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Taiwan – January 2018 (Part 4): Taipei Cinema Park

Honestly, this part of the trip is just me sliding into our iterinary as I don’t know whether my friends will like the place or not. Good to say that the Taipei Cinema Park is just a couple of blocks away from our hotel in Ximen area. So why not give it walk then?

I honestly surprised in a very good way how the art culture in Taipei is so alive. I like everything about arts and culture, but you cannot call me a pro yet when it comes to art. As much as possible, I try to attend art fairs and visit museum and galleries to learn and appreciate more what art is. Taipei Cinema Park is filled with wall to wall artworks and graffiti. Taipei Cinema Park kind of reminds me when I visited the famed Haji Lane in Singapore though a lot less humid.

Backpack Gang 🎒

This so-called square/park was a slum before (based from google and some travel blogs) and the government decided to improve the area so that it could become an attraction. The serenity of this place does not give a slum area vibe at all. Learning and reading about these stories make me appreciate the place even more. Nowadays, they use this space as events place for arts, skate boarding and other subcultures you can think of that needs a large open space. When we visited the place, there are even students filming their school project.

Visual Treat

Street Mao

Colors

For me, it is a must visit place for anyone touring Taipei. We went there in the morning just after we had our breakfast in McDonald’s, so I can only say that I recommend visiting the area in mid mornings if you want to avoid the crowd. I guess it is a different story on weekends and afternoon, I guess the place is swarmed with people doing anything you can think of – chat, picnic, people watching. When I go back to Taipei soon, I will go back to this place and maybe visit it on the evening and experience a different vibe it will show.

Happiness

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Taiwan – January 2018 (Part 2): Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Taiwan trip will not be complete with the visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. I never had visited a vast memorial hall as big and wide as this memorial hall.

When we entered the area, my first word was “wow”. Taiwan really knows how to pay respect and pay homage to the forerunners who built the country. It took us some time before reaching the main building (I am not sure how it is called tho) as we enjoyed our time taking photos on the ground area. Not just us but most of the visitors do the same and take their time to enjoy, talk and take a lot of pictures before going to the main building.

I guess during the entire Taiwan trip, luck was on our side as when we visited Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall it was neither sunny or rainy. Just a perfect balance of cloud and sun and lot of cold wind. I just can’t imagine if the sun is in it’s full glory that day and we will not to fully enjoy the ground area. Another proof that we have luck on our side, the changing of guards happened in the main hall just within 5 minutes when we entered the main hall, so we were able to rest a little bit after the climb and we have a good vantage point for viewing the changing of the guards.

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Taiwan – January 2018 (Part 1): Ximenting

Officially the first part of our Taiwan trip last January 2018. First stop: Ximenting.

We have decided to visit Ximenting first as our accommodation is in Ximen area, how clever, right? If you like convenience on almost everything, staying in the Ximen area is actually a very good idea. If you are a first-time tourist in Taipei, Ximen and Taipei Central Station areas are actually good locations to scout for your accommodation/ hotel. Honestly, when I go back to Taiwan as a solo traveler or with friends. Family, I will opt to stay in the Ximen area again.

Going back to Ximenting, it is like the Harajuku of Tokyo and Myeongdong of Seoul. It is a” pedestrian maze” full of restaurants, shops, malls, gift shops and make-up shops! I can walk the area for the entire 6 hours and so and will not get tired of just roaming around and checking the shops one by one (which by the way, we did not just once but I think thrice!)

For me, experiencing Ximenting is a must when you visit Taipei. Make sure to drop by once during day time and once during nighttime. There is a different charisma when you visit it during daytime and nighttime. You can also enjoy a small night market in the adjoining space near the Red House for some fancy art stuff and trinkets for your souvenir.

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Taiwan – January 2018 (Prologue)

Taiwan. What do we know about Taiwan? Maybe the famed Asian drama ‘Meteor Garden’? A soveriegn country a little bit north of the Philippines? What else? These are the answers that most people will come up but for me it is more than those.

