One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had on my recent trip to Singapore was when we visited the ArtScience Museum located in Marina Bay Sands! At that time, there was an ongoing exhibition named “FUTURE WORLD: WHERE ART MEETS SCIENCE”. The exhibition is mainly about how the future world would look like with a twist of art in it. They included a lot of high-tech stuff in that gallery which made it cooler since it’s not a traditional art gallery style where you walk in and look at a ton of pictures where you don’t what means. But this one is very interactive, it’s also because its target audience is children and young adults for Instagram pictures haha!
I took a ton of pictures on that exhibit. Go and check it out!
The most famous part of the exhibit and I understand why!
If you guys were able to catch them somewhere in the world, I do recommend you to go because it’s definitely fun and you can take a lot of Instagram worthy pictures!
For your convenience, I put in a few useful information about Artscience Museum so you can go check them out!
*For the admission fee, there’s definitely a price to pay for you to enter. They have set price ranges in accordance to how many exhibits you wanted to visit. You can go check out the official website of Marina Bay Sands Ticketing link for more accurate information!
If you ever felt like you needed to get away from the busy life of Taipei, Baishawan Beach is a good way to relax and chill. The laid back vicinity of the beach will make you forget the stress you feel in the city.
As a Filipino, I have high standards when it comes to beaches. After going to this beach, I can still say that the Philippines has the prettiest beaches in the world. But since I am currently residing in Taiwan and I wanted a quick a getaway, this beach is the easiest to go to.
This beach is covered in white sand and is surrounded by mountains. A lot of tourists and locals visit this beach in summer. So I urge you guys to go there on weekdays.
We have decided to put our things on the farther side of the beach since it’s very crowded in the front. Somehow most of the people decided to all occupy and swim in that part of the beach. This is why when you want to go to this beach, you guys should be more diligent and walk further so you won’t have a hard time finding space in that crowded area.
Don’t worry if you find yourself covered in sand when you want to leave the beach, the stores nearby offer showers for NT$20. There are also cafes and dining areas in case you get hungry. Small shops also offer varieties of products for you to shop.
How to get there:
We rode the MRT to the end of the red line which is Tamsui Station. After arriving in Tamsui, ride the bus 863 or any other buses that go straight to the Baishawan Beach.
It should only cost around NT$200 back and forth and it’s going to take you around 2 hours to get there.
Location: No. 1-2, Bajia, Shimen District, New Taipei City
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Tainan is unlike any other city in Taiwan. Get a hint of their history and culture by visiting historical places. In addition to this, indulge in the flavorful food this city has to offer! Even though there were thunderstorms in the afternoon, nothing stopped us from getting the most out of this very insightful city! If you wanted to experience something different, keep scrolling!
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
This place has a very rich history. Personally, I am very interested as to how this place was built and the story behind why this structure is still being preserved until now. As I’ve said in my previous post, Tainan Day 1, Tainan is the oldest city in the country, therefore, you would get a lot of insights and experiences the country has endured to become the present day Taiwan. If you are into the history of Taiwan, then I really recommend you to visit this place.
Hours: 08:00 – 17:30 (Sat extended until 21:30)
Location: No. 212, Minzu Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
If you’re one of those people who haven’t experienced snow before (like me) and you wanted to have your picture taken in something that looks a lot like a snow mountain, then don’t worry! Visit the Salt Mountain and you’ll get your perfect snow mountain look-a-like shot! Being the name of this mountain, Salt Mountain is really full of salt. There are tons of salt located in this mountain which makes the mountain as white as snow. Now, this is just one of a kind! You don’t have to travel to cold countries just to get that picture!
There are a lot of ways on how to go to this place; usually, buses are the most common means of transportation since you don’t really have subways in Tainan. It takes about an hour to reach this place. Don’t worry if it takes too long to arrive because the view is really worth it.
If you wanted to shop for souvenirs, there is a shop that sells anything that is made of salt like soaps and a lot more! Since the scorching heat got the best of us, we were really so thankful that outside the souvenir shop, there is a store that sells salt ice cream! You can choose from a variety of flavors but my personal favorite is the Salted Egg flavor!
Hours: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Phone: 06 780 0698
Location: 724, Tainan City, Qigu District, 鹽埕里69號
吻鑽糖 (Wěn zuān táng)
There’s something distinct about this shop that made us stop by while we were walking along the street. Something about this shop has sparked our curiosity. When we went in, we were greeted by the very fragrant smell of cheese!
The taste of this cheese tart is, as the Italians would say, “Squisito!”. I immediately fell in love at my first bite. This has got to be the best cheese tart I’ve ever tasted. You can all get the plain flavor for just NT$40.
