Taiwan

Hiking up Elephant Mountain

For our last day in Taipei we decided to go up Elephant Mountain which, many say, provides one of the most amazing city views. The climb up was a bit tough for me because stairs are my archenemy! If you’re  fit they say you can finish the climb in about twenty minutes. With several water… Continue reading Hiking up Elephant Mountain

Taiwan

The Shopping District of Ximending

It’s easy to get caught up in everything that you can see in Ximending: the food, shopping, sights, and if you’re lucky like us, a film shoot. I now believe it was for The Teenage Psychic and I realized that a few days after, when I discovered the show back home in Manila! How serendipitous! I… Continue reading The Shopping District of Ximending

United Kingdom

Northumberland Countryside

So blessed to be just an hour’s drive away from the beautiful Northumberland countryside. I took advantage of the long weekend to explore and walk along Hadrian’s wall, from Housesteads Roman Fort to Sycamore Gap. Then stayed over in a warm country cottage in Bardon Mill, where everything outside is pitch black at night and… Continue reading Northumberland Countryside

Thailand

The Flavors of Thailand

We went on this family trip about six years ago and I remember having fun (inspite of the fact that I got a really bad cough and wasn’t feeling well). Nothing can stop us from sampling the delicious food Bangkok had to offer. And this was the family’s first international trip, so it’s memorable in… Continue reading The Flavors of Thailand

Taiwan

Spirited Away in Jiufen

Some people say this place inspired the Miyazaki animated film Spirited Away. Although this isn’t a verified fact with all the steps, food, lanterns, and the Grand Teahouse which looks like Yubaba’s bathhouse, I’m starting to feel like Chichiro. Or maybe her parents who wanted to eat every single thing they could find. When we… Continue reading Spirited Away in Jiufen

Taiwan

Beitou: Hot Springs And A Whole Lot More

Arnaud and I headed to Beitou for some nature on our second day in Taipei. Upon getting out of the Xinbeitou train station we could immediately feel the laidback atmosphere. On our way to the Thermal Valley there were a lot of things to see. The Beitou branch of the Taipei public library is interesting… Continue reading Beitou: Hot Springs And A Whole Lot More

Taiwan

Dinner at Raohe Night Market

Our first Taiwan night market experience was in Raohe and it was better than I expected. You wouldn’t know where to look! There’s just so much of everything, both food and people. 😀   I’m guessing this is like takoyaki, but with whole baby octopus instead of tiny bits! Kawaii!   You’ll find these little… Continue reading Dinner at Raohe Night Market