Day 1 & 2 – Taipei, Taiwan

Day 1 Itinerary:

Flight from Singapore to Taoyuan Airport | Shilin Night Market

This post is long overdue but I’ll post it anyway. Just because.

The yearly family trip destination for 2015…Taiwan! It’s that time of the year to bring out the sweaters. Oh yeah! Sweater weather here we come!

Upon checking in, we got our Hello Kitty print boarding passes (had no idea that we’re flying on a Sanrio airbus). So psyched and shocked when we boarded the plane. **Hello Kitty fan over here.** 

Everything in the plane is Sanrio-fied (pillows, utensils, monitors, everything!) What an exciting way to start our trip.

The flight from Singapore to Taipei takes about 4h25mins so I managed to squeeze in two in-flight movies—Hotel Transylvania 2 and A Wonderful Nightmare.

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By the time, we landed in Taipei it’s already past 8 in the evening. But that doesn’t stop us from going to Shilin Night Market*. 

*TIP: Go there on a weekend, more shops are open compared on a weekday.

There are a lot of cute stuff you can find here. Lookie! Star Wars inspired Minions—Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Yoda and R2-D2.

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Ending the night with some Taiwanese snacks—pancake filled with sweet potato and cheese, chicken feet, salt & pepper crablets and many moooore! Get ready to eat, shop and eat while you’re in Taiwan.

Day 2 Itinerary:

Tien Lai Resort & Spa | Yangmingshan National Park | Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Rise and shine people!

We stroll around the neighbourhood first to get some breakfast before going to Tien Lai Resort in Yangmingshan. I ordered some Fried chicken cutlet and sausage noodles with mushroom sauce. Yum!

Tummy’s happy, hot spring here we come!

Went to Yangminshan National Park afterwards since it’s near Tien Lai. Go to Xiaoyoukeng (小油坑) as well when you’re in YMSNP. I guess the view will be nicer during summer or spring when the weather’s not gloomy.

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We decided to watch the NYE fireworks show at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Look at those people waiting! If you plan on watching the show in the future, be prepared with the amount of crowd. It’s nice to bring some mat or cardboard where you can sit on. Because placing your butt on a cold cement for a long time sucks. LOL Scarfs/blankets and hot drinks will also be helpful in keeping you warm.

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Selfies while waiting.

And the countdown begins. 5..4..3..2..1..

Happy new year!!!

Day 3 & 4   |   Day 5 & 6

A Secret Garden

Spending most of your time around a bustling metropolis can be quite stressful. If you are longing for a peaceful break, I suggest taking some time off and get your rest at Sonya’s Garden.

Sonya’s Garden offers bed & breakfast so we planned to spend a night there. We really enjoyed everything—scenery, people and food!

Our room was Ah-Mazing! It was relaxing and just spend some me-time immersed in the sound of mother nature. The name of our cottage is Fennel.

Even the bathroom is nice.

I got a new camera, replaced my Fuji X10 with X100T. And so far, I am loooving it! All the photos in this post was taken using my new cam.Sonya's Garden7

Our stay includes a tour around their garden. Sonya’s promotes wellness so they grow organic food. And even their chickens only eats plants that grows in their garden. Ate Lonya was the one who showed us around the area.

Here are some of their homegrown produce.

This flower taste nice—sweet and tangy. They include it in their salad. I just forgot the name! If anyone knows what is this called, please let me know. Please please..Sonya's Garden11

We ended our day with a very relaxing massage. The three of us tried the Signature Sonya’s Massage (P879.00) that lasts for an hour. So relaxing. zZzZzZ….Sonya's Garden26

The next morning, we went out to do some gardening with Mang Bernie. He showed us how he plants the lettuce and some herbs. According to him, mint is the easiest herb to grow for beginners.

Upon checking out, they gave us a gift—each of us got a mint and tarragon plant. Hopefully we can grow these plants and have a lifetime supply.

For more information on Sonya’s Garden Bed & Breakfast, drop by their site.

The Bangkok Experience

I was dumbfounded by the richness of Thailand’s culture. They really did a good job with keeping their culture until this day.

