Where to stay in Taipei?

So here you are, “the planner of the group” looking for a place to stay for your upcoming trip to Taiwan with your friends.

You have your checklist with you, and you are searching for a place that is safe, affordable, near the attraction or the mrt station and of course a comfortable one. Luckily, all these points are describing 4Plus Hostel.

This hostel can easily be reached as it is near Zhongshan station and it’s one station away from Taipei main station. If you’re coming late you can ride a taxi from the main station. It’s also near the road so you won’t get lost finding it.

We booked an all female dorm room with 3 bunk beds inside. They have an elevator so you don’t have to worry about carrying your luggage.

I love their built-in bunk beds as they don’t shake when someone moves around. Each bed has a reading lamp, power outlet and a set of pillow and comforter. You will also be given a locker key so you can leave your valuables without worrying. Bathroom is shared, they have 3 shower rooms and 2 toilet rooms.

Kitchen area is wide and clean.

For free breakfast, you can choose from loaf bread or bagels with 3 different spreads and coffee. Not bad eh?

This hostel is budget-friendly and we only paid P666 each via Traveloka. Make sure that you download this app to get an amazing discount.

Another plus points for 4Plus Hostel are:

Friendly and accomodating staff. Thank you, Ting-wei! She also gave us a cute pouch for toiletries.

Meet new friends who were up for crazy poses. Hello roomies Lychee and Miyako 😙

So cozy and very instagrammable

How about you? What are the points you consider when choosing a place to stay? Share it with me in the comments box.

Happy Travels!

6 Instagrammable Places in Singapore

Saw a lot of posts about  instagram worthy places in Singapore and I decided to create my own list too.  Here, I listed 6 places we found that you can insta-G plus some directions on how you can go there.

1. Marina Bay Sands

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Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

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How to get there?

By MRT:

Marina Bay Sands is linked directly to Bayfront MRT station (CE1, Exit B, C, D, E) along the Circle Line Extension.

By Bus:

The following bus routes serve Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Marina Bay Sands MICE:

Bus numbers: 97/97E, 106, 133, 502/502A, 518/518A, NR1 (Available on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays), and NR6 (Available on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays).

2.Garden’s by the Bay

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How to get there?

By MRT:

  • Via Circle Line or Downtown Line, alight at Bayfront MRT Station (CE1/DT16)
  • Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway
  • Exit and cross the Dragonfly Bridge or Meadow Bridge into Gardens by the Bay

By Bus:

  • Via East-West Line, alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station (EW15)
  • Take Exit C and head towards bus stop no. 03223 located at International Plaza, Anson Road
  • Hop onto bus no. 400 and alight at bus stop no. 03371 along Marina Gardens Drive

From Marina Bay Sand:

Walk across the overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) located at Marina Bay Sands Hotel (open daily from 8.00am to 11.00pm), or take the underground linkway via Bayfront MRT Station (Exit B).

3.Universal Studios Singapore

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How to get there?

By MRT:

  • Take North-East line or Circle line to HarbourFront station.
  • Take Exit E to VivoCity and proceed to level 3 to board the Sentosa Express. Alight 1 stop later at Waterfront station.
  • Walk straight till you see Chili’s Restaurant on your right. Turn right and head towards the Universal Studios Globe.
4,Ibis Style Hotel at Macpherson

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How to get there?

By MRT:

Head to Terminal 2 and take the train to Paya Lebar MRT interchange via the East West line Green towards Joo Koon MRT. Transfer to the Circle Line Yellow towards HarbourFront MRT, alight at Tai Seng or MacPherson MRT station and follow the signs to the hotel.

5.China Town

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How to get there?

By MRT:

Chinatown is a station on North East Line and Downtown Line, it depends where you’re coming from but you can take either of the two lines and alight at Chinatown station. Head to Exit B and walk towards Chinatown Complex, the temple is right outside the complex.

By Bus:

Bus numbers: 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961#, 970 and CT1 (Alight at bus stop B05039)

6.Haji Lane

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How to get there?

By MRT:

Get onto the East West Line and get off at Bugis Station. Or you can also take the Downtown Line and alight at Bugis Station. Head to Exit B, from there, you have to walk 5-10 minutes to reach Haji Lane.

Happy Travels, Instagrammers! 🙂

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”. – Michael Palin

Giant Panda in Macau

What do you think you can do to your 60 pesos (10 MOP) when in Macau?

Aside from going to Casinos and hotel hopping, do you know that for a very small amount you can buy a ticket to visit the two Giant Pandas in Macau? Yep! That’s true. There are pandas in Macau. Thanks to the guy (a fellow Filipino) we met when my friends and I were buying pasalubong. He told us that there’s a park in Coloane where we can see those furry black and white bears.

Apparently, Coloane is far from where we are staying so I had to convince my friends to go with me. And lucky me they agreed! I will never let a chance to see panda in real life. NEVER!

Here, I listed 7 things I learned about Giant Pandas in Macau:

1. The two pandas living in the Giant Panda Pavilion are Kai Kai and Xin Xin. They are gifts from Mainland Chinese government to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Macau’s reunification with China.

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2. Pandas don’t have specific spots for sleeping; they simply fall asleep wherever they happen to be. Just like this cutie pie, he wasn’t able to finish eating his food and fall asleep just like that.

