DAY 1

Apr 20 2018

We’re at the living room, all packed and waiting for our Grab

Malls have gone dark by now, something I rarely get to see, but it’s perfect for late night drives 🚕🌃

De Loreto

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NAIA Terminal 1

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Terminal 1 is cleaner, colder, and has waaaay less people in it compared to the others, and I’m not complaining haha

We’re finally checking in

Just finished eating a cold clubhouse sandwich. I’m full now, and hopefully I’ll stay that way till the plane meals. Now, we wait.

Almost boarding. Can’t wait for it. Feeling sleepy right now but still feeling reaally reaaally excited

We in the air boyz

I wanted to sleep during the flight but nopes they had to turn on the lights and give us food. No sleep on this 2 hr flight I guess ✈️

NAIA Terminal 1

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Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

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Okay okay, fatigue got to me. Caught a little sleep before waking up to our plane parking at the airport 🛬

Immigration went smooth this time, thankfully

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Golden China Hotel

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Went through a couple of 7-11s nearby looking for EasyCards for the metro. Currently at the subway, where we met a Filipina who helped us get what we needed.

MRT Xingtian Temple Station

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MRT Daan Park Station

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First I was sitting at the benches near the lake, looking at the birds. Then I walked all the way to the playground, where Nico told his jokes.

We walked back to the lake and saw a couple of squirrels haha

Da’an Park’s really really huge. There’s a lake with birds, and a playground far from there. People are everywhere, playing, walking their dogs, taking pics, or exercising.

MRT Daan Park Station

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MRT Ximen Station

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Ximen’s hot and filled with people. There’s a 5 storey H&M, Adidas Originals, Jordan, and Underarmor. Wanna cop some stuff here, but we’ll see. The Adidas Originals has a couple of NMDs, but lol they’re expensive as hell

Checked out SuperDry while the rest were at Adidas. After checking out the kicks, I walked all the way to Jordan, checked out their stuff, and walked back

MRT Ximen Station

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MRT Xingtian Temple Station

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Traditional first night dinner let’s go

Streets are crowded and stuff, and they smelled bad at some points lol. We kept walking tho, but that smell is making me choke haha

Had King Oyster Mushroom Tempura, which was really good, and sth you can’t really find in the Ph haha. Also, they had unli self service miso soup so yaay

We walk around a little more before Mommy goes to Watsons to buy Granny’s white flower

Unlike Korea, this hotel’s super noisy and has tons of people in it. Kinda gives me HK vibes

We go to Nico’s room to get their chicken nuggets and iced tea, and I tambay a lil bit in my fam’s room before going back to my own

And that ends today. Really sleepy lol im gonna catch up on those z’s rn. Nights. 🛌🌃

DAY 2

Apr 22 2018

Lots of food (and people) at breakfast. You gotta go down to the lobby and take the stairs to get there, since the lifts don’t serve the 2nd floor. I was rushing since I haven’t showered, soo I only had time for toast, butter, and eggs lol 🍞🍳

Took a hot shower, and it felt so damn good. 🚿

Tour starts now. Our guide’s name is Connor; he wear glasses and looks middle aged lol

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台北碧瑤飯店

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Waiting to pick up some other people who availed the tour package at Hotel B. Heard tita Gie and Vic are staying here at June. Wanna go with them too lol

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Hsing Tian Kong

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The Temple’s small with only a few people in it. Mostly lighting incense and praying to their ancestors and stuff. Really feels like Binondo lol ⛩

Hsing Tian Kong

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National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

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Feels like that temple from Korea lol

We toured the first floor of the Museum, which had artifacts and a wax figure of the dude, aaand then went up to the 4th floor where there’s a giant statue and a great view of the city

National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

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Flawless 互霖企業股份有限公司

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Stopped by this gift shop, but we didn’t get anything tho.

Flawless 互霖企業股份有限公司

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Martyrs' Shrine

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Tons of people here. Panicked a bit cuz I thought I lost my lens cap, but it was just at the bus phew

Martyrs' Shrine

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National Palace Museum

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The museum gave us headsets so Connor can talk over the mic and we’d still here him despite the crowds. Pretty cool. We had to deposit our backs at a locker, but that’s fine. We toured pottery, stones, and jade pieces that amounted to $10 million lol

After the tour, we were greeted to a view of the mountains, which were nice ⛰

National Palace Museum

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Golden China Hotel

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They brought us back to our hotel after dropping off the people we were with at B Hotel. We dropped some stuff off at the room then headed out for lunch.

We roam the streets for a bit, looking for a place to eat. They’re craving for beef noodle soup, buut a restaurant turned us down (probs cuz communicating with tourists is a hassle lol).

Till we found this place. It’s at the building right next to our hotel lol. Got simmered pork katsudon with Ceylon milk tea, and it was goood. Had 3 cups of rice lol im full

We went back to the hotel and rested for a couple of hours.

