March 13, 2017
We toured around downtown Taipei on our last full day in Taiwan. As usual, we woke up late. lol Of course, I had to do a mirror shot before we went out of our apartment. lol
Our first stop was the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. I searched for it in google maps and didn’t double check if google actually gave us the correct directions. Right when we were about to go down the bus, we realized that we were at the wrong Chiang Kai-Shek place. lol I think we were at a library or something that’s also named after Chiang Kai-Shek so we had to ride another bus to the real Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. lol
We finally arrived at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall!
We entered the gate and walked towards the hall where Chiang Kai-Shek’s statue was in.
We had to do a jump shot, of course. 🙂
It was a tiring climb to the hall itself, or maybe I’m just super lazy lol
This was the view on the opposite side of the hall. So pretty!! ❤
The statue of Chiang Kai-Shek was very similar to the Lincoln Memorial in DC. Chiang’s sitting down on a chair, like Abraham Lincoln and there were stairs that led to the statue, just like Lincoln’s.
But da real MVP were definitely the guards who were guarding the statue. We weren’t able to witness the changing of the guards because we were too busy taking jump shots but I stared at the guards for quite a while and MAN THEY DON’T BLINK. At first I thought they blink like a few times an hour (LOL) but I stood there long enough to realize that they do not blink AT ALL. You da real MVP, guards! Like I don’t even know how you guys do it.
We finished touring the whole place and it was already starting to rain. It got super cold so we had lunch at Ramen Nagi, the second best ramen evar (next to ichiran, of course). 😉 I am literally thinking about how good this one tastes RN
We initially planned on walking up to the Elephant Mountain trail to see the view of Taipei but it was raining hard so we just went to where the Taipei 101 building was. The building itself has a mall and there are a lot of malls surrounding the place so we spent a few hours there. We just took a selfie in front of Taipei 101 because you know, photo or it didn’t happen. lol
It was getting late so it was time for us to go to another night market! ❤ I super love the night markets in Taiwan and although Raohe Street Night Market is my fave, we went to Shilin Night Market so that we can also see what’s at Shilin. So here’s me, lining up on a store like a local. 😉
I had to try the Hot Star Fried Chicken lol It tasted good but it was too huge for me. lol
We basically just ate what we saw lol
We were looking for pasalubong when we came across this. lol WHYYYY
P.S. I didn’t bring this home. 🙂
Shilin Night Market was much much bigger than the one in Raohe Street. I can describe it most as a maze full of tiangge on one side, food on another side, mixed with some arcade and super random stuff. We didn’t get to take a lot of photos because it was raining and so we had to hide our camera and our phones. I feel like Shilin Night Market was a little more chaotic than Raohe, maybe because it’s bigger.
After going through the whole market, we wanted to eat a proper meal so we went to the basement of the market where we found this super huge “karenderia” type of market. There were a gazillion karenderias in there who were serving different kinds of food. We’re not the super adventurous type so we just ate XLB again with Braised Pork Rice. 🙂
This was our last meal before calling it a night. I truly enjoyed trying all the different kinds of food in this trip. I think we did more eating than touring lol The next day, we just shopped for pasalubong at a local supermarket and went straight to the airport to catch our flight back to Cebu. I super love how chill the weekend was and it was definitely nice to take a break from all the stress.
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