Taiwan Travel Diary + Lookbook: Day 1

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Taipei, Taiwan

When I scored seat sale tickets for Taiwan (PhP 3000 roundtrip), I was ecstatic. I thought I was going to experience spring for the first time, in other words - 🌸. I even begged my best friends to come with me, not considering this was their first time to travel overseas. 

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see any Cherry Blossoms at full bloom because they bloom around Feb and March. We went there at April. 

The trip was eventful, nonetheless. It was better than what I expected. Read more to know about our experience. 🙂

1:30 AM Arrival at Taoyuan International Airport
7:30 AM Arrival at Taipei Main Station
9:00 AM Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
11:00 AM Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao
2:00 PM Check in to Space Inn
3:00 PM *Power nap!!!*
7:00 PM Ximending Shopping District
10:00 PM Head back to Space Inn

Like most seat sales, our flight to Taiwan was scheduled really early in the morning. We arrived at around 1 AM. We had to stay at Taoyuan International Airport and wait for the first MRT trip to Taipei, which is at 6:00 am. 

While waiting: we exchanged our US dollars; picked up our 4G portable wifi from Klook; and loaded our MRT easycards

At 6:30 AM, we boarded the express train from Airport Terminal 1 to Taipei Main Station. From Taipei Main Station, we went ahead to Chiang Kai Shek Station and rented some lockers for our baggage. 

Locker in Chiang Kai Shek Station
Lockers are found in most MRT stations. (NTD 10 per hour)

After that we went to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, wherein we had a sweaty but lovely time. Admission was free. The hall was huge and clean. We enjoyed the scenery and took A LOT of photos.

For lunch, we went to Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao just a few steps away from the hall. It was our first time to taste Xiao Long Bao and it was a surprising and delightful experience. 

Rica and Luisa

Tippy Tappin' in Taiwan

Xiao Long Bao

Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao

At 2 PM, we went to our inn, Space Inn Xinyi, near Taipei 101 station. We decided to take a power nap before going through the rest of the day. (Tbh by that time, we were feeling like zombies after a 2-hour nap in the plane...)

At 7 PM, feeling energized, we checked out Ximending Shopping District. This night market is famous for fashion clothing and awesome food. We tried the huge and delicious Hot Star chicken, which is famous in Taiwan. I loved it! We also tried authentic milk tea. For shopping, we dropped by the 5-storey H&M (...typical) to shop for our moms. At around 10 PM, we decided to call it a day and went ahead to our inn for a well-deserved rest. 

First time seeing Taipei 101 at night!

Hot Star Chicken in Ximending

Ximending Shopping District
Photo by Rica

It was an exhausting first day, but we were smiling until the very last minute. Read Day 2 here

Have you been to Taiwan?

Share your stories below. :)

Today's Look:

Top from Trendsetter's Bazaar | Skirt from Shop Copper | Shoes from Nike | Bag from Mumu bags | Specs from MF sunnies

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