Front-end developer currently based in Singapore. Art, design, music and games are my life.

Taiwan 2014

At the eve of my birthday, it was a disaster. I overslept for my flight which costed me another few hundred bucks more. It was depressing for someone who had limited budget. I don’t live with my parents anymore and there was no one to blame but myself. So I had to suck it in to not be able to fly. I sulked for the whole day, not talking to anyone or telling anyone that is wasn’t able to fly because it was both embarrassing and depressing.

The next day came and I assured myself of being able to board the flight on time, or hell even earlier. I didn’t care if I had to wait in the airport. So I did, I packed up my stuff and came in early for my boarding time. It was exciting, somehow there’s this happiness in traveling alone, as if it gave me this feeling of nostalgia upon going to the airport. A feeling of escape, and adventure. I was traveling alone, and it was therapeutic. I got in touch with my thoughts, thinking of the things I’ll be doing and have done, and it gave me a smile on my face.

As I landed in Taiwan, it was almost like an unfamiliar land once again. The last time I’ve been here was a couple of years back and much has changed. I whipped my Mandarin speaking skills once again and gave it a spin, and it helped a lot! Thank God I was able to converse them in their common language, as it would have been a really hard communication gap between me and them.

Taipei Main Station

Taipei Main station was the first destination I had to first head to as the hotel is nearby that area. As I reached it, it was something I didn’t expect. A gigantic train station that something wasn’t familiar to me. I’ve seen train stations but that was the biggest. Oh, one thing I was also not prepared for was the weather. (It was windy as hell!) I wasn’t able to bring a jacket nor any form of warmers as I thought that the weather was gonna be as hot as in Singapore. So I had to borrow some clothing from some of my friends.

Reaching the hotel meant that all my friends from Manila are already with me. Seeing them and seeing us together made me realize— it is going to be an awesome trip. This was one of the trips that we were lucky enough to be able to go together. (Yes, I’m referring to you Mervyn!) Also seeing them on my birthday was also something that I was thankful for. When do you get you friends to travel for your birthday for a thousand miles, all of them 5 nonetheless. I was more than grateful.

Chang Kai Shek 1

First destination we went to was the Chang Kai Shek Memorial. If my Chinese History memory serves me right, he was a significant personality in the Taiwanese history, hence a memorial for him. (duh! lol) The place is incredible, like something drawn out of a Chinese war game. Large courtyards, huge castles and amazing old Chinese architectures. We had a. Lot of fun going there and taking pictures of the place and also taking selfies. Haha! That’s how fun it was :) And of course it won’t be complete without taking a selfie. :P

Next up was the Raohe night market, which has one of the things that I’ve been ultimately looking forward to this trip— Food! A trip to Taiwan won’t be legit without the presence of trying out the local food they have. Although I have tried their foods the first time I’ve been to Taiwan. It didn’t hurt to have to try it again, and Aldo because one of the things I’m really looking forward to in this trip is the food. We tried all sorts of food like the stinky tofu, fried squid, chicken, spring onion cake, and others. It was awesome! I didn’t mind eating more than recommended. But I’d have to burn off the things I ate though.

It was an awesome start to the trip, and it was definitely going to be memorable. :) I’ll post second day soon!

Taiwan Trip 2014: Day 1 At the eve of my birthday, it was a disaster. I overslept for my flight which costed me another few hundred bucks more.
Rhythm and Hues at the Boardwalk

I thought you knew, I had to stay away from you. I thought you heard, Yeah still you have the power.

Rhythm and Hues at the Boardwalk

I thought you knew, I had to stay away from you. I thought you heard, Yeah still you have the power.

I thought you knew, I had to stay away from you. I thought you heard, yeah still you have the power. You can’t be here, how long till you disappear. Don’t wanna be the last one here, but you give me the sweet talk. #landscape #photography #sunset (at Sentosa Boardwalk)

I thought you knew, I had to stay away from you. I thought you heard, yeah still you have the power. You can’t be here, how long till you disappear. Don’t wanna be the last one here, but you give me the sweet talk. #landscape #photography #sunset (at Sentosa Boardwalk)

What I cooked for today’s lunch— Thai style chicken with cilantro and baked garlic rosemary potatoes. Perfect match! Tasty chicken too! :) they loved it! #food #chicken #cooking

What I cooked for today’s lunch— Thai style chicken with cilantro and baked garlic rosemary potatoes. Perfect match! Tasty chicken too! :) they loved it! #food #chicken #cooking

Thanks for dinner! It was awesome :) nice you again @chiclysasy hope u and fun! #food #friends #dinner (at Chomp Chomp Food Centre)

Thanks for dinner! It was awesome :) nice you again @chiclysasy hope u and fun! #food #friends #dinner (at Chomp Chomp Food Centre)

I love my iPod Nano so much but I’ve been neglecting it lately. Lost my iPod gen 1 cable and I can’t sync songs. Finally took the time to borrow a cable from my colleague and upload relevant and new songs to it. Now its geared with workout songs that I’ve set up yesterday. ;) #ipodnano #watch #music

I love my iPod Nano so much but I’ve been neglecting it lately. Lost my iPod gen 1 cable and I can’t sync songs. Finally took the time to borrow a cable from my colleague and upload relevant and new songs to it. Now its geared with workout songs that I’ve set up yesterday. ;) #ipodnano #watch #music

Supercharging Songs with Spotify

Supercharging Songs with Spotify

Finally finished curating the start of My Workout Playlist in Spotify! I’ve been amazed in the usefulness of Spotify, since I got a subscription last year. I loved it so much that after an hour of using it I got a premium subscription outright! Been using it as an alternative to iTunes currently since I use my iTunes mainly for saving tracks that I use for mixing, which helps me save a LOT of…

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That racist black burger for lunch :)) #food #burger (at Mu Parlour)

That racist black burger for lunch :)) #food #burger (at Mu Parlour)

The English Breakfast Mixtape

The English Breakfast Mixtape

A mixtape I have compiled for a friend who used to be a flatmate of mine here in Singapore but then had to move to Canada for greener pastures. Mainly inspired with UK tunes, also a bit of Deep House and Electro. An unconventional genre for me to mix but it was fun compiling this. :) Something you can listen to when you’re doing work, or maybe for a run or working out. More of a chill and funky…

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Awesome time with these awesome people. Thanks guys for making my birthday extra special. :) #Taiwan #friends #birthday #special (at Maokong Station)

Awesome time with these awesome people. Thanks guys for making my birthday extra special. :) #Taiwan #friends #birthday #special (at Maokong Station)

I went to the toilet to pee, and when I came back to my workstation, the mouse suddenly stops working. I flip it over just to see the note under. And I turn to my colleague beside me and he gives me this face. JUST WHEN I LEAST EXPECTED IT. Best April fools ever :P #aprilfoolsday

I went to the toilet to pee, and when I came back to my workstation, the mouse suddenly stops working. I flip it over just to see the note under. And I turn to my colleague beside me and he gives me this face. JUST WHEN I LEAST EXPECTED IT. Best April fools ever :P #aprilfoolsday

Reds & Blues #food #lunch

Reds & Blues #food #lunch

Fresh from Finland! Salted liquorice with ammonium chloride, something for those who has the acquired taste (at UB One)

Fresh from Finland! Salted liquorice with ammonium chloride, something for those who has the acquired taste (at UB One)

Best chilli crab so far for me, and the kai lan is awesome as well. :) #food  (at Chong Pang Market & Food Centre)

Best chilli crab so far for me, and the kai lan is awesome as well. :) #food (at Chong Pang Market & Food Centre)

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