Tainan Day 2

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.

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Admission: NT$50

Hours: 08:00 – 17:30 (Sat extended until 21:30)

Phone: 06-2235665

Location: No. 212, Minzu Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


Salt Mountain

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.

Salt Mountain Tainan

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!

Salt Mountain Tainan

Admission: NT$50

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.

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Phone: 0987 496 694

Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 1-5PM

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.

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土魠魚羹 Fish soup and 土魠魚卵 Fried fish eggs

On the side note: Be careful when throwing trash, the lady can get really cautious about the things you throw.

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Honesty Shop Tainan
It’s kinda cool to have an honesty shop near the restaurant. You can just drop your payment in the storage in the middle of the shop. 


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.


Admission: NT$50

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.

Anping Tree house Tainan

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.

Admission: NT$50

Hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Phone: 06-3913901

Location: No. 194, Anbei Rd., Anping District, Tainan City 708


Hope you all enjoyed reading! See you all in my next post!




Tainan Day 1

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.

HSR Promo for Tainan
HSR Promo (front)
HSR Promo for Tainan
HSR Promo (back)

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!

Chimei Museum Tainan
Fountain in front of Chimei Museum

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Chimei Museum

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Chimei Museum Tainan


Chimei Museum Tainan
I am not sure what this tree is but it’s very pretty ❤

Location: No. 66, Section 2, Wenhua Road, Rende District, Tainan City, 71755

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.


Deep fried crispy crickets


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!



Something from the Philippines

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.


Alona Beach, Bohol
Alona Beach



Dragonfruit ice cream
Dragonfruit Ice Cream


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


double rainbow at Alona Beach
Double rainbow at Alona Beach


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!


Coconut trees at Alona Beach
Coconut trees at Alona Beach

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! 🙂




Jiufen and Shifen Trip!

Hi guys!

Hope you are all having a good day!

I would like to share my Jiufen and Shifen trip with you all! Last weekend my friend and I went to Keelung City. Being there, we decided we would visit Jiufen and Shifen since it’s nearer as compared to coming from Taoyuan or Taipei. We then rode a 400NTD taxi to Jiufen. I know what you are all thinking, not very practical for students right? But whatever, I don’t want all of our time wasted on riding the bus or train. So yeah, we went to Jiufen as you can see in the picture below. That is actually the first photo of myself that I have posted on this blog.

Jiufen Old Street

We are actually quite lucky by the time we went to visit Jiufen, there aren’t a lot of people and it’s a Saturday! So if you guys want to visit this place, you have to go there on weekdays for you not to risk going there with a lot of people. You don’t want a crowded place amidst a hot and sticky weather! (Gross!) I also suggest you should go there around 3 PM in the afternoon, so the sun would not be as bright and it will be much cooler.

Jiufen Old Street is really interesting because of the old architecture and red lanterns. I really love how they designed the whole place with red lanterns because it just really makes you feel like you are in the ancient times. I also love how the Taiwanese government decided to preserve this place which I really agree with. I think it is a great idea for the government to preserve these things and places because it will give the youth an opportunity to know more about the country’s history. It gives them the opportunity to know the lifestyle, culture, and thinking of their ancestors. If you are into these kinds of old streets like me, there are a lot of old streets actually around the country. Here is a link of all the old streets in Taiwan.

Mode of Transportation:

I will just link a guide for you to click on Guide to Jiufen.

Get a glimpse of Jiufen Old Street (My first ever photo of me posted in this blog, FYI) haha
Overlooking the sea


For our lunch, we have decided to have it in this restaurant. This restaurant is actually quite new because I was trying to find the location of this restaurant in Google Maps and I actually can’t find it yet. This restaurant serves good food and it’s not pricey at all!! The pictures are there down below. If you’re finding a restaurant in this place, I will recommend you to go to this restaurant. Also, if you went there on a really hot day, you can drop by this place since it has really cold AC. The interior of this restaurant is kind of like Japanese style which is quite ironic since this place is a Taiwanese old street. But I don’t know, maybe they would also want to cater to the Japanese market (Marketing side of me is actually showing haha).

The name of the restaurant


If you are a tourist and you would want to try local cuisine, you should try these 3 dishes.


Xiao Long Bao


This. is. a. soup… I’m sorry I don’t know the name of this soup haha but I’m pretty sure it’s the only soup on their menu.


Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice Bowl

 小師父 Xiao Shi Fu

We have passed by also with this place but we weren’t able to dine here. They serve Hainanese chicken (for all the Singaporeans out there, love your Hainanese chicken btw!). I have heard a lot of great reviews about this place. I would love to try this restaurant next time if I am able to visit Jiufen again. So if you guys are into Hainanese chicken, you can check this place out!


Address: No. 155 台湾, Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, 224

Hanlin Tea House

Let me start off by saying, I really love this place!! This place is really cool since you can go to the basement of this tea house and enjoy the scenic view of Jiufen! Well, actually they have the first floor and the basement for you to enjoy the view.