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3. In a panda’s typical day, it spends half its time on eating and the other half on sleeping. Oooh! Can I just be a panda? 😛

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4. Giant pandas move very slowly because bamboo doesn’t provide much energy for them. They can’t do activities that require much energy. But they have toys inside their cage so they can play around, eat and sleep. What a life!

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5. Preserved Giant Panda’s poops look likes a cassava. hihi 😛

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6. Giant Pandas are considered national treasure in China.

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7. There are only about 1,000 giant pandas left in the wild and they are classified as endangered. If you want to be part of saving them you may visit World Wide Fund website to learn more on how you can make donation or adopt a panda.

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  • Schedule of the show starts from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm. Last admission is until 4:45 pm. According to their website, the park is close on Mondays, and Tuesday only if Monday is a public holiday.
  • The best time to go there is around 2 pm so that you can see these babies eat their favorite bamboos and play around.
  • Admission fee is only 10 MOP and it is free for children 12 and below and for seniors 65 and above.
  • For those who love to collect souvenir items they have a souvenir shop near the exit gate.  They sell panda shirt, panda toys and other panda stuffs.
  • There are other animals inside the park you can also check them out.
  • Don’t forget to bring your jacket. The cold temperate in Coloane will bother you in any way. Hehe 😛

HOW TO GET THERE?

Address: Avenida de Seac Pai Van, Coloane, Macau

We ride on bus number 26A to get there. But you can also take any bus as long as it’s going to Coloane Island. Bus stop is just next to the main entrance and across the Oasis Hotel you can see the park (Parque de Seac Pai Van).

This was another unplanned trip for me and I can say it’s a great experience. I’m hoping that you can also make a time to visit these pandas when you’re in Macau. Happy Travels!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawahariel Nehru

8 Things To Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is well-known for its cloud-buster skyline, cultural kaleidoscope and its shopping paradise where you can bargain hunt from cheap bazaars to extravagant shopping centers. It has a population of more than 7 million people inhabiting a small mass of land, making it one of the most densely packed areas in the world. Here, I have listed 8 things you must experience when in Hong Kong. Shout out to my legs and feet for not giving up on me in my journey to the city of never ending walk.

1. Feel the Magic in Hong Kong Disneyland

I have been dreaming of going to this place when I was a child. Now that I grew up and am now capable to travel I made sure to make that dream come true and visited this place with my friends.

It was very nice to feel like a child again. My heart jumped as I witnessed the ravishing floats carrying the Disney Princesses, Buzz Lightyear, Tinkerbell and many more in The Flight of Fantasy Parade.

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“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true,” – Cinderella
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“To Infinity and Beyond.” – Buzz Lightyear
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“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” – Tinkerbell

Even the train ride going there is an absolute fun!

The experience is truly magical especially the fireworks finale at night.

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2. Ride a cable car and see the beauty of Hong Kong from above

Since Tung Chung is just 5.4 kilometers away from the airport we decided to ride the cable car first before checking-in in our hotel.

The journey took around 25 minutes, travelling between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping Village in Lantau Island.

 It was a total surprised seeing the breathtaking views of the South China Sea and the lush mountainous terrain of Lantau which serves as the “lungs of Hong Kong” because of its abundance of native woodland.


But be warned! The queue is extremely long. It will be highly recommended to book your ticket online. In our case, we bought our tickets at Klook a reliable app that helped us save some money and our precious time.

3. Shop till you drop!

You can see various shopping centers in Hong Kong; it is everywhere, which makes the country one of the shopping paradise in Asia. You can shop from cheap bazaars, branded outlets, gadget stores, malls and luxury boutiques. Just a piece of advice dear, spend wisely!

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Want to buy cheap items and souvenirs? Go to Ladies Market in Mongkok.
Adidas outlet along the streets of Tsim Tsam Tsui
Citygate Outlets is the largest outlet mall in Hong Kong featuring more than 80 international brand names and also offer huge discounts.
Giant Ferrero in iSquare Mall just across from Chungking Mansion.

4. Eatsplore!

Finding where and what to eat in a foreign country is a real challenge for any travelers. Always check on how they prepare the food before buying it. Trying something new is not bad but keeping yourself healthy on a foreign land is a top priority.


5. A night with the stars in Madam Tussaud’s Museum

Prepare your camera for a star-studded experience in the wax museum of Madam Tussaud’s. We paid a regular price of 280 HKD each for the ticket including the tram ride going to The Peak. Sadly, we weren’t able to buy it in Klook since this was a last-minute decision. Again, my favorite advice on this trip, buy all your tickets online!

Thank you Brad and Angelina for welcoming us!
Thank you Brad and Angelina for welcoming us!

Spot the wrong Directioner. Hehe 😛

6. Visit The Peak

Of course, we never missed to see the famous skyline of Hong Kong. The jungle of glass and stones standing firmly above the ground and gives colors to the whole city.


7. See the view of Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor is a natural land form harbor situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Since it is very near from Tsim Tsam Tsui we decided to walk going there.

8. Get lost and discover what other things this country has to offer

Go on, explore and get yourself a chance to discover something new in this country. It may be a place, a food, a person or an experience. Just learn something and enjoy every minute of it. Happy Travels!

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I just want to give credits to my two amazing companions on this trip. I used some of their photos on this blog. So, a big THANK YOU to my crazy best friend and his crazier brother! I guess it runs from the blood. Hihi! From your craziest friend. Love yah! xoxo

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“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier