The Caribbean Adventure water roller coaster ride in the picture below is back dropped by UFO Adventures, Taiwan’s tallest free-fall ride standing at 280 feet (85m). Appreciate the beauty of the mountains and the woods as the UFO ascends slowly to the top and brace yourself for an exhilarating drop!
The Caribbean Adventure (加勒比海探險) is a water roller coaster that takes you against the winds and waves. You will plunge from the 35-meter height forward and backward. There will be gigantic splashes! And gigantic splashes it makes!
As the UFO ascends slowly, you will appreciate the beauty of the mountains and the woods. Experience the exhilaration of the gyro going up and the sudden drop. You need great courage to try it.
On the same morning of our visit to the Taipei 101 Mall our group made an unscheduled stop at a ‘touristy’ shop that deals in a variety of products that promise to reverse the effects of aging. This shop offered products of plant and animal origin and available in powder or cream depending on how you’re going to consume or apply them. There was even a demo at the end of the presentation where a deer carcase was crushed then pulverized into form powder for convenient consumption. I am glad I had the opportunity to document our visit there from beginning to end to share with everyone. I should warn you before you scroll down the page. If you’re particularly sensitive to images of animal carcases then I suggest you look away and let WordPress surprise you with a random post from my blog instead.
The hype: “Placenta is an embryonic tissue formed during pregnancy from the cells of the fetus. The unique biological compounds in placenta ensure that the fetus is supplied with the necessary nutrients and oxygen needed for successful growth. Chinese antiaging and restorative formulations have often relied upon placenta as a primary ingredient in formulations designed to rejuvenate the body. Deer placenta has been accepted as the premier source of placenta. Deer is considered to be a “higher order” animal, and deer placenta very closely resembles human placenta chemically. It is extraordinarily nourishing and is completely safe to consume. The placenta is the source of this nourishment. Taking deer placenta as a deep Jing restorative supplement is like plugging yourself into the wall socket and recharging your life battery. Deer placenta provides certain substances that have been shown to have a profound positive influence on the aging process.”
The Sun Moon Lake Tea Leaf Eggs are not only famous they are also artistically crafted to feature a marble effect. Kinda. Apparently a place called Shi Yin (石印) sells eggs that are prepared with mushrooms and a special blend of spices and tea leaves, and are the best tea eggs you can find in Taiwan. I wouldn’t necessarily agree that they’re “the best” because let’s be honest, one would have had to have sampled many other eggs prepared in the same manner as these ones before they can lay such claim with credibility. I will agree that if you generally love eggs, you’ll more than likely enjoy eggs that are infused with fragrant spices and tea leaves.
Bruneian tourists boarding our ride for an evening tour of the scenic Sun Moon Lake.
Our guide handing out the famous Sun Moon Lake eggs for us to sample.
The eggs are prepared with mushrooms and a special blend of spices and tea leaves.
More about the eggs: It may not be obvious from my only photo of the egg but evidently, these eggs feature a marble effect. To find out how you too can get that effect on your eggs:
“How to get the marble effect – boil the eggs twice. After the first boil when the egg hardens, the shell of each egg is lightly cracked/tapped around, without peeling. Make sure the cracked shell stays intact. Then, put these “lightly cracked” eggs to a second boil. The little cracks will allow flavour of the tea into the egg. To me, this is somewhat like a traditional etching process – where parts of the egg protected by the intact shell still maintains a color of white or pale beige while the areas of crack lines are exposed to the darkening stain of the tea immersion and you get a more intense darkened brown cracked (spiderweb-ish) line pattern around the egg. THAT is absolutely ART!” — Teczcape