Taoyuan International Airport Lounges

It’s been a while since I came to visit Taiwan, about 5 years! And boy, has it changed!

When we arrived, we were in a hurry as it’s the wee hours of the morning. However, on our departure, we were able to roam around and discover the FREE lounges all over the airport!

Going to our boarding gate, I was amazed by these different themed lounges that lined up the whole C gates.

Starting off with Gate C1. Taiwan Music Waiting Lounge – Music themed lounge. The sofas have charging ports as well.

Gate C2 – Skyline Waiting Lounge – Travel themed lounge – with some bits of information about the origin of aviation.

Gate C3 is my favorite and was our boarding gate during our flight home from Taipei. Hello Kitty Lounge! All pretty in pink. There’s even a Sanrio store beside it. Also a mini playground for kids. The telephone booths outside the lounge works.

Another theme is the E-Library Waiting Lounge. It has reading nooks all over. This is the lounge for bookworms like me. 📕📖📔📚

These are just 4 of the lounges. They have a lot more but I just took pictures of these 4 as it was near my boarding gate.

Also along the C strip was a prayer room for 3 different religions. They have separate rooms. I didn’t peek inside as there might be someone praying.

If you are a flower lover, this area would suit you. Taiwan’s Phalaenopsis. Beautiful 🌼🌺🏵💮🌸 right?

There is also an area for techie people. You get to use the computers, connect to the internet or charge your gadgets!

Oh and they also have a Hello Kitty themed breastfeeding room for our mommy breast warriors.

Taoyuan International Airport really upped its airport game. Who wouldn’t want to chill in those lounges?

Go see for yourself and visit Taiwan, the Heart of Asia.

Read more of my Taiwan Series:

Taiwandering – Pre-Flight!

Portable WIFI Rental by Kkday

Tomorrow Hotel

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Tori Chizu

Recently tried this Japanese Resto in Megamall. Tori Chizu specializes in all food cheesy! 🧀🧀🧀

Ordered too much! Got the set meal and it consisted of 2 choices of Japanese Doria, 2 sets of 2pc Fried Chicken, 4 glasses of Iced Tea and 4 cups of Cheese Ice Cream!

I don’t have anything to say about the chicken. 😐🤐

The Milk Chiz ice cream can actually get to you! First 5 bites is heaven, but the succeeding bites take you back to earth. Too salty or too cheesy, I am not really sure. Too big of a serving, the kids didn’t finish it. Maybe a bowl for sharing is okay. Or a little less ice cream per cup.

For our main dish, there’s the Doria. What is a Doria? It is a Japanese Rice Gratin dish, usually with different variations.

For our first doria in Tori Chizu, we called the Chicken Chizu Curry. It should have been called Curry Chizu because that’s all it was, curry sauce. Maybe they forgot to put the chicken meat! 😣

There is really nothing special in this dish.

Our other doria is so much better! Chicken Teriyaki Doria had a lot of chicken meat! The teriyaki sauce was beneath the mozarella cheese and this tasted good. The kids loved this dish. The cheesiness and the the taste of the teriyaki blended well together.

Here’s my firstborn attacking the doria!

She’s in love with all things cheesy!

If you are in the area and you want to try having a doria, go ahead and do so. There are 3 more other flavors to try. They also serve Ramen and Hambagu Steaks.

Tori Chizu is located at Upper Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall.

Tori Chizu is beside Zubu, should remind myself to dine at Zubu soon! 😋

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Sleeping at Camp Netanya

Our room keeps up with the theme of white and blue, complete with basic hotel amenities like mini fridge, bathroom essentials, hot & cold water, hair dryer and fridge. The downside of this room was the aircon. It was too small that it couldn’t cool the whole room. Good thing service was great, they checked on the a/c twice and when it really couldn’t do its job, an electric fan was given to us.

Our room was located on the upper part of the resort, so guests have to go up and down a high flight of stairs before reaching the pool. The elevator’s not yet working. 🤐 For youngsters, it would be okay; but for oldies, this could be a problem!

I got our Deluxe Twin Room with a corporate discount so I paid about Php 6,000.00 instead of the usual Php 8,100.00.

Read and see more of Camp Netanya – 🏊🏊🏊

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Camp Netanya – Little Santorini of Batangas

Camp Netanya was damaged in last year’s big earthquake that hit Batangas, but after a year or so, the beauty has been restored for us to enjoy.

