All posts tagged: taiwan

SOLO ADVENTURES IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN

Have you ever been lying in bed at night and thought, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Because, same. Cue: Me booking a trip to Taipei, Taiwan four days before departure. Initially I was going to stay at home during winter vacation but got fed up with bone chilling winter weather. With the help of my brother and sister-in-law, they told me to book a ticket and fly to the land of beef noodles and red bean buns. This wasn’t the first time I’ve stepped on the soil of Taiwan. I travelled throughout the country with my father, aunt, and uncle two years prior, which you can read about by clicking HERE, HERE, and HERE! This time around I stayed at an Airbnb called The Comfy Cave which was perfectly located (quiet area but still central) and cozy AF, plus the host was an American living in Taipei and gave great suggestions on things to do, see, and eat. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, save $25 on your first stay by clicking HERE. Since this was …

TAIWAN | PART 3

I can’t believe my Taiwan trilogy is coming to an end (part 1 & part 2). The last few days of the trip were certainly my favourite, perhaps it was because I was getting used to the extreme heat and the I-don’t-know-what-meat-this-is meals. In all seriousness, I love Taiwan and would go back in a heartbeat. The final few days we spent in the south so temperatures rose to a scorching 35 degrees. The heat didn’t stop us as we ventured off to the Buddha Memorial Center, the most visited place in Taiwan (25,000 visitors daily!). The place was stunning and Buddha was looking as ravishing as ever. We entered the memorial and attended a ceremony led by a monk. The ceremony was not in English so I followed what everyone else was doing (hands together, hands apart, kneel down, stand up, etc). If everyone started breakdancing, I probably would have followed suit. The best part of blistering hot heat? Beaches! We went to Cijin Island, a five minute ferry ride from Kaohsiung Harbour. I …

5 TAIWANESE BEAUTY TRENDS AND PRODUCTS YOU NEED TO TRY NOW (like hangover-chic makeup)

Two things will happen if you go to Taiwan: first, you will never be hungry thanks to the insane amount of street vendors on every corner (I recommend the ice cream spring roll) and second, beauty options will be bountiful. Whether you’re at Watsons, Cosmed or a larger beauty boutique, Taiwan does not disappoint in their selection of drugstore and high-end beauty picks. It’s no surprise since they are heavily influenced and geographically located near beauty giants such as Japan, South Korea and China. Unique ingredients make up some of Taiwan’s most popular beauty staples such as silk, ginger, pearl and even snail (don’t knock it ‘til you try it). So I knew I had to experience the wonderful world of Taiwanese beauty for myself. I traveled all over the country to seek the latest in beauty trends and products, and this is what I discovered. Hangover-chic With the help of different eyeliner shades in Taiwan, you can choose to look like you got eight hours of sleep, or eight minutes. A couple swipes of the …

TAIWAN | PART 2

HAPPY FIRST POST OF 2016! I am aware that I’m running a fair bit behind on my blog posts but I’m back/hoping to catch up with my own life/I missed you. Have you read Taiwan part 1? Do it, do it now. This outfit below was one of the comfiest I wore in Taiwan. The sun was blazing each day (average 30 degrees) so there is nothing like a good pair of Nike sneaks and a breathable, cotton dress from Urban Outfitters. First thing in the morning we made our way to a little community called, Jiufen. It’s a small town in north Taiwan and features quaint streets and the best view of the Pacific Ocean. I also made some furry feline friends along the way. Next stop, Taipei 101! Not only is it the tallest building in Taiwan but it holds the Guinness World Record of the fastest elevator, ever. It’s no joke. It took approximately 40 seconds to get from ground level to the 89th floor and when you reach the top you have …

TAIWAN | PART 1

Fresh off a gloomy flight from Japan (part 1&part 2), the sun was luckily shining to greet us in Taipei, Taiwan! It was 30 degrees, breezy, and beauuutiful. We checked into the Liz Hotel, which had fantastic taste in headboards. The entire hotel was extremely colourful, our doors were a bright shade of fuchsia for goodness sakes! I felt like I was living in a dollhouse. The front desk ladies were English speaking and helpful when it came to questions about navigating the city, except for when they told us to take a cab to the grocery store, which was a seven minute walk away, the driver definitely judged us. I wish we would have taken a motor bike to the grocery store since they seem to be part of the culture in Taipei. I saw every type of person riding a moped – business men, ladies in flip flops and (my favourite) entire families. The dad would be driving, mom would be behind the dad eating a bowl of wontons, dog at their feet, son …