Taipei and Hualien Summer Itinerary

The last time I was in Taiwan was in the summer of 2013. It was with Nainai, Mom and Sarah – a Girls(-and-Women) Generation trip! Hahaha..

My first trip there was with DR in December 2012, and boy did I have wonderful memories for both trips!

Taiwan is the kind of place that is so easy to travel, with so many things to eat and so many things to see and do, probably because I am Chinese.

Deren and I are now contemplating whether we should visit Taiwan again… In January or February 2015 when it’s cold.

Anyway, I realise I have yet to share my Taipei and Hualien itinerary. So here it is, for your reference! Hualien is a must-go in summer, for its yummy mochi and the pebbled beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.

Day 1: Check in Via Hotel at Ximending. Bedroom is rather small, but good enough because they have Sealy beds and have a snacks and drinks “lounge” near their reception.

Day 2: Lunch at Din Tai Fung Taipei Xinyi Road, the original branch in Taipei. Go in the morning to have breakfast. We left in early noon and saw a throng of Japanese tourists waiting to go in. This restaurant is worth going because the service there is impeccable! Going to their toilet over there is an experience too. Hang around Yong Kang Street for coffee and some shopping. Then off to Wufenpu and Raohe Night Market  饶河夜市 (Houshanpi station).

Day 3: Danshui and Shihlin Night Market

Day 4: Take the TRA from Taipei Main Station to Hualien station (Booking code: 921278, Train no. 224 Tze-Chiang Limited Express), 12 – 3.05pm. Take cab 15min to hotel (about TWD250). Check in to Hotel Bayview (七星潭度假饭店) at 3.45pm. The hotel’s view and service were both wonderful. Stroll along the Pacific Ocean. Take pictures. Loads of them. Feel the breeze. Head to their town for their dinner via a taxi.

Day 4: Book a taxi to visit Taroko Gorge (must book at least 8 hours, it’s market rate). The hotel helped us book the taxi. The taxi driver we got was pretty good, and has great photography skills. Photos that he has taken at Taroko Gorge and some of the nearby scenic sites turned out awesome and photo-frame worthy.

Day 5: Watch up early to watch the sunrise. Buy Hualien mocha at Tzen’s 曾记. Check out of Hotel Bayview (七星潭度假饭店)  at 1.30pm. Take Tzechiang Limited Express Train No. 177 at 2.50pm – 5.40pm. Check in to Via Hotel at 6pm

Day 6: Can’t exactly remember what we did. But continued to explore other parts of Taipei. Think we had beef noodles at Yong Kang Street.

Day 7: Check out at 12.30pm. Take Taiwan High-Speed Rail (20 min @ TWD560 for 1pm train OR TWD640 for 1.30pm train) or bus (1 hour). Be at Taoyuan Airport at 1.45pm; flight at 3.35pm

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Songs of my yesteryears

If I were to create my own song list that I would never get tired of listening to, it would consist of songs that I used to listen a lot to when I was in my teenage/JC years, those that have catchy piano/guitar riffs or those from John Mayer.

  1. Drops of Jupiter – Train
  2. The Reason – Hoobastank
  3. Dare You to Move – Switchfoot
  4. Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
  5. Seven Days in Sunny June – Jamiroquai
  6. You Gotta Be – Des’ree
  7. Waterfalls – TLC
  8. Gravity – John Mayer
  9. Stop this Train – John Mayer
  10. Daughters – John Mayer
  11. Vultures – John Mayer
  12. You Get What You Give – New Radicals
  13. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  14. Vertigo – U2
  15. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
  16. Better Days – Goo Goo Dolls
  17. Yellow – Coldplay
  18. Chasing the Sun – Sara Bareilles

As I type down the list, I am listening to these songs on Youtube as well. For most of them, they evoke memories of me being young, idealistic and sometimes “emo” (especially those pop/rock songs!). Ahhh.. good memories.

Do you have a song list that you will never get tired of listening to?