They serve milk teas and other Taiwanese desserts. Their serving sizes are really big which is why they charge much more when you’re going to dine in. It would much cheaper if it’s taken out. I remember this Panda Milk Tea is only around 85NTD for take outs and 175NTD for dine in. You might me wondering why they call it Panda Milk Tea when it’s usually just Bubble Milk Tea, I actually didn’t have the opportunity to ask them about this. So, sorry guys haha but don’t worry, the milk tea is fantastic!! In my opinion, this milk tastes creamier which means you can taste more of the milk than the tea. They also have to kinds of boba in this drink. One is the pearl which is the black one and another is a much smaller, white colored Boba.

Again if you went there, it’s  hot, and you’re a cold-blooded person like me, you can check this place out since they provide a very cool AC.

The place calls this their Panda Milk Tea
Scenic view of the cafe

Location: No. 148 Jishan street Ruifang District, New Taipei City, 224 (224新北市瑞芳區基山街148號)

Side trip

After Jiufen, my friends and I have decided to go back to our hotel at Keelung ( I know, we’re so lazy). We rode the taxi again and we’re on our way. But in that ride, the driver asked us if we wanted to go to the other places like Shifen Waterfall, Shifen Lantern Street, and Golden Waterfalls for only 2000NTD. For me, that’s a good deal since it’s the 4 of us in the taxi and each of us would only be paying 500NTD. That is a really good deal for me since the cost of riding trains would be time-consuming, tiring and not practical. By riding the taxi, you can save energy and time. The cost is also quite the same, so the money you would be paying is already worth it. Sometimes you can ask the driver to take you to more places but be sure to haggle to get cheaper prices!

The taxi driver took us to this place as a side trip. This place is so amazing! It is an overlooking of the ocean and mountains of Taiwan.


Shifen Waterfall

When you’re going to Shifen Waterfalls, you have to walk for 10 minutes for you to get there. You would also pass by a hanging bridge and a railway which is still working. Trains pass by once in a while.

Shifen Waterfall
Enjoying my popsicle while I am amazed at how beautiful the waterfall is ❤
The other side of Shifen Waterfall

Location: 226, New Taipei City, Pingxi District, 乾坑10號

Golden Waterfall

This place is very beautiful since, by the name itself, it is covered in gold. The reason its gold is that of the huge amount of rainfall and a mining area beside the place. The waterfall is not the only location that has gold but when you’re going to take a look at the canal when riding a car or something, it is also gold! Amazing!

Golden Waterfall
A random mountain or hill across the street

Location: Jinshui Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, 224

I hope you all enjoyed reading as much as I did travelling. Let me know if you also went to these places. I would love to hear your stories! Hope you all have a great rest of your day!



We went to Keelung City!!

My friend and I had the privilege of traveling (most of) Keelung last weekend. We went there on Friday afternoon and went home on Sunday afternoon. It was not really hard to go there knowing we are living in Taoyuan, but thanks to the very convenient transportation system of Taiwan, we were able to reach Keelung by riding just one train! So glad that commuting is hassle free!

A super short background of Keelung (According to Wikipedia):

Keelung City is a port city near Taipei, in northern Taiwan. Surrounded by mountains, it’s known for its sheltered harbor.

With that being said, the first thing you see when you get out from the train exit are harbors, large ships, and water! We got off at the North Exit of Keelung Station btw! You can also get out of the South exit but we did not do that since our hotel is nearer at the North Exit. Upon arriving at Keelung, we had our lunch at Burger King. Then we went straight to our hotel.


At the ceiling of Keelung Train Station, North Exit side (so beautiful!!)



What you see when heading out of North Exit of Keelung Train Station



Keelung Port


Beidoo Hotel

We stayed at the Beidoo Hotel. The location of Beidoo hotel is very convenient since it is around 8 minutes walk from the Train Station. A bakery can be found near the hotel. A lot of restaurants are also near the place. So if you are hungry at night, you can just go out and eat. Miaokou Night market is also near the hotel. Plus, a 32-floor mall is also near the place! That 32-floor mall has Muji, Uniqlo, and other stuff. The room is very clean! Their employees are also very accommodating and warm. Don’t worry if you cannot speak fluent Chinese, some of them can speak English (not that fluent though, but enough to communicate).

We first chilled at the hotel for a few hours because we are still waiting for our friends and it’s really hot to walk outside, so we just decided to play Everwing to kill time! Yes, we love Everwing!! haha

Location: No. 319號, Xin’er Road, Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, 202

Phone: 02 2422 7899

Jasmine Cafe (茉莉森咖啡)

When our friends have arrived, we first went to Jasmine Cafe to catch up. They serve really good drinks. Don’t worry if you’re not into coffees and frappes because they also have fresh fruit juices for you! This place is a really chill place; the ambiance is also really cozy. The price is also not that expensive that is why if you plan to chill at Keelung City, you can visit this cafe!

