5 Reasons to visit Addiction Aquatic Development 上引水產 (Taiwan)

Addiction Aquatic Development, 上引水產 – No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104

When you think about Taipei, you immediately think of great (sinful) street food and awesome shopping at mainstream places like Ximending, Shilin Night Market, Raohe, Wufenpu… however, during my recent trip I was recommended a place that I absolutely fell in love with – Addiction Aquatic Development, 上引水產.

Here’s 5 reasons why you need to go, like ASAP.

#5. It’s easy to get there!

Unlike most popular places, hipster cafes and must-go tourist areas, this place isn’t in a far-far-far away isolated area where you would have to hire a car to, and then walk for 475183012938 minutes.

The nearest MRT station is Xingtian Temple Station, and then it’s a 15 minute walk. (You’ll also see the other interesting markets in the vicinity too.) After the walk, you should be all ready to tuck into a good meal – perfect!

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Google maps – your best friend.

If you don’t fancy a walk at all, you can also get an Uber there (we’ve used Uber a couple of times in Taipei, and it’s very reasonably priced and very convenient!)

#4. It’s not over-crowded

Unlike most popular places (again), this amazing place is not packed full of rude, screaming tourists pushing each other out of the way. Many locals frequent this place for their weekly groceries or for a quick meal – that to me, makes it more authentic.

Tip: this place opens from 6am – 12am, the best timing to go would be at 10.30am – when the chefs are ready to prepare sashimi to order, and the shelves are fully stocked. At this timing, especially on a weekday, it’s not crowded at all, and you can leisurely browse the shelves and pick your food!

#3. Loads of things to see

There’s 10 different sections in this cozy place – ranging from the live seafood section (see them glorious crabs and scallops), to the supermarket, to the lifestyle area (pretty flowers and ornaments on sale) and to different sit-down restaurants. If you really want a feast, don’t forget to grab some sake along with your seafood 😀

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Hairy Crabs!

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Scallops

#2. Seafood paradise – need I say more?

If you are a seafood-lover, this is heaven. Fresh live seafood, freshly prepared seafood, cooked seafood, grilled seafood, steamboat seafood – this place HAS IT ALL!

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Mouth-watering

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Scallops on a stick, all ready to be eaten!

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Our pick: Otoro Tuna!

If you aren’t a fan of fine-dining, the supermarket has a great variety of fresh seafood and produce, which you can buy home or consume right outside the building (they have standing tables and normal tables for you to sit down and enjoy).

*The tables are very instagrammable too! 

#1. The PRICE.

SGD$24 for a good box of fresh, fatty, buttery Otoro Tuna? SGD$10 for a box of mixed fresh salmon and tuna slices? Where else can you get these kinds of prices? 

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Huge Uni boxes going at SGD$60! Smaller boxes were sold at SGD$35.

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Sushi: SGD$6  |  Salmon + Tuna Sashimi: SGD$10

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Glorious Otoro Tuna: SGD$24 – isn’t that awesome?

We also really enjoyed their Chawanmushi and their fried rice. Every mouthful was flavorful and rich.

Conclusion

This is somewhere you have to go, no buts about it. If you are tired of the excessive crowds, rude tourists and vendors who just will not let you haggle prices, head over to this gem of a place and you’ll not have one single regret. #truestory

 

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Time Capsule Adventure, Malaysia (Must-Go!)

Time Capsule Retreat –  EB4 Belakang Sek Men Sg. Lembing (Pahang, Kuantan)

Date of Stay: March 2016

Another last-minute long weekend planning led to everywhere being overbooked & ridiculously overpriced (Telunas, Langkawi, Tioman…) so I was desperate for ideas. Fortunately, I recalled that a friend of mine had mentioned that there were pretty capsule houses in Pahang, Malaysia – so we googled and bingo! We found the most amazing place to visit.

(Pictures from their Facebook)

Imagine getting away from the bustling city of Singapore, into a quiet town, and staying in these pretty capsules in the middle of the forest? What more could you ask for? While you are drooling, let me tell you about the experience.

Transport

This is the only cumbersome aspect of this holiday, the travelling to get to this ulu place. There are a few options available – we tried both A & B due to costs and availability.

Option A – Flight & Car

  1. Fly from SG to KL (we flew via Jetstar, $140 since we booked rather last-minute)
  2. Private transport from KL to Pahang, exact location.

