#TripMagSoloSaTaiwan : Northern Coast

Yay! This will be my 3rd and last day!


This is my no breakfast yet look! 😀

For my last day, I booked a half day tour for Taiwan’s Northern Coast via Klook. The tour guide will pick me up at the hotel at 8AM. So, I decided to wake up around 6AM to prepare myself and my stuff because I will be checking out as well.

At 7AM, I went down and checked out then took my breakfast. Before, I can even finish my sandwich, the tour guide was already there looking for me. So, I just brought my foods and drinks and continued eating in the bus.

Unfortunately, they picked me up first. HAHAHA!

Then, we picked up the other guests. We were like 8 or 9 guests. There were 3 other Filipinos with me.

The more or less 1 hour bus ride to our first destination started at Taipei Main Station (where the last guest was picked up).


Along the way, we did see buildings, bridges, establishments, even road construction and of course, nature. Taiwan is a clean place and I love traveling there because of the trees and mountains.

Our first stop was Chung Cheng Park where we can find the 25-meter Goddess of Mercy statue. The place also offered a great overlooking view of Keelung.

But before we reached the park, we passed the statue of Confucius.




When we got off from the bus, the tour guide gave some information and instruction before we were told that we can roam around.



Guests can get inside the statue, ring the bell, see the beautiful Keelung City, take pictures and buy souvenirs.

I just took a photo of the statue and decided not to climb up inside because it’s kinda tiring. HAHAHA!




Then, there’s me! 😀


Then, I went to the bell and again just took some photos.


Afterwards, the tour guide was back in the meeting place to pick us up and proceed to our next and last stop.

Just a couple of minutes away, we arrived in our destination, the famous Yehliu Geopark. It is the home of the Queen’s Head rock formation.


We were given an hour to roam around and take pictures. It was raining the whole time but it didn’t stop us to capture the beautiful place and that rare moment.




This is Tony Ling, our tour guide, giving information and instruction.


Let the tour begin… 😀

Why the place called Yehliu? It is because of these plants that grow in the area. These are called Yehliu. Its fruit looks like a small pineapple but pineapple tastes better.


This is Lin Tian Zhen, a fisherman. His statue was built as a sign of gratitude of the people in his heroic deed of sacrificing his life to save the kids who were drown in this ocean.


Remember always! Never cross or go beyond that red line. The rocks are slippery. You might end up falling on the ocean.

Since the park has been famous, expect that there will be many guest visiting here. Whether it’s raining or not.


And the longest line will be in the Queen’s Head. It will eat up on your time if you will fall in line to take a photo with it.


But we have a hack! 😀


Thanks to this beautiful and friendly lady, Joyce from the USA for taking photos of me and being my companion for this tour. A new-found friend that I hope to meet again one day. 😉

When the time was up, we met him again at the entrance then we headed back to Taipei City.


In going to and from Yehliu Geopark, you will pass the ocean, the mountain, the city. It is so amazing to witness the lives of the Taiwanese in this area.

When we were entering Taipei City, the guide asked me if I want to be dropped off in the hotel or if there is some other place that I want to go. I asked him if he can dropped me off at National Taiwan University or the Ying De Univesity in the famous Taiwanese series, Meteor Garden. Unfortunately, it’s out of the way so I decided to alight at Taipei Main Station so that I can buy some pasalubong in the mall.

I bid farewell to my new friend and continued my walking journey to the station. I decided not to go to National Taiwan University because my feet were aching already. So, I went back to the hotel to pick up my stuff then headed to the airport.



#TripMagSoloSaTaiwan: Taipei City Tour

I started my second day in Taiwan with an early trip from Hualien County to Taipei City via a train.


After 2.5 hours trip, I arrived at the Taipei Main Station. I decided to head first to the hotel that I will be staying so that I can leave my things before starting my tour.

I will be staying in Uinn Travel Hostel. After a train ride from Taipei Main Station to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station, I walked for about 10-15 minutes to get to the hotel. Thanks to #GoogleMaps for the help. 🙂


This is my cozy hotel. It looks attractive and homey outside.