Location: 200, Keelung City, Ren’ai District, 孝二路98號

Phone: 02 2429 5857

Miaokou Night Market

We had dinner at Miaokou Night Market. This night market is really unique for me because of the numbers located at the side of every restaurant sign. Most of the food they are selling is seafood and kiampong (Hokkien Chinese Rice Casserole). They are so good!! This is not the typical night market where you only find stinky tofu and milk tea which is why this night market is very unique for me.

Raw Sea Urchins


Huge Escargot


Roasted Suckling Pig or better known as Lechon for the Filipinos (Upper right) and Raw Sea Urchins (Bottom)
Bamboo shoot with Mayonnaise


Kiampong (love)
Strawberry Bingsu for dessert


Location: Rensan Road, Ren’ai District, Keelung City, 200

I definitely had a great time here! Would definitely come back! To all who are planning to go to Taiwan, visit this city for a unique experience!



A Bank Turned into an Ice Cream Parlor

When my family came to visit me two weeks ago, we were able to travel a little bit of Taichung. For all of you who don’t know where Taichung is, it’s at the upper middle part of Taiwan. While we’re strolling along the train station, we really suddenly thought of going to this huge ice cream parlor. and so, we walked and walked until we found this ice cream shop which is formerly a bank.

This ice cream shop is very interesting because they haven’t renovated it totally, so you can still see the board where the exchange rates are shown. They also haven’t removed the vault where you store money. I wish you could see a lot more pictures, sorry if I haven’t taken a lot them. But I have taken a picture of the ice cream they serve, and it is HUGE!! REALLY HUGE!!


It’s even bigger than my face!!



They have a lot of ice cream flavors for you to choose from. I think they’re over 50!! I can say that the names of the ice creams were very complicated! I remember something like 75% Scottish Chocolate, something like that but they taste good!! Not only do they offer a wide variety of ice cream flavors, they also do offer a wide variety of toppings!! (You can see the toppings I chose in the picture, they gave the butterfly for free!)

You are allowed to choose many different sizes of cups but for me, we ordered this cup which you can choose two ice cream flavors and then 3 toppings! I am very satisfied with my order. The ice cream tastes good! The price is worth it! The ambiance is very relaxing also.

For all those who are planning to drop by Taichung, you all have to go to this place!! It’s just near Taichung Train Station, so it’s easy to go to! I’ll put on the address below! Hope you all have a good day!

Store name: 第四信用合作社 (Di si sin yong he zuo she)

Location: No. 72, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City, 400



Recalling MICA Building

Singapore has a lot of wonderful and awestrucking architecture. One of the most magnificent buildings in the city is MICA Building. The color-coded windows were so beautifully installed. The building is a mixture of vintage and modern days. I was just so disappointed that I wasn’t able to go inside the building. My sister and I were just so happy at the exterior of the building that we forgot we could go inside. haha facepalm!


Location: 140 Hill St, Singapore 179369

Don’t forget to drop by Song Fa Bak Kut Teh! They have the most delicious bak kut teh (Pork Ribs Soup) I’ve ever tasted! But be sure to go there earlier so you don’t have to queue.

Will definitely go back to Clarke Quay for this!




I Love Sipahh!!

This is one of my favorite things lately!

I found this one at Costco about a month ago. They were having it as a free taste. At first, I was just a normal shopper where I just line up in every free taste section (I know we all do that! haha) But I happen to line up in this small booth and I tried the choc mint flavor. After that, I immediately got so attached to it! I have never stopped buying ever since. haha!

What is Sipahh?

Sipahh is a straw that has what they call pearls inside. Those pearls have different flavors depending on what the package states. The company recommends you to use the straw while drinking your milk.

I bought my second box which is the one you are seeing at the pictures below! It’s the Cafe Multipack Limited Edition. Only Iced Latte and Chocolate Straws are the flavors inside this box. They are now also available at Carrefour (Thank You, Lord!) Now, I don’t have to go all the way to Costco just to buy this. Not that I’m being biased but you know Carrefour is more accessible and convenient since it has a lot of branches here in Taiwan.

Here are some photos of my super favorite Sipahh!


Some of the flavors you can try out when you purchase the box! They have so many flavors available for you all, those were just the flavors that I haven’t consumed yet ( because they were really that good!)

My personal favorites are:




If you guys are wondering what the pink bird and dolphin are, they’re PEN RESTS!! I bought them at Yingge Old Ceramics Street! They have a wide array of products for you to choose from! Plus, they’re just cheap! around 30NTD for one.


You have to drink it with your milk because that is the main instructions on how to use this straw. Although I sometimes drink it with water just to consume all of the pearls!

Now you can turn your plain boring milk into a flavorful one! I honestly get excited on what flavors I should try when it’s time for me to drink my milk!

Here are some of the simple joys I look forward to every day in life! You know how they say it’s very important to appreciate the simple things. Well, this is one of the things that make me smile every day! Hope you all appreciate all the simple things in your life as well (You don’t want your life to be as mundane as mine)!