Travel Diary

Taiwan – January 2018 (Part 5): Around Taipei

What every tourist needs to do – visit the touristy places!

First stop, Longshan Temple.

Details

It was so crowded when we went there, and we forgot that it was the weekend. It was a feast for the senses: You can see all the vibrant colors of the temple, smell the incense and hear people praying. Most importantly, you feel an inner calm when you see people being so calm and praying.

Off To Next Place

Second stop, Songshan Creative Park

This is a no brainer one of my favorite places we have visited on our 2nd day in Taipei. I’ve listed this down immediately on our draft when we are coming up what to see in Taipei couple of months before our trip. Initially, I wanted to visit as much creative parks as possible and just visiting one was already a big check on my list. The visuals of Sonshan Creative Park are everything. This is another place I wish to see again when I visit Taipei soon in the future.

Creative Park

Flowers and Colors

Just outside the creative park, lined streets (or alleyway) of cute cafes and restaurants. Too bad, we were too starved and craving for some real food and not just coffee at that time or else we ended up doing café hopping instead (mental list to do that next time!)

Flower Cafe

Last – Taipei 101

The Taipei 101

We initially wanted to avoid this place as we are torn/ unsure whether we want to visit the observatory of Taipei 101 touted as the highest observatory and building over towered by Burj Khalifa. Instead, we went inside the mall, checked the price of the observatory and just decided to pass it that day and maybe come back on our last day if we really want to visit the observatory, but we cannot let being tourists and take our picture in the LOVE.

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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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Family Vacation in Boracay (Part 3)

The beach is a happy place for me and what really makes me happy is that one of the best beaches in the world is just an hour airplane ride away from Manila (well, of course minus the traffic en route to the NAIA).

Legit Coffee in Boracay

As You Have Knows, I Am A Coffee Lover

My Fave in Little Wave

Just a continuation of my visual diary/ photo blog of our family vacation in Boracay last June 2017 which is the tail-end of summer.

Summer Mood

Hop On

Taking In

Golden Hour


Blues

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Family Vacation in Boracay (Part 2)

Second part of our family vacation in Boracay.

Hue Gaming


I have been to Boracay multiple times before but mostly with friends. This vacation is totally different as I am with my family. This only proves that Boracay is more than a facade of party scene. You can choose to have the whole day of activity followed by slow night enjoying food that Boracay offers while taking in the sea breeze.

Let Me Sit On White Sands

Paraw Party Over There

Fave Color Combination


Ripples, Colors and Sunset

We have decided to visit Puka Beach as I think I was the only one one in my family who was ever been there. Puka Beach is the more quiet, serene part of Boracay or not really. Well, it has changed a lot from my visit last year.

A Lost One in Puka Beach

Puka Beach

As If It’s Your Last


Not in Puka Beach

This Is Love

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Family Vacation in Boracay (Part 1)

Our summer started a little bit late that the usual. I feel like I we do not have a summer at all. I think this is the first time that I was not able to visit a beach destination in the last 5 years on the months of March to May. Really a bummer, right?

So, you wonder why I this blog entry in the first place? My family has decided that we will visit Boracay on the month of June when Summer is officially over but that did stop us from having a fun time on the famous little island.

Airport

Window Seat Always

This entire series is a photo diary of sort. I do not have long narrative about Boracay and normally when I am in the island, I just enjoy the time though it’s different this time around as this is the first time I was able to visit Boracay with my family.

Home For The Week

Hello, Island!

Enjoy the pics from our first day in the island

Love

Pink and Gray

My Fave Love 😘

Focus On Me

Famous Jonah’s Milkshake


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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Day Two) 

Part two and second day of our trip to this wonderful place in Bataan, Philippines.

Chillin’ And Windblown Hair


Fountain Moment


Bougainvillia Life

Lights in The Noon


One day is not enough to take in what Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar offers. There are a lot to see and every corner of this property is instagrammable.

Happily Walking


Time Travel Thru a Tram


Waiting…

The walking tour from the first day almost covered what you want to see in the whole property and we used our second day like our own personal time to look more closely to the different houses and appreciate the architecture and design a little bit more.

Adobe House


Wide Space, Cobblestone and Pink Haired Me


Believe it or not, we were not able to come near the beach as we were too busy with taking in the beauty of the entire place. Too bad that I even brought some swimwear but in the end was not able to use them. Maybe I’ll use them on my next beach trip instead.

Angels


One of My Ultima Fave Spots in Las Casas


This quick and somehow educational trip is a way to start my summer (or maybe the only summer trip I have this year 😂) and I see myself in the near future that I’ll be coming back to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to see the new houses and attraction this place has to offer.

Morning Light


Wallflower



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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Day One) 

I have this fascination or a dream that I want to travel back in time so that I can appreciate arts and architecture back at those time. I really wanted to learn more about the design aesthetics of long gone days and how unique Old Manila was. Yes, we might have Intramuros to relive those good old times but my spirit “old school” me craves for something more.

Old Style Window

Taking A Break From All The Walking


So happy that I share same sentiment with my college friends and we have decided to visit Las Cas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan for an early summer getaway.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a big compound or property where you can delight your sense of sight with pleasing Old Manila/Philippines style, dating back to the 1800s to 1920s-ish style. You got to experience cobblestones driveways which I only read in history books or I’ve seen in real life in Calle Crisologo in Vigan.

Cobblestones and Statues

Shopping District

Just Speechless

Old Building, Modern Times


We have decided to stay for one night in Las Casa to have a full experience how it feels like to live back on old days. Don’t be fooled as their rooms have air-conditioning units and television set (and most importantly, WiFi connection!).