These two welcomed me. 🙂

When I arrived, it is still so early for their check in time. The staff informed that I can leave my things and proceed with my tour. I asked them if I could change and they were so kind enough to let me use their bathroom in the lower floor. And then, they gave me some information on what can I see within the area.

Then, I headed out and start my day 2.

Let the walking begin… (We really need to walk and walk and walk! Hahaha.)

My first destination is the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. A memorial to the founder of modern China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The National Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall was built in 1972 as a tribute to the founder of the Republic of China.(From: Guide to Taipei)

It can be found just a few meters away from the Sun Yat-sen Train Station. You will not be lost because there is a signage outside. No entrance fee.



Other good thing about the place is that you can have a look of Taipei 101


I believe he is Sun Yat-sen. (I cannot read Chinese. :D)



This is the Memorial Hall.

From here, you can have a full view of the Taipei 101.

When I was there, the guards had a performance. I am not sure though if it was the changing of guards or just purely a performance. Anyhow, everyone was entertained.

Next stop is the Confucius Temple and Dalongdong Baoan Temple. They are just located in the same area (like you can just walk from the first to the second).

This is the station where you need to get off and walk to Baoan Temple and Confucius Temple.

One of the things I love about Taiwan is that you can just leave your scooters and bicycles without worrying. Plus, you can rent a bicycle anywhere. You just have to tap your Easy Card. They have bike lanes too.


And the people do follow traffic rules too.


When I was walking to the temple, I saw this tall fence with some words written in Chinese. This is the time that I wish I know basic Chinese. Haha! I am not sure if it is the temple that I am looking for or not. But Google said that I should keep on walking until I crossed to that fence.



When I was there, I saw this quote from Confucius. I continued walking until I saw the 6 Confucian Arts. I took a photo on each of them before heading to the temple across the street.


It is the Dalongdong Baoan Temple. There were few tourists and few locals praying. I roamed around and took some photos. I really wanted to try praying with the incense sticks but I do not know how to. 🙂


After that, I went inside to the temple across it which I do not know what is the name.

Then went back to the temple I went first. Without knowing, that tall fence is where I can find The Confucius Temple. Unfortunately, it was closed during my visit. So I just took the photos of the gate and the quote outside. Then, I headed back to the train station for my next destination.

But before heading to my next stop, I got hungry. It was past lunch time already. I was looking around and I see many local restaurants or like a carinderia in the PH. But my problem is how can I communicate with them. Their menu is written in Chinese and I am not sure if they can understand me speaking in foreign language. Thus, I looked for another place to eat until I find Subway. Okay! This is so new (seems like there is none of it in PH. Haha!) but I have no choice. Even if I want to try eating the local dish that much, I chose not to because I cannot understand the menu. Hahaha! Plus I am very conscious with what to eat since I just came out from the hospital!

Then, finally heading to my 3rd stop, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.




The CKS Memorial Hall was erected in honor and memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the former President of the Republic of China, and was opened in 1980 as part of a national park and gathering area. The name of the square is officially Liberty Square (自由廣場), as seen above the front gate, however the name change was politically motivated and most people in practice still refer to the entire complex as CKS Memorial Hall. (From: Guide to Taipei)

I just roamed around, took photos and enjoyed the view even if it was raining the whole time.

I also got inside the hall, checked on the display, bought souvenir and a postcard, wrote a note for my mother and dropped it in the post office. I want to make it a habit to send a post card to my mother every time I am out of country. Starting this trip. 🙂

She was able to receive it two weeks after and she hanged it in our Christmas Tree. Haha!


When I got satisfied and tired in walking around, I decided to head to Taipei 101.


When I arrived, it was still raining. I directly headed to the floor to claim my ticket. Actually, I already bought a ticket through Klook but I need to clam the physical ticket in Taipei 101. The staff asked me if what is my preferred time and she told me that they cannot guarantee that it will be 100% visible because of the rain. So, I chose the 4:30PM schedule.

