Howdy everyone! I know it sounded so corny but I thought of hashtag So Taipei Together as my official hashtag trip. Why Taiwan this time? I thought of re-visiting the country again… After 2 decades?
Supposedly, I was going for another Birthday solo trip.. Booked my ticket last December of 2016. (Y’know those crazy sale of Cebu Pacific? Abangers!!!). Yet my best friend tagged along with me.
Sharing you the itinerary I made.
Here’s a short video mainly from my IG stories. 😜 Stayed at Hotel Just Sleep, I commend it because of location-wise in the heart of Xi Men Ding. And the hotel is really clean and millennial-ish. PS: They also serve breakfast!
We decided to go to Taichung on our first day because of Sun Moon Lake. We saw online how gorgeous the place is. And besides what are we gonna do at Taipei for 3 days? LOL. Plus, my best friend wanted to ride the Bullet Train — Taiwan High Speed Rail, I was hoping to see
Gong Yoo visiting too, tee-hee. It only took us 40 minutes ride from Taipei.
A friend of mine recommended a tour guide who suggested her friend from “Taichung” instead. Her name is Maggie. A Non-English speaking tour guide. Yep, I know what you’re thinking. Hashtag nosebleed. Thank GOD for our parents who pushed us to study Mandarin well enough to converse.
PS: Message me if you need a Taiwan tour-guide.
There are so many things you can do at Sun Moon Lake, too bad we only had a day to explore the place. Off to another scenic venture at Lavender Cottage. Apparently, the place is on the other side of the city. Took us almost two hours with the narrow road ahead of us. I was amazed by Maggie’s driving skills.
A quick shower anyone?
And we walked up to a hill just in time for the sunset and made a request on the wishing bell. It doesn’t hurt to write one, does it?
Our ticket back to Taipei was around 7PM, so we were in a hurry. But I asked for a quick trip to Miyahara. You see, I thought it was a museum (I didn’t even researched it), but hey, the place’s indeed worth visiting for tourist. There was a restaurant above on which you have to dine before you can go up.
After a really long day and starving, we en route to the famous street food SHI LIN Market!
Two things to do in Shi Lin Market, to binge on small plates and shop.
One of my childhood friends lives in Taipei so when she found out she took a day off to go on a road with us along with her hubby and shobe (little sister) to Yeh Liu Geopark, Shi Fen and Jiu Fen. Forever grateful to these couple for being so patient in driving us around. I can’t believe Abbey drove. LOL. I miss her! (From my previous blog, I spoke of running away from home, Abbey was the one who took me in.)
First stop : Mornings at Yeh Liu Geopark. The scenery is truly heart-stopping. YOU have to drop by if you’re planning to visit Taiwan. For more info on this place, click on the link. (Hey, I heard it’s free visa already!!! Go book na!)
After lunch, I would like to thank Abbey and Siegfred for your kind treat, we went to Jiu Fen, 九份. I didn’t realized how far the places are from each other.
Our last stop was the one thing I’ve been looking forward to… ✅ Lighting a Lantern in 十分老街 (Shi Fen). Bucket list attained!
After another long day, we met Florence’s aunt Annie and her cousin Che An. Abbey and company tagged along as well. And it turned out to be one unforgettable night. Che An decided on the place — really good food and amazing cocktails! I believe a reservation is a-must – – at Fourplay Cuisine!
So before the clock strikes at 12. They surprised me with a cake. So grateful for auntie Annie, Che An and of course to my Best Friend Florence for this. ❤ Another one for the books.
My dear viewers, since my Day 1 and Day 2 seems a bit long, I’ll have to take a break for now.. When I come back, my Day 3 is a very special one!