Day 6 in Taipei: Trying not to be obtrusive in Longshan Temple

The travel guides I had read before coming to Taipei described Longshan Temple as the most famous Buddhist temple in the Taiwanese capital.

Because of that, I included the temple in my must-see sights in Taipei.

But Longshan Temple is, first and foremost, a place of worship. So when I was there, I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible. 

No one seemed to care that I was taking pictures there. They were busy with their rituals and prayers. Besides, most likely they’re also used to seeing tourists doing touristy activities in the temple.

After visiting Longshan Temple, we returned to the hotel to have breakfast.

Then I went to the Taipei Main Station to take pictures and to check out the Taoyuan Airport MRT. I have to be familiar with the station because I’m definitely going back to Taipei someday.

The Taipei Main Station:

Day 5 in Taipei: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, better Taipei 101 view, Ximending

We started our tour quite late today because we wanted to see Taipei 101 at night. 

Our first destination was the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. 

It’s just one MRT station away from Taipei City Hall, where there’s a better view of Taipei 101. That’s based on my Internet research. 

I wasn’t satisfied with our earlier pictures of Taipei 101, so I felt that another photo opp was necessary. Besides, I wanted to have night view pics of the building.

Our last stop was the Ximending shopping area. It’s not really a destination for us because it’s actually our “home” in Taipei. But it was my first time to actively take pictures of it so I included it in this blog post.

Day 4 in Taipei: The original Din Tai Fung restaurant, 228 Peace Park, Presidential Office Building

The original Din Tai Fung restaurant, which is known for its xiao long bao or soup dumplings, is at No. 194 Sec. 2 Xinyi Road in Taipei, Taiwan. The nearest MRT station is Dongmen.

Appetizer: Tofu

Pork xiao long bao:

Fried white rice:

Dessert: Chocolate xiao long bao

We like to eat, but of course we also like to stay fit. After the late lunch, we toured some places in the city for about an hour.

228 Peace Memorial Park:

Presidential Office Building:

Day 2 in Taipei: Eating poop-shaped food at Modern Toilet Restaurant

Not all people like toilet humor, but I think all people will like the Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan. Not necessarily for the food, but for the experience.

Based on what I observed when I was there for lunch earlier today, the customers were more focused on taking pictures of the poop-shaped food and the toilet seats than on the food itself. 

Spaghetti with poop-shaped cheese:

Green tea in toilet bowl-shaped cup:

Crushed ice sprinkled with chocolates and marshmallows, among others:

Poop-shaped ice cream:

The entrance to the restaurant:

You pay first before you eat.

Day 1 in Taipei: Din Tai Fung, Taipei 101 and more

Having (late) lunch at Din Tai Fung in Taipei 101 is like hitting two birds with one stone: Enjoying the food at the restaurant’s birthplace and at the same time, seeing the building that used to be the tallest in the world.

Pork xiao long bao:

Taipei 101:

I felt that we could take better pictures of Taipei 101 if we were a bit farther away from it, so we went to Daan Park:

It was a little bit far. I walked around for a few minutes to look for a spot where there’s an unobstructed view of Taipei 101. I didn’t find any, but I stumbled upon this:

It was a spot close to the Xinyi Anhe subway station where we were able to take good pictures of Taipei 101:

Our next destination was the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall:

Day 14: Eiffel Tower is prettier when you’re with family


It was a dream come true for me when I set foot on Paris for the first time in 2009.

Was I happy? Of course! But I must say that I wasn’t totally happy. I realized then that it wasn’t enough to follow your dreams. It was something akin to “success is nothing without someone you love to share it with.”

I told myself while I was marveling at the beauty of the Eiffel Tower that one day, my mom would lay her eyes on Paris’ Iron Lady. Seven years later, it did happen. (Day view of Eiffel Tower, Arch of Triumph)

(September 24, 2016, Saturday) Today’s our last full day in Paris. We went to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Ticket price to the summit was 17 euros per person.

Views from the top:



Shadow of the Eiffel Tower:


A short history of France’s most famous landmark:


Back to the ground:


Day 13: Can’t take my mind off Marie Antoinette at Palace of Versailles

(September 23, 2016, Friday) Today we went to the Palace of Versailles or Château de Versailles, located on the outskirts of Paris.

While at the palace all I could think of was that it symbolized the ostentatious lifestyle of the French monarchy at a time when the people were suffering. The people were so enraged that, eventually, they beheaded Queen Marie Antoinette near the end of the 18th century.

Entrance ticket

I don’t think it’s possible to explore the entire palace in a day without your legs killing you. So unless you’ve competed in an Olympic Marathon (and won a bronze medal, at least), I suggest you visit the Hall of Mirrors first, the central gallery of the palace. For me, it’s the essence of the Palace of Versailles.



Palace facade:

With my mom