Since I still have a few more minutes, I decided to go back to the food court and had a snack because I felt really hungry.

Taiwan is the land of milktea so I decided to try one even if I am not supposed to drink anything with milk and tea. 😀

Then headed back after that. And took some photos.

We will be transported to the 89th floor via an elevator. Of course, that is the only way I guess. Haha!

While we were travelling, there is some voice over giving us some information while the ceiling of the elevator’s display kept on changing (just like when we went to N Seoul Tower in Seoul). And it seems I had panic attacked and so, I kept myself busy in taking videos. 😀

Fortunately, even if it was raining, the view outside was still very clear. There was still day light since it was still 4:30PM. I can clearly see the tall buildings that already look like a miniature, the mountain, the fog, the bridge, and a lot more. I enjoyed looking outside, taking photos.

The difficult thing about traveling solo is taking yourself a decent whole body picture. Luckily, there was this woman (a Filipino) who offered to take photo of me and even let her daughter took some because as what she said, her daughter is good photographer. Indeed, they are. Thanks to them. 🙂


When it was already getting dark, I decided to go down and proceed to my next destination. But before that, we needed to pass through this store in going to the elevator.

I would supposedly be going to Elephant Mountain to get a very nice view of Taipei 101. But since it was raining the whole day, I thought not to go because it might not be visible.

So, I decided to head to my next and last stop, Taipei Main Station Mall. Yeah, the station has a mall and a wide variety of things to buy from pasalubong to clothes to souvenirs to toys to Japanese collectibles (I have been looking for this because my mother requested) to a whole lot more. They also have restaurants where you can dine.

I walked and walked and walked and checked the stores until I was able to buy what my Mama wanted, souvenirs and a Doraemon miniature for myself. I wanted to buy Doraemon stuff in every country that I will be visiting for collection. 🙂

It was around 8PM that I decided to stop checking the stores but instead look for a restaurant where I can have my dinner. I found one and bought some Ramen and Fried Pork.

My feet was hurting so bad already that I can barely walk. But I still have to walk to the train station and to the hotel.

After the dinner, I headed to the station then took the line to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall station. From there, I walked again for about 10 minutes to the hotel.

While I was walking, I just noticed that even if the road was quiet and there was some dark spots but it is still very safe to walk. Plus, I saw a lot of scooters park outside and some have even a helmet left on it.

After a few minutes, finally I arrived in the hotel. I claimed my stuff, the key was given to me and I headed to my room.

My roommates were already sleeping the moment I arrived. It was already past 10PM. I just arranged my things because I will check out early the next day. Then had a shower, changed and charged all my gadgets. 🙂

And I called that a day. That’s how my day 2 had been. Too much things that I visited and saw. Kinda tiring but very fun. ❤



Sidetrip at Labyrinth in Toledo City

One fine sunny day, I went to Toledo City.

After my appointment and fortunately, there are still enough time left, I had a sidetrip at Capilla Santa Ana and The Labyrinth.

So, I told the tricycle driver that I am going to Capilla Santa Ana and he said that he knew the place.

Guests will be welcomed by the guard who opened the gate. He informed me that I need to pay the entrance fee of Php 100 per person for the Labyrinth. There is an office inside the chapel where guests can pay. After acknowledging him, I headed to the chapel.

The chapel is so beautiful and it’s like you are in the ancient days. From the doors to the furnitures to the saints to the altar. Everything about is mesmerizing.

Here’s a few shots that I have. There were paintings in one of the rooms but I am not sure if we are allowed to post so wag na lang.

I roamed inside the chapel, checked the other rooms and even upstairs. Afterwards, I decided to go out and checked the famous Labyrinth.

Labyrinth by definition according to Wikipedia (Greek: λαβύρινθος labyrinthos) was an elaborate, confusing structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos.

We commonly call it maze as well. The labyrinth in Toledo City can be found just beside the Capilla Sta. Ana. But, compared to the usual mazes that we can see, the structure of the plants here are shorter. Thus, the people can see the pathways. However, it is still challenging and tiring to walk through the pathway to the center and go back to the route to go out.

