Here’s the story of my first travel abroad…
Blessed enough to enter Taiwan because it is still visa free for Philippine passport holders until July 31, 2020. This trip wouldn’t be possible without Danielle my paker who did all the plane & klook bookings, my human GPS, my budget/ financial advisor. *giggles*
We arrived around 1:30 am at Taoyuan International Airport, it’s supposed to be a 2 hrs and 15 mins flight but it only took 1 hr & 30 mins. Danielle claimed the 4G portable wifi she booked via klook then we stayed at the airport and took a nap until 6 am for us to claim our easy card & one way MRT ticket going to Taipei Main Station.
We booked our stay at Here x There Hostel located at 6F, No. 40, Xuchang Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei only meters away from Taipei Main Station, so transportation won’t be a problem when going to the famous attractions.
Day 1(November 23, 2019)
Upon arriving at the hostel, we took a bath and left our luggage because check in time starts around 2pm. We seized the day by starting to pick up our 3 days Unlimited Fun Pass we booked via klook. It is valid for 3 consecutive days after first use which includes admission to 16 attractions, unlimited rides to the Taipei MRT and City Bus [excluding buses with 4 digits]. Trust me, it’s so worth it!
Saw some flamingos & a two bubbly pandas. Didn’t dare to go further & roam around the zoo because we only got 3-4 hrs sleep + jetlag. Ticket is already included on the 3 day fun pass we availed via klook app tho.
One way ticket is already included on our 3 day unli fun pass. This is where we somehow got lost & confused on which bus we should hop on going to Taipei 101. It’s like chasing Daoming Si of Meteor Garden just to get in the right bus. It’s quite funny tho.
After all the chasing moments we had, we finally witnessed its day & night view. Experienced its Guinness world record high speed elevator which only took 37 seconds to reach its indoor observatory deck. Soar up high on the 89th floor of this tallest skyscraper of Taipei. Skip the line & book in advance via klook app.
Day 2 (November 24, 2019)
National Palace Museum
We took the Tamsui-Xinyi Line at Taipei Main station going to Shilin Station, and then we took the bus going to the museum. Entrance ticket on the museum is also included on our fun pass.
Impressed on their intricate art, thousands of precious cultural artifacts caught my attention at that time.
Children’s Amusement Park
My fear of rides somehow triggered my anxiety which is still manageable tho. Tried the Crazy Donut with Danielle and some kids at the amusement park, I can still remember my reaction upon pulling Danielle’s seat belt at that time. Never again. Hahaha
Riding their ferris wheel overlooking the clouds & sunset in that spur of a moment is just so perfect. Didn’t dare to ride the swing ship coz it’s been years since the last time I promised myself to never ever try it again. Hihi
Miramar Ferris Wheel
The largest Ferris wheel I’ve ever been. It’s a 70 meter (230 ft) tall built in a rooftop located on the 5th floor of the mall. We really enjoyed the 19 minute ride watching the stream of lights and neon lights below. It’s a perfect ride with your loved ones.
Shilin Night Market
Day 3 (November 25, 2019)
We woke up early cause we’re afraid we’ll get lost going to Ximen Station. We arrived an hour before the meet up time near exit 4 of Ximen Station, meet up place is Gakuden Bakery. Perfect location to grab a sandwich and a hot chocolate. Convenience stores are anywhere so we decided to buy 2 rain coats just in case.
We met our bus conductor, “Ihui”. She’s so kind & lovely. At exactly 8:30 am we depart to Yehliu Geopark. Set in a picturesque cape on the north coast of Taiwan is a landscape of stunning geological formations. Filled with awe as we witnessed the iconic Queen’s Head despite the fact that the rock now has been honed by sea water and strong winds. Hope they’ll save the ancient rock from erosion to preserve its elegant shape tho ♥
Ying Yang Sea + 13 Layer Remains
Shifen Old Street
BT21 Line Friends
Day 4 (November 26, 2019)
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Day 5 (November 27, 2019)
Sepanx to the highest level, up to the point where Danielle & I slept around 12:30 am seizing every fraction of a second to think that we’ll be leaving around 6 am back to the airport. Thank you so much Taipei, Taiwan for the memories! Like what Greyson said, you’ll really never enjoy your life living inside a box if you’re so afraid of taking chances because we all deserve so much more & there’s a whole world around us, just waiting to be explored. ♥