So I just arrived back home from Boracay and I’ve got loads of stuff to post on the blog, but first, let me finish off my Taipei-spree with my complete travel diary.
DISCLAIMER: You’ll see a lot of random photographs so be ready, hahaha!
So this trip basically just happened because I (impulsively) bought a concert ticket to Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2017’. I didn’t regret making that decision though, because I got to see one of my favourite bands perform live, and I met a lot of wonderful people along the way…as always.
I headed to Taipei’s Beitou District on my first day for a day at the hot springs. It’s a very popular thing to do in Taiwan, and Beitou is not to be missed when you’re in the city.
I checked into Spring City Resort around Beitou District.
Finally, the moment that I’ve been waiting for! They were giving away LED bracelets on the concert, and the lights were in sync with the music, which I think was pretty rad.
Singing with Coldplay live has got to be one of the most amazing things that’s ever happen in my life. No kidding and without exaggeration.
It was actually raining that night, and it was weird because I was just wearing shorts and a sweater (need to check the weather on my next trips, lol) and then all of the Taiwanese beside me were pulling off plastic ponchos from their bags. Like, WTH I did not get the memo. Hahaha!
I nearly fainted when Chris Martin sang ‘Everglow’. It was my favourite song, and whilst he was singing, I couldn’t help but cry a bit so I recorded *ooops* it on my phone and sent it to my boyfriend. The concert ended very quickly though, huhuhu.
The next day I ate a big bowl of beef noodles to soothe my fan girl heart…and belly, hehehe.
I went to Arukinomoli 有木之森 Cafe with my friend, Ethan. I really liked the ambiance of this place because it was so cosy and earth-y.
Not to mention that they serve amazing coffee in equally amazing cups.
Just casually waiting at Taipei’s MRT. I actually loved Taipei’s train system so much. For me, it’s even better than NYC’s Subway, and obviously, a whole lot better than the Philippines’ MRT/LRT. Taipei’s MRT is very organised and clean.
I stayed at 北門臥客青年旅舍 We Come Hostel for the duration of my trip. I promise that it’s the best hostel in Taipei, and it’s very accessible because it’s near Beimen MRT Station.
Of course I’m drinking bubble tea in Taiwan. It’s given already, hahaha.
There’s a small night market near my hostel so I’ve been eating there a lot. Who wouldn’t want to eat at a night market every night, right? Right? Hahaha!
One thing I really love about Taiwan is that it’s very advanced but still very nature inclined. You can see big buildings but then there’d be a huge row of trees beside them so it’s pretty amazing. I hope the Philippines could copy that.
At night, I loved going to Mikkeller Taipei 米凱樂啤酒吧 with my Norwegian friend, Ingri. They have the most distinct and arts-y beer selections.
Also, they have the sassiest glasses. Hahaha!
This is Dylan. Dylan is from Australia. Australia is an awesome country that I would want to visit in 2018.
(L-R: Melanie, Dipto, Dylan, Jeanette, Danica, Albert, David, Chris and Steff)
This crazy bunch and I met using Tour Me Away’s ‘Longshan Temple Tour’. Tour Me Away is a travel organization from Taipei that hosts free tours for both local and international travellers. They’re not to be missed when you visit Taipei. Did I mention that their tours are free? Yep, they only accept donations. How cool is that?!
Click HERE to be redirected to Tour Me Away’s website and know more about them.
The façade of the famous Longshan Temple. Look at that intricate wood carvings. It amazes me how somebody could do such thing.
I really liked the details of the Longshan Temple’s design. I didn’t worship or try their methods though because it’s not my faith.
Capping off the tour with some scallion pancakes that we got at the night market, yay!
What better way to cool off from a hot day in Taipei? Eating their famous shaved ice is the way to go! Ice Monster Taipei is the go-to place for shaved ice.
Beautiful different types and colours of sorbet from Ice Monster Taipei.
A random photo of strangers at a local temple in Taipei’s Old City.
I’ve decided to visit, WANGTEA 有記名茶, one of Taipei’s oldest tea houses for an afternoon tea.
Their specialty is their Oolong Tea, which was really good and aromatic. I took some home, of course. Heh!
I was drowning in bubble tea whilst I was in Taiwan, hahaha!
I loved seeing fireworks around the city. It made me feel like it’s Chinese New Year, hahaha!
I had lunch this one time at Karen Teppanyaki so I could try an authentic Taiwanese Teppanyaki, and this restaurant surely did not disappoint.
This was Karen Teppanyaki’s signature ‘Taiwanese Beef Teppanyaki’. It sure does taste as good as it looks!
When I was a kid I’ve always wanted to see the Taipei 101 since it was the tallest building in the world (back then, hahaha). I made that dream come true nearly 15 years later.
We hiked the Elephant Mountain to get a better view of the lovely Taipei 101. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Hmmm.
The Taipei 101 proudly standing tall from the ground. Such a beautiful scene that I thought I’m only going to be able to see in movies and photographs, ah! Dreams really do come true.
I love how Taipei is still richly inclined to it’s ancient roots and culture despite it being very advanced.
These are the best vegetarian dumplings in Taipei! I kid you not! Dylan and I can vouch for it.
Although I couldn’t figure out what it’s name was because it’s in Chinese, huhuhu. Also, ordering food was just like playing a game of Russian Roulette, but with food, because it’s all in Chinese and we don’t know what we’d end up getting. Hahaha!
They also have great noodles! Now I’m making myself hungry, heh.
It’s not a complete trip to Taipei without visiting the Shilin Night Market. Am I right? Hehehe.
This candied strawberry was one of my Shilin staples. It’s basically just strawberry coated in candied sugar so it’s very hard on the outside but ridiculously soft and juicy on the inside.
A Taiwanese twist on the famous Japanese street food, Takoyaki.
Yep, they sell torched/roasted Wagyu Beef on the streets of Shilin. Hahaha.
The crowd at Shilin Night Market on a normal night. How crazy is this? Hahaha! Well I couldn’t blame them because there’s so much to eat and see at Shilin.
(L-R: David, Danica, Ludvig and Goncalo)
Shilin Night Market with the Dumpling Boys, hahaha! Missing these guys, awww.
7/11 finds are really random, hahaha! They have the most colourful and flavourful milk varieties, hehehe.
I mean, I couldn’t leave Taiwan without trying out their local beer, right? It’s a must for me in every city/country I go to.
Rolled Ice Cream at the streets of Shilin, yay! I’ve always wanted to try these babies, hehehe.
This trip has been my most successful budgeted backpacking trip yet. I only spent $150 USD for a whole 10 days in Taipei (not including air fare). How did I do it? I have no idea, hahaha! But I did it, that’s what matters.
Also, many thanks to all my sponsors. I couldn’t have survived without you all. Hahaha!
I’m currently backpacking through the Philippines so you’ll see more about that soon.
For now, I have to head to bed. ‘Til the next!
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Romans 8:37 NIV