This Greek inspired heaven on earth was really a sight to behold. White and Blue dominated the whole place to match the clear blue skies and cottony white clouds.

The best thing about our trip to Camp Netanya? Our very own photographer, Kuya is a lifeguard but he is so accommodating that he is willing to risk his life just to get you the best photos you could think of! Leave him a good tip even though he doesn’t ask!

Aside from having wonderful pictures and dipping in the pool, here were some of the things we did:

Camp Netanya Movie Night

Camp Netanya at night. Movie projected on the white wall. Swim and watch as you please.

Free Caricature

During our stay, they happen to have artists around to do guests’ caricature.

Island Hopping

Fun in one of the islands

Fish Feeding

Snorkeling

Camp Netanya doesn’t have a beach of its own. You need to rent a boat and go island hopping and go to one of the beaches there to set your feet on the sand. However, I will suggest to just stay at the resort and enjoy its amenities.

And just have fun doing photo shoots. 😂

See the many IG worthy nooks all over Camp Netanya 🔽🔽🔽

For our accommodations, check out Sleeping at Camp Netanya.

Camp Netanya is located at Barangay Ligaya, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas.

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Courtyard@453

Braved the rain to go to the newest place to hang out in San Juan.

Courtyard@453 is located at 453 P. Guevarra Street San Juan, hence the name with the 453.

And unlike other food parks in the metro, this courtyard has parking spaces and the actual dining area is air conditioned.

Inside, a bright and airy space will greet you. 5 restaurants that serve 5 different cuisines surround the place.

Right smack in the middle is the bar. They serve everything from juices to shakes to beers! They also have ice cream for dessert and coffee to cap off your meal.

Since our kids love Japanese, we went straight to the Japanese resto. Ebi 10 is famous for its tempuras and crazy rolls. They were just named by Spot.ph as having the best ebi tempura in Metro Manila.

My minnies got hold of the menu and ordered their own ebi tempura. For the adults, we tried the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki.

We ordered Gyoza as we usually do when going Japanese. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

For sure, kids loved the tempura. Gone in 50 seconds!🍤🍤🍤🍤

As for me, I love the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki that we ordered, very very tasty and really crunchy!

Moving on to the next resto, Tra Vinh Express is the newest baby of Tra Vinh Philippines, an Australian born Vietnamese restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine that has already carved its way into the hearts of Manila’s foodies.

Not Vietnamese without the Dry Noodles and the Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls.

The dry noodles is good.

The fresh shrimp spring rolls could do better with a tastier peanut sauce.

Since it was a rainy and gloomy day, we decided to have some hot noodles. We ordered from The Silver Dragon which serves Chinese Cuisine.

The kids love the Wonton Dumplings that comes with the Noodle soup.

Kids also loved the Xiao Long Bao.

Hope they improve the Fresh Lumpia though.

There’s 2 more restaurants to try but we were so full already!

Pops ‘n Pebs serve Filipino dishes.

LIF, on the other hand, serves American Cuisine. If you are up for some burgers and fries, or maybe pasta and pizza, you should try this one out.

This slider looks good and this might be my order on my next visit!

To add, their restroom’s very very clean and smells good too!

They also have another washing area outside.

So there! Stop reading and see for yourself! DEFINITELY a must visit!

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Taiwandering – Pre-flight!

A spur of the moment trip for me and my hubby – couple time!😍😍😍

We only have the weekend so first thing on my list is to get the best available flight, earliest flight in and latest flight out. Searching through the many flights available, I learned that Cebu Pacific only has morning flights on Sundays, same goes with Air Asia and Philippine Airlines, only Eva Airways has evening flights. This made me decide to get one way tickets to be able to maximize the 3 days of Taiwandering.

FLIGHT ✈✈✈

Booked a red eye flight through Cebu Pacific, 10:55pm flight on a Thursday, arrival will be 1:20am the following day. This way, we will have the whole Friday to roam around and also the whole of Saturday. As for Sunday, I booked the latest flight out through Eva Airways at 8:30pm so we still have at least a few more hours to wander.

The Cebu Pacific one way flight from Manila to Taipei cost us Php 5,398.20 for 2 persons. This includes a 15 kg baggage allowance for each passenger. I booked this through Traveloka which gave me a Php 600.00 savings. If you book this through the Cebu Pacific website, it will cost more.