Location: No. 48, Section 3, Guohua St, West Central District, Tainan City, 700
鄭記土魠魚羹 (Zhèng jì tǔ tuō yú gēng)
We had Fish soup and fish eggs for lunch. The fish eggs don’t look quite appetizing at first and I think it’s quite exotic if you cook it this way but when you taste it, it’s really delicious!
The food is quite cheap since it’s only around NT$40-50 per dish.
On the side note: Be careful when throwing trash, the lady can get really cautious about the things you throw.
I have always admired how honest the Taiwanese people can be. The presence of this shop says a lot about the discipline of Taiwanese people.
Hours: 8 AM – 8 PM
Phone: 06 224 0326
Location: 700, Tainan City, West Central District, 國華街三段16巷3號
Old Tait & Co. Merchant House
The main attraction of this museum is all about an artist’s calligraphy works. Besides all of his wide variety of works, the museum is also interactive. They allow you to practice calligraphy in a cement table and the likes.
Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Phone: 06 391 3901
Address: No. 108, Gubao Street, Anping District, Tainan City, 708
Anping Tree house
The interesting thing about this tree house is how the roots and branches of the could cover the whole thing! Even though it will be scorching hot when traveling during summer, the place is quite cool and windy because of the presence of plants. The place is also quite a maze inside, you have to go up and down flights of stairs.
If ever you all feel like bringing something back to your hometown, a souvenir shop could be located near the tree house. A cafe is also present inside the souvenir shop, don’t worry if it gets too hot outside. You can always chill inside the cafe.
Hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Location: No. 194, Anbei Rd., Anping District, Tainan City 708
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Good day everyone! I am fully aware that I haven’t posted anything for quite a while; my life has been incredible these past few days. National Taiwan University’s summer program is really fun and educational. You can meet a lot of great friends all over the country. In fact, these friends could be one of the people you’ll treasure the most in your life. I am really grateful that I made the choice of joining this program; I didn’t regret anything at all! For those who wanted to do something spectacular this summer, I suggest you join this program!
During the second weekend of this program, I have had the privilege to visit a beautiful city in Taiwan. Tainan is a very lovely city. In most of my travels around the country, Tainan is one of the places that I will gladly go back to. When I got to know the city for two days, I have felt more and more admiration towards it because of the rich history that it has since it’s the oldest city in Taiwan and the places we’ve been to. I love everything about this city!
On our very first day, we rode the HSR/bullet train to Tainan. I know you may all be thinking, “Wow, what a way to save money as a student!” But we were able to grab an HSR promotion for about 2500NTD which includes a two-way HSR ride, free bus within the city, and a free dinner. Not bad right? For me, it’s already worth it! Okay, moving on, we took the 2 PM train and we were able to arrive at Tainan around 4 PM. Please be mindful of promotions whenever you are travelling since it will definitely help you save a lot of money.
The first agenda in our list was to visit the most famous museum in the city which is Chimei Museum. It’s only one bus stop away from the Tainan HSR Station. The museum only opens until 5.30 PM, so we also weren’t able to go inside and have a look. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed so much!
Tainan Huayuan Night Market (Tainan Flower Night Market)
After checking in at our hotel, we went straight to the night market. Tainan Huayuan Night Market is a HUGE night market! Not only do they have Taiwanese food, but they also have Thai, Indonesian, Korean, and much more! This is the first night market that I have seen such huge variety of food. There is one food that has made my trip at Tainan memorable, it’s this Deep Fried Crispy Cricket! It’s not as bad as you think, actually, it’s not bad at all! You can’t even taste the crickets, it just tastes crispy. The taste of the potato in between crickets is much stronger than the crickets itself! If you’re feeling adventurous like me, you can give this a try.
Of course, games wouldn’t be missing in any Taiwanese market. Tainan Huayuan Night Market has a whole alley full of games! You can play darts, archery, easier kind of mahjong, etc. It was fun to go to these kinds of places with friends!
I am going to talk about my Tainan day 2 in another post, so stay in tune! Hope you all enjoyed reading this post. Please do forgive my lame writing skills since I haven’t posted for quite some time. If you guys have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I also wanted to thank my friend, Toniao for allowing me to post some of his photos!
We went Temple hopping at Taipei. But in reality, we only went to two temples. Namely, Confucius Temple and Dalongdong Baoan Gong. These two are just across each other so it’s really easy for you to reach these places. Will definitely put the location addresses of these temples!
As a Chinese, it always fascinates me whenever I get to know more about the Chinese History. It is only now that I was able to appreciate where I came from, what my ancestors did to defend the country and their way of living in the early times. So when we were at the temples, I would always have realizations. I am very amazed at how some things came to be.