Yeah, there is no other way out but to go back. It’s really tiring but so fun. 😁

Take a glimpse here:


just wished that I brought a bottled of water with us while walking around. Because I was really thirsty especially it was sunny that day.

After that, I went out so that we can go back to the city.

However, you cannot go out from the place unless you can present a receipt to the guard of the payment. And they have CCTV in the area so they know who’s paying and not. No escape guys! 😜😂

TIPS! 1. Bring a bottled of water.

2. There is a trick where you can get a good shot with the whole maze. Find out when you are there.

3. Do not forget to pay the entrance fee.

4. Take time to sit or kneel and pray at their chapel.

5. And do not forget to take good pictures. It is very picturesque.

6. Discover how beautiful what’s inside it and it’s history.

7. If you want to go there, from Cebu City, you can ride a bus at Ceres South Bus Terminal or v-hire at the V-hire terminal near University of San Carlos Main Campus. Then, get off at Toledo City. From there, you can ask the tricycle driver to take you to Capilla Sta. Ana. They already know the place.

8. They are open from 10AM-12NN & 1PM-4PM during Mondays to Saturdays. Closed every Sunday.


Disclaimer: it’s a super lengthy post and super late. 🙂

Let’s start the journey back to the first trip for the year in my favorite place with the best people. Siquijor Island with the Family ❤


From the island  to the mountain of Laguna, to try the Masungi Georeserve Trail, Tinipak River, Regina Rica Shrine, Pililla Windmill, etc.

Then a trip to the beach with VMBU Family.


We went home in the island for the birthday celebration of my father, Papa Sonny and sister-in-law, Ate Porcia.


Spent the last weekend of March in Lambug Beach for April’s homecoming. This was also the time that they wanna tell me how stupid I am but I didn’t listen. 😀


I organized a trip (for the first time, for my own business) for my bestfriend (April) and her friends.


It was indeed a good time for us to catch up as she has been out of country for a few years.


Friday night out with these cool officemates at League Sports Bar. Some billiards & darts & gulp (you know what I mean Hahaha) 🙂


And then one night, I asked for Tropang Laagan’s time over dinner and admitted that I am indeed stupid. Reality hits me! Tanga lang talaga bes! Hahaha


The next day, I am home in the island for the holy week, talked to my parents and spent the days with the whole family in the beach.

And then organized another tour for my friends and my family in Negros Oriental. We visited Apo Island, Pulangbato Falls & Twin Lakes.

Summer it is! And so, I tried how summer feels like in one of the famous resorts in Cebu, Solea Mactan Resort. (Actually, I was here for work but cannot stop from taking photos. Thanks Sir Andy! :))

Then, my officemates wanted to visit Siquijor and finally, we were able to go there at the end of April.

I hope they had fun in the island. I enjoyed riding the jetski, though. 😀

Just the week after that, me, Neil & Toj had an impromptu trip to Cebu Westown Lagoon. We agreed within 5 minutes and met there after 30 minutes.

2 days after, I was sent for work to Boracay. Yeah, I grabbed the chance to roam around after.

On that weekend, we celebrated Mother’s Day at the condo unit rented by Ante Abeth.



Then, had a beach trip the next weekend with the Pabonita Family to Tabuelan and a side trip at Pinamungahan.

Then the following weekend, Tropang Laagan had a trip to Daanbantayan and stayed at Casa de Tohay.

Ended the month of May with a dinner with my UC Engg Family.


And started June by meeting my kulit inaanak, Baby Kasandra.


On that week, I reunited with some high school friends during Jayne’s son’s birthday.


And the most nerve breaking trip happened on that weekend, our trip to South Korea.

Then had a side trip at Jeju Island.

During my mother’s birthweek, we went home in the island and celebrated it by touring around with the whole family and lunch at Dagsa Resto Bar. Also, to welcome home my cousin Argie, who has been outside the country for a few years.


