Taipei Itinerary

Looking for a 4-day itinerary for Taipei, Taiwan?

Well, Taipei has been and still one of my favourite cities. With its food, culture, people and places, I keep coming back which brings me here for the third time.

Here is a quick 4-day itinerary which gives a guide to navigate this beautiful city. Estimated expenses are also included to help you.

Enjoy!

DAY TIME PLACE Train Station (Line) ACTIVITY ESTIMATED EXPENSES PHP NTD REMARKS
Day 1 9:00am Hotel Wake up call
10:30am Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (Green) Sightseeing Free
12:00nn Lunch
1:00pm Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall (Blue) Sightseeing Free
2:30pm Taipei 101 Taipei 101 (Red) Sightseeing Taipei 101 Observatory 500
4:30pm Elephant Mountain Xiangshan (Red) Trekking Free
7:00pm Shilin Night Market Shilin Night Market (Red) Dinner Street foods
Day 2 8:00am Hotel Wake up call
9:30am National Taiwan Museum NTU Hospital (Red) Museum Tour Entrance Fee 30
11:00am Lunch
12:00pm Maokong Taipei Zoo (Brown) Gondola Ride 379 To be booked on Klook
1:30pm Taipei Zoo Taipei Zoo (Brown) Zoo Tour Entrance Fee 60
5:00pm Double Decker Night Bus Taipei Main Station (Blue/Red) Hop on/Hop off Tour Free with Gondola ride on Klook
8:00om Raohe Night Market Songshan (Green) Dinner Street foods
Day 3 6:30am Hotel Wake up call
7:45am Gakuden Bakery (Exit 4) Ximen (Blue/Green) Meet up Package Tour (Klook) 1161 To be booked on Klook
9:00am Yehliu Geopark Park Tour Entrance Fee 80
11:30am Jiufen Lunch/Sightseeing Street foods
2:40pm Shifen Lantern release Lantern 200
Shifen/Golden Waterfalls
5:00pm Gakuden Bakery (Exit 4) Drop off
6:00pm Ximending Ximen (Blue/Green) Dinner/Shopping
Day 4 Free day to go to places you want to visit/revisit.
1540 870
OTHER EXPENSES PHP NTD REMARKS
4G Sim (5days Unlimited) 384 To be booked at Klook
Easy Card 100
Easy Card Load 300-500
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What 2018 got me?

Looking back, aside from the pounds added, what do 2018 got me?

Life changing indeed when I started the year back to eating meat again after 3 years of being a herbivore. Giving up being a vegetarian never felt more liberating as I took back a lot of resistance on eating meat.

Of course, what a best way to have it in my favorite ‘eating’ city, Bacolod, as I had a quick trip in January. Ending this month with a great conference on how we should build relationships that transform.

February ticks as I decided to get back on my mat and gave back in to yoga. A quick trip to zone out with my Friday Group caps off this month. Celebrate successes when I got another promotion in my work.

Who wouldn’t want to kick off Summer with a great trip to Bali, Indonesia? Amazing temples, food and sites are way too fabulous not to explore. Truly, Bali is a good idea especially if you have a villa that you can enjoy by yourself.

April was when we organized my Lola’s 80th Luau Party. Successful indeed when it becomes another reunion for the clan.

May was quick when one cousin got married.

June started with a concert attended feeling blessed and even more blessed ending this month being one with the nature with a trip to Palawan. El Nido preserved it’s serene beach and wondrous islands where every tourist captures every scene with stars on their eyes.

Ending July slash opening August with a trip all the way up north. Batanes is truly breathtaking that you can never describe unless you experience it.

‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ was surely a hit as we watched the last show on their run in September. Catch their rerun this March 2019.

The past three months had been very challenging. Grateful to thy Saviour for enduring every lesson to always trust in Him in every step. October is victory, claimed it!

November always starts a rollercoaster of festivities celebrating the birth month being busy til the holiday season. Started a quick trip to Region 1.

Then 3 countries bagged in a month. Hong Kong and Macau after birthday and ended the month in an abundant cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, Japan.

December will always be for holiday parties and Christmas get together. Hosting them is another story, always grateful for it. This will always be a perfect time to reunite with friends and family. I realized that a part of your Christmas bonus/13th month pay should be allocated to this besides the gifts you share.

So what did 2018 got me? Yes, additional pounds (which is always included), 4 countries visited, with 2 local cities flown, struggles turned lessons and definitely a steadfast FAITH that will continue to grow. God uses our experiences because He always wants us in the position He wants us to be in.

Thank you 2018 and always looking forward to what lies ahed.

Ang Huling El Bimbo.

Caught the closing show of ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ and I must say it was GRAND. I need to use our own language para mas intense!