I was able to visit Yilan with my classmates last weekend. In case you don’t know, I am currently enrolled in a summer program at National Taiwan University (NTU). It was so much fun just to go out of Taipei with your new found friends! We all were able to bond and get to know each other on that trip.
Yilan for me was like Keelung. If you haven’t read my blog post We went to Keelung City!!, please do! So, you’ll know why I think the both cities are very much alike. Yilan also has harbors and ports (see images below!) which Keelung also has. But Keelung’s port is much bigger as compared to Yilan’s. Also, Yilan’s port offers tourists and visitors to watch dolphins and whales at Turtle Island which I haven’t found in Keelung port.
It was fun to learn more about Yilan at this museum. This museum is very educational and interactive. For me, I enjoyed reading the information written in every display. My personal favorite part of the museum that I enjoyed reading was about tectonic plates! I don’t know why but I am interested to know anything about tectonic plates. Please do read it and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!
Location: No. 750, Section 3, Qingyun Road, Toucheng Township, Yilan County, 261
It can be really hot to go outside and walk in this area. It will also be humid since you’re near the water. Luckily, the port has an air-conditioned cafe for you to chill.
After the port, we rode the bus to do fish spa. The experience was unique. In this fish spa, they have two kinds of fishes. The first one is the small ones which they bite of dead skin but it’s not as ticklish as the big ones. But they’re also nice since they also eat your dead skin. On the other hand, the big ones are much better for me. The big ones are really ticklish at first since you can really feel the bites. But my adviser said that the big ones really go into your pressure points so it kind of relieves stress as well. With regards to the price, I remember that it’s not that expensive!
I’m sorry if I don’t have pictures for this one but I hope this helps!
I hope this will help when you plan to visit Yilan. It’s a great place for relaxation!
You know you’re doing well when you lose interest in looking back.
I am proud to say that right now, I am not interested in looking back anymore. I am no longer attracted to my past. I am very much interested in how to make the best out of my present life. I am looking forward to making a better future for myself.
How was I able to come to this point? I can say that it’s just a matter of patience, forgiveness, and self-love. I am not gonna lie, sometimes I still find myself thinking of the past but I don’t want to be a part of that anymore. I would want to move on in life because I felt that there is so much to look forward to in life. If you’re not happy with your present life, I suggest you make each and every day a memorable one. With that being said, if you do this every day then you have something to look forward to in every day. You will sleep every night thinking of how you’re going to achieve something the next day. I believe that this strategy will challenge you into becoming a better person. It will force you to push your limits.
I have said earlier that for you to get to this point, you have to have a lot of patience, forgiveness, and self-love. Why would I say as such? Firstly, you need the patience to push through this challenge or trial in your life. You have to have the perseverance to tell yourself that this is the time for you to not give up on yourself. This is the also the time to first accept the rain before experiencing the rainbow.
A lot of forgiveness is also needed in this process. Forgiveness to others, especially the ones who have hurt you in the past. More importantly, forgiveness to yourself. We all know how important it is to forgive other people. We do this in order to have peace of mind. But it is also very critical for us to know how to forgive ourselves. We ought to show love not only to other people but also to ourselves. Forgive yourself for making those mistakes. Forgive yourself for all the decisions you’ve made impulsively. Forgive yourself for all your shortcomings.
Lastly, I cannot stress how important loving yourself is. You have to know how to love yourself. Other people won’t be able to love you if you don’t know how to love yourself. Accept your flaws and flaunt your strengths for they make you who you are. There won’t be anyone in this world that’s exactly like you. You are who you are and that itself is special.
I am also undergoing these three stages in my life but every day I am striving and doing the best I can. With this, I am happy to be in this place right now for I see myself improving every day and that alone is enough. I will always continue to do this and I know that it’s not easy but…
What lies ahead is far better than what lies behind us.
I encourage all of you to do the same. I promise you that it will all be worth it in the end. Don’t give up!
I have just moved to Taipei last weekend and I am going to share with you guys my initial thoughts about the place. Obviously, it’s going to be really different than just visiting but my comments will be mostly about my impressions of my first days here as a new city girl.
Taipei is a really good place in general. It is one of the safest places for women in the Asian country, so that’s a plus, right? The city is also a place where you can actually experience the hustle and bustle since it is the capital of the country. It is a good place all in all, so I am going to share with you guys my impressions about the place as a resident.
1. Food is expensive. Some of may totally disagree with this but before you say something, give me the chance to explain first. haha I used to live in Taoyuan City which is a rural area in Taiwan. So, everything in Taoyuan is cheap like food, water, and rent. But now that I am living in the city, everything is much much more expensive.
If anyone plans to live in Taipei for a long term, definitely have to check your budget.
