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[Taiwan] ~ Hours of Firsts and Goodbye

I’ve been to many beaches but this was first when I am in no swimsuit. I’ve been to many bars but this was first I was tucked in a blanket -02.21-22.16

After braving the chill in YEHLIU GEOPARK, I again hopped on the tour bus on the way to another destination which is the kind of place I consider my sanctuary – the beach.  It was different from most kinds I have been in though because it was on its off-peak season the only people I was with was two kite-flyers and small group of friends who waded in the water for a few minutes then left. After beach is beer again on that spot behind the Red House. It was the usual beer night except another first that I was in a blanket as comfort from the cold.

A day of firsts then followed by my last in the country. But before that was xiao long bao someplace in the city.

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[Taipei, Taiwan] ~ City at night

  When I saw too many lights in a nighlife – 02.20.16

After a day that is packed with tourist spots and random discoveries, what followed was a night as filled – with a LANTERN FESTIVAL,  more MARKET and STREET FOOD finds and beer in XIMENDING and all else random in between.

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[Taipei, Taiwan] ~ Some things I did when there was nothing planned

  Experiencing the city in random and in cold – 02.20.16

It was similar to one destinationless afternoon in Penang wherein after cuteness overload in craft stalls and shops in Huashan Park, I just had to keep on walking which led me to try one of the city’s street food, experience the MRT in its busyness, discover more installations in another factory-turned-park until end of daytime spent braving the cold while finishing my beer homeless-style.

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[Taipei, Taiwan] ~ Little finds in a factory turned park

 An afternoon of all things (forgive the word) cute – 02.20.16

What followed my visit to an ‘artist village’ is to a so-called ‘creative park’. It was not exactly the name that intrigued me though but the idea that the area used to be an abandoned wine factory converted into a place for cultural events and other exhibitions. My afternoon spent there turned out fun being a fan of trinkets (called “abubots” in Filipino) with a rather similar scene in my country wherein local artists share their crafts in pop-up bazaars and markets.

Indeed it was an afternoon filled with (window-) shopping for stickers, postcards, notebooks etc.

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[Taipei, Taiwan] ~ Finding treasures in an artist village

Seeing what was and what is  – 02.20.16

After visits to more known landmarks in the city LONGSHAN TEMPLE and CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL,  my next destination during my first day in Taipei was on a lesser known historical site. Called TREASURE HILL ARTIST VILLAGE, this place caught my attention due to its story of transformation. Originally resided in by illegal settlers, this place was rebuilt as a place for residence and/or crafts for artists in 2010. This transformation is not without its controversy as certain parties felt it was not a very good decision to make people lose their homes to promote arts.

For tourists though, it was nonetheless a place for quite a stroll – with vibes of contradictions of what was and is.

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[Taiwan] ~ Taipei morning in temple and plaza

 A surprisingly good one spent on a temple and a plaza – 02.20.16

Couldn’t remember exactly why but this was a city I wanted to revisit. My revisit February from last year was a discovery on what is interesting with the city and other places accessible via trains and buses.

This is about the trip kick-off – a surprisingly calming moment at a temple despite not being a spiritual person followed by fascination at vastness in a plaza.

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