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Sunday, August 5, 2018

How to Spend 5 Days in Taipei, Taiwan: Itinerary Guide

August 05, 2018 0
How to Spend 5 Days in Taipei, Taiwan: Itinerary Guide

I have been longing to tick off Taiwan in my Bucket List and finally, I was able to do so last June 2018. As you all know, Philippine Passport holders are required to have a visa before going to Taiwan. But good enough, I was able to take advantage of the Visa-free period and voila! Here I come Taiwan!

So, here's our guide on how to spend 5 days in Taiwan.

We were able to book during the seat sale of Philippine Airlines (PAL) for only $293 good for 2 pax. What's good with Philippine Airlines is that there is already 30kgs baggage allowance included and 1 inflight hot meal. This makes your travel more convenient and comfortable.


Diary of Taipei, Ximen

My aunt booked our accommodation at Diary of Taipei in Ximending. I would have opted for a dorm-type accommodation, but since my Aunt is not used to it, we finally decided to get our own room at Diary of Taipei. The price is definitely expensive as the hotel was strategically located at is very accessible to the public transportation, shopping malls and food courts. Just outside the hotel, you can access the train via Ximen Station. Few meters away from the hotel, you can access bus stops. Included in the hotel accommodation is the free breakfast buffet but you have to go to their other building which is few blocks away where the buffet is served. So, you really get the value of what you paid for.


Taoyuan International Airport

Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, we were warmly welcomed by Taipei, literally warm or better yet hot, around 36 degrees. It was definitely hot since it's summertime in Taiwan when we visited. We went to the Immigration and the line was very long. It took us more than an hour just to get through the Immigration. It was hassle-free. Then we went to get our luggage. Good thing my Aunt already purchased our Data Simcards ahead of time at Pinoy Traveler's Unlimited Data Sim Card. It costs 600 for 5days and 700 for 7days. It's plug and play so it's very convenient. No need to configure anything in your mobile phone.


Money Changer

We exchanged our money at the Money Changer located at the Airport. It's safer to have your dollars or peso exchanged at the airport as they have standard exchange rate regulated by the Taiwan government. There is 30 NT service charge per transaction so make sure to exchange enough money to avoid from exchanging again.


EZ Card

There are several ways to get from Taoyuan to Ximending but we took the Taoyuan Airport MRT since it's still open when we arrived. We bought our EZ Card for 500NT with 400NT load, 100NT for the Card. Travel time is only 35 minutes via the Express Train with only 3 stops, and 50 minutes via Commuter Train which stops at all stations. Then upon arriving at Taipei Main Station, we took a bus going to Ximen. Then after alighting at Ximen Bus Stop, Diary of Taipei is infront of it.


Since we were tired from our flight and it's late already, we checked in and went to bed to recharge ourselves for tomorrow's activities.

Day 0

Departure at NAIA Terminal 2
Mabuhay Lounge
Arrival at Taoyuan Internatinal Airport

Day 1 Itinerary

Ximending Youth Shopping District at morning while it's not yet crowded for Photo Ops
Breakfast at the Hotel
Taipei Zoo - Entrance fee 60NT using EZ Card
Maokong Gondola - 100-160NT one way using EZ Card
Maokong Station
Maokong
Taipei Main Station
Lunch at Yoshinoya inside the Station
Shilin Night Market
Cixian Temple
Modern Toilet
Ximending Youth Shopping District at night


Taipei Zoo - Entrance Fee 60NT

Taipei Zoo

Maokong Station

Maokong Gondola 100-160NT one way

Maokong Gondola
Cixian Temple
Shilin Night Market and Modern Toilet

Foods at Shilin Night Market


Day 2 Itinerary

Shintomicho Cultural Market
Bangka Park
Lungshan Temple
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Lunch at Ximen
Rest at the Hotel
Wufenpu Shopping District
Raohe St. Night Market
Ciyou Temple
Ximending Youth Shopping District

Shintomicho Cultural Market

Bangka Park
Lungshan Temple

Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Wufenpu Shopping District and Raohe St Night Market