2. A little bit of old in the new. For me, when I first came to Taipei, I immediately noticed that the city is very modern. They have a lot of beautiful, tall buildings which implies that the architectural structures of the city are quite advanced. But what amazes me is that with all of this modernization, they still haven’t forgotten their historic side. They have still preserved old streets, museums, relics, temples which is very patriotic to me in a sense. I believe that a country who makes the current civilization remember their past experiences, all of the hardships, trials, joy, and pride that their ancestors have experienced will make them appreciate what their country has today.
3. Convenient Transportation System. One of the main reasons why I moved to Taipei is because of the convenient subway system (MRT). In the country, only Taipei and Kaohsiung have subways. As a city girl who came from Manila, Philippines and became a rural girl that moved to Taoyuan where there’s only buses, railway, and taxi makes me miss taking the subways. I just think that subways make commuting so easy!
4. Accommodating Taiwanese people. There is a saying in Taiwan that the best view in Taiwan is the people. I couldn’t agree more with that saying. The people who live in the country are very warm and helpful to foreigners. Although the country is not that proficient in English but they would pull our Google Translate just to help you.
Hope my observations and initial impressions of the country could help you if you plan to visit or settle in the country. Taiwan is a lovely country! Please do not hesitate to message me if you want more advice.
The Philippines is my home country. I was born and raised in this beautiful archipelago (sense the bias?)
Last summer, my family and I went to Bohol. We went to a lot of tourist spots like the famous Chocolate Hills, Man-made Forest, and Alona Beach (pictures below!) This beach is one of the most photogenic places I’ve been to.
Bought this ice cream at The Buzzz Cafè – Alona Beach. This ice cream comes in a lot of flavors most of them are in fruit flavors. This ice cream is so unique because it is dragonfruit. It’s my first time ever to try this flavor and I definitely will eat a lot more next time!
The Buzzz Cafè – Alona Beach: Alona Beach, Alona Beach Rd, Panglao, 6340 Bohol, Philippines
We are very fortunate to be able to see a double rainbow after long hours of rain at Bohol. At first, we were disappointed that it rained on our first day because who likes a rainy weather when traveling? However, God has something better planned which is why He told us to stick through the rain and gave us this beautiful view. The double rainbow is really magnificent, the picture doesn’t do it justice!
To all the people who wanted to visit The Philippines, please do go to Bohol. The island has not yet been modernized, so if you want an island life you may check this out! If you want to know more about this place, please don’t hesitate to ask me.
Hope you all enjoyed a little snippet of my Bohol trip! 🙂
Do you remember the days where you could just play around with your friends in the backyard? Do you remember the times where your only problem is which flavor of candy to buy? Do you remember the times where you could just wake up and everything is prepared for you like your breakfast, uniform, and lunch money?
I really miss those times. I am at a phase right now where I am really struggling with my future. One of the things I needed to figure out soon is finding a place to live. I need to find an apartment as soon as possible since I just graduated from my MBA. I couldn’t live in the dorm anymore so I have to find a new place. With that being said, I find it so hard to find an apartment that would suit your preferences. Sometimes the place they are offering would require you to share the bathroom with strangers. Sometimes when you have your own private bathroom, the rent is just too expensive. When you wanted to find a cheaper place, sometimes it could be really dirty. So, you know how I feel. This is just one of the things I am currently worrying about.
I know I am not the only one experiencing these types of situation but for those of you who I am currently in the same boat with, I know it could really be hard! Thus I would like to share some of my ways on how to cope and find solutions for this kind of situations.
But whenever I am worried about these dilemmas, I would always be reminded to take a step back and do something I genuinely enjoy like go outside and take a long walk, or do photography or even do retail therapy. These things could really help you destress. You will need it whenever the situation becomes too overwhelming.
I am the type of person who becomes really motivated to solve a problem instantly. Like when a situation comes up, I would always immediately find solutions because I don’t want to overthink a certain problem for too long. It would make me just feel depressed in the end. So my advice is to always look for solutions and face your problems head on. The truth is, if you keep on overthinking certain situations, it would only make you feel tired emotionally from thinking a lot and that’s not a healthy way to live life. But if you’re not this type of person, I think it would be best for you to tell your friends or family about it then try and find solutions after.
I also realized that in every decision, there is always an opportunity cost. You have to give up something in order for you to gain the thing you wanted. Sometimes there really is no such thing as a win-win situation. You have to give up something.
I am also reminded that in the end, everything will be okay. Eventually, everything will work out. You just have to trust your instincts and trust in the Lord. You have to lift it all up to His hands and He will take care of it.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
These were just some of the learnings I have learned by living the expat life. This lifestyle could be really hard at times, but you what they say,
“Wilderness is a place of testing and growth.” – Dr. Stacey Tay