Eto yung sining na hindi mo maiwasang pumalakpak sa bawat tawid ng eksena at pagabot sa taas ng nota.

Salamat at ibinalik ninyo ako sa aking unang paborito. Sa pagsabay sa pagtugtog ng stereo ng kapitbahay at tuluyan ng nahulog sa kanta ng Eraserheads. Hindi man ako yung masasabi mong laging nasa unahan ng konsyerto nila, o memorize ang bawat kanta nila, pero sigurado akong ‘FAN’ nila ako.

Hanga ako sa mga aktor at aktres na mga gumanap. Ginamit nyo ang sarili nyong galing upang ilathala ang medyo naguluhan akong kwento, pero swak pa rin sa panlasang pinoy.

Iba rin ang areglo ng mga kanta. Sadyang hindi mo maiiwasang sumabay sa bigkas ng musika. At nakakagulat na ang may kagagawan ng mga kantang ito, ay dalawang dipa lang nakaupo mula sa kinauupuan mo. Oo, kasabay naming pumapalakpak ang siyang may akda ng mga ito, ang siyang alamat, ELY BUENDIA.

Pinakagusto ko ang ROTC scene sa saliw ng ‘Pare Ko’. Sumunod ang ‘Overdrive’ na di ka makapaniwalang may tunay na kotse sa entablado. Sino ba naman ang hindi tutulo ang luha habang kinakanta ang ‘With A Smile’ habang nagmamarcha ng pagtatapos. At higit sa lahat ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ na tiyak pupukaw na magdadala sa yo sa eksena.

Salamat at ibinalik nyo ang aking kabataan at pinatunayan ninyo nanaman ang galing ng Sining Pilipino.

Nakakaindak, Nakakabaliw, Nakakatindig Balahibo.

Mabuhay kayo!

Breathtaking Batanes.

People would always ask how will you describe Batanes. Others will say how the pinned location says ‘Breathtaking Batanes’, but how was it to experience it?

Batanes is the northernmost part of the Philippines. They are a group of islands situated around 190kms from Taiwan. Yes, that near, farther than driving Manila to Baguio.

Ivatans, how locals from here are called, treasured their culture so much that they preserved the beauty and untouched-like creator’s wonders.

Touching down Basco, which is the capital of this town where most homestay and accommodations are situated nearby. Batanes is such a breath of fresh air where each and every spot will truly exceed the expectation one way or another.

Grateful for a very good weather all throughout the almost 5 days stay worth every sun burnt skin are made of. Itinerary are as follows:

***Php 350 Environmental Fee to be collected to each tourist which serves as a passport to all spots in Batanes.

Day 1: North Batan Island Tour (Half day)

Mt. Carmel Chapel (famous in movies or churches for weddings in Batanes) > PAGASA ‘Tukon’ Radar Station > Fundacion Pacita (high-end accomodation in Batanes) > Basco Idkang Viewing > WWII Japanese Hideout/Tunnel > Valugan Boulder Beach > Sto. Domingo Cathedral > Vayang Rolling Hills > Basco Lighthouse in Naidi Hills

*Lunch/Dinner option at Panda’s Wine and Grill. Their camote rolls are to die for. They are open for deliveries to your accommodation.

Day 2: Sabtang Island Tour

***30 minute boat ride from Batan via Ivana Port.

San Vicente Ferrer Church > Malakdang Lighthouse > Bgy. Savidug Stone Houses > Sto. Thomas Chapel > Lime Kiln > Savidug Idjang Viewing > Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint > Bgy. Chavayan Stone Houses > Sta. Rosa De Lima Chapel > Nakabuang Cave > Mahayao Natural Arc Formation > Morong Beach (optional swimming and snorkling)

*Lunch option by the beach and enjoy their own version of Pork Bagnet.

***Vakul and Kana-i, known Batanes costume for female and male respectively against strong weathers that hit the islands most of the times. Rentals at Php 20 per person.

Day 3: South Batan Tour (Full Day)

Paderes Point and Cliff Road > Chawa Viewing Deck > Mahatao Boat Shelter > Mahatao Town Proper > San Carlos Borromeo Church > Mahatao Spanish Light House > Mahatao Tayid Lighthouse > White Beach and Hohmoron Spanish Lagoon (optional swimming) > Malapad Rock Formation > House of Dakay > Old Spanish Bridge > San Jose de Ivana Church and Ruins > Honesty Store > Uyugan’s San Antonio de Florencia Church > Ruins of Song Song > Itbud’s Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church > Imnajbu’s San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel (built in honor of the first mass and baptism in Batanes) > Alapad Hills and Rock Formation > Racuh a Payaman aka Marlboro Hills

*Lunch option at Paulvanna’s which serves really good food.

