Monday, March 19, 2018

Winter in taiwan, Taipei: Flower 3 - Part 3

Day 3

National Taiwan University

Upon roaming around in this huge university it reminds me of my beloved alma mater  De La Salle University - Dasmarinas. Both are famous of school film shooting location, huge, lots of trees, lots of students (of course!)  and both had  man made lake inside the university.

    Address: No. 1, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10617

Achieved ang F3 look because we are here now in National Taiwan University also know as the Ying de University in Meteor Garden. 



Ate Allen

Most of the students are riding a bike and walking. 

While in the university, we tried this "student" meal. Its a  mixed of fried chicken and pork with veggies.
I must say that its affordable and really a huge serving.
Pag student ata dapat madami kinakain hahahah

Man made lake is under construction that time

Hall way

Chiang Kai-shek

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a national monument, landmark and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It is located in Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan. Wikipedia
Speaking of  "HUGE" here's another huge structures in taipei.
I was amaze how this huge building  and wide space created. It is literally huge, people are so tiny.
Maybe chiang kai shek is giant hehehe joke!

Only with Kath this time. Ate Allen had to meet her friend somewhere.

Huge Gate

Taipei 101
We went here to buy last minute pasalubong of the famous nougat and the name of the brand is "Sugar and Spice".  We are looking for that brand since our day 1 but there is no in ximending area and in any night market.  We try our luck here in Taipei 101 and bought it.

Ang sosyal na mall!

Longshan Temple
Lungshan Temple of Manka is a Chinese folk religious temple in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan. The temple was built in Taipei in 1738 by settlers from Fujian during Qing rule in honor of Guanyin. Wikipedia

Longshan is located one block north of Wanhua station.

Address: No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853

Ninja Kath :D



NB. Rude Chinese tourist 
As a Filipino tourist we respect the culture of other countries because its their norms.  While we are in Longshan temple, some rude Chinese tourist didn't respect the temple. There is a group of old Chinese tourist ladies that eating the "offering" in the praying area. They are taking it and keeps on eating the offers in every table. We are not a Buddhist  and we respect the temple BUT those Chinese tourist are so so so rude!  Tanda tanda na di alam ano ibig sabihin ng mga offerings. tsss

Taipei Huaxi st. Tourust Night Market
Just beside longshan temple there is another night market. We also went there to stroll and bought some pasalubong.


MRT Taipei to Taoyuan Airport
The best way to get from Taipei to Taoyuan Airport is to take an express airport bus near Taipei Main station. Definitely it is the fastest way to reach the airport taking only 35 minutes from Taipei Main Station to both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. NTD 160
We tried the express train from Taipei main station to Taoyuan airport.

Spending another night here in Taoyuan airport.

Although, taiwan is not popular place for tourist destination, I still want to visit again this country, there is a lot of place to visit within Taipei like in Tamsui. I wish I stay longer for this trip. Didn't expect the rainy weather huhuhu. Our schedule in Day 1 had stopped and become limited because its really raining and we don't have enough sleep that time. I'm still proud for my self, Kat and ate allen for the successful trip.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Winter in taiwan, Taipei: Flower 3 -Part 2

Kath's Vlog

Day 2
I had doubt when I am doing my Shifen and Jiufen in my plan itinerary because  I am torn by commuting it via train or booking this trip via Klook shuttle.

Then ask Kath and Ate Allen and finalize to go there via train.

From Taipei To Shifen: Take a rail train from Taipei Main Stn. (台北車站) to Ruifang Stn. (瑞芳站) > Transfer to the Pingxi Small Railway (平溪支線) to Shifen Stn. (十分站)

Shifen Old Street 

Located in the Pingxi area (平溪), Shifen Old Streets is a collection of lanes and alleys in and around the Shifen railway station area. Originally built for transporting coal during the Japanese era, the station and track runs straight through the village.

With the marketplace surrounding the train station and the openness in which people can freely cross the track running straight through the centre of town,


I had to try this snack too. I don't know what it called but I call it Ice cream burrito ;))

Releasing of  sky lantern cost NTD 150 - 200 each.
While there is no train, you can walk along the rail, took pictures and have a sky lantern activity. 

I really want to visit Jiufen because of the anime spirited away. Right after I watched the anime, and I saw one of my colleagues went to taiwan I got interested in it and excited that I had chance to visit the inspired location.

Entrance of Juifen old street is just beside the 7/11 store :)
From Shifen to Jiufen: Take the Pingxi Small Railway to Ruifang Stn. (瑞芳站), and transfer to bus #788, #827, or #1062 to Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)

*There’s no public transportation between Jiufen and Shifen, you’ll have to get back to Ruifang Stn. (瑞芳站) to transfer.

Welcoming by No Face

F3 in Juifen

Looks we are in Tagaytay lake view

trying out this xiao long bao and this rice with pork minced sauce

Juifen Alley. Love the lantern decorations, very chinese

Spirited Away Feels 

In reality, this tunnel is leads to a tea house. In the anime, it is the start of the magical journey of spirited away.


Remember the mask in the anime? here's the inspiration.


Hello there no face! :)
 Haku look-a-like
I just passed by in this store when I realised that he looks like Haku - the character of spirited away.
Sorry for the blurry shot. 

The alley going down to the Grand Tea House. SO MANY TOURIST!

My happy face :)

Before me back to xi mending, we visited the  raohe night market, it is one of the oldest night market in Songshan District packed with great food, locals and visitors at every night.

the famous Taiwanese pork bun

yummers kain tayo!

another porky bbq

cutie steam buns

and another sausage on stick! sarap talaga nito! :)
While roaming around the night market, we saw this thing. hahaha
I don't know why the brand is fighting for homosapiens ^____^