11.24.2016

Historical Places Around Taipei

Martyr's Shrine (War Memorial)



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National Palace Museum



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Presidential Office Building


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Around Taipei



The roads around Taipei are clean. There are not so many vehicles but I noticed that the motorcycle is the most common form of vehicle even the ladies use. The bicycle was also seen along the thoroughfare. It is like Makati or Ortigas minus the congested streets.


Generally, the people are kind, soft-spoken and polite. According to the taxi driver who drove us around, the Japanese influenced the Taiwanese for many years, perhaps the reason for these qualities. A number of people can also speak English.


Obviously, Taipei values its environment. There are so many trees around the place. I even saw newly planted trees with bamboo poles to support it from standing erect. Though the country is industrialized, the wind was seemingly fresh. And I was glad to discover so many good things about this country I never knew in the past.



11.20.2016

Food Around Taipei

One of the best things to do and is always in my bucket list when traveling is to have a taste of the local cuisines, to mingle with the people, observe the environment and enjoy. The moment I get out of the cabin, I keenly look around me and start learning and appreciating.


 Let me share with you the things I enjoyed eating during my entire stay in Taipei:


Bubble Tea is a tea-based drink that originated in Taiwan in the 80s. Having a sip of this refreshing drink with chewy tapioca balls is something you shouldn't miss. It came with a tray of nuts and chips served by truly friendly and helpful staff.


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After being settled, we searched for a place to eat situated on a street filled with many more restaurants, bakeries, convenience stores and shops. Not so far away from the hotel, we walked to the nearest stop light and chose what seemed appealing - a very local restaurant selling the popular noodles and dumplings.


Chili wanton noodles

Steamed dumplings

Wanton noodles


Admittedly, it was very filling. The noodles abundant. The dumplings encased in smooth wanton wrappers that were flavorful and tender unlike the ones we get from the kiosks here filled with extenders.

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My Favorite Place is a restaurant and pub populated by mostly the expats to unwind after a long workday. The food in their menu is fusion. Interestingly, in house water was never served here and in all the restaurants I've been to. They were sold.


Salmon fried rice

Combination platter of chicken wings, fish fillet, cheese sticks, calamares, onion rings


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Before heading to the indoor observatory at Taipei 101, we went around their food court to select from so many food stalls! Undeniably, I was happy with my order. Just the right amount to keep me going until dinner time.


(L-R) Kushikatsu (fried) sweet potato, tako and tempura

Irresistible strawberry custard puff and iced coffee latte

At Agnes b. Cafe

Ornate tiles I needed to capture


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Cold with tofu, tapioca pearls and sweet potato

Hot with tapioca pearls and glutinous rice

Meet fresh is a refreshment shop that sells fresh juices, popcorn and those in the photo which is like our version of ginataan.


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Souvenirs


1 - Green bean cake. This is like our version of polvoron. My mom thought that perhaps it is made of munggo because of its color. It is creamy but not as sweet.
2 - Chips from 7 11.
3 - Tart nuts. These are packed individually and each has different nuts and ingredients in it.
4 - Mochi made of glutinous rice with six filling likes taro, mung beans, adzuki beans, sesame and peanuts like our own tikoy only elongated in shape.
5 - Pineapple cake. One box contains 10 cakes in a golden box like gold bar that is square in shape.
6 - Drip coffee from the hotel.
7 - 3-in-1 Nescafe Gold which I don't see in the supermarket here these days.


We also had a late lunch at Starbucks once. I failed to capture what we ate because I was amused to witness a lady leaving the table she was occupying for us. We had their turkey sandwich and cold coffee. On another instance, we had dinner at another local restaurant.

11.19.2016

The Sherwood Taipei

Located only five minutes away from Taipei's financial district, the luxurious 5-star hotel boasts with the East and West interiors, amiable and courteous staff and state-of-the-art facilities.




Executive Single Room


Spacious, comfortable and relaxing were the adjectives that describe the room where we rested our weary bodies from the long walks after the tour and the many more hours of walking during the evening in search for a local place to fill our growling tummies. The weather was extremely fine but it got very cold towards the night. 


The bathroom had three parts: the dresser with all the toiletries you'll need to freshen yourself, a full bath tub and a shower on the left side, a toilet bowl and a separate shower area on the right part of the room.


I enjoyed using the automated functions of the toilet and experimented with the different pressures and temperatures of the water.




The Decor In Some Parts Of The Hotel


The Sherwood Taipei can truly make your stay memorable with the richness and the luxury it evokes because of its wide lobby and reception hall, including the magnificent pieces of arts and furniture all over the place. 


We had our daily breakfast buffet at B-one Buffet Restaurant which served a fusion of gustatory delights. There were various breads and pastries like muffins, croissants, waffle. You can also create your own vegetable salad complete with a vast choice of ingredients, yogurt, yakult, different kind of cheeses, Japanese rice and egg.


Another part of the buffet offered small asado siopao, three kinds of bacon, sausages, mackerel, hash brown, grilled tomato and you can order eggs the way you like it cooked.


There was also an area that served congee, miso soup, vermicelli, various kinds of rice, birthday noodles and tofu. Beverages were unlimited. And breakfast wouldn't be complete without a cup of brewed coffee. Ahhh... my simple cup of pleasure.




Website: http://www.sherwood.com.tw/http://www.sherwood.com.tw/
Address: No.111, Sec. 3, Minsheng E. Rd., Songshan Dist
Taipei, Taiwan
Telephone number: +886 2 2718 1188

11.18.2016

The Thrilling Experience at Taipei 101



Renowned as the world's tallest in 2004, Taipei 101 or formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center is a skyscraper landmark with blue-green glass curtain walls, 101-storey designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes and has hundreds of restaurants and branded shops you can choose from. It only took us 37 seconds to reach the 88th and the 89th indoor observatory from the 5th floor!


The height of 101 floors commemorates the renewal of time: the new century that arrived as the tower was built (100+1) and all the new years that follow (1 January = 1-01). It symbolizes high ideals by going one better on 100, a traditional number of perfection. The number also evokes the binary numeral system used in digital technology.


The main tower features a series of eight segments of eight floors each. In Chinese-speaking cultures the number eight is associated with abundance, prosperity and good fortune. (Source: Wikipedia)


101st floor     Summit 101 (Private VIP Club)
92nd – 100th floor     Communication
91st floor     Outdoor Observatory Deck
88th – 89th floor     Indoor Observatory Deck
85th – 86th floor     Observatory Restaurant
59th – 84th floor     High Zone Office
59th – 60th floor     Sky lobbies
35th – 58th floor     Mid Zone Office
36th floor     Taipei 101 Conference Center
35th – 36th floor     Sky lobbies
35th floor     Amenities
9th – 34th floor     Low Zone Office
B1st – 5th floor     Taipei 101 Mall
B5th - B2nd floor     Parking Levels