Just an hour away from Hong Kong, Taipei makes for an excellent weekend getaway for anyone who wants to escape from the materialistic, modern, and hectic culture of Hong Kong. Although they typically share the same weather, with horrid humidity and typhoons during the summer, their cultures are actually quite different. You will experience this just from listening to how each of them speak their languages. Hong Kong people when they speak Cantonese are much more rough and aggressive, whereas Taiwanese speak their Mandarin in a very gentle and polite manner. Their mannerisms and the way they walk reflect this too.
This trip around, I made it a point not to do any research on what to do or what to eat in Taipei. Influenced by my cousin in law’s quote about how we don’t get lost and discover anymore, and that we all end up doing the same thing as covered by blogs and Instagram, I decided to just go with the flow and discover any restaurants by chance. Continue reading Serendipity Moments in Taipei
This is my second time going to Kenting. The first time was about water activities, food, sightseeing, and chilling. This time, it was about surfing.
Kenting is a simple, quiet area which offers little of everything else and plentiful of beaches and waves. Kenting is often visited most by couples, families with children, and high school students, as evident by the people we saw. Besides the Kenting night market, there is little elsewhere that you would see crowds, particularly at night. A 15 minute walk from our hostel and not a single sighting of a bar; this place does not have any entertainment after sunset except for the night market. There’s even one nightclub, the King Night Club, which to be honest from the outside looks nothing like a nightclub – all I see are dart tables, and no trace of a dance floor. (OK I’m on their Facebook and there are tables and chairs and you watch performances… and sometimes you can dance on the floor). What can I say, we didn’t go in so maybe I shouldn’t be judging, but Kenting just isn’t a place for nightlife. Continue reading Surfing in Kenting
Taipei’s a great city to go to, especially coming from Hong Kong, as it makes a great 3-4 day trip. But compared to Hong Kong, everything is so much cheaper there… food, nightclub, transportation etc. Actually I was very surprised by how much more country side it was compared to Hong Kong. I can’t wait to go back to Taipei soon.
But one thing for sure, I won’t be going back during Chinese New Year. This trip was back in 2012 end of January, and because Taiwanese people were also celebrating Chinese New Year, most of the stores there were closed! In fact, it was frigid and it was constantly raining, so it made everything worse. The weather was always gloomy as well. Continue reading Chinese New Year in Taipei