Sun Moon Lake has been the Taiwan of my dreams. Ever since I set my gaze on pictures of it some years ago – of its placid waters, it’s lofty mountain ranges at the background which are softened by the descending fog, blanketting the base – it has always been on my mind. Continue reading Sun Moon Lake
The Tunnel of Nine Turns impressed me a lot. It is actually the old central highway which cuts through several tunnels. The side of the tunnels open up to deep gorges: the river flowing across them several hundred feet below. Looking up above are cathedral high rocks, turned into mountains, borne by the natural uplifting of earth’s crust which took several millenia to reach that high. Continue reading Taroko Drifts and Rifts
Going to Sanxia was quite difficult than I expected. From the museum, I hiked all the way towards Sanying bridge which separates the towns of Yingge and Sanxia. But when I get to the bridge, I found out it’s not walkable for pedestrians so I went back to the bus stop outside Yingge museum, waiting for luck for the correct bus to arrive. Continue reading Blood and Tombs Festival
One of the most memorable experiences in travels are those that were unplanned, rushed or unexpected. It was on another visit to Taipei and on the first day, it rained so hard that my friend and I ran out of options what to do. So, my friend suggested that we go to Jiufen. Continue reading A Rainy Night in Jiufen
I was watching this new Netflix flick called Pinoy Sunday, a Taiwanese film about the lives of Filipino overseas federal workers. The movie is set in Taipei. In one particular scene, Meryll’s character is on a date with Bayani and she tells him, “Tara, mag Danshui tayo!” and I found myself replying in a jest, “Me too!” Continue reading Tara, mag-Danshui Tayo
These stone formation have fancy names like “The Fairy Shoe”, “The Bee Hive”, “The Ginger Rocks” and “The Sea Candles”. The most famous formation according to the brochure is the “Queen’s Head” which is shaped like the bust of the Egyptian queen, Nefertiti and this shape has been the town’s logo and iconic landmark. Continue reading Yeliu’s Rocky Alien World
Decided to visit this quaint street in urban Taipei after seeing it being featured in an airline magazine. It says the street is known for its independent local shops, street food and vibrant visitors. Continue reading Taipei : Yongkang Street Food
I mentioned in my trip to Jiufen that I boarded the wrong train and arrived in Yilan. The train left the northern coast and veered southward with the Pacific ocean on the side. The train passed by a town with an eccentric looking structure erected near the coast. It looked like a dilapidated fallen building, washed by some rouge tidal waves. Fast forward, before my recent trip to Continue reading Architectural Wonder in Toucheng
This was my first time travelling alone in Taipei. On the first day, after a quick breakfast, I wormed my way to the nearest MRT station, went straight to TRA ticketing in the Main Station to buy a ticket going to Ruifang 瑞芳. Continue reading Spirited Away in Jiufen… Maybe Not?
Well, not yet… Imagine you just landed in Taiwan and now all you want is your first “authentic” true-blue bubble milk tea, with Taiwan-flavored pearls swimming inside. (I can’t seriously imagine what a Taiwan taste is!) But before you had your first sip of milk tea, or hoping you will come across Jerry Yan somewhere, you might want to take on some easy to go … Continue reading Don’t Buy Milk Tea in Taipei!