Finally! These are the last set of photos from the Taiwan trip last December. Sobrang tagal bago ko natapos. Haha. But seriously, how do you people do it?? Hahaha! Anyway, this is one memorable trip because of 2 reasons: (1) It was our first Christmas ni Darel as a married couple (2) It was my first out-of-the-country trip. Yup! Actually last year ko nga lang na-realize na bakit nga ba hindi ko talaga ever inattempt mag-travel sa labas ng Pilipinas before. Eh kung iisipin, I can also spend the same amount of money na pang backpacking trips. Well, siguro kasi dahil ang hirap mag-schedule with friends. Simpleng out-of-town trip nga lang ang hirap na e. Hahaha. Pag dito kasi okay lang dahil may mga friends ako na pwede i-meet when I’m in Visayas/Mindanao. And besides, mas gusto ko pa rin talaga sa isla. I think I am made for the sunny weather. Hahaha. Dati kasi sobrang ayoko ng cold places because I used to have this skin allergy pag malamig. Labo diba. Basta, nag-iiba yung color ko, parang yellowish-green (wala na ata akong dugo) tapos nag-ra-rashes. Pero dati yun. Ngayon nag-adjust naman na yung katawan ko. Buti na lang diba.
This isn’t the first time that I traveled with Darel’s family. In fact, last 2016, sumama ako sa kanila sa Davao. Nung 2017 naman, nag-daytrip kami sa Bataan. Tapos nung last few days din nung Honeymoon Backpacking Trip namin ni Darel, mineet namin sila sa Camiguin/Surigao. So, I can say na I’m comfortable na with his family when it comes sa pag-travel. Although ito medyo bago kasi we were all together for 8 days. Yes. 8 days. Hahaha.
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Even before Darel and I got married, we have already settled how are we going to spend December holidays. Christmas will be with his side of the family, while New Year will be with mine. Alcantaras usually gather as one big family every New Year's eve in Batangas (and Darel used to follow in the morning), so we easily figured out how to split all the festivities. . This is just one of the things I carefully prayed for during my single years, and today I'm gonna say it again: "I know it's not too much to ask, but I also know that it's not easy to have." Well, God answered. I'm thankful not only for the fact that this family loves me, but also because they love and worship the same God whom I love and serve. Thank you, Najoses, for my first Christmas as part of the family. ❤️ .
It was the first time I didn’t pack light.
Hahaha! Kung kaya ko mag-survive ng 7 days with only a 5kgs backpack with me sa mga backpacking trips ko, sobrang na-challenge ako nung nag-ppack na kami ni Darel for Taiwan. Nakakatawa, kasi yung skin care products ko pa lang alone, napaka-rami. Hahaha! Ewan ko, parang pag sa dagat/isla naman kasi yung mga pinupuntahan mo, di mo naman kelangan ng make-up at kung anu-ano. Yung okay lang kahit na mukha ka laging kaka-ahon lang sa dagat. HAHA. Pero ito kasi nasa city so feeling ko dapat medyo disente naman ako tignan. Hahahaha. Bukod dun, first time ko rin na mag-stay sa isang accommodation lang for 7 nights. Eh normally sa week-long backpacking trips, 3 nights si already too much. Hahaha. Oh by the way, we stayed in Yi-Su Hotel in Taipei. Check out the photos of our hotel and room.
One of the first things we did, aside from the night market foodtrip (yun agad ginawa namin pagdating eh), was to attend Lifehouse Church. Sunday kasi the next day nung pagdating namin so we made it a point to look for a church na may English service. Nagka-ligaw-ligaw pa nga kami kakahanap pero we found it naman. Yay! Sobrang millenial friendly yung service nila, and I think we can actually adapt it here. Anyway, it was a good morning, and the cold weather was tolerable kasi hindi pa umuulan.
We had a very flexible itinerary. Actually, hindi nga nasunod yung iba kasi the next days nun umulan na talaga and parang bagyo- level. Haha. You can check out my other Taiwan-related posts. I’ll link everything below (at the end of this post). So, dahil nga maulan halos the entire trip, madalas ayaw na namin lumabas ng hotel. Hahaha!! Eh kasi it was super cold. As in! Well, I enjoyed the commute life in Taiwan. Sobrang quota nga ako sa daily number of steps, like 10k+ steps everyday. Wohooo! I barely make a thousand regularly sa QC eh. Hahaha. I love their train system, and masaya maglakad in fairness (kahit ang lalayo). Minsan we take Uber, lalo na pag malakas nga yung ulan. Hindi namin na-try mag bus kasi we don’t know where to get the tickets/card? It turns out sa mga 7-Eleven pala meron! Tsk tsk. I have here random photos of the streets and our commute life.
Visiting Taiwan won’t be complete without of course, dropping by Ximending. Pero in our case, hindi lang drop by ginawa namin kasi twice kami pumunta dun para mag-shopping. Hahaha. It’s where I bought my loose pants / elephant type pants (for those who are asking). Ang tagal ko na kasi ina-eye nun sa Shopee kaso wala akong tiwala sa sizes pag online ako bumibili ng pants. Buti na lang nakahanap ako when we went there! Ximending is memorable also because it’s where a young group of girls approached us ni Darel para magpa-picture. Hahaha. Ang feeling! Pero kasi they need it daw for school. Photos with tourists ata. Ate Dane even caught it on camera. May souvenir din tuloy kami. Hahaha.
Sa Ximending din kami first nag-try maghanap ng Nintendo Switch ni Darel pero wala eh. Muntik na sya hindi maka-bili tuloy pero magaling sya mag-research kung saan possible meron. Ayun. Sobrang saya nya nun, parang bata. Damang-dama mo yung saya ng pasko nya. Hahaha. Well, masaya rin kami ni ate Dane kasi we bought Overcooked and sobrang nag-adik kami sa paglalaro. Tapos si Darel hindi sya makalaro ng sarili nyang game. Hahaha. Kahit nasa airport na kami pauwi, naglalaro pa rin kami.
I had a lot of beautiful moments in Taiwan.
I’m sure yung iba naman nakita nyo sa IG stories. Gustong gusto ko talaga i-keep yung stories ko nun as my IG highlights pero parang sobrang dami eh. Hello, 8 days na content yun guys! Hahaha. Speaking of content, sobrang dami kong photos. Kaya nga I have this series of blog posts about that trip kasi hindi kayang i-share ng isang bagsakan. I’m happy that I got to experience this trip with my husband and his family. Kahit na madalas eh pagkain ang pinupuntahan namin. Haha. Tapos biglang may mga random interesting spots na, “Uy! Okay mag-picture dito ah!” Na-realize ko rin na kaya ko palang mag-survive in a cold weather. Hahaha. Alam nyo, I left Taiwan with this conversation with Darel, “Kaya ba namin mag-backpacking pero international naman this time?” Well, pag-ppray ko muna. Wala naman masama mangarap. Hahaha.
I have here a video as a finale for this post! Happy watching!
Other Taiwan Posts:
- Exploring 5 Food Places in Taipei, Taiwan
- Random Thoughts on Top of What Used to be the Tallest Building in the World: Taipei 101
- [Photos] Yehliu Geopark
- [Photos] Jiufen – Pingxi Tour
- Taipei’s Huashan Creative Park – Tatsuya Tanaka’s Exhibit
- Learning About Culture – Tea Ceremony