Our first stop: Jim Thompson House

They have a souvenir shop where you can buy all sorts of products made with silk (scarves, bags, shirts, pouches and many more)Kriscel Go 2013 BKK Thailand-4

This wood was used in the past to transfer intricate designs to silk.Kriscel Go 2013 BKK Thailand-6

We also visited The Grand Palace and Wat Po (the famous Reclining Buddha) by riding the Chao Phraya River Cruise.

This is a good example of a photobomber. Ha haKriscel Go 2013 BKK Thailand-14

Some more shots inside the temple.

Wat Arun from a far.

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Lunch like a royal family at Blue Elephant. Lol

Chicken Curry. Yum! ლ(´ڡ`ლ)Kriscel Go 2013 BKK Thailand-33

Of course, what’s a BKK experience without going to a night market.

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MBK at night.Kriscel Go 2013 BKK Thailand-42

We also checked out the newly opened mall, Terminal 21. It’s a one floor-one concept shopping mall. The concept represents different market streets around the world. Each floor is decorated in to a well-known city streets such as Rome, Tokyo, Japan, Istanbul, etc. The toilets also differs depending on the country they represent—I checked every toilet. Lol

Artsy streets of Bangkok.

I can say, Suvarnabhumi Airport is one of the nicest airports I’ve been to.Kriscel Go 2013 BKK Thailand-44

’Til my next trip. ❤

Lazarus Island

My sister bought a coupon to celebrate her birthday on a yacht at a cheap price. So, Riding on a yacht. Let’s crossed that out of my bucket list. And we’re heading to Lazarus Island as part of the package. Lazarus Island is one of the Southern islands in Singapore.

The place is really serene and relaxing.

A panoramic view of the island.

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Panoramic view of Lazarus Island

We had our dinner at the island as well. So it was dark already when we got back. It was quite an experience, an unforgettable one.Kriscel Go 2013 Singapore-170

 

Gotta love Baby-G

Good move Casio! I am really happy that they collaborated with Girls’ Generation for their Baby-G line late last year. Perfect combination! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) Let me show you my recently acquired Baby-G from Time Depot.

Just seeing the box makes me drool. So excited to see what’s inside.Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-1 Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-8TA DA! It comes with a special mirror with Girls’ Generation imprint inside. It’s a special mirror because the cover changes color when exposed to UV, so you’ll be able to protect yourself from such. Sweet! ❤

Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-5 Oh look at that packaging. So girly and so Korean. I love it! Plus, it is a limited edition packaging. So, grab your watch now for only P6,995. GO! Run to the store nearest you and by store I mean Time Depot. 😉Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-2The packaging also comes with photos and signatures of every SNSD member. Perfect for every GG fanatic out there!Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-4It is the BGA-153m-1b. It is also available in 2 other colors—beige and white.Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-6Here’s what I love about it:

  • Black and pink color combination
  • Cute stripe design and lamé numerals
  • LED color: Umber
  • 100m water resistance
  • Shock Resistant

For more information on this product, click here.Kriscel Go 2013 Baby G-7

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Online shoe shopping

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I ordered Vivi Captoe in mint (P850) from Satchi Store arrived today. But I got mine for only P799 since it was already on sale. Lucky me.

I am so in love with it. Who wouldn’t? Mint + gold, perfect combo! But buying online could be risky. Let me share some personal tips I consider first before clicking that checkout button:

  1. Check customer’s reviews & comments about the store/product. Sometimes, you can spot a bogus shop or if the product you want doesn’t live up to the photograph.
  2. Make sure to ask for the dimensions/sizes before purchasing. Sizes vary from one shop to another like dresses indicated in S/M/L. Shoe sizes sometimes come in smaller sizes than the usual so it is better to ASK.
  3. Find out what materials used in the item is it made of—cotton, chiffon, suede, silk, etc. And for shoes, some are made with pig’s lining, and I think some people are quite sensitive about this.
  4. For meet-ups, try to bring someone with you. Don’t go and meet a stranger in shady places.
  5. For deliveries, make sure to check the goods upon receipt. If the item is damaged or wrong item was sent to you, inform the seller immediately.
  6. Lastly, don’t be shy to ask. Ask, ask, ask. Get my point? Lol It is important that you are sure on what you are paying for.

Happy shopping! 🙂