Day 3 Itinerary

Wufenpu Shopping District - we went back for shopping, we scored some nice tops for only 50NT
Foot Massage - 400NT, 35 minutes
Raohe St. Night Market - for another round of food trip


Day 4 Itinerary

Booked a tour with Klook
Pick-up point at Gakuden Bakery just acroos our Hotel
Yehlui Geopark
Jiufen
Shifen Old Street
Ximending Youth Shopping District for food trip

Yehlui Geopark

Jiufen

Shifen Old Street

Day 5 Itinerary

Taipei 101
Taipei 101 Mall
Lunch at Food court
Back to Airport
China Airline Lounge -  my Aunt has access to Mabuhay Lounge and she was invited to China Airlines Lounge and got a seat upgrade as well. Lucky me I was able to enjoy her privilege too.
Back to Manila

Taipei 101

Taoyuan International Airport and China Airlines VIP Lounge



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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How to spend 5 Days in Taiwan: 2018 Trip Vlogs with Itinerary

July 31, 2018 0
How to spend 5 Days in Taiwan: 2018 Trip Vlogs with Itinerary

How to spend 5 Days in Taiwan: 2018 Trip Vlogs


Check out my vlogs on our recent Taiwan Trip.


Day 0

Departure in NAIA 2 via PAL
PAL Mabuhay Lounge
Arrival in Taoyuan International Airport
Check in Diary of Taipei in Ximending

Day 1 in Taiwan 

Breakfast at Diary of Taipei
Taipei Zoo
Mokong Gondola
Taipei Main Station
Shilin Night Market
Cixian Temple
Ximending Youth Shopping District


Day 2 in Taiwan

Long Shan Temple
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Wufenpu Shopping District
Raohe St Night Market



Day 3 in Taiwan

Lazy day today.
Wufenpu Shopping District again for some shopping
Foot Massage 400NT each for 35Minutes
Raohe St Night Market for Food trip



Day 4 in Taiwan

Yehlui Geopark
Jiufen Old Village
Shifen Old Street
Ximending Youth Shopping District
Raohe St Night Market



Shilin Night Market Vlog

Food trip


Monday, July 30, 2018

Teresita's of San Fernando: A taste that takes you back home

July 30, 2018 0
Teresita's of San Fernando: A taste that takes you back home

Teresita's, Made with Love

Amidst a big number of emerging restaurants and fastfoods, you can't hardly miss Teresita's of San Fernando. If you are a foodie, then make sure to check out Teresita's of San Fernando for that taste that takes you back home.

Just like dining at your own home, Teresita's bring you the experience of enjoying "Lutong Bahay" dishes straight from the country's culinary capital - Pampanga.

Fresh, hot, scrumptious everyday meals everyone can enjoy in a simple and homey setting.
Teresita's Famous Halo-Halo


Teresita's Motto

We know that the way to anyone's heart is through the tummy. The shortcut is through mom's delightful and unparalled cooking - just like the food offered at Teresita's


The friendly and helpful staff of Teresita's at UP Town Center

Personally, I really love their Kare-Kare. And I mmust say, it's really good. I have tried our Kare-Kare from other restaurants, but this is one of the best. Not only that Teresita's Kare-kare is really yummy, it also gives value to your money. It's super affordable and comes with a perfect partner - Bagoong.

Of the many times I've eaten at Teresita's, I wouldn't care if I order the same order over and over again. Kare-Kare as always. But it's also worth to try our their Beef Caldereta. The beef is so tender and the taste is also delectable.


Beef Kare-Kare

Beef Caldereta
Palabok


Oh, by the way, did I mention that their price is affordable? You can have a meal for only P149. :)

Teresita's currently have 10 branches all over Metro Manila. SM Light Mall, SM Manila, SM North EDSA, Tomas Morato, Walter Mart Munoz, NLEX Petron Marilao, Landmark Makati, Landmark Trinoma, Petron Clark Field, Pampanga and in UP Town Center.

