Yangmingshan Park & The Worst Ice Cream In The World


Since Computex doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, we got in a little site seeing by heading to Yangmingshan Nation Park. The park is really a mountain, and a fairly high one at that. We were told you will get a great view of Taipei from the top.

The driver dropped us off near the base so we can take a little hike to one of the many viewing areas. The hike is a winding trail that has some stairs. It’s not very long but because Taipei is so damn hot and humid, you work up a sweat right away. I made the mistake of wearing pants instead of shorts. Good thing there was a nice breeze.


When we finally got to the top of the first view station, the only thing I wanted to do was sit down, relax and let the breeze cool me down. Sarah went off to the visitor center to get some information on which part of the park offered the best view of Taipei. We were told to get on one of the small shuttle buses that drive people around from one part of the mountain to the next. The bus would take us to the peak and from there I would be able to take the most amazing picture of the city. However, that never happened.

The Worst Ice Cream In The World


In order to make change for the bus, Stephen and I each bought an ice cream cone. We’re not exactly sure what the stuff in the cone was, but calling it ice cream was a crime! It was the worst ice cream I have ever tasted. And the cone tasted like a Styrofoam cup. Instead of eating it, we tossed it away. Stephen complained that I should have warned him that the ice cream was that bad since I ordered first. However, I wanted him to experience the pain I went through. 😈

The Failed Mountain Assault


We got on the bus that was going to take us to top of the mountain. The road was very narrow and every time on coming traffic came at us, it looked like we were going to have a head on crash. It was a bumpy and scary ride.

As we got higher and higher we realized that our visibility got worst and worst because we were driving inside a cloud – so much for the great view of Taipei. To make matter worst, the cloud turned into a thunder storm of wind and rain. Instead of getting off at the top, we decided it was best to remain on the bus and have it drive us back down the mountain.

Hopefully, we’ll have better luck at the Taipei 101.

49 thoughts on “Yangmingshan Park & The Worst Ice Cream In The World”

  1. SEO Blogger says:

    “…Stephen complained that I should have warned him that the ice cream was that bad since I ordered first. However, I wanted him to experience the pain I went through.”

    Wow. You are really evil πŸ˜• . Next time in Taiwan, I’ll try those ice cream.

    (I bet I’ll try the same thing on my friend (I’ll just pretend to lick it and have him tasted the [s]cream 😈 ).

    1. Tyler Ingram says:

      Hah that is evil, that is something I would do too!

    2. lolz…yeah i would do that too

  2. ricardo says:

    There’s the proof: John’s a MS Fanboy. πŸ‘Ώ

    1. shaun says:

      lol only John would wear a microsoft t-shirt haha.

  3. Ankur says:

    Hahaha, john, are you getting goodies from microsoft so that you ‘model’ with a vista t-shirt? Will you add such income to the blog? HAHAHA πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    1. great idea

      get paid to wear t-shirt with advertisers’ logo or messages

      1. Ankur says:

        Going to patent this idea right now

    2. he’s marketing for them in the other side of the world….Microsoft should be greatful

  4. Yeah! I think i know the icecream you’re talking about. It’s pretty bad! … It’s not that there isn’t good ice cream here… it’s just you won’t find it on top of a mountain!

    The weather last few days isn’t good, but then it’s been 35C most days last week! So, it’s good now it’s a bit cooler!


  5. Nice T-Shirt you are wearing there πŸ˜›

    I’m glad I didn’t have that icecream… it must have tasted really bad!

  6. Ali says:

    Haha! Nice image with the ice cream. I’ve had my share of bad ice creams eaten around the world. The one you’re holding just looks bad.

  7. Rhys says:

    I never thought the Taiwanese were good at icecream making, now I know.

    I think about these things a lot.

    1. James says:

      I thought it meant that they were NOT good at ice-cream making πŸ˜†

  8. Leftblank says:

    Unbelievable John, you make big amounts of money, and yet you wear geeky gift t-shirts; do they pay you for that as well or do you just lack a bit of taste? :mrgreen:

    1. Ankur says:

      You doubt any 😈 ness?

