Baby Let's Cruise! + Recap of Alternative Taiwan Itinerary | TAIWAN WITH AVA PART 5

Friday, May 18, 2018

The past days in Taiwan had been pretty eventful, we were always on the go and out of town. So on our last full day (flight home is already that night / madaling araw) Tita suggested that we just stay put in Taipei. It's also Ava's birthday so I just let them decide on what we can do to fully maximize the last hours of our trip.

Tita decided to bring us to a wharf just a few minutes from where we're staying. It's also na-ttrain, so heading there is easy and chill. Here's how our day went!

(you know last day na ng trip ko when I am wearing patche-patche / randomly put-together outfit na hahaha)

If you're to ask me on-the-spot for my favorite place in Korea, the first thing that will always come to my mind is the Hangang Park / Yeouido Park. There are many many more amazing scenes in Seoul, but I think I fell in love with the park when I first went there for my E-Land Cruise. While walking for the port, I can't help but notice how most of the people in the park are locals. This is where they hangout, this is their form of weekend activity with their barkada or for a date or with their family. The mundaneness of this is so relaxing. In Little Mermaid's word, wish I could be part of your world! Haha! 

So for our last day in Taiwan, Tita brought me and Ava to one of the youths' weekend park called the TAMSUI FISHERMAN'S WHARF. It's not in the usual itinerary of tourists, but it reminded me of my Hangang / Yeouido Park feels. Locals were there to unwind with loved ones. They have small stores selling cute knick knacks and Taiwanese street foods. They also have street performers from crazy costumes to playing good music to dances. They also have a cruise so we can cross to the other side for the Lovers Bridge of Tamsui.

Ang saya noh? I love the hustle and bustle vibes of these places! We were able to buy a few more pasalubong and personal souvenirs in the small shops. I also learned online that most Taiwanese TV dramas were shot here!

How To Go: Take the train red line to Tamsui Station.

Tita bought tickets for the boat ride, yey! Wala naman syang time or sched, as long as we ride it within the day. Round trip fare costs 120 NTD or Php 209.

It's just a small boat with a few indoor section with chairs. A lot of us just stayed outside, with the view, since I would prefer the fresh air + to take pictures nadin.

Barely 30 minutes, and we're finally on the other side where we spotted the Lovers Bridge of Tamsui right away! They say that it is even prettier at night! When we crossed the bridge, I saw several European-style buildings nearby, parang castles?

There's also a bridge for just sightseeing and chilling, so we crossed it just to see what's on its end. There are people just staring and enjoying being next to the waters.

Lunch @ subway:

Medyo natakot ako dito, haha:

Tried this Myeongdong ish long ice cream, and hindi ko sya maubos! Sobrang tunaw na tunaw na sya wala pa sa kalahati, haha!

Ang galing nitong si Kuya:

Indian Dinner @ Saffron

Time was ticking till our flight back home, so after last minute shopping, we had a fine dinner in one of Tita's wish list which is another Michelin star restaurant. Saffron serves Indian food, so I am sure that they have lots of vegetarian options. I had two viands, one is made of chickpeas and one has these veggie balls in thick yellow sauce that tastes so so good and tastes like no other! Super satisfying last meal in Taiwan, thank you very much Ava and Titas for the treat!

Before I end this post, here's a ...

Recap of my Taiwan posts + Alternative Taiwan Itinerary:

1) TAIWAN TRAVEL ESSENTIALS (Internet, Train Apps and Card, etc)

2) Yehliu Geo Park

3) Ghibli in Taiwan - Jiufen and ATT4Fun

4) TAICHUNG: Flower Garden and Rainbow Village

5) TAICHUNG: Theme Park and Sun Moon Lake

6) Fisherman's Wharf

We ended the day of course in Ava's home, packed and weighed our bags one last time, before the Titas called us in the kitchen to blow Ava's birthday cake. The candle says 30, although she's still 29, because Chinese calendar daw haha! We sang her a birthday song as I recorded the fam, and then we took some group photos, before we pulled our bags outside for the airport.

It was bittersweet to leave, and felt like a short stay. 

Watch my Taiwan Day 5 Instagram Stories:

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