Golden China Hotel

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西門星辰大飯店

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Picked up a family of 4 here at Ximen Citizen Hotel before heading out

西門星辰大飯店

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Huaxi Street Night Market

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This night market is cool, you have ukay-ukays and streetfood, as well as massage parlors and restaurants that charge you 1,000 Taiwan dollars for each course of a 12 course meal lol. Talk about diversity.

Huaxi Street Night Market

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Lungshan Temple

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Bigger temple, which meant more people, but also more life. Also spotted a dog on a stroller lol cutie

Lungshan Temple

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Taipei 101

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We’re heeeree. 101 floors and it’s amaaziing.

We check out adidas while our tour guides gets us a spot at Din Tai Fung. Tons upon tons of people eating there lol

We had soooo much foood. The staff kept serving dumpling after dumpling lol we couldn’t finish everything

Copped an Ultraboost after dinner. Finally lol after more than a year I finally got it. Finallyyyy

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Golden China Hotel

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And so ends day 2. No night strolls tonight cuz everyone’s tired lol, so we just stay at the rooms.

Might play a little PUBG, buut today was fuuun. This one’s gonna be the last entry for today. Need to catch those z’s lol nights 🛌

DAY 3

Apr 23 2018

Went back to the room after bfast to get my bag. Lots of people there as usual. They had fries today tho, so thats cool

We’re gathered at the lobby waiting for granny. The tour guide’s here

We pick up a couple at a hotel, then we go to B hotel again to pick up the guys we were with yesterday

We then go to Regal Hotel to pick up a mother and daughter

Now that we’re complete, it’s time to get the tour underway. Our guide’s name is Thomas, and he’s old lol, but kind

It was a long ride, and I ended up falling asleep at some parts lol.

Our first stop is at Shifen, where there’s a lantern painting/lighting station on the train tracks. Souvenir shops are all around us. We paint a lantern with our wishes, then light it and watch it fly

We went to the souvenir shops and bought magnets, post cards, and other stuff. We also ran into the family of four that was with us on the night tour last night lol

After that, the bus takes us to the waterfalls, where we have to walk down till we reach a hanging bridge

We continue our descent downward till we come across a viewing deck that gives us a top view of the falls

A little further down and we get to the last viewing deck, where we get to have a better view of the falls

After taking pics, we had to hike back up

Got a penny minted for $30. It’s soooo thin lol. Would’ve been a better souvenir if it were thicker

Back at the bus and my back’s suuuuper wet

Sooo, given that we’re suuper far from Taipei, I took the time to nap lol

The bus dropped us off first, and we take around 30 mins to rest a bit before we head out again. I take pics and change

Funny story: everyone went in Taipei 101 except for me, Nico, and Tito Raul. We decided to pass by adidas instead of the main entrance lol. Theeen we lost them. Spent the time taking pics inside while waiting for them to find us. Also ran into THAT family again lol.

Mommy got fried chicken that tasted like Hotstar’s, Joey got Mcdo, but had his chicken individually wrapped without rice, and Daddy and Granny got noodle soups

The milk tea from that stall was really good. Got Wintermelon, and they served it with frothy milk at the top. It tasted really reaaally goooood

Yeah uh, Taipei 101 is filled with designer outlets. Damn. It’s like Greenbelt 4 on steroids. You got the usual LV and Gucci, Burberry, Balmains, etc. But damn they also have YSL. SAINT LAURENT. Ugghhh

We dropped off our stuff at the hotel. Granny’s tired so she’ll stay at the rooms. Joey will stay with her. The three of us will go out to explore some more, while Nico’s fam’s gonna look for a Toys R Us

We walk around the block till we reach the part where we started

We leave the park and walk around to find food.

We walk past a strip filled with electronics haha

We dive into streets and alleys to find food. It’s filled with restos and people. Kinda reminds me of the time we went to the stream in Korea and got dinner afterwards

That’s exactly what I like about having your own itinerary. You get to explore at your own pace. You get to take in the city. You feel relaxed and happy and adventurous cuz youre really on your own

Mommy goes to Watsons, where she takes a hella long time to buy something. I kinda wanted to adventure some more, but I guess the night’s gonna be over soon

Okay false alarm. We go up to find Joey and Granny together. They haven’t eaten dinner yet and they want us to buy so yaaayy (Granny wants Mo’s). Also, Tita and Tito Raul wanna hit up the 7-11, soo mooore adventures for me yay

Yeah they’re all on my bed. We play with the kids, eat, talk, have fun, and bond. Last night yeah, but it’s definitely been fun. After everyone left, Tita came back up cuz she forgot her milk tea. I go with her down to their room, where I stay a little before heading back up.

That’s it for today I guess. Gonna sleep now. It’s been real fun. Nights 🛌

DAY 4

Apr 24 2018
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