And followed by a series of trip to the island.


July for a fiesta celebration


August for vacation


August with the Lenares clan

Then lunch dates with the sisters.

A sad news came when Ante Abeth passed away. We might not be able to see her on her last few days, but we made sure that we were there to see her for the last time.


On the day of her funeral is the birthday of Ante Clara and the day after that is her birthday. Thus, we had a double celebration on the next day.

Then started September with a trip to Lambug Beach with the #dreamteam (FPI VMBU Technical Team).


On the same month, the VMBU ladies plus Nino went on a day trip at Mt. View & Adventure Café.


Then attended the 1st birthday of Baby Kulit  (Kasandra) in JSJS Mountain Resort.


But we just ate and ran because we headed to Dalaguete for the fiesta celebration.


So thankful to Toj for accompanying me.

But the most adventure trip I had was in CDO-Bukidnon. We never missed the Advanced Water Rafting.

And a sidetrip to Bukidnon. Thanks to Maizel & Howell for the accommodation, tour, transpo, and everything including us gatecrashing the baptism of Maize’s nephew. Hehe!

On the following weekend, me & Ms.Kate went to SM Seaside and was able to check this Cat Café. Not a cat lover though but I enjoyed playing with them and taking photos.


And attended the baptism of Baby Calix.


Baby Calix and Kuya Keifer

By the way, I have to thank my work for bringing me anywhere in the country.

Been to Boracay for 5 times this year… (May, August, September, October, November)

Davao twice… (November, December)

Bacolod once… (December)


Solea Mactan for rehearsal and VMBU Christmas Party…


Makati and take note they let us dance. Hahaha! It was FPI Christmas Party…


Side trip at Gen San and met my friends…

Side trip at Capilla Sta. Ana and Labyrinth in Toledo City.


In addition, one of the highlights for 2017 is my trip to the hospital.

Thanks to everyone who care, visited, checked, stayed, & prayed for me.

And of course, who will forget that surprise to everyone solo trip to Taiwan during my birthday. Two days after I checked out from the hospital.

And that unending food trips with everyone…

Be it with the family…



Be it with Tropang Laagan…



Be it with my Engg Family…



Or my VMBU Family…


Then, the best season of the year is here, Christmas!


Time to go home. But what??? On a plane??? Really???


Because I should be home for my parents Wedding Anniversary…


And the Purok’s Christmas & New Year parties.


And of course, it is best to celebrate Christmas at home with the family! 🙂

Then, here’s me! A happy me! Might be broken and sad and even mad in the second quarter of the year. But still so happy and blessed. More than enough. More than what I deserve. More than what I asked for.


Thank you 2017! Let’s do this 2018! 😉



There are many unexpected events and changes that will come in our life, both good and bad. But what is important is how we deal with it. Challenges come, people go, laughter fades, tears fall, and a roller coaster ride of life will occur. But let us not forget to continue living and facing it. Turn that challenge into an opportunity to become better & stronger. Let people go because those who love you will never leave you. However, open your hearts to accept the people that will arrive in your life. Let the laughter fades only once but promise yourself to bring it back again the soonest much louder, much happier and much longer. You all have the reasons to be happy & laugh more often. Cry until there is no more tears that will fall. And when all of them will be gone, show that sweetest smile of yours that you keep for a long time. You will look beautiful with that because it is your most perfect accessory. And lastly, take that roller coaster ride with all your heart. Have fun while doing it and shout if you need to. At the end of the ride, for sure, you have lots of story to tell. And you can surely tap your back for a job that you’ve done very well! 😉






#Goals2018: Watching a movie alone

First on my list of the goals this 2018 that I just achieved was watching a movie (romantic) on my own. No sister. No cousins. No friends. But just me!

I really wanted to watch Siargao the Movie that much. However, my sister does not want to. While my friends want to watch another film.

Why Siargao?