  9. Dian says:

    :)) the look on your face when u throw the ice cream away, it must’ve been that terrible

    1. That was quite a good picture of the crappy ice cream moment. πŸ˜† Your face (and Stephen’s) said it all!

  10. Butters says:

    Hehe, one of your pictures reminds me of Forrest Gump. Guess which one it is πŸ™‚

    1. “Life is like a…bottle of water”?! πŸ˜† Awesome pictures, by the way; loved all the green in that first one, too.

  11. nina osenar says:

    nice t-shirt πŸ™‚

  12. Zlatan R. says:

    That Ice Cream looks really really bad … πŸ™‚

  13. HEAVYCHALK says:

    Haha, the picture where you guys look at the ice cream cones is priceless :mrgreen:

  14. Wahlau.NET says:

    πŸ˜† …try smelly toufu…..it should be famous in taiwan

    1. Is that different from regular tofu? They smell kinda funky, but I guess it never bothered me before. I just love soy and tofu.

  15. How is it even possible for ice cream to taste bad 😯

    1. Ankur says:

      Put some crap and remove some flavour and tada …… There’s taiwanese ice cream!

    2. I imagine it could be a whole lot of ice with really poor flavoring. Expired vanilla extract, maybe?

  16. Jamie Hellen says:

    I suspect they took one long hard look at that fantastic t-shirt and purposely nuked the ice cream! Only kidding John… 😈

  17. Nice Pix John πŸ˜‰

  18. What kind of camera is Stephen using? Looks like an Olympus e-510, but I can’t be too sure.

    1. Stephen says:

      I’m using a Nikon D50 with a SIGMA 10-20mm Wide Angle Lens.

      1. Hey Stephen, I guess John forgot to mention the foot massage contest eh. I wonder why?

        1. Stephen says:

          I believe that it’s a foot massage he will never forget πŸ˜†

      2. Wow, cool! I haven’t seen one upclose, but it sounds really…powerful. 😎 Can’t wait to see the pictures you take (of John dancing on the bar, especially).

  19. You’ve never had chili pepper vanilla ice cream

  20. Lance says:

    I like your wide angle lens Stephen.. the one that I haven’t had. 😐

    1. Stephen says:

      I use my wide angle lens quite a bit more than I do any zooms. I also carry a Nikon f/2.0 35mm prime. In a trade show environment, the WA is wicked because I can get right up close to keep people from walking in front of my shots. I also don’t have to back up as much to get pictures of large booths.

  21. Casey says:

    Sounds like fun…besides the icecream part. I can’t believe you didn’t tell him it was bad! But, I probably wouldn’t have either.

  22. simon says:

    Compare to Canadian Nation Park, Yangmingshan Nation Park just a like QE park, right!?

  23. hah nice !!…sill john it looks like an adventure..!! have fun !!

  24. Bob Buskirk says:

    looks like you guys are having a great time!

    1. and it also looks like they love the food there… πŸ˜€

  25. You can almost feel the humidity in the air there.

    Be sure and keep us updated on the night life that you participate in.

  26. WOW they don’t have the steering wheel on the other side of the car. That’s unusual.

  27. Hello JOHN CHOW:

    Welcome to TAIPEI.

    I am HALA PRINCESS come from β€œTAIPEI” (β—•β€Ώβ—•βœΏ)


    These days weather are extremely unstable.

    Have you ever eaten all over the world ice cream?

    If not don’t tell us that ice cream is the worst

    in the world.o(οΈΆοΈΏοΈΆ)o

    BTW,Don’t missing trying some best delicious

    gourmet restaurants、Taiwanese foods、season

    fruits and ICE in TAIPEI.

    Hope you enjoy your trip.

    Not only complained.

    β†–(^Ο‰^)β†— β†–(^Ο‰^)β†— β†–(^Ο‰^)β†—

  28. John, you got an awesome haircut. :mrgreen:

  29. I bet it was the Vista shirt that did it! That’ll make anything taste game..lol

    ➑ Don

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