~ 8th April 2014~
After having some breakfast, we packed our suitcase to head off to East OCT for a night's stay at the hotel that we've booked. It's a newly opened place suitable for tourists like us. We chose weekdays because we wanted to avoid any form of crowd. We took the public bus but Pinky took us to Timbuktu as she could not remember where the bus depot was. We walked to God knows where then she decided to call home to ask. We walked back to the house because the bus depot was actually near the house. Okay, we wasted an hour walking back and forth.
When we boarded the bus, I didn't know it will be a long trip. Along the journey, there were huge gigantic buildings and I started taking photos, but after three pieces of photos of mammoth-size buildings which could not even fit properly in the camera screen, I decided to sleep. It was a two-hour plus bus ride. All of us slept and none of us knew when to get down. But when you're in a public transport, somehow or other, your sixth-sense will wake you up when you arrive.
We went down and walked aimlessly. There should be a shuttle taking us to the hotels. The place was void of humans and that's no so good when we didn't where we were and we were suppose to go to our hotel. There was a bill posted on the electric pole with names of hotels printed on it. We have booked Oasis Hotel because we liked ocean view or anything which has to do with the sea and ocean life. The mist was floating and we felt that we were back in Alishan just that the temperature was a bit higher over at East OCT.
The shuttle came when we called. Before we messed up the room, I snap some photos. We messed up the room in less than 5 minutes and we decided not to waste our time. There was no sea view or ocean view but we were looking at the theme park. It was closed because of the slight drizzle. The theme park looked like it has been abandoned. We decided to walk in the rain and explore the place. Of course we could not finish the entire place but we would cover as much as possible.
It was so misty that visibility was really poor. We took the tram and there were only three of us in such spacious coach. While walking, our stomach started rumbling. We ended up searching for restaurants and we found one, the Peak Restaurant. It was in service even though there were no visitors. We thought about the price how our pockets would be hurt, but since our stomach was more hurting, we forget about the price and ordered something to eat. While waiting for the food, the mist gave way to the clear blue sky. I thought the clear blue sky would stay on so I did not run out to take photos to have a clearer view of the valley down below.
The blue sky view stayed on for us to watch while eating the most delicious simple food of glass noodles and rice with some meat. They were simply the best and actually we planned to have lunch the next day at the same place but we were off to another part of the park that we couldn't make our way back here. Such a pity or else we would have tried other dishes. You should go to Peak Restaurant for your every meal.
The mist came back when we were done eating. No more clear blue sky and clear valley view for us anymore but we continued walking since we have our energy replenished.