“TRAVELING – It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller”– IBN BATTUTA

January 24, 2020:

The Hypebeast Squad – Met a bunch of cool human beings and decided to be part of their squad. It was one of the best decisions of my life.

The Hypebeast Squad with our signature pose at Wanhua District, Taipei

Every time I travel, there is still a romantic side of me that wanted to fall in love with someone in a place I barely knew and it will just grow organically just like in the movie Before Sunset with Celine and Jesse. I was supposed to meet a British guy for a date in Taiwan, let’s just call him A – but it did not happen, he lives 1 hour away from Taipei. Touring for 3 days and 2 nights were just so tiring! haha I had to give up that dream haha!

I decided to have my own separate place from my friends – I decided to stay in Taiwan Youth Hostel and Capsule. It was cheap and clean. I actually really love their toilets. I wanted to stay in a mixed room but changed my mind later on because I was convinced by the hotel’s receptionist female dorm was a lot better hahaha! I will for sure try mixed room next time!

I met my friends at night and we went to Shilin Night Market and the streets of Ximending for food exploration. It was an orgasmic feeling! Food in Taipei were amazing! From their life changing bubble milk tea to their to die for beef noodles – food heaven! I also love trying local beer whenever I travel and their Taiwan beer was equally amazing!

January 25-26

We went on to tour different parts of Taipei: Taipei 101 – we tried their Din Tai Fung and Din Tai Fung Taipei version was very sumptuous than the Din Tai Fung in the Philippines and Singapore (not even close). The Starbucks was closed when we went there for a better view of the tower.

We also went to National Museum, Pingxi Oldstreet, Yehliu Geopark, Zhongshe flower market in Taichung and Rainbow village.

I would definitely go back to Taiwan once they have already vaccine for Covid-19. I fell in love with their night markets, food, beer, bubble milk tea, and pets. There were too many pets and the people were amazing! I can go solo trip here or with friends again. I was planning to hike Yushan the next time I go back and visit their farms.

January 27

When we landed in Singapore, the news broke that the Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant died. It’s a sad day for basketball fans.