally means ‘fear of loosing’ is a competitive style of child rearing. In other words, my child must always be better than my neighbors in every aspects. Kiasi that translates as ‘fear of death’, also sounds close to the authoritarian parenting to a certain extent. Or more precisely described as, a child is too precious to take any risks.
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Taipei Recreational Venue | Liberty Square – Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Lies in the heart of Taipei metropolitan, Liberty Square is a popular city park bordered by Chung Shan South Road, Hsin Yin(Xinyi) Road, Ai Kua (Aiguo) Road and Hangzhou South Road. Occupying over 240,000 square metres in Zhongzheng District, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall sits at the east end within the Liberty Square. Serving as a famous landmark of Taipei, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is easily accessible by MRT or public transportation.

Chiang Kaishek Memorial Gate at night in Taipei
Gate of Integrity (right) and Taipei Tower 101 (left)

Better known as 國立中正紀念堂 (traditional Chinese) to the locals, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was erected by Taiwan government to honor his contribution as military and political leader. He passed away on 5 April 1975 at the age of 89 years old.
Chiang Kaishek Memorial Hall - night view
Chiang Kaishek Memorial Hall – night view

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Sukhothai Beef Noodles @ Pulau Tikus – Eating Thai in George Town

When I first I told my SO that we were going for a lunch date with another couple at Sukhothai Beef Noodles House, he asked, “Are we going to Bukit Jambul Country Club (BJCC)?”. Oh no! Around for years, one of the resident eateries at BJCC is Sukhothai Restaurant. They offer pretty extensive menu, serving a family style dishes with a twist of Thai, seafood and local cuisine.

Contemporary ambiance of a Thai restaurant in Penang
Eating Thai

Going back to our plan, we drove to Pulau Tikus searching for Sukhothai. Located along Jalan Burma, this new establishment is a Beef Noodles House, a stone throw from the bustling Pulau Tikus wet market. On the map, it sits in-between the intersection of Lorong Burma and Jalan Jones on Jalan Burma. If you are familiar with Pulau Tikus area, Sukhothai is precisely opposite 7 Eleven or Penang Dental Surgery commercial block.
Thai Fried Rice at Sukhothai Beef Noodles House Pulau Tikus Penang
Thai Fried Rice

Painted with chocolate, stitched with bright yellow fonts and capped with an enlightened Buddha arts, Sukhothai signpost at its facade is visible from a few doors away. The long five-foot way takes 4 cars at once. If not, one may find a parking spot on the opposite side of the road.
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Fuyou Temple | The Oldest Shrine in Danshui (Tamsui)

Once the busiest port in northern Taiwan, Danshui remains a place that presents a long history. In the heart of Danshui’s township lies a fascinating structure, the oldest place of worship – Fuyou Temple (福佑寺).

Front facade of Fuyou Temple at Danshui (Tamsui) Taiwan
Front facade

Door guardians of Chinese/Taoist Temple in Taiwan
Door guardians

Charming urn
Charming urn

Built in 1796 by the townsmen and sea fishermen in the early days of the town, Fuyou Temple is dedicated to Matsu – The goddess of the sea. Sitting by the river mouth, Danshui town is close to the wild yet resourceful sea. It serves as the bread and butter for the local folks and therefore, wives or the local families pray to Matsu for protection, safety and prosperity of their households. The townies also believe that Matsu had helped them to win the battle against the French in 1884.
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Klang Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh @ D Piazza Bayan Baru Penang

To get a bowl of Bak Kut Teh, what most of us have in mind is dining at typical Chinese kopitiams by the road side or even alleys. Pao Xiang takes a bold step to introduce Bak Kut Teh in a posh atmosphere, standing in the list among the fine dining restaurants. From the birth place in Klang, they stride to mark territory at upscale places such as KL Pavilion but I did not step in there. We landed in a newly established outlet at D’Piazza Mall in Penang by incidental.

The facade of Klang Pao Xiang at D'Piazza Mall Penang
The facade, next to Home Cafe

The menu of Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh
The menu of Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh

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Great Family Place – Maritime Plaza @ Keelung Downtown

Keelung (基隆) means ‘prosperous base’. Sometimes spelled as ‘Jilong’, Keelung is a port city on the north of Taiwan. Nicknamed the ‘Rainy Port’ due to its high rain frequency, Keelung plays a prominent maritime role as the second largest seaport in Taiwan after Kaohsiung (south of the island).

Keelung (Jilong) Taiwan is like Seattle in the East
A port city!

Keelung today is a booming city, it is the home to many high rise and modern buildings as well as several historical sites. The past of Keelung was not a glimpse of smooth journey but took several twists and turns with invaders and pirates. Earliest inhabitants of Keelung were Ketagalan people, a tribe of Taiwan aborigine. After that, it was ruled by Spanish, Dutch, Ming Dynasty, French and Japanese over a few centuries which explains the existence of numerous foreign remains, gun emplacements and forts near Keelung.  
Overlooking Keelung port and boats
Overlooking Keelung port and boats

Bustling port city in Taiwan - Keelung

As a popular destination among day trippers from Taipei, Keelung can be reached by public bus or train in less than an hour during non peak hours. Both the bus and train terminals of Keelung are situated right next to its port in the bustling Keelung Downtown.
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Dianji Temple @ Miaokow Food Street – Keelung Taiwan

Located in the heart of the well known Miaokow Night Market, Dianji Temple (奠濟宮) is the largest temple in Keelung. Some believe that the establishment of Dianji Temple plays a significant role in the prosperity of Miaokow (Miaokou). Back in the bygone days, sacred place served as the nucleus of where local folks flocked for celebrations and that was also where the business boomed.

Dianji Temple at Miaokou (Miaokow) Eating/Food Street in Keelung (Jilong) Taiwan
The largest Chinese temple at Keelung (Jilong)

A Taoist temple at Keelung, Taiwan
A Taoist temple

Dianji Temple enshrines a divine ancestor - The Sage King of Changchou
Dianji Temple enshrines a divine ancestor – The Sage King of Changchou

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