2017 is coming to an end. I’m not being pessimistic but 2017 so far has not been kind on me. My health has suffered. My stress level has increased. My eczema on my left calf had flared up and resulted in hyperpigmentation. I have a really bad #acne breakout and it is really due to my stress levels as I had never experienced that severity even in my puberty days. I would post my experience in the near future to share the struggles especially since #adultacne is harder to treat. Just to let all the fellow sufferers know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I definitely hope all of you had a good 2017!
I should really try to do more frequent updates. I have an IG which I update on a more regular basis: Arisellaz
This is a long overdue blog post. My trip was last year! I had meant to update it but could not find the time, or energy to. I had a good massage earlier so I have more energy to update now. I’m gonna rewind and remember all the good old memories so pardon me if I miss out on anything!
Moving on to my trip to Taiwan, I had previously been there twice. Both times I had been to Taipei. The first time to Taiwan was a family trip and it was with a tour agency. This time round, we explored Taipei – Taichung – Nantou – New Taipei. It was more of a budget trip as I had to save up for an Europe trip which I will also update after this post.
When we touched down at the airport, it was already close to evening.So we checked into our hotel – a budget hotel near Ximending, which is a shopping district. I love Ximending as I can feel the youthful energy there. From there, we went to Shilin Night Market. I heard that it can be quite touristy but I still like it as it is so convenient. The nearest metro station is JianTan Station.
For first-time travellers to Taipei, getting around Taipei is convenient,as it has an efficient Metro system known as the MRT(Mass Rapid Transport). You can get an EasyCard or 悠遊卡 at any 7-11 there and it costs NT $100.Make sure to recharge this card as it contains no credit.
The food at Shi Lin Night Market. We tried Papaya Milk, Smelly Tofu, Beef Cubes and fried cutlet. I always drank bubble tea, which is my favourite. Below is the photo diary!
As it was quite late when we arrived in Taipei, first day was quite relaxing for us as we just ate and walked around. There were street performances at Ximending and the usual crowd for people watching.
Second day was spent at Tai Chung, which is just approximately one hour from Taipei using the High Speed Rail(HSR). We bought the HSR tickets on its website a few weeks before this trip. It is more convenient this way.
When we reached Tai Chung, we had to hire a private driver to drive us to QingJing Farm as it was quite a distance away if we were to take the bus. The ticket entrance ticket to the farm cost NT$262.
I love the sheeps! Check out my Instagram: Arisellaz for a clearer photo of the cute sheeps. #sheeps #overload from hereon! For me personally, I love all things animals so I can actually spend the whole day here. We booked a guest house and stayed near QingJing Farm House. The weather was cooling and I had great fun!
After the farm, we spent some time exploring the vicinity. There was also a horse show.The acrobats were originally from Mongolia and all of them were highly skilled.I had a good time there as well.
This marked the end of my 1st and 2nd day post. Will be posting up 3rd and 4th day soon.