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.

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.

3 countries in 24 hours.

So how do you go about having a time constraint planned itinerary? Embrace it.


We left Manila, Philippines at around 3:30pm due to a delayed flight and touched down Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at around 8:00pm. Travelled by taxi to our pre-booked accommodation in Mercu Serviced Apartments which is like 8 minute walk to Petronas Twin Towers. We had dinner at a fastfood-like place called Pepita’s and went straight to the mesmerizing twin towers. Home at close to 12:00am for a quick freshen up and nap, shall I say, for us to leave at 2:00am for a 6:00am flight to our next destination.

Almost an hour ride from the city to the airport, we flew to Singapore to experience Universal Studios for the third time. It still feels the same first time of being an excited kid riding the movies you’ve grown up with. Staying here quickly for just 27 hours but still managed to meet my friends and former workmates reminiscing the good old days.

Adventure continues as we cross back to Malaysia, this time in Johor Bahru where Legoland is located. Due to horrible lines in the immigration, our time were constrained. Checked in to their themed hotel with its amazingly amenities almost all made with lego. Worth every penny especially if you are tagging along children with you. Short with time though to explore the theme park, good thing long rides line was avoided since less people were in. 


Swiftly after the buffet breakfast, we rented cabs to bring us to Senai Airport for an 11:00am flight back to Kuala Lumpur for another flight back to Manila. I met Nando’s again after so long back when I was in Ireland few years back. This was also the time to catch up on our pasalubong shopping. Good thing their airports have malls to shop conveniently. 


Whew! That was a fast 96 hours journeying 3 countries with 8 airport encounters and 3 different hotels from different parts of Asia. Having 10 adults traveling, tagging along 3 kids was indeed a challenge but worth embracing every step of the way.

#TAIWANkobakungbakitTAIPEIkita

Second time visiting this country still gives me the same excitement as my first. Why? Besides the fact that I will be on an ‘eating vacation’, I am thrilled to see the places that I have never been to during my first visit.

We started our long journey straight from work, catching a midnight flight. We needed to wait for another friend who was in the next flight from ours and the wifi stand was already closed so we waited as the sun rises in Taoyuan International Airport.

Bursting sunrise brought us to the hospitality of a friend’s friend who was based in Keelung, situated in the Northern part of Taiwan, an hour from the city proper. After freshening up, we went to Yangmingshan Park. Though it is best to go there during spring time to see the garden blossom, if you are a nature lover, it’s worth the end station bus ride. 

En routed to one of my favorite place that I would never get tired of going back and the best of the best night markets, the Shilin Night Market. Overwhelmed with so much food, my cravings were dearly satisfied. Limited time though, we went straight to the elephant mountain, which is walking distance from the last stop of the red line, Xiangshan station. Trekking at a multiple steps, the view of the city with the famous Taipei 101, on the top was indeed worth every sweat. Truly, first day was no sleep and tiring yet a worthwile experience.

Second day was supposedly for Sun Moon Lake, but due to some misfortunate events, we were led to the city of Hualien, which is on the Eastern part of Taiwan. Just a tip that train tickets were cheaper if you will be purchasing before riding. We rented two cabs that enabled us to tour the city at 500NT/person driving us to 4 beautiful places.

Taroko National Park is a must see in this place, seeing God’s great wonders of nature, a bit of trekking, a sight of falls with temples on the side and great scenery of the beach. Though things didn’t went as planned, the experience was worthwile for in traveling, great places are discovered by just going even though roads get a little tough.

Third day was quite tough when the temperature starts to drop and drizzles. We started our journey in Yehliu Geopark. I no longer joined the squad as they experienced rock formation at its finest since I have seen them during my first visit. Park entrance is at 50NT/adult. We rented again a cab which can bring us to Jiufen and Shifen at 1000 NT/cab. If you are in big groups, like in our case we are 11, this I think is cost efficient.

Markets in Jiufen are indeed fruitful array of food, products and restaurants. Same way in Shifen, which a growing number of food stalls assembles on the side of an active railway. Wish lanterns is a must when you visit this. It allows you to have your wishes be written on lanterns which is fired and flown afterwards. Ending our day in another night market in Raohe and hotpots are our subject because of the cold weather. To bad, rain is falling that we did not have the chance to explore the market though.

The fourth day was quite compacted as our friends are flying back to Manila in the evening and we need to move out and check in to a near hotel in Ximen. Meeting our friends in Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and preceded to Taipei 101 was the itinerary for this day. As soon as we bid goodbye to our friends, we went straight to my favorite Shilin Market and food trip and shopping starts. 

I actually reserved another day for me to maximize my shopping and food trip as these were the main reasons for returning to this country. Last day was basically for me to recharge as I comforted myself on a good hotel bed and wake up just in time for check out. This was the time to have my own walking and biking tour in the cities nearby, searching for a good coffee place to chill and some last minute shopping.

Indeed, going back to this land was an adventure like seeing it again for the first time but reminiscing the same excitement as what your first time was. The company of a big group of friends added so much fun during the journey. Truly, I will not get tired of going back to this country once more.

Round up 2016.

So another year that was. What happened in the 365 days of 2016?

January started stressful as a new project starts at work, but nevertheless through Him, all things became possible.

February was highlighted with my comeback travel to Hong kong as I celebrated Chinese New Year in a Chinese territory surrounded by the Chinese race. Ended the month with a quick trip up north to celebrate Panagbenga Festival in Baguio with friends.

I can consider March dedicated to my family as we spend some time in the beach, consequently the birth of ‘Saber’ being a blessing from above. A check definitely in my goals for 2016. Also on this month, I was diagnosed with something I have been concealing and denying to myself and acceptance came in as I need to do a maintenance meds horror.

April started with summer outings one from another. A trip to Beijing definitely helps me check seeing the great wall on my bucket list.

May jumps me into wedding stints as one by one friends are getting married and definitely provided me an alias as the ‘Pambansang Abay’ for hopping from one wedding to another as a sponsor but never a groom.

June makes me realise that the health part on my goals for the year is quite far from what it should be. Slowly but surely, I started to keep an eye on it by going back to running and yoga.

July greatly deserves a break as friends flew to Bangkok visiting the city the second time. Finale was a start of my journey in seeking our only Saviour, joining a ‘True Life’ retreat. Truly, a life changing experience.

August is where I try to search for new activities where in I attempt to proliferate the world of calligraphy. Too bad, my time does not allow me to focus on this.

September was for another two weddings to attend to. I started to memorise how every wedding goes.

October brought a quick trip to Tagaytay with friends. Great way to rest and recover.

Birthday month November brought me to a trip to United Arab Emirates, Dubai and Abu Dhabi to be exact. Meeting friends who are based there makes every stay worthwhile.

December is really the season we all have been working for. Promotion from work came in. Indeed, only by His grace, everything through Him. Victory serenades as I hosted the company’s yearend event, loads of parties and get together and prepping for the holidays.

What a year that was and never been grateful. Cheers to 2017! 👆🏼