Our flight going home, Taipei to Manila, is booked through Hutchgo.com. Eva Airways is the only carrier that is offering an 8:30pm flight, cost me $191.07 (converted at 53.50) or about Php 10,168.75 for 2 persons. This includes a 30 kg baggage allowance for each passenger.

If you add our plane tickets, it sets back each passenger around Php 7,783.48. And since we still have to pay the travel tax of Php 1,620.00. Total ticket per passenger is Php 9,403.48.

I think we still got a good deal considering we have 60 kgs of baggage allowance (more shopping space for us) on our flight home and more or less half a day to enjoy Taiwan before heading back.

VISA

There is still no need to apply for a Taiwan Visa. Filipino passport holders are free to travel to Taiwan and stay for a maximum of 14 days. You have until July 31, 2019 to enjoy this privilege!

Savings of about Php 2,644.00 for each passenger! Yes! Taiwan Visa is more expensive than Japan Visa!

HOTEL 🏢🏢🏢

I booked our hotel through Traveloka, but this time, I used my husband’s account. This is to be able to apply another discount.😀

Since we will be out most of the day, I just chose the simplest room available. The location also plays a big factor in our decision. This hotel is located in Ximending. One of the most popular street / night markets in Taiwan.

Tomorrow Hotel is a comfortable 3 star hotel located near a railway station. It comprises of the basics a tourist will be needing in a hotel.

Tomorrow Hotel Review

I got this Standard Double Room for only Php 4,961.48! For a 3 days & 2 nights stay and with breakfast, this is surely a steal, even without windows! 😋

WIFI

In this day and age, people are connected in every possible way. For me and my husband, this is important so that we could get in touch with our family anytime of the day even if we are out in another country.

Good thing we found rental of portable wifi on Kkday. For only Php 138.00 a day, both of us can connect on this portable wifi rented out by Unite Traveler. We could have access to unlimited 4G connection throughout our stay.

Portable WIFI Rental by Kkday

Best part is, the booth is 24 hours. Even if we arrive in the wee hours, we could still get our device and start connecting. It is also convenient to return the device, just go to their booth near departure and drop it off.

So far, so good. Ready to conquer and wander Taiwan!

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Experiencing Canada Day

What a timing! Last July 1, 2018, we were able to experience Canada Day. One of the celebrations were at Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver. So many people in Canada shirts, hats, flags, headbands and what nots joined in the celebration.

There’s a lot going on and everyone was feeling happy and proud that day.

What is Canada Day though? According to Wikipedia, it is the National Day of Canada. This is the day Canadians celebrate the day of their full independence. It is the birthday of Canada. It is celebrated annually on July 1st.

Celebrations were all over the country! Parades, live bands, fireworks and other activities mark Canada Day!

Here are some of our pictures during the festivities at Canada Place.

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12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub

A night out with my co-mommies from my kids’ school! Well, you could say that the Titas are out tonight!

Decided to book a reservation with 12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub at El Pueblo! Reminiscing about those days when I used to party here in El Pueblo!

Turned out we made the right decision to come here!

Side A Band will be playing. Though no Joey G anymore. I think there’s only 2 old members left.

To save our very precious time, dinner is also at 12 Monkeys. Arrived 8pm and there’s no one yet. We got the whole place to ourselves.

And even though I had a reservation, I was surprised that it is only in a regular high table and chair kind of table. We asked how much would we have to spend to be able to sit on the comfy couch and we were told it’s 6k. We figured it would just be enough since we will be spending for dinner, pica pica and drinks. So we got the comfy couch and we were given the front row couch! 😄

Food price is ok. Leaning on the expensive side at about 350 to 380 per plated meal.

Check out the menu. ↓↓↓

Salad – √

Spam Fries – x should have been called breading breading breading fries!

Bagnet – √

Hickory Pork Belly – √ for the taste and for the rice

(though very rich in fats)

Vigan Porkchop – √ but could have made it in a bigger slice

After dinner, just before the show started. We ordered a bottle of wine, Martini Rose. One of the best Martinis I tasted. Again, brings back great memories from high school.

Nachos tasted better without the sauce. Just the chips.

After emptying the bottle of wine, I am now having my staple drink from way back, Frozen Strawberry Margarita! My friends had Classic Margaritas and a Classic Martini!

And of course, what we came here for, live band music from Side A!

Really fun night. Chika during dinner. Music while band is playing. More chika in the car on our way home after Side A’s final set. 😂😄😍

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