Last Day In Taiwan

We spent our last day in Taiwan doing laundry (it’s free to do your laundry at Shin Sei Bashi Hotel) and right after we decided to visit the Rainbow Military Village.

Rainbow Military Village

How to go:

From Taichung Railway Station, alight at Xinwuri Station.Then walk outside of Xinwuri Station to the bus stop. Wait for Ubus 56 going to Gancheng and alight at Rainbow Military Village.

Tip: In Taichung, the first 10 km of your ride is free. For this trip, we didn’t spend that much cash going to Rainbow Military Village.The Rainbow Military Village became popular after Huang Yung-fu, a veteran in his mid-80s, transformed the village into a vibrant tourist destination.Murals of people, animals and some cartoon characters can be seen. Mostly, couples and people who are into instagram visit this place.

Gaomei Wetlands

How to go:

From Taichung Railway Station, alight at Qingshui Station.We just ride a taxi from Qingshui Station to Gaomei Wetlands to save time (fare: NTD120) and to witness the sunset.

There’s a lot of windmills in Gaomei Wetlands and it is super windy so better wear pants. I made a mistake by wearing a dress and it is not suitable in the area.Gaomei Wetlands is a grassy and muddy tidal flat where you can catch the sea breeze.It’s a great place to unwind and walk and appreciate the beauty of Gaomei Wetlands.


Stranded in Taipei Day 0

When you get stranded, the way to start moving again is not to search for an answer but to find a new question to which your life can be the answer. (Jennifer Krause)

“Visa FREE in Taiwan for Filipinos” has been in the headlines for more than 7 months prior to its commencement. Like you I got very very excited! So excited that I got my phone out and started searching for top tourist spots in Google and I also checked Klook for the amazing activities that they have to offer.

Every month before my flight to Taiwan I got to revise our itinerary over and over making sure that the trip is perfect. I read blogs and take note of their experiences, travel itineraries and travel tips.

The day of our trip to Taiwan has finally come. We arrived at 2 am in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 1 that has a modern Chinese architectural design.

We rented a wifi device (Php804 for 6 days) via Klook due to most of our trips are DIY. Having a wifi connection is essential to connecting to Google Maps. Unfortunately, wifi can be picked up at 5.30 am, I had to rebook our airport service (also booked via Klook at Php1,356) to 5.30 am as well (it was originally booked at 4.00 am) to be able to pick up the wifi device.

Upon arrival, the immigration process is smooth that it only took less than an hour. We still needed to kill more than 2 hours. We agreed to have a coffee at a nearby coffee shop inside the airport.

At the arrival area, almost all of the shops are closed except for the money changer and the convenient store. We changed our money first and took another round around the arrival area looking for fast food or coffee shop. To our dismay, the convenient store is the only thing that we could grab some food from.

I got ham sandwich that has the best-tasting cheese I’ve eaten by far and carton-packed juice that tasted so good.

After the waiting game, we finally picked up our wifi and rode our airport service. I can’t describe accurately how Taiwan looks in the morning. Just watch this short clip I recorded.

I instantly fell in love with the sunrise in Taiwan. That changing of sky color made me realise how you can always recolour your life from dark to something more vibrant.

Amazing Thailand

Bangkok is my third Asian tour. It’s a very very short vacation that we didn’t notice it only lasted for 3 days. This trip is not thoroughly planned from fares to which tourist destination should be visited. And because of that, we learned a lot of lessons in this trip.

Arriving in Bangkok

March is the start of summer in most tropical countries. Summer in the Philippines is hot but summer in Thailand is hotter.

Lesson #1: 
Pack lightweight clothing when visiting Thailand during summer.

What we wear during arrival in Bangkok is the only clothing we brought because we intend to buy clothing in night markets in Bangkok.
After arriving in Bangkok, we looked for money changer. Most of the money changer inside the airport has low exchange rate. One of my friends told me before the trip to go outside the airport and look for SuperRich money changer because their exchange rate is a lot higher. True enough, their exchange rate is higher than the ones we saw inside the airport.

Lesson #2: Before trip, even if it is domestic or international, ask your friends who have been there for some advices and tips because it will help you a lot.

The next thing we did is look for transportation that will get us to our place in Bangkok. We choose the MRT in Bangkok since it is a lot cheaper and more convenient for us. In the MRT station, we looked for 3-day pass MRT tickets like the ones we got in Hong Kong. They have those kinds of MRT tickets but it can only be use in a Purple Line or Blue Line only, it cannot be used in multiple lines so we opted to purchase single-entry ticket. Their train system is very similar to those in Hong Kong and Singapore that it is so easy to move around the city.

In approximately 30 minutes, we arrived at a train station near our accommodation via Airbnb. We followed the instructions given by the owner of the house and the fun part is that we got lost. It took us an hour roaming around the city before we could actually find our place (Supalai Park).

Lesson #3: Learn some basic native language of the place you’re going because not all can speak English nor understand English.

At the ground level of the condominium that we stayed in, there’s a spa. While waiting for our room to be available, we availed one of the spa services: Thai Massage. It’s a must when you visit Thailand!

Activities in Bangkok

Note: All activities that we had was booked thru Klook.

Snow Town

Since Philippines is a tropical country, visiting a snow town is definitely on the list! Bangkok has a Snow Town. If you’re a kid at heart, go in here. My bestfriend and I enjoyed the costumes that we tried on and we enjoyed the chilly temperature inside as well as some computer games.

A Day in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery made me sad and made me realize a lot of things. I was impressed by the heroism shown by the captive soldiers of Japan. And the positive post card by one of the captive soldiers really caught my heart. It was as if a post card was longing to be read by a loved one, and I felt that the post card was intended for me. I almost cried when I read it. I can feel the optimism behind the letter even if they were in torture 24/7. I can feel the hope that he is holding on that someday he will be out of that unfortunate situation.

After an hour or so at the cemetery we go to a place where one of the James Bond films has once been taken. I forgot the name of the village but if you wanted to have some peace of mind, have picnic by the river with your family, or go out and feed fishes, this is the place to be.

We then moved to the bridge built 24/7 manually by the captive soldiers. It is here that I realized that every beautiful and masterfully done creation (be it a building, bridge, dress, etc) is a product of hard work. Most of the times what we see is the end result, and what we didn’t see is the hard and long process they endured to achieve it.

Elephant is the national animal of Thailand. We asked our guide why is it elephant and he said that during a war in Thailand, the King rode in an elephant because elephants are considered mighty creatures. Too sad that elephants nowadays are being used for tourist attraction purposes. We also got so guilty and felt so sorry when we rode an elephant because we didn’t know beforehand that they were in chain and they are being hit when you rode them.

The next thing we did is bamboo rafting. It feels like you’re cruising in an Amazon river. It’s so peaceful that all you can hear are sounds from crickets.

Night Market in Bangkok

There are a lot of night markets in Bangkok and the selection of clothing are wide. The only problem is that you will not be able to fit the clothes. There’s also a lot of cool items that you may see in the night market.

Khao Yai Winery

Who would have thought that grapes would grow in a tropical country? PB Valley is one of the top producers of locally made wine and the taste is at par with those produced overseas. The tour at PB Valley includes introducing the different types of grapes being used for their wine, grape picking, wine making and wine tasting.

Little Italy

Little Italy in Thailand is Instagram worthy. This place is for those people who loves taking pictures while savoring the serenity of the place.

Fun Facts in Thailand

You’ll see weighing scales in most 7-11 stores in Thailand.