Mommy break in Taiwan.
Scorching summer heat but still fun nonetheless especially with the company I was with. Seriously nonstop laughter from the littlest, nonsensical and most random things.
First stop – North Park for breakfast since our flight was not until later in the evening.
Left for Taipei around 7pm and arrived past 9pm. Our hotel is in Ximen, we checked in at Diary of Taipei, (very conveniently located near the Ximendeng shopping district, Taipei main station and is only 5 km from the airport), and walked around to look for dinner.
The famous Hot Star Chicken. There was still a queue even when it was already late.
Day 2 | Taipei
Went early to see the changing of the guards but apparently it was closed.
Shilin Main Presidential Residence
The former residence of Chiang Kai-shek and his wife turned into park and tourist spot. Did not finish exploring this area though as it was a scorching 40C but still decided to climb up a long stretch of stairs to go to a pavilion that wasn’t even impressive and got myself unnecessarily drenched lol.
National Palace Museum
Houses 8,000 years of Chinese history. Some pieces date back to the 10th century and are still amazingly very well preserved.
Shuangxi Park and Chinese Garden
We just passed by this park on our way to the museum and decided to check it out after. Built in 1974, park features different types of bridges, pavilions, courtyards and lots of lily pads, the place is so beautiful!
Baishihu Suspension Bridge
The first long span suspension bridge in Taipei and on the other side is a strawberry field.
Shilin Night Market
Fun finds and lots and lots of street food.
Day 3 | Northern Taiwan
When sea erosion form beautifully shaped rocks.
A mountain town in Northeastern Taiwan, packed with tea houses, narrow alleyways, street-food shacks and souvenir shops.
Was supposed to go the Shifen Waterfall but it was soooooooo crowded. So here’s a picture by the bridge going there lol.
Went to Shifen old street, lit a sky lantern and let our wishes fly.
Day 4 | Ximen
Woke up late yaaaaay! Lunched at the popular Modern Toilet. Food is surprisingly good, generous servings too.
Tried out the street food around this area. Did not try the stinky tofu.
A little tricky to find, we got lost a couple of times looking for this place but it was so worth it. Place is small but cozy and they make their cocktails very meticulously. Their playlist also included a couple of OPMs lol.
View of Taipei 101 at almost midnight.
Known to be one of the poshest and most sophisticated chill-out spots in Xinyi District, this was a really pretty bar. Thing is, it was a Tuesday when we went so we were like the only ones (and a few tables) there. Stayed until closing, they close at 2:30am.
Day 5 | Home bound
Did a little shopping for some goodies to bring home and well, never ending milk teas.
Refreshing break indeed despite the summer heat thanks to these awesome ladies.
On another note, best time to go to Taiwan is between December to May, weather is much cooler they say.