Check out their Facebook Page: Teresita's of San Fernando

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

PRRC, NCCA and PETA launched “Taga-Alog 2018: Unang Alon” to develop Pasig River

July 29, 2018 0
PRRC, NCCA and PETA launched “Taga-Alog 2018: Unang Alon” to develop Pasig River

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA), national government agencies, local government units (LGUs) and private organizations join forces for the development of the Pasig River through a creative campaign entitled “Taga-Alog, River Pasig: Balik Tanaw, Balik Sigla!" launched today, June 28, 2018.


The PRRC, NCCA, and PETA together with Department of Tourism (DOT), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), local governments of Pasig, Makati, Manila, Mandaluyong, San Juan and Marikina and the British Council convened to promote the development of Pasig River as a source of Filipino identity.

The Taga-Alog is a project paying homage to the Pasig River as medium and space for collective memory and cultural identity and to show concern for the community through the artistic creations and research initiatives that can be used by the community as a basis for crafting development initiatives

According to PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia “we welcome the various art forms that will be used to promote the value and significance of the Pasig River as a source of Filipino cultural identity and PRRC will do its best to support and help in the realization of these advocacy projects.”

To strengthen the cooperation between agencies, a memorandum of understanding has been signed by the officials of the aforementioned agencies for the implementation of the campaign.

Under the agreement, the group will conduct series of researches for the formulation of creative strategies and site development of Pasig River and the communities alongside it. The campaign will be experienced through visual arts, films/ photography, literature, music, dance, theatre which will be shared in multimedia platforms.

Goitia emphasized the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors for the success of the project. "This project will foster the enrichment of a Filipino national culture. In this way, more people would eventually give importance and appreciation for the Pasig River," Goitia concluded.

For inquiries, please feel free to get in touch with any of the following:

George Oliver G. Dela Rama
Head, Public Information Advocacy and Tourism Division
Tel. No. (02) 926-5232 local 116
Mobile No.: 0917-570-0523
E-mail: georgedelarama.prrc@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/PRRCph/

Alyssa Chrizelle N. Miclat
Information Officer III (Media and Communications Section Head)
Tel. No.: (02) 926-5232 local 116
Mobile No.: 09334996737
E-mail: prrc.gov@gmail.com


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PRRC, LIAC relocates Talayan Fire Victims

July 29, 2018 0
PRRC, LIAC relocates Talayan Fire Victims

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) of Quezon City relocated 111 illegal occupants at San Francisco River, Barangay Talayan on July 25, 2018.


The said families were victims of a major fire that occurred last August 11, 2017, and were immediately offered relocation assistance but they did not cooperate.

Various relocation sites have been offered since 2013 which include San Jose Del Monte, Norzagaray, Pandi and Balagtas in Bulacan and Morong in Rizal for off-road relocation as well as in Tala and Camarin Residences in Caloocan City for near city relocation and Holy Spirit Relocation Site in Quezon City for in-city relocation.

After several times Pre-Demolition Conferences, the PRRC and LIAC eventually won the cooperation of some ISFs but the majority still refused to voluntarily demolish their houses and to be relocated.

The ISFs refusing relocation were claiming that the land was awarded to them.

According to PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia, from the 160 ISFs in Barangay Talayan, a total of 49 families relocated by the PRRC in collaboration with the NHA (National Housing Authority) and the LIAC in Morong, Rizal.

Of the 49 families, 39 ISFs were relocated in September 2017, eight ISFs on July 27, 2017 and two ISFs on May 29, 2018.

The presence of the remaining ISFs had delayed the San Francisco River development projects of the PRRC such as the widening of the river, bank improvement, dredging and linear park development.

The scope of the project would directly benefit Barangays Damayan, Mariblo and Talayan in Quezon City.

During the meeting, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) released the subdivision plan / cadastral map based on the 26.4 + 3 meter legal easement of the San Francisco River project supplemental to the Supreme Court mandamus on waterways.

The local government of Quezon City likewise dismantled the informal settlements to ensure that the relocatees would not come back.

“I am sad that we have reached this point. It is important that we expedite and complete the rehabilitation and development of the San Francisco River because it is a major tributary of the San Juan River, which drains to the Pasig River,” Executive Director Goitia explained.



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