9 Degrees Welcome

Taipei 101

As a child, Taiwan is a country that I really wanted to visit, even before all the hype started: Meteor Garden, milktea, etc. I fondly remember the stories of my “Tita” (aunt) about her travel in Taiwan. Since that time, I made up my mind that I need to go to Taiwan, will have a blast and make great memory just like my tita used to when she visited the country. Another reason I wanted to go to Taiwan is becaude of a tv show aptly titled “Fun Taiwan” in Discovery Channel. I remember marking my own notebook/calendar each week so that I will not miss any episode.

Taipei Cinema Park

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial

So for me, this trip in Taiwan is etra special as this trip fulfills my childhood dreams of visiting the country. We all have that one place we heard about a lot back in the days and you can’t wait to go there. For some, it may be Disneyland but for me it’s Taiwan.

Taipei View From Gondola

Ximenting

Sky Lantern at Shifen Old Street

This I have to say that visiting Taiwan is a big check on my bucket list. Taiwan did not fail my expectations about everything (even exceeded them): I feel at home when I was in Taiwan, people are genuinely nice, public transportation is great, and everything about our trip is so perfect (even the weather cooperated!). I also have to say that most people understand English but keeping a little bit of basic Mandarin will do some wonders. I know a little bit of Mandarin and it was drained to the extreme on the airport when I was buying our bus ticket to the city but I guess that is an experience I wont trade for anything and I promised myself to re-learn, re-study Mandarin as it may come in handy again (when I go back to Taiwan or visit China soon).

Lavender Ice Cream at Lavender Cottage

Taichung and Flowers

This part was supposedly part one of the many entries but I have decided to put this as a prologue. I have never done a prologue before but since this is a very special trip for me and this post has become a little lenghty, so here it goes. I know I said a lot for a prologue and please keep posted for the next in the series. Hope you love this blog post series as much as I enjoy and love Taiwan.

I Fell In LOVE with Taiwan

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Denim and Stripes

I have been missing the cool weather and the option to do layering for your coordinates. I am stuck wearing light clothing and fabric for my everyday wear. Summer is on full blast and I am not really a summer person. I prefer cooler weather over hot ones (who doesn’t by the way) . I wish that our country has spring and autumn season. I am constantly reminded that we always look for something that we do not have, and for this instance, the weather.

I have been busy the last few months that I almost forgot that I still have pending outfit/coordinate post from our Taiwan trip last January. Back to Taiwan, where weather is cooler and layering is essential. I wish that we will have Taiwan’s weather here and I’ll have the excuse to wear the jackets and coats.

Distressed denim jacket from Forever21. Stripped shirt from SMYTH. Skinny tattered pants from Topshop (been wearing that for years!). Sneakers from Puma.

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Jumper, Jumper

Jumpers are recollection of my childhood days. I remember looking at old photos and seeing myself dressed in 90s jumpers put a little smile on my face.

Since 90s influence has been sort of making a comeback, I think it’s about time to try to pull a look while trying in some layering in windy Taiwan.

Ximending

Chiang Kai Shek

It’s kind of tricky to pull out the look as I want to avoid looking full-on 90s and I also want to make it look fresh (hopefully). Then one day, weeks before our trip in Taiwan, I happened to watch a Korean variety show and saw one person wearing long sleeves under his jumper and I said that maybe I could give it a try. Viola, I love how everything coordinates well and layering works on cold weather (Thanks for the semi-Winter, Taiwan!). Luckily, I wore this outfit on our first day before we devour all the delicious food in Taiwan.

Always Windy

Stairs

Matchy Matchy

Denim Jumper from Forever21. Stripped Long Sleeves from Uniqlo. Heattech Innerwear from Uniqlo.

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Middle Of It All

To Each A Peach

I was never the type of person who go for full power color coordination when it comes to my outfit. I guess my aesthetic is all about muted and monochromatic tones. From time to time, I like to surprise myself with a little bit of splash of color for my coordinates.

