Sunset in Donsol

After three hours of literally chasing whalesharks in Donsol, my companions and I sat by the seaside and enjoyed the last rays of the sun while sipping our fruit daiquiris.

And then in the middle of our conversation, a figure gliding across the sea caught my attention. Without hesitation, I took out Bono, my trusty camera, and snapped several shots.  Later on, I would realize that there were at least six of us taking photos from different angles.

I've always believed that a subject can be interpreted a thousand different ways. Here's my version of that moment.


Taipei a la gastro

Four days in Taipei and I'm pretty sure I already gained several pounds! Seriously, if you're going to Taiwan, Item No. 1 on your To-Do list should be:  EAT LOCAL FOOD.  The best ones aren't those served in restos but those you can buy on the side streets.  Tried some (or should I say a lot?) of them and here are my personal recommendations:

Street food
 Would you believe that for only NTD 100 (USD 3.57), you can already have a full dinner for two? Yep.  Lined up along the streets of Gongguan are dozens of stalls that offer a wide range of street food.  During our second night, Djong and I settled for a dimsumfest.

TAIPEI 101: Taipei tips and whatnots

By this time yesterday (11:00 p.m.), our feet would already be hurting from all the walking but we would still be scouring the hundreds of stalls inside our chosen night market for the day.

This is how I usually am after I come home from a trip:  HUNG OVER.

I just got back from Taiwan and unlike my trip to Seoul, I was able to read up on Taipei weeks before our departure.  But despite that, we still hit a lot of funny snags during the four days we were there! Good thing my friend Djong and I were both good sports and just ended up laughing the whole time.

Anyway, here are a couple of tips I got throughout the trip which, hopefully, will be helpful to random "googlers" who are thinking of going to the Formosa (Translation:  Beautiful island).

The weather
During late February, the temperature in Taipei usually ranges from 15 to 18 degrees Celsius.  I asked several people who've been there and was told that it's just your usual office air-conditioning temperature.  I also read somewhere that Taipei weather is volatile--it could be cold one minute then hot the next.  So I unpacked all my thick coats and replaced them with knits, long-sleeves, and thin jackets.

BAD IDEA.

When we got there, it was FREEZING!  It didn't help that the cold was accompanied by strong winds and rain.
Rainy Taipei.

Good thing, though, we both had handy umbrellas with us.  Otherwise, we'd be soaking wet the whole time!

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