Danshui in Taiwan, is also known as “Tamsui”(淡水). This seaside town once played a critical role in international trading. Danshui was not without turbulence where many countries and authorities try to take control of it for the past 300 years. Foreigners came and left. Continue reading
Yangmingshan National Park (阳明山国家公园) is pretty throughout the year, and always different throughout the seasons because a multitude of flowers blossom on the hills and mountains. Cherry blossoms and camellias bloom January to March, Continue reading
Yomi Hotel inTaipei (优美饭店) is located in a vibrant neighborhood, strategically within 2 minutes walk to the bus stop (in front of Ambassador Hotel) and 5 minutes walk to Shuang Lian MTR Station. There is plenty to explore around the hotel – Watsons, Cosmed, bubble tea shops, 7-11 (lots) and food streets to name a few. Continue reading
Many visit Beitou for its hot springs to unwind in mineral-laden spring water. Beitou is just a mere 20 minutes train ride away from Taipei. If I were to live in Taipei I would always be visiting Beitou because I love hot springs ! We went to the hot spring at the Gaia Hotel, unplanned and impromptu because we had a little time to kill before dinner. Continue reading
The Pingxi Line (平溪支线) would be a familiar railway branch for those that are planning for the Pingxi Lantern Festival. The Sky Lantern Festival is a highly anticipated annual even typically held during Chinese New year. The bad thing is, that’s the time when the whole of Taiwan is on holiday and that’s one of the places where everyone wants to go. The good thing is, you could go to Shifen (十分), Pingxi (平溪) and Jingtong (菁桐) in the Continue reading
Jiufen (九份) is an old township on the mountains that was once a small settlement that developed into a township as a result of gold rush. During the early days, the inhabitants would descend the mountain to purchase their daily necessities like food, salt etc; a to and fro journey that would take three days. Continue reading
It’s a mad house at the Aquatic Addiction Development Japanese Restaurant (上引水产) in Taipei. Waiters are almost always walking on a small jog and patrons are always standing whether they are queuing up for a table, or eating. Yes, eating. We stood and ate gourmet Japanese food in an atmospheric set-up. Continue reading
Shilin Night Market is indisputably the most famous night market in Taiwan. Not only tourists, but locals too flock here for a vibrant night filled with superb food, dazzling clothes and amusing games. There are two sections to the market; one section is housed in the Shilin Market Building, while the other section is on the open streets. At Shilin Night Market, traditional and classic foods are showcased you’ll be able to get a gist of Taiwanese Street Food at a glance. Let’s start off with things to eat at the Shilin Market Building first ! Continue reading
Taipei is the top destination to travel to Taiwan. It is easy to go around in Taipei with the MRT, exploring the splendor of the city. For a different kind of experience, it is also worthwhile to travel Hualien, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The itinerary covers tourist attractions, places to eat, accommodation in Taipei & Hualien and a pre-wedding photo shoot.
Day 1 – Arrival
This chocolate drink from Godiva is truly heavenly! When you take the first sip of chocolixir, the icy richness of the chocolates melts in your mouth, leaving small bits of chocolates lingering on your tongue, giving this elixir a multi-layered tasting experience. While waiting for your flight, try this at Terminal 1, Taoyuen International Airport.