Taiwan: Kaohsiung & Kenting

We made our way to the south of Taiwan via HSR train to visit family and squeeze in a few more adventures. A two-hour train ride from Taipei main station is Kaoshiung, the largest port-city in Taiwan.

Here’s what greeted us at the station!


And then straight to the tour, time’s a-wasting! First stop is the Spring and Autumn Pavilions and the Tiger and Dragon Pagoda. Both are in Lotus Lake, where literally it’s a lake with lots of lotus growing. 😀

We also drove by the boulevard and to a war memorial park.

Kaoshiung was more laid-back and chill than Taipei. This is also the part where I ran out of New Taiwan Dollar! I didn’t exchange all my money at the airport so it’s best to do that while you’re already there since money changers are scarce and only accept USD. Luckily I wasn’t alone in this predicament and our family member in Kaoshiung helped us out by having someone exchange our money at the airport.

You can also stroll thru so many parks here and gaze at the famous Love River. We also went to a night market here however I forgot the name! 🙂

The next day we took a day trip to Kenting National Park, the southern tip of the island of Taiwan. Here’s what we visited:

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium

Cape Eluanbi

There’s a was a point in Cape Eluanbi where we actually saw a  few islands from the Philippines. It is gorgeous and really photo-worthy.


Kenting is famous for it’s white sand beaches and is a surfing spot too.

Lastly we visited E-da Mall – an outlet shopping center where shoe prices were so so cheap and Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.

Now that’s it’s visa- free for Filipinos to go to Taiwan, hope that this helps in your adventure!

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Northern Taiwan: Jiufen, Yehliu and Shifen

We took a day tour to Northern Taiwan – landscapes in Yehliu, historic Jiufen and famous sky lanterns in Shifen.

This tour we once again used KKDAY to book and all seven of us boarded a van at 8am from our hotel.

On a side note, all the KKDAY vouchers and tours we bought checked out and it was very efficient especially for big groups like ours!

Day Trip Itinerary:

Yehliu Geopark

Old Town of Shifen / Release a Sky Lantern

Golden Waterfalls

Jiufen Street Market

Yehliu Geopark

I don’t know why but I loved the rock formations at Yehliu Geopark. Maybe it’s the nerd in me but it took thousands of years to form those little mushrooms.

Tip: Beware of the heat. We only stayed 45 minutes tops because my companions could not take the hot temperature.



Golden Waterfalls

They’re “gold” because the soil is rich in copper.

Jiufen Old Street

Eat, shop and eat! Try the famous peanut ice cream.


Next stop: Kaohsiung!

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Taiwan: Taipei City

In the sweltering hot Taiwan summer of September 2017, we braved the bustling city of Taipei as our first stop in a week-long adventure with my family. I was eager to eat some famous xiao long bao, drink lots of milk tea and explore the city.

We spent a few short but sweet days in Taipei and well, let’s get into it.

Day 1:

Taipei 101

Hop on/ Hop Off Bus Tour

Shilin Night Market

Day 2:

(Day tour North Taiwan)


Day 3:

Chang Kai-shek Memorial Hall 

We stayed at Diary of Taipei Hotel 🙂



After a short nap at the hotel we took the subway to Taipei 101. Here’s the view from the 89th floor:


The 360 degree views are great and photo ops are many! We bought tickets from KKDAY at around P800+. There’s also a an outdoor observatory at the 91th floor, but the views aren’t the same from the binoculars there. In Taipei 101 you can also see the famous earthquake mass damper ball that balances the building during earthquakes. We spent a wee bit too long at Taipei 101 that next thing you know it’s 1PM and we haven’t had lunch yet!

Our next stop was the city’s hop on and off bus via KKDAY as well. If you want to take this route to see the city, I would highly recommend that you find out the bus stops ahead of time. We spent a lot of time looking for where the bus would pick us up and then waiting for the actual bus.


Taipei is famous for it’s night markets and we hit up Shilin Night Market and Ximending for street food. You’ll find favorites like Hot Star chicken, stinky tofu and gigantic fruits everywhere. After the night markets, we were beat and went back to the hotel.

Read on for more adventures as we take a day trip to Northern Taiwan.

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