Notice: This entry was published 5 years ago and may no longer reflect my views today.
Hello everyone, I’m back in the US! We landed a few days ago, but I’ve been taking this time to rest and get over my jetlag and post-vacation blues. Going back to work yesterday was rough but it’s time to go back to regular life.
I don’t know how I feel about the vacation overall. We simply didn’t have enough time to do everything we wanted because we had so many family gatherings to go to (literally every single day and there’s always some relative I haven’t met; I couldn’t keep up!). I’m pretty bummed about missing some sights and not being able to shop enough, but there’s always next time I guess. On the bright side, I got to see most of northern Taiwan.
I haven’t been able to blog as much as I planned while I was in Taiwan too. We were out the whole day and once we get home, I’d be so exhausted that I go straight to sleep. We also had spotty internet so that was that. Once again on the bright side, I got to play my Nintendo 3DS a lot, and my farm in Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns is pretty happening! I’m making some serious money in that game. Now if only I could say the same in real life.
So here’s the rest of my trip that I never got to post about!
This is one of my favorite shots. I took it with my phone which apparently can compete with my dinky potato camera. How sad is that?
We ate a lot of seafood in Taiwan. The sashimi was so. freaking. fresh. I believe they catch that very morning, and it was so tasty and I swear, it melted in your mouth. I ended up hogging the sashimi plate everytime. Oops!
A lot of food in Taiwan is super fresh actually! I really enjoyed it. I normally have a terrible diet with a lot of processed food. That’s really my own fault because I’m too lazy to cook from scratch, but holy crap, did I mention how good the food is? Fresh as fuck, I tell you.
It’s so, so easy to get around Taiwan since they have trains connecting all the cities! Taipei is less than an hour from Keelung by train so we got to go there often. We saw a few parks, and they had these really cute exercise machines! Nothing like seeing old people going at one of these for an hour at maximum speed. I thought it was adorable.
Here’s a lame shot of Taipei 101. We were there the same day we visited the Sunflower Movement site. We ate lunch at Din Tai Fung, located on the ground floor. If you’re planning on visiting Taipei 101, I highly recommend eating there! The food was so delicious. It’s not family style though, so make sure everyone picks a dish.
I don’t have a picture for it, but we also visited the hot springs outside Taipei. I’ve never been to an onsen before so I didn’t know what to expect. My first impression was the water was scorching hot! Once I got used to it though, I find it to be very relaxing. They only let us stay for half an hour though. Boo. I’d love to do it again!
Milk tea forever and ever~ I got to try all sorts of flavors which doesn’t really say much because I drink boba all the time here, but I’ve never seen them sold in cartons before. My favorite flavors were chocolate and strawberry (so original). And they’re so cheap too! Only NT$10 for a small carton. That’s about 33 cents!
We did some hiking in Keelung and I saw ocean waves again after a very long time! Gosh, I had no idea I would miss the beach this much. I wanted to go swimming but no one wanted to go with me. In fact, I didn’t see anyone swimming in the beach at all. I wonder why; no one ever answered me.
Here are all the outfit posts I managed to take a picture of. I bought some cheap shoes there after while because I got tired of my sneakers. The first picture was taken in Mingyao in one of the expensive areas in Taipei. I saw a lot of cute clothes there but as soon as I saw the price tag, I immediately put them back. I did buy a bikini there (on sale :’D) so it’s time to get serious about fitness now that I’m back. I still can’t stop thinking about those ocean waves so I plan on doing a lot of swimming this summer.
And that’s it for my vacation! I still have a bunch more pictures to go through once I transfer them from my laptop to my desktop where I have Lightroom. I’m actually surprised I didn’t take much. I think I only have a little over a hundred pictures. When I was younger I’d have a thousand for sure, but then again most of those would be useless selfies. Here’s my face in Keelung~ and Taipei~ and Hsinchu~ Not to say I don’t post selfies anymore, but I’ve definitely mellowed.