What is Ayda Jebat doing in Taiwan?

What is Ayda Jebat doing in Taiwan?

Ayda Jebat fell in love at first sight with the natural beauty and hospitality of Taiwan.

BESIDES getting back to spending quality time with family and going through the routine of work as usual, the opportunity to travel is one of the ‘great pleasures’ when the grip of the pandemic is no longer the main obstacle.
For celebrities like Ayda Jebat, it is also an opportunity to continue her art career in high gear after enduring the limitations of movement restrictions a few years before.

It is more satisfying when work and travel opportunities come together in a ‘special mission’ that the singer and actress is now carrying.

Speaking about her appointment as a tourism ambassador for the Muslim-friendly concept, Salam Taiwan, the singer of Pencuri Hearti admitted thats she herself did not expect the island to end up being his destination.

“Even people in Malaysia, when I upload on IG Story about this destination, they ask ‘Why go to Taiwan?’ Maybe for them, there are many other places that can be visited,” she said when met by a Malaysian media group at the Zheng He Mosque, which is the largest and oldest mosque located in the Da’an district, last December.

Ayda said, before leaving, she deliberately did not search for information on the internet about attractions in Taiwan because she wanted to see for herself with her own eyes and enjoy the experience ‘surprise’.

As it turns out, Ayda quickly fell in love with various special first experiences.

“On several occasions, when I got to one of the attractions, I felt ‘wow’ and was excited. I also travel a lot to various places, but here the vibe I feel is different,” she said, repeatedly mentioning the beauty of nature in Taiwan.

Among the natural locations that Ayda refers to are the experience of riding a train into the soothing pine forest and Yuyupas cultural village in the Alishan mountains, and also the amazing visit to Hehuanshan peak located in the Taroko National Park zone. The verdant natural landscape that unfolded turned out to fill Ayda’s vision and memory.

“Hehuanshan is so beautiful…everything I see is like a painting. I cry there just looking at its beauty!,” she said, who was accompanied by her husband, Nabil Mahir, on the visit.

Not least the beauty of the panorama at Qingjing Farm in the city of Ren’ai, Nantou which according to Ayda, fascinates with the relaxed style of the livestock farm with thousands of ‘cute’ sheep.

Not to be left out, for nearly 10 days traveling around Taiwan, Ayda also felt lucky to be able to visit other attractions such as Zhuo Ye Cottage in Mioli, Shifen Old Street in Jiufen, the luxury building Taipei 101, as well as a visit to the second largest city after Taipei, Taichung.

No vacation agenda is complete without talking about gastronomy. Taiwan, which is happy to welcome the presence of thousands of tourists from Southeast Asia every month, certainly does not want to ‘lose’ to appeal to guests from the region.

However, news of Ayda’s departure to Taiwan made a few of her followers on social media start asking her ‘naughty’ and ‘strange’ questions.

“Some people ask ‘do you eat strange things there?’. Some also ask ‘do you eat fried frogs?’. Maybe in their thinking, if they come here, the food choices are like that – exotic,” Ayda said with a laugh.

However, Ayda realizes, that is her job – to promote the real situation in Taiwan, especially when the tourism board is very open and tries its best to meet the basic needs and requirements of Muslim tourists.

Among other things that Ayda mentioned was about the preparation of a Muslim-friendly hotel. That can be seen in the guest rooms – from the aspect of cleanliness, the direction of the Qibla, the availability of prayer rugs and even copies of the Quran for the use of guests.

More than that, in hotel restaurants or restaurant premises that already know that they will receive Muslim guests, there are additional conditions imposed by the local tourism authority.

First is the separation of the halal kitchen space from the non-halal kitchen. That includes the use of plates, bowls and cooking utensils that are specific to halal food, as well as following raw material management procedures that are different from normal kitchens.

The second is about the need to hire Muslim workers to handle food preparation work in the halal kitchen. In that regard, Taiwan does not lack the necessary workforce, because there are many Muslim immigrants in the region, especially workers from Indonesia.

“The Muslim food here is very tasty. During my stay here, I have visited many restaurants, especially (that serve) Indonesian food. I eat normally…. There are meatballs, satay, gado-gado everything. There is even a selection of halal Japanese and Thai food.

“When it comes to local food choices, Muslim-friendly hotels also provide popular local dishes such as Taiwan beef noodle (meat soup noodles) or chicken noodles, but they are prepared according to the halal concept,” explained Ayda who mentioned her favorite milk tea .

Se added that hotels that are more careful don’t just use halal-marked crockery and cups (only for Muslim guests to use). More than that, the dining table for the halal zone is also given a special space to avoid uncontrolled mixing.

“For all of you who have never been to Taiwan, I want to invite them here because there are many interesting and unique places and halal food that you can try.

Ayda’s message again: “If you want to know what else is interesting in Taiwan, don’t forget to follow my video and also get information from the Taiwan tourism board. Let’s go to Taiwan!”

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