Of all the movies being shown for the MMFF, Siargao captured me. Maybe because I have been to the place and I love it there. Honestly, I am planning to go back on my own. Or maybe because I am curious of how the story goes and why it garnered many awards.

And so, out of nowhere, while sitting inside the office one afternoon, I just had this push to watch it. I tried booking online but my card was declined twice for the reason that I don’t know.

Thus, I decided that I will go out as soon as the bell rings (clock) so that I will be there before the movie schedule. Fortunately my boss is so kind enough to offer a ride and he will just pass through Ayala Cebu on his way home.

I arrived at around 6:15PM and I planned to watch at 6:40PM schedule. I still have enough time to buy a dinner & french fries and to do whatever I have to (it means going to the CR).

When it was our time to get inside, people lined up, handed their tickets to the in-charged, had their bags inspected by the guard, and looked for their assigned seats.

While waiting, few reminders and trailers were being shown. Until the film started to roll.

What I love about the movie?

1. The actors are very natural especially Erich & Jericho. They all live to their roles.

2. I know most of the actors including the VLOGgers Wil & Bret, real life couple Wil & Roxanne, Gaby Concepcion’s daughter Garrie, surfers Luke & Ikit, etc.

3. Jasmine fits in Siargao. She really looked like an island girl. And she acts so well.

4. The beauty of Siargao can really be seen in the whole film. Especially during the first few minutes. The drone shots were totally awesome and beautiful. It boosts Siargao more. And it urged me more to be back in the island.

5. How the actors can speak Siargao dialect like they were really locals.

6. How the story goes. When you expect this to happen but other thing happened. The twist.

7. You can feel their happiness, pain and loneliness. You can feel the fun.

8. They made surfing easy to look at. Hahaha! I haven’t tried it when we went there but I promised to myself that I will do it on my next visit.

9. The community. You can see from the movie that you can go to Siargao alone but you will go home with lots of friends. It is a place wherein you are free to gain more friends. And that the locals are definitely friendly (and I can attest to that, they really are).

10. What the people are fighting. Siargao for some is just another tourist destination. But for the many (both the locals and tourists), it is their home. And they want to show to the world that they want their home to last long. That its beauty will forever live. That no one should and could destroy it. That’s why at the end of the movie, the whole cast is spreading awareness on how to protect and save Siargao. And tourists like us, we can do our own part. When we visit Siargao, let us make sure to help them protect their island and make it clean.

No doubt why they garnered many awards. The movie is not just about the love story of the casts but also the love of the people to Siargao. ❤️

I cannot wait to be back in the island soon and hopefully meet everyone there. 😉

Aside from my thoughts on the movie, I want to share also the pros and cons of watching a movie alone.


1. You can definitely focus. You will not be talking to someone during the movie. Instead, you can give the whole time watching and understanding it.

2. You don’t have to share your foods. Hahaha! You buy and eat all the foods. No one to share to.

3. You learn to react with the other viewers.


1. No one to talk to when you want to share something. Like when the cast has been shown one by one and I was talking to myself mentioning their names. Hahaha!

2. You don’t have someone to whom you can leave your stuff when you go to the CR. It’s just like solo traveling, you need to bring your stuff when going to the CR because no one will guard it for you.

But solo, with your partner or your friends, the movie is worth to watch. 👌👏


As we all welcome the new year, 2018, we usually do give or share our New Year’s Resolutions. Those things that we want to change, we want to correct, we want to do, we want to achieve and we want to reach.

Honestly, I did that before. But nothing happened. Hahaha!

Fulfilling your resolutions need determination and passion plus discipline. We cannot just set it and forget everything when January ends or February starts. We have to put it in our heart and mind. We have to convince ourself that we can do it. That we should do it.

Anyway, for me, I did somewhat similar and different this year. I set goals that I want to accomplish. Most of them were that things I should have done last 2017.

However, it’s just this year that I had the courage and the will power to do it.

So what are they? 🤔

I will be sharing it one by one though. 😉

Here’s the list that I will fill up once I accomplished it.

1. Watched a movie alone. ✔️ 1/3/18