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One thing I miss most— the feeling that someone stands by your side through whatever comes. Loving you and being with you genuinely, without buts, without ifs, without reasons.
They just do.
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 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.
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.