Since we had 5 people, it was more value-for-money to hire a private MPV for SGD $352 to take us from KL to the exact location in Pahang, rather than fly (since the air tickets were quite expensive by the time we booked). It cost us about SGD$60 per pax, and took 4 hours on the road. Service was reliable and on-time, recommended!  

Option B – Direct Flight + Taxi

  1.  Direct flight from SG to Kuantan (via Firefly, $125)
  2. Taxi from Kuantan airport to Time Capsule Retreat in Pahang

We took this option coming back, since there were affordable flights back from Kuantan directly to SG (1 hour). Do note that the planes are small propeller planes, not for the faint-hearted!

The taxi ride cost us about SGD$35 and took 40min (and we managed to squeeze 5 pax in) so that was really cheap!

Option C – Bus/Coach

There are buses from SG to Kuantan (approx 8 hours) at about SGD $35. You would probably have to take a taxi from Kuantan into the Time Capsule Retreat. But 8 hours?? No wayyyyy. Good luck man, especially if you get stuck in traffic.

Resort

*It’s not really a hotel, so I’ll just call it a resort, to avoid having to write “Time Capsule Retreat” every time I would like to refer to it.

At first glance, the resort looked older and a little more worn than I had expected from the pictures. But after settling in, I loved it!

Even though it was situated in the forest, we did not get bitten much by insects as the hosts diligently lighted repellant for us around the grounds. Still, bring your own insect repellants, please!

The resort consisted of a main building (with standard, no-frills rooms) which had seating area to chill and get water/coffee/drinks from, the capsule area (about 6-8 capsules available), a public toilet, and another area for some special rooms. If you are looking for luxury pools and all, this probably isn’t the place for you.

It was, however, enough for us, since the toilets were always clean, rooms were pretty and the environment was lovely.

Service

This is also another wow-factor here. Since it isn’t a hotel, there was no obligations for any sort of service. However, the hosts/owners were really the best! The lady host welcomed us, sorted us into the rooms and offered to take us into town for lunch since we were hungry. She drove us (5 minutes) and took care of everything, even paying for our lunch! She then told us about the activities we could do the next few days and helped us to organise and book everything.

Throughout the whole trip, she was ensuring that we were comfortable and happy. Many thumbs up to her!

Rooms

Now this is what we came here for!

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My time capsule!

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Everything is white and comfy!

The first night, we all stayed in these capsules for the experience.

Price: only SGD $48 per night!! (RM139)

It was minimalistic and simple, but most importantly, it had a working air-con to relieve us from the scorching hot weather.

There were also power plugs for us to charge our stuff, as well as a little lamp. Bed/sheets were white, clean and fluffy. I was super impressed and happy with my capsule, I wished I could stay in it for many more days!

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Day 2 – in Parallel Aurora room

For the next night, since the capsules were fully booked, we split into different rooms. We took the Parallel Aurora – which was a container consisting of 2 rooms & a bathroom in the middle. Our room was amazing, with this full-length glass window overlooking nature, however the other room sadly had no view, and was very much smaller.

Price: SGD$102 per night (can hold 4 pax!)

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In love with the little night light

There are also many other types of rooms available, such as the Parallel Discovery which has queen sized bed, sofa bed, your own deck anddddd a jacuzzi for SGD$171 per night!

Seriously, isn’t this like a scene from a fairytale?

Food

There’s no food served at the resort, so we had to walk to the town area (about 10min) to get food. Most of the shops are closed in the day, and you can find the most activity during early morning (market opens with many food stalls) and evening time. However, there are always some open, as well as convenience stores.

Food is really tasty and cheap, about SGD 80 cents for a bowl of noodles, and SGD $18 for a big Zi Char dinner for 5 pax. During the weekends, there’s also a night market with many types of food available! Yum!

Things to do

I’ll be uploading a separate post on my itinerary there, but rest assured, you’ll not be bored. No matter what you love, be it nature, trekking, renting a bike and riding, learning about history or just doing nothing, this place is perfect.

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One of our early morning adventures!

Conclusion

At some point of time or another, you MUST visit this place! Take a long weekend to travel here, escape from the stress in Singapore, and just rejuvenate yourself. Nature, cheap food, friendly people and instagram-worthy rooms!

Definitely a fairytale without burning a hole in your pocket!

(To book, check out their FB Page here, and contact them via whatsapp!)