Blending In

Waiting

Waiting For My Old School Lover (LOL)

Greenery


For our first day in Las Casas, we have decided to join the complimentary walking tour. Thanks to this tour, we were able to see the entire compound and even had the chance to enter the houses. The houses are originally came from different parts of the Philippines and they have relocated them all in this place. As wonderful as the exterior of each house, the interior is a spectacle of their own. It’s as if we have visited an entire compound of musuem dedicated to Old Philippines design.

100%

Lights and Dusk

Lamppost Tells a Story

The Facade of The Hotel

Fountain Moment – Cant Miss This One

Always At Awe When Seeing This


Day two of our quick getaway is up next, so stay tuned for more pictures.

Ending This Blogpost With One of The Best Sunsets I’ve Seen Firsthand


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Cebu (Part 4): Virgin Island in Bantayan

Cebu is known to house some of the best beaches in the Philippines. Being a beach lover myself, I will never pass the chance to visit one of the beach spots gaining popularity in Cebu. I’ve heard about this place a couple of years back, thanks to one of my closest college friends who is a Cebuana but raised in Manila (which by the way you can visit her blog by clicking HERE). I’ve been waiting about this part of my Cebu trip and definitely an icing on top of a great trip we had.

Toasted

For our last iterinary in Cebu, we went to Bantayan Island in Sta. Fe, Cebu. Bantayan Island has its own rustic charm as if time slows down when you are in this area. It is quickly gaining popularity among beach lovers and travellers alike. Though this is not a travel blog which normally gives directions and tips about the places I’ve visited, my blog is more of a personal online space for me to diary my travels and for the readers to find inspiration to travel as well. I’ll leave it to professionals to come-up with a legit travel blog.

The Virgin Island

Bantayan Island houses a lot nice beaches and even the beach front of Anika Beach Resort, where we stayed, boasts pristine white sands.

Pristine

Greenery 

One of the orders of business is to visit Virgin Island. We hopped on a boat instead and visited Virgin Island.

This is The Virgin Island

With College Friends

I did not set any expectations for this visit in Virgin Island as I do not know that this small island exists or even part of our iterinary. I have to say that this is a must visit place in Bantayan.

White Sands

Elements

Virgin Island feels like you were castawayed from the busy society. Perfect place to get a tan, enjoy the white sands & clear water and just enjoy.

Getting A Tan and A Lot of Memories

Slow Down

Somewhere Out There

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Cebu (Part 3): Blooms and Blooms

Now, this got to be one of my favorite parts of our Cebu trip.

Happiness When There Are Flowers

I always love flowers and my Instagram feed is the living proof for that. Starting from the time that I heard and seen about this place, I hava a permanent mental note that I should visit this place. I will not let this Cebu trip go by without visiting Sirao Flower Farm/ Sirao Peak.

Colors


 

Be Always Blooming

Sirao, as I know, is still part of the city (Correct me then if I am wrong). Located atop of a mountain lies a wonderful place full of blooming flowers. Going up to the peak is a little bit of an ordeal but I have to say it is all worth it. Don’t worry though, as cars, taxi and other mode of transportation are readily available from the city center going to Sirao.

Flower Power

Sirao Garden is sometimes called as “Little Amsterdam” as it it reminiscent of blooms from that city.

Me, Being Sweet and Montochromatic

Every corner is Instagram worthy and for a flower lover like me, you will be consumed in your own little space taking in pictures of the flowers, taking selcas and asking your friends to take a photo or two (or hundreds) of you.

Sirao Peak is a must see place in Cebu. We went there on a Saturday morning and the place is a little packed but as you can see the in our pictures it seems that we are the only ones there. Thanks to the other visitors who let us take our photo without a photobomber. I guess it’s a give-and-take unspoken relationship we had with the other tourists. If you really wanted to have the whole place for you, maybe you can visit really early and on a weekday.

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Cebu (Part 2): All Sorts of Water From The South

After the tiring early afternoon trek in Osmena Peak and seeing what the highest peak in Cebu can show, we are off to the first beach in Cebu, which is Moalboal.

I never really knew about Moalboal until I came here. Good thing that my friend Amor is actually from Cebu. Moalboal is located in the southwestern part of Cebu. Pristine white sands and rich underwater are the main selling points of this part of Cebu. Scuba diving, free diving and snorkeling are the activities to do in this part of Cebu.

Long Stretch

I’ll Trade Anything For This Moment

Since Moalboal is facing on the western part, this means great news – superb sunset. Yes, the sunset here is nice, divine, and breathtaking and all the adjectives I can think of. I always make it a point to see the sunset whenever I am on a vacation.

The Moalboal Sunset

The following day, we opted to go to one of the islands to see in the Moalboal area which is known as Pescador Island.  This part of Cebu boasts rich marine life that can match the best diving spots to all the places I’ve been to. I never tried scuba diving but by simple doing a free dive or snorkel, you can easily see the greatness needs to be seen just after you jumped off from the boat. I marked this as a must visit place to visit while in Cebu.

Memories Shared With Friends

Rich

Two Completely Different Worlds

I Love To Try Free Diving Soon

Are They Trying To Drown Me? 😂✌️

After a morning of sea salt, we headed straight to Kawasan Falls. Originally, I did not intend to join this part as you know, I rather be the passive type of traveler, but hey, thank goodness that I’ve given it a go. I never knew that I will have so much fun jumping from a 30-foot waterfall and hurt my butt off after. It was exhilarating yet fulfilling at the same time. We took so many pictures in Kawasan Falls but I honestly think GoPro is not my camera of choice. There are water splashes all over; pictures were out of focused so I guess this part of this vacation will hold dearly in my mind.

Floating

Kawasan Falls

Under The Veil

Damn, My Make-up’s Ruined! 😂

Literally a Concrete Jungle

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