Monday, April 11, 2016


To account for my week's facebook updates while in Taiwan, here we Go:

April 3 - My 2016 adventures started with Taiwan, in the cities of Taoyuan and Taipei, to accompany the Go Family, headed by my dearest classmate and friend, Ruth Arienza-Go. It was indeed a family affair staying at Manang Rhona's residence in Taoyuan City (Manang Rhona is Ruth older sister who married a Taiwanese), with Nanay Glori (Ruth's mother), Auntie Myrna as our cook (Aunt Myrna is Ruth's aunt-in-law), and the day tours were exclusive, chaperoned by Rose (Ruth's younger sister).

Landed safe and sound... and on schedule

Chasing the time to still catch some Cherry Blossoms

April 4 - Some English translations help... But the Citizen's inability or difficulty of speaking English definitely a tourist trapper. Thanks to Manang Rhona's husband and son for the company. Kuya leads, his son translates.. Awesome tandem! 

See the world in one place at Window on China Theme Park.



Roaming around with Auntie Myrna and Rose plus the Wild Water Plunge
April 5 - Another kiddie trip in a foggy noon, feeling some nip in the air outside, traversing the almost empty superhighways. Strange feeling... Indeed, we are somewhere away from home!

Wrong timing! The zoolandians are having siesta... at Taipei Zoo. 

Catch me I'm falling... at the ravine fronting the Wulai Falls right after the waterbiking at Bitan Bridge.  

Water pedaling around the river

Viewing the Wulai Falls from a distance

April 6 - Rocks are formed by the slapping of waves plus the movement of tides, just as fate triumphed over life's challenges, through good and bad times - At Yehliu Geological Park.

Having fun with Auntie Myrna, Manang Rhona and Rose with all the formed and deformed rocks

The higher you climb, the wider your perspectives become. See the world in such light... at Taipei Tower 101. 

A view from the 89th floor of Taipei 101 Tower

Chiang Kai-Shek Monument is One place that reminds of Taiwan plus some taste of cherry blossoms. 

Caught some cherry blossoms in the area

April 7 - At Tiger Mountain, Sharing nature with a friend can be a wonderfully relaxing and invigorating experience. When you get back to your daily routines, you may find yourself daydreaming about that lovely day you spent with your friend and making mental notes about where to go next! Reference: If I Really Wanted to Be a Great Friend, I would…

Help me read the sign...

April 8 - On to unplanned tour... Hope it pays the long distance at Xinwu District...And it was an expensive disappointment! We got lost and the driver couldn't locate the Green Tunnel.

Lost and Found: We were lost but then we found this view and the beautiful bridge

Blueberry waffle with ice cream: the rewarding dinner shared merrily by friendship, sponsored by Auntie Myrna.

April 9 - Another place and another time to unleash the child in each of us at Lavender Carnival, Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village.

A ride with an adorned train of flowers

A ride with a cable car on our way to Sun Moon Lake

Should we care about environment, preserving its natural beauty, harnessing its nature to boost fun and adventure, then everything else are green and gay. At Sun Moon Lake!

April 10 - An eat-all-you-can farewell dinner at Shian Yeou, a Shabu-shabu.

Had a very wanderful experience of Taiwan!
Room: Li's Residence - Special thanks to Manang Rhona for the place to stay for free!
Food: Li's Residence - A round of applause to Auntie Myrna for the delicious, hunger-quenching recipes!
Tours: A million miles of gratitude to Ruth Arienza and Sam Go Jr for the unlimited day tours!

UFO Drop

Gold Mine
Mayan Roller Coaster

Carribean Splash

April 11 - What you see in Taiwan is different and you can see it in me... That's the good thing about travel!