Last Friday Night

Good morning Shopaholic Monsters!!!! How was your weekend? It's that time again to share our adventures over the weekend. This time we started our weekend early...it was a Payday Friday Night. Many first for Team Manila. It was our very first Payday and it is here in Taipei so we had to celebrate it at the very least.

We decided to go to Ximending since it was the closest and since I am quite familiar with the place I know that there would be a restaurant that we can dine in.
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To Ximending Night Market we go....
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(L-R) Nikki, Myi and your truly. Didn't have time to dress up. It was after work and went back to the hotel just to freshen up and went out again to celebrate.
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(L-R) Z, NIkki and Myi. We have decided to take a different route (...again just a walking distance from our hotel) and we were pleasntly surprised that this new route is easier and uncovered fresh stores. No time to stop though since everyone was quite hungry already.
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Art work done on the floor
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Myi and I was intrigued by the design and window display of the store. I know we don't have time to stop but we just have to see what's inside. Surprsingly their merchandise are way too expensive...mostly leather goods from Italy
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Passing through streetfood on  our way to Ximending. Myi tried this waffle hotdog.
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Eggs + ? +?, I haven't tried this delicay yet but looks delish.
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We normally would ride the MRT but sometimes we take a cab. This is what their cabs looks like. Standard look and color and most of the cabs here are very hi-tech. (...although I don't have a photo) Some would have 3d GPS systems and some would have a flower and a base inside...I swear I would need to take a shot.
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...sorry for the blurry shot. They don't have Fitness First here in Taipei but they do have World Gym. I am unable to enroll (..although it was really my goal to keep up with my work) however the centers plan doesn't cater to my need. I need like daily enrollment but they only have monthly plan which is way to expensive. I am getting soft now due to all the food...but thanks to the all-day-commute and I am able to do Cardio. I do try working out at our hotel room. I miss going to a real gym. I can't wait to get home and have my account unfrozen.
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Showdogs...with my previous blog I mentioned that in Ximending there are street performers. This is new, a "show dog" that performs for the audience. Very very very cute...(makes me miss Milan so much)
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Everyone was starving and we haven't found a place to eat. Nikki and Myi decided to go inside an Apple/ MAC store and while I was waiting I saw the menu of Saizeriya...holla...it was an Italian Restaurant and the price is very affordable.
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It was a landslide vote, everyone wanted to have a break of the usual Taiwanese/Chinese dishes that we were eating day over day and we wanted something fresh. This is how the reservation goes...there is a receptionist however you would need to right your name on the guestlist. I have noticed that everybode else wrote thier names in Taiwaneses except my name...(forgot to take a shot...definitely next time will do.)
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...something new and only in Taipei. Free umbrella bag. Suprisingly when I checked still full of stock. I am imagining if this is the scenario in Manila...less than 5 minutes the free items would be gone :(
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...need to document every single moment.
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...guys, you have no idea how much I have missed using spoon + fork and knives. My chopsticks skills have progressed due to everyday used. I have learned to eat a chicken leg quarter (1/4 chicken) using only chospticks.
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...we have already ordered, but while waiting I have decided just to admire the warm interiors of the space. Their lighting fixture is so grand. Most of the interiors are classic inspired pieces.
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Hooray...food has arrived. Starters/ appetizers first. Myi ordered chowder
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Nikki ordred his favorite dish- clams
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a spiniach dish...
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and now for our entree' we have Steak with potato wedges
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Please don't judge me...the next photos are my order. I was really starving and I missed Italian food so much. I had chicken breast with shrimp + potato wedges+ corn+ spinach
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...still mine. This is their solo pizza but trust me this is good enough for 2. I was able to finish half...(thank God) and took the other half home. Pizza had pepperoni and sweet tomato. Super delish!!!!
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...chow time!!!
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...everyone was laughing at this scene...in minutes moist of our plates was "licked clean" Forgot to savor the dishes...lol
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Z...stomach full from pasta and pizza
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...good thing I saved space for desserts. My favorite part of the meal. I tried thier Cheesecake...and it was heaven
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Vanilla Ice Cream and coffee jelly for Nikki
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This was our scene when we needed to take our meals home. They will give you a plastic bag and paper bag to go. Self service ;)
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It is rare that we have a group shot that includes all the four of us so I decided to save this photo last.

It was really a fun night, full of celebration. Would you believe that my entire meal is only less than NT$500.00...now that is affordable. Everyone went home satisfied and ready to call a rain check since we have an entire day of activities the next day. We were planning to go to Taipei101, more nightmarkets (...for shopping...Yehey)

I will be posting more photos soon for our Taipei101 shots and things that I bought over the weekend.

I hope everyone had a blast last weekend.




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