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!

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.

Contentment vs. Complacency

  

It was a beautiful Sunday morning and randomly ‘Contentment’ has been the topic of the message in the church. So I tried to be listen and comprehend the message and it all boils down to being grateful and appreciate everything that life has to offer. 

As I deepen my reads with this topic, I came across an article by Andrea Richards Scott, who is a visionary that helps transform your passion into profits, which helps me understand more the difference between Contentment and Complacency. 

Furthermore, I became more firm with my stand of practicing gratefulness as I start my everyday devotion as I face my life at work and dealing with things around me. I tend to extend my understanding among others and see the positive side in everything. 

And so, I am sharing this excellent read in order to keep us inspired in our daily lives. 


Contentment vs. Complacency

The Purpose Guide by: Andrea Richards Scott

With all of the personal and professional development pressure to accomplish goals and pursue success, there doesn’t seem to be any room for satisfaction. Yet, I believe that the first step to success is contentment. There is a definite difference between contentment and complacency. Individuals who are content have a posture of gratitude, thanksgiving, and acknowledgement.

Gratitude

It has been my experience that people who are content are grateful for what they have even as they seek to achieve their goals. They have experienced success in the past and have a quiet confidence that will enable them to achieve even more. These individuals have a strong sense of self so they aren’t trying to prove anything to anyone else. On the other hand, individuals who are complacent believe that things are okay as they are and are not likely to get better. Therefore they make no effort to improve their situation. They tend to be ungrateful about the things that they do have. They typically exhibit traits of low self-esteem and seem to have something to prove. This is evident in their attempt to be something that they are not or live above their means.

Thanksgiving

Another noticeable characteristic of individuals who are content is that they are thankful for the opportunities that they have received. It is with this attitude of thanksgiving that they seek out new prospects and projects. Their attitude seems to attract additional opportunities. People sense their positive energy and want to be in their presence, do business with them, and reward their efforts. Individuals who are complacent seem to have the opposite effect. Instead of being thankful, they tend to complain about their situation while doing nothing to change it. Because they can’t appreciate how much they have already achieved, they are powerless to achieve more. Their negative energy deters progress and drives people away. As a result, they tend to receive less leads and referrals.

Acknowledgement

Individuals who are content understand that they wouldn’t be where they are today if they didn’t receive help from others. They accept the fact that they need something greater than themselves in order to achieve true success. They realize that they need to partner with others in order to get to their desired destination. While it looks like they are in waiting mode, individuals who are content realize that sometimes situations are outside of their control. They are able to refrain from activity that is counterproductive in order to plan actions that produce results. Conversely, complacent individuals think that they are responsible for their current success. They think that they have achieved everything on their own. They may not believe in anything beside themselves or trust that others are willing to help them succeed. They may not believe that a force or power outside of themselves is working on their behalf. These individuals tend to wait for opportunity to knock rather than seeking it out. Since they don’t seek help or support from others, they get burned out quickly trying to manage situations that are not within their scope. In fact, they may spin their wheels trying to manage something that promises great results but has lack-luster reward.

While we push towards more and more success, we must take a moment to evaluate which model we have adapted. Are we content? Do we feel grateful, thankful, and supported? It is essential that we evaluate our underlying motivations because they drive results. Being content positions us for future success while being complacent sets us up for failure.

Cebu Hits!

The Queen City of the South has so much to offer which still surprises me even on my third visit. 

  
Malapascua Island is located on the northest peak of Cebu, approximately 145 kilometers from the city proper.  If adventure calls you, a 5-hour Ceris bus ride at Php 180 will bring you to Maya Port from the Northern Bus Terminal. If on time constraint, taxi drivers or private vehicles can bring you to the port for Php 2500-3500 for about two and a half hours. Boatmen will offer you private boat ride at Php 1500, usually in the afternoon before the sunset, but the normal 30 minutes to an hour ride to the island is just Php 100 per person but number of passengers needs to be filled before you go. Beware of guys who will help you carry your luggages for they will ask for a tip. Better spare some loose bills for them. 

  
Malapascua Island is worth the long travel experiencing a fine white sand beach with so much wonders underneath. This is one of the targets of most scuba divers. Many spots of the sea are considered underwater sanctuary. 

  
  

One of the reason why I booked a ticket to Cebu is  to experience a taste of luxury of the Moevenpick Resort. Located in Lapu Lapu City proper, it’s hip and chic mediterranean inspired hotel truly great for leisure and relaxation.

  
By the end of the sands come the Ibiza Club. Party all night experiencing the club by the see. Truly something to look forward to.

  
Cebu never fails to offer a wide range of vacation, adventure and leisure. It will truly remain on its throne as the queen city of the south.