Day 4: Free day

Brunch at Cafe Du Tukon at Fundacion Pacita (a bit pricey but worth it) > Abad Street Market Shopping > Souvenir shopping at Tamsen > Bike tour around the city to experience the everyday lives of Ivatan.

***Bike rentals in Abad Street at Php 25 per hour.

People who have been to Batanes will always say that you will be in love with it. Going back to the first question as to how to describe Batanes. As for me, no words can describe Batanes but to experience it. Pictures will not give justice. The naked eye cannot lie how each 360 degree view can be able to take your breath away and surely captivates your heart.

Chanpan Tours arranged our tours and accommodation at a very reasonable price. It goes with a very informational tour guide slash a very creative photographer is highly recommended. Visit their Facebook page or contact them at 09088931475/09178574493.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Skyjet and Airswift flies to and from Basco everyday.

Dios Mamajes Batanes!

When someone unfriended you on Facebook.

It will always be a puzzle when you find out that someone unfriended or unfollowed you on social media. You keep on thinking deeper, especially when you find yourself not guilty of hurting nor committing anything which unfortunately leads to turning that blame unto yourself. But is this a usual way of reacting to such?

It is normal.

You tend to always think of reasons why this extent happened because you try to bargain and recall. This is a normal reaction when you find out that someone wants to take you out of someone’s life. Guilt embodies us that we tend to pattern our values to someone else’s which will never happen. Will it be worth it to find out and point on the blame to anyone?

It is not your fault.

We have different kinds of coping mechanism when we feel we are victimised by this world. Some people turn away from the people they feel blaming for the things they cannot grasp. This may not work for you or against your values, but this is something we need to accept, that our values cannot always be patterned to how the outlook of other people deciphers. Acceptance is all we need.

Let go.

May it be envy, anger, dismay or you just cannot accept what the world has to offer, embrace the fact that there are differences that each of us have. It is only by faith can ever be healed.

“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.” — 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7

Praying for you always.

Revisit 2017.

2017 has been steady with a lot of revisiting.

2017 started with a month of tests of relationships for January. Yet with fasting, praying and worship events, capping it seeing Ms. Universe live, which may not happen in the next two generations.

February had been sweet going thru a DIY retreat in Zambales with my DGroup. It was indeed a humbling experience submerging ourselves thru His word.

March had another worship concert and graduating from GLC modules we are taking for discipleship.

April kicked off with a summer getaway to Punta Fuego. More of a resting and recovering and ending the month revisiting Taiwan for the second time. How I missed eating and pigging out in this nation.

May was another revisit in Singapore and Malaysia. It was a challenge traveling with 3 kids with 10 adults with 9 airport encounters in 96 hours. Generally, a no sleep yet a ticked off in my bucket list getting to 3 different countries in 24 hours. Ending the month with a day hike to Masungi appreciating the wonders of our Creator.

June marked as we celebrate my brother’s graduation. Grateful to be of great help to be part of his journey in reaching this benchmark.

July was another month of weddings and eating out.

August was a month of catching up with friends with birthday celebrations here and there.

September was when I started a new learned hobby of baking and loving it.

October had a long drive to Bolinao with my longest known friends as they went home together for Qatar and Abu Dhabi. In this month as well when I started joining a ministry which I know God can use me in His ways.

Birthday month November is usually a roller coaster. Though with a failed birthday travel to Doha, it again opened hosting our company yearend party for the second year. It will always be a remarkable month celebrating my 30th.

December is undoubtedly eventful. Parties and get together here and there and a revisit to Hong Kong for the third time.

2017 was an incredible year. It may remarked as steady but surely a part of who we are in our journeys.

God is sovereign.

Today, I have experienced yet again how God has been sovereign in all ways.

I am supposed to be flying to Doha tonight for vacation. Almost the last person on the line in the check in counter, almost did not made it but Praise God we did. Consequently, upon checking in, our e-visa was questioned for it was not stamped on our passports. I forwarded the email that I connected with the visa support team that the visa need not to be stamped on the passport but might be questioned in the immigration. Releasing Qatar Airways of responsibility, we were allowed to catch our flight, leaving a friend that is having issues with his visa. All along I was fervently praying to God to be in control of the situation, moment by moment.

Being next on the line with the immigration officer, getting ready with my spiel and my documents, my friend phoned me that he was not allowed. Then and there, I decided to back out taking it as an answered prayer about everything that happened.

First was the almost closed check in counter due to traffic. Next was our visa not stamped and lastly the breaking point of flying incomplete choosing friendship above any pleasure of traveling could give.

I know God has plans, we may not see it but I know He has for He is sovereign in all things. ❤️👆🏼