Around Taipei in 3 days & YouTube debut ?!

Was this blog supposed to be only about Japan? I’m not really sure. I know that I started it with the intention of showing other people places that are nice, maybe add a few anecdotes, write an informative guide for those who begin their adventure with Japan as well as simply give a glimpse of what a daily life of a regular person like me looks like. Naturally, since I happen to currently reside in Tokyo, most of my updates are about Japan. But! My range of interests is much broader and I think that everyone through their lifetimes should explore as much as they can while they still can. Where is this introduction going? I’m a bit worried that some readers might be disappointed that there has been so little content about Japan these days.

All I can say is: open your mind! Asia is one heck of a land with thousands of different cultures. All so different and fascinating. I would love to visit Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and many others, there’s literally too many to list. In the last 2 months I have visited Taiwan and South Korea again. While videos I took in Korea are being edited into something somewhat cohesive, here I present you a short clip of my Taiwan adventures.

It is my very first video, forgive me my camera shyness (I’m a much better writer than speaker) and a husky voice (as I found out later, I went to Taiwan with raging tonsillitis).

Enjoy 🙂

Some extras for those interested in Taiwan and the spots I visited!


Minquan West Road

The area around the hotel I was staying in — you can’t see it here, but the very first thing I saw when I stepped outside the hotel was a bajillion of MOPEDS. They were literally everywhere.


Street art

My first impression of Taiwan? Street art! Everywhere I went I could find not only mopeds but also interesting graffiti, installations, projects etc. I loved it!


Downtown Taipei — Zhongshan!

Main streets immediately brought Shinjuku to my mind, but I didn’t want to be a typical tourist and wanted to explore those cute narrow streets, often hiding the best spots in town!


Awesome street art on and around the Zhongshan Station building!


One of the things that surprised me was the rule forbidding eating or drinking anything on the train. Of course I didn’t plan on bringing a Happy Meal and pigging out on it on the metro, but even chewing a gum is forbidden there and the fine is no joke. No chewing gum or bubble tea even on the train platform!


Taipei 101

Until 2004, it was the tallest tower in the world. The view was really nice, but I guess it would be much more beautiful if it wasn’t obstructed by clouds of smog. Either way, it’s definitely worth visiting!




 I really loved it there. It was a town full of life and cute places. It looked a bit like Shibuya, but it had this unique atmopshere I felt only in Taipei. And let’s not forget that the toilet restaurant I wrote about → HERE← is actually located in Ximen.


Shilin Market

I wish there was a place like this in Tokyo… Delicious food, clothes, shoes, souvenirs, sweets, everything you need basically — and all that at prices so cheap it would be a sin to leave the market with empty hands. I left it with a full belly, full shopping bag and believe it or not — my wallet wasn’t empty either! Must go!


I traveled by myself so I had this freedom of going wherever I wanted. I tried to explore the market a bit more and you should do it too, if you ever find yourself in Taipei. All the hidden shabby streets I found were simply beautiful, I swear Taipei has the best atmosphere.


Did I mention I was actually a bit sick during my stay in Taipei? This poster made me feel a bit guilty for not wearing a mask…


Traditional Taiwanese hairwash!

I had this RuRuPu series guidebook with me –It’s a popular guidebook in Japan, basically they recommend places where you can communicate in Japanese, describe them in detail and mark on the map. I had no idea that something like ‘traditional Taiwanese hairwash’ even existed until I saw pictures of it in the guidebook. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY TRY IT! For 800 NT I got a hair scan (?) — I could see my hair and scalp skin magnified and could see all that damage years of dying my hair did to it. Then I got this glorious hair wash which was the best thing that ever happened to my hair and the skin of my head. It took about 20 minutes and then I got my hair professionally styled. HAIRGASM!


Plastic surgery ads!

Not only in South Korea. They were everywhere in Taipei too, though I noticed that face and body improvements people in the photos got, were rather minimal compared to the posters I saw on the streets of Seoul.


Ten Ren’s Tea

The tea here is to die for! I have never seen so many awesome flavours in my life. Let me just add that they were delicious, freshly prepared and cost about 40NT? Sooo good! And this also where I got all the souvenirs for my friends and family I mentioned in my video.


Beautiful street art in the beautiful Taipei. 


 Thank you for reading! ♥


12 thoughts on “Around Taipei in 3 days & YouTube debut ?!

  1. “Everywhere I went I could find not only mopeds…” BAHAHAHA XD
    Awesome blog and YAY video!! So exciting. You look marvellous as per usual ^_^

  2. Looks amazing! Well done on the video it’s super good for your first one!
    How he got that moped down the street in Jifun is beyond me :’)
    Hope you’re okay beautiful!

  3. I enjoyed so much this post!!!! And CONGRATULATIONS for your youtube debut, hoping you do more because this one is awesome. Now I want to go to Taipei, really. I like a lot your blog, and I really appreciate that you take the time to take photos and write every post despite the fact that you work a lot (I follow you on twitter and instagram), so thank you. I started to read your blog because I’m really interested in Japan and I hope that after the college, I can find a job there, but I also like that you write about the other places you have go outside of Japan. I like how you write, it´s very descriptive. Again thank you very much for write this blog.

    P.S. Sorry if I wrote something bad or my english sounds weird, but I´m mexican so this is not my native language. And hope you don´t get sick again.

    • Thank you so much for your comments, kind words like yours give me the motivation to keep doing what I’m doing 🙂
      Your English is perfect though! And remember I am not a native speaker either so no worries haha 🙂

  4. yay!!! loved your video and this blog post. Can’t wait for the South Korea one too!! I hope you keep making videos and blog posts because I really enjoy it!

  5. Great post, as always! Loved the video too! It’s always great to see things in motion, and you did a great job at it too! Can’t wait to see more videos from you~

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