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map-point 230AM HeyBear Capsule Hotel

January 31, 2017 (Day 1) – We arrived at Taoyuan Airport past 12 and hop on Kuo Kang Bus 1819 to Taipei, we reach Taipei Main Station past 2 Am. From TMS, we just flagged a taxi down to Hey Bear Capsule Hotel. After check-in and settling our things, we find ourselves hungry and so we went to the nearest convenient store. I bought two bags of seafood chips, easy card, IPASS and 2 bottles of water. We also find ourselves craving for something hot and tasty and so we shared and devoured a bowl of flour rice noodles for NTD60. And soon as we finish the savory meal we go back to our capsule and take a rest for a bit and call it a night.

map-point 11 AM Brunch at KFC

We really wanted to start the day early but considering our arrival time; it’s nearly impossible to do that. And so we woke up past 10, take a bath, do the usual morning routine and as for me, I did a quick makeup before we hit the road. And since it’s past breakfast, we had a big meal at KFC first before we go to National Taiwan University.

TAIWAN-DAY01-01-HEYBEARBefore we leave our capsule, we needed to take a candid snap!

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Our brunch. This food set us back NTD330.oo

map-point 2 PM  National Taiwan University

I’m such a fan-girl. I’ve been to several filming locations in Korea and now I’m doing it again in Taipei. Before I fell in love with SK Actor Lee Min Ho, I’m totally head over heels with Jerry Yan. Both of them actually played the same lead character of a Japanese Manga Hana Yori Dango series. Although YingDe were mostly shot in Chung Cheng University, some of the scenes were shot in NTU as per reading. And since it’s accessible by Taipei Metro it’s inevitable for me to drop and take tons of photos and videos.

How To Get Here?

The famous university is located at  No. 1, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10617. You can reach this by bus or taxi but the easiest way is through trains via Taipei Metro.

ship-carBy Taipei Metro (Songshan-Xindian Line) Alight at MRT Gongguan Station

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Taiwanese have a thing for scooters and bikes.

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Even tourist can rent one using easycard. If you plan to roam the university then better get this ubike for a mere fee.

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Welcome to NTU ^_^

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I’m sure this says NTU. What do you think?

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Feeling Sanchai and Dao Ming Si

map-point 5 PM Taipei 1O1

Around 4;30 PM we head back to the same exit and station we went earlier. This time we’re going to Taipei 101. We wanted to see this tall building up close at dusk and so we’re in a hurry to get on the train. Taipei 101 used to be the tallest building in the world as announced last 2004 and remained such until the Burj Khalifa completed its construction by the year 2009. Why 101? because it has 101 floors above ground and this doesn’t include basement floors. This building used to be called Taipei World financial center and it became a skyscraper landmark in Xinyi District. Before Shanghai Tower was built, Taipei 101 used to have the fastest elevator in the world which travels at 60.6 km/h and transporting passengers from the 5th to 89th floor in 37 seconds.

How To Get Here?

It’s located at No.45, Shifu Rd., Xinyi Dist.Taipei, Taiwan. You can reach this by bus, taxi or the metros. 

ship-carBy Taipei Metro (Tamsui-Xinyi Line) Alight at Taipei 101/World Center.

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At Gongguan Station, we take the same green line to Chiang Kai Shek, switch to red line going to Xinyi and alighted at Taipei 101. If you have time you can also stop at Chiang Kai Shek and visit the famous landmark.

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On the way to Taipei 101, you’ll see a tourist center where you can grab travel magazines, leaflets, and pamphlets.

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From the famous Din Tai Fung, hike these stairs to see Taipei 101 Up close.

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#MaDontheGO encounter with Taipei101

We didn’t bother to try the elevator due to the long queue and besides for sure, we will be back with the whole fam bam to ride this fast elevator. If you have time for the observatory you may click this to save on pass.

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We’re in love with photographs, so we will not pass on this mushy photo site.

map-point 8 PM Taipei 1O1 Food Court

Taipei 101 is a huge entertainment and business complex, from the art gallery, financial offices to retail and food they have it. So we roam around the Mall area and look for something to eat for dinner. We went to the food court to score a great meal at an affordable price. I’m trying to keep my expenses within my budget and luckily we found this store selling meal set for as low as NTD190.

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Options varied from Squid, Beef, Chicken, and Pork.

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Like what I used to say, Vacation calories don’t count.

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Aside from the set, I ordered Black Milk Tea and Lemon tea and this cost NTD125 for both drinks.

IDEAGetting Around

For this day and for the rest of our stay in Taiwan we make sure to travel like local. we utilized all kinds of transportation here from metered taxis, trains (they have 3 different kinds) to public buses and what makes traveling easier is the use of these cards. There are 2 kinds: the easy card and iPass. I suggest that Easycard is way better than IPASS for its scope. I will be having a separate blog about our experience with this card real soon.

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My Easycard and my boo’s IPASS

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You can download one on your phone but I suggest getting a free printed map will help you a lot and save you heaps of time.

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Gongguan Platform

IDEABudget 1O1

  • Conversion as per exchange we had at NAIA. NTD1 to Php1.75.
  • You can swipe/scroll the table to see Note if you have a small screen.
DETAILS CATEGORY NTD PHP NOTE
Flour Rice Noodle FOOD NT$60 ₱105 Shared by 2 Person
2 Bags of Chips NT$50 ₱87.50
2 Bottle of Water NT$40 ₱70
Brunch at KFC Meal NT$330 ₱577.50
Dinner at Taipei 101 NT$190 ₱332.50
Happy Lemon ₱125 ₱218.75
IPASS & EasyCard MISC NT$200 ₱350 100 Each Per Person
Heybear To NTU Taipe Metro TRANSPO NT$90 ₱157.15 45 Each Per Person
NTU to Taipei 101 NT$80 ₱140 40 Each Per Person
Taipei 101 to HeyBear NT$50 ₱87.50 25 Each Per Person
20% -NT$44 -₱77  Card Discount
Total Expenses for 2 NT$1,171 ₱2,048.90
Per Person Expenses NT$585.40 ₱1,024.45 20 USD More or less

 

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