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.
#DY0101312017 • At 2AM we flagged a taxi down to #HeyBearCapsule hotel for NT200 and checked in right away. I will be posting a review of this lovely capsule hotel in my blog within this week, So make sure to check my blog. Link in the bio. #MaDonTheGoTaiwanDiary #LatePost #JJforum #Jj #travelogue #travelblog #travelgram #TravelStoke #travelblogger #igers #igersmanila #RunawayMariaGoesToTaiwan #VscO #vscocam #heybear
#DY0101312017 • Soon as we settled our things we went out again to search for something to eat and went to 7/11, we bought water, some chips, #Taipei all around #easycard for me and #iPass for my boo and then we saw a grandpa selling Flour Rice Noodle and devoured a bowl for NT60 #MaDonTheGoTaiwanDiary #LatePost #JJforum #Jj #travelogue #travelblog #travelgram #TravelStoke #travelblogger #igers #igersmanila #RunawayMariaGoesToTaiwan #VscO #vscocam #heybear #runawaymariagastronomicflare
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.
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.
By Taipei Metro (Songshan-Xindian Line) Alight at MRT Gongguan Station
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.
By Taipei Metro (Tamsui-Xinyi Line) Alight at Taipei 101/World Center.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
|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|
|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|
|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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