Taipei, Taiwan

Ni hao! Here’s a summary video of my 4-day stay in Taiwan. 🙂

This trip was extra special to me from my previous out of the country trips because this was my first ever solo travel outside the Philippines. Haha!

It was so much fun and liberating! Well, I really like to travel alone so I already expected that I would enjoy this trip. Haha! But what I was super excited about before going to Taipei were the food I’m going to nibble on, the places I am going to visit, and the amazing weather! It’s the last week of February so it’s still chilly but not so much and it was perfect.

Below are some of the photos I took from the places I went to and a few of the food I tried while I’m there.

 

Lungshan Temple of Manka

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A typical street in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan.

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Huaxi Street Tourist Night Market

 

Squirrels and the lovely view in 228 Peace Park

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I was also lucky to see Sakura trees started blooming! So if you want to witness sakura blossoms in Taipei, it is perfect to visit sometime between last week of February and first week of March. 🙂

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Raohe Street Night Market

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Subway to Taipei Main Station

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The most famous skyscraper in Taiwan, the Taipei 101. I took this from the peak of the Elephant Mountain. It’s a steep hike but the view from up there is worth the sweat! Also, a few minutes of trek won’t hurt so much.

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That’s me and Taipei 101. See how wet my shirt is? Haha! For a very unprepared and unfit person like me, it was a challenge. But it didn’t kill me so, I would still recommend to do this. You can relax on the top after, it was amazing.

 

Taipei Zoo

 

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

The vastness of Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is amazing! It’s also a great place to relax, take photographs, picnic, and whatever decent. Haha! There are sakura trees around, too. 😉

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That’s me again, with the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. Hehe

I also tried the famous Modern Toilet Restaurant in Ximending on my last day. The food is served in a bowl that looks like toilet. It’s cute, and very instragrammable. The price of the meals are a bit high from the usual prices of food in Taipei but it’s okay. Taste is OK too. I only had chicken curry, and I love chicken and curry so my comment about it is kind of bias… and yes, I loved it. The complimentary poop-shaped chocolate ice cream is so-so though. I would still recommend it for first time visitors for experience. The place is cozy, and homy so you will absolutely like it. 😉

 

Modern Toilet Restaurant

There are places I wasn’t able to go to because of oversleeping. Haha! Like Yehliu Geopark up north, the Sanxia District, Jiufen Old Street, and a lot more. I think it’s okay, then I have a reason to go back.

Taiwan, I’ll see you again! ❤

~ N

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Taipei, Taiwan

Lake Sebu

I flew to the lowermost part of the Philippines for my first solo travel this year to experience Lake Sebu. It is an actual lake in a small town also called Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Mindanao. Before I leave for this trip, my mother, sister, friends, and office friends kept on telling me to take care, for obvious reasons that it is just a few hours away from where the bandits are nesting. To be honest, I kind of hesitated because of its reputation but still followed my guts, that everything will be fine. So I decided to go. But as expected, it has the warmest people. 🙂

It’s amazing to find peace in a place where most people perceive is lacking. 🙂

Here is a video of my adventures in Lake Sebu:

 

Things you must try:

  1. Seven Falls Zipline
  2. Extreme River Tubing
  3. Water Biking

Places to visit:

  1. Divine Mercy Garden
  2. Lotus Watching on Lake Sebu
  3. Bai Lang Dulay
  4. T’Boli Homestay
  5. Seven Falls
  6. T’Boli Museum

I will update this post soon for my Guide to Lake Sebu. 😉

Be well,
N

Lake Sebu

DIY Seasalt Hairspray

For someone who has long straight hair and love the waves and the great volume it gets when it dries out after a few dips in the sea, this is for you.

You will need the following:

  1. Spray Bottle
  2. Organic Seasalt
  3. Organic Coconut Oil
  4. Odorless leave-in conditioner (optional)
  5. Essential Oil (optional)

But for me, since I couldn’t find an affordable organic leave-in conditioner and essential oil, I went for just the basics: warm water, organic seasalt and coconut oil. Below are the ones I used.

I got the organic seasalt from Healthy Options in Greenbelt 5. There are a lot of Healthy Options out there and organic shops like Santi’s; Hain is a personal choice because  I have been using it since the day I started doing the Master Cleanse and aside from that, it is the cheapest I can find, a 10 ounce costs around 100 pesos.

The organic coconut oil was from Sesou Nature Source shop in Greenbelt 1, it is located on the lower ground floor. It is not an actual store but just a stall near Mango. I bought the Botany Works Virgin Coconut Oil for 165 pesos.

Before we proceed to the instructions, here is a photo of my hair before I apply my DIY Seasalt Hairspray:

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Directions:

Mix warm water (120ml) and seasalt (1 tbsp) in a container and wait for the seasalt to melt. Once the seasalt dissolves, add the coconut oil (1 tbsp) and mix until you are satisfied. And then put it in the spray bottle (mine is a 150ml bottle). That’s it! Your Seasalt Hairspray is ready. But of course you can always add an organic leave-in conditioner for more volume and thickness and essential oil for flavor.

Now, spray it evenly to your hair (preferably towel dried after shower). Since this is my first time, I just put what I think is enough. I don’t want to put a little and too much since I’m not sure yet what it will look like. Ha! Once you are satisfied with it, bun it and let it air dry for about 30 minutes.

Mine looked like this:

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Although it was not as wavy as I wanted it to be, it really looked and felt like my hair after a day at the beach. Try it yourself and leave a feedback on the comment section. 😉

N

DIY Seasalt Hairspray