Shady

Second outfit post from our recent Taiwan trip. This coordinate is among the very first one that pops in my mind when I was looking through my pile of clothes when we started to plan for our Taiwan trip. As usual, the base of the whole ensemble is from my love of stripes and black bottoms. The combination mixes well with the peach coat.

A Magical Place – Xinshe Castle

Greens Are My Friends

I also planned to wear this outfit on the day that we will visit places which involve flowers and nature. On the day I wore this ensemble,  that day we visited Taichung where Xinshe Castle and Zhong She Flower Market are located. The outfit really blends well with the rustic feel of Xinshe Castle and the blooming ambiance of the flower market. Just to let you know of a little secret, the Taichung part of our trip is my absolute favorite part of our Taiwan trip.

Ni Hao!

Love

Peach Coat from Forever21. Stripped Long Sleeves from Uniqlo. Black Skinny Jeans from Topshop.

Lightleaks

Just Happy

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Winter Gray

It has been months since my last post and here is some outfit blog post from my recent trip in Taiwan. So recent that I just arrived back home and started sorting out pictures for my blog entries.

There is so much to say about Taiwan and will detail all them on my next few blog entries. For all I can say right now is that Taiwan is by far one of the best places I have been to, everything is amazing – from food, sights and people!

Our trip in Taiwan is in the middle of the winter. Though snow is scarce in Taiwan (snow can be found on top of the mountains where you still need to trek or something), the wind still brings cold weather. When we arrived, it was around 8 degrees and averaging to 11-15 degrees which by the way is considered cold for those who are living in a tropical country. Good for me though that I always prefer the cold weather over the hot one.

You should have known by now that gray is one of my most favorite color and I love playing with monotone ensembles. Recently, you have seen me in all black but very seldom is an all gray look. Gray also looks good with colorful and playful background which also happened that we visited such colorful places when I wore the ensemble.

Gray Kimono Jacket from SMYTH. White Short Sleeved Turtleneck from SMYTH. Cropped Gray Trousers from Folded and Hung. Gray Sneakers from Puma.


Hope you like my take on this winter and all-gray ensemble.

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Black Is My Happy Color

No surprises, once again I am wearing black for our weekend walk/visit in Intramuros, Manila.

Black is a staple color in my closet and what really nice with this color is it never go out of trend. You can easily match it with any color.

Casa Manila

No matter what color you wear, what’s most important is you are comfortable of what you are wearing. We have different definition of comfortable, some define it as cmfy itself and while others might define it of showing who they truly are. You have to find a style that fits you make sure that it represents who you are.

Black By The Fountain

Top from H&M. Shoes from Milano’s. Canvas Bag from Outlines.

My Happy Color

I stumbled upon Outlines.ln ‘s  Instagram page and instantly fell in love with their aesthetic especially their black canvas bags. I am instantly a fan and will look forward to my next purchase with them. You can check their IG page by clicking HERE.

Rose Tote Bag from Outlines

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Photoblog: Baguio (January 2017)

Took me so many months before I was able to post this entry. 

Gate

Season For Blooming

Early this year, or more appropriately, at the first month of the year, me and my family decided to visit Baguio City. Baguio City was once a place where my mom studied while she was on primary school. Since then, she has never again set foot in Baguio until this trip happened.

Mom’s First Time Back In Baguio

Flower Power

Reason I Love Baguio

It was a special trip for the family as it was the first time my mom returned to Baguio after a few decades and we were there to celebrate my birthday.

2nd Time To Visit BenCab Museum

Hello, Flowers!

Outfit # 1: All White

Outfit # 2: Almost All Gray

Outfit # 3: All Black

We did the usual touristy route and visited places swarmed by tourists. We drived around Baguio, enjoyed food (some not so good experience and some are excellent) and took lot of photos.

Stroll in High Noon

Everlasting

Mountain View

In Love With This 🖤

Baguio Brewery

I Was Not Able To Finish This Flavoured Beer. Ask Me 5 Years Back and I Can Finish This In A Few Minutes.

When Pink Hair Was Me, Back to Normal Brown Hair

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