Saturday, August 13, 2016

Exploring Taiwan : Maokong Gondola, Taipei Zoo, and Shilin Night Market

Before the Holy Week of 2015, two of my office mates and I are already booked to Taiwan in November.

I wanted to document every moved we made in Taiwan from arrival to departure! So I used my smartphone which is a Cherry Mobile Alpha Style that I bought last 2014.Using Microsoft's OneNote app on my phone I captured photos, jotted down notes, and even recorded random interesting audios while exploring Taiwan!

1 DAY 

6:00 Decided to leave the airport and go to the city 
  • Bus Ticket to Taipei City NTD125 
6:40 bus left the airport 
7:20 arrived at Taipei Main Station; Walked to Homey Hostel 
7:40 arrived at Hostel to drop bags 
8:30 Open of Homey hostel 
9:10 Left the Hostel to explore the city 
9:30 at McDonald's for breakfast, NTD 71 
9:43 Back on the road off to MRT Taipei Main Station 

10:40 Grabbed Green Tea sundae NTD 80 and Milk Caspy Bar Original NTD 25 at Taipei Zoo Station 
11:11 Queue at Gondola

12:26 Food court for lunch

Oyster omelet NTD 70; Pancit lomi NTD 50; Bottled green tea NTD 30

14:24 Still walking along this long road 
14:50 Taiwan Zoo Bus Station; Traveled by bus NTD 15 
15:00 Entered Taiwan Zoo NTD 60

16:30 Took a bus from Taipei Zoo to Gondola Station NTD 5 
17:00 Maokong Station, tried Spring Roll Ice Cream NTD 40 


18:00 Taipei Zoo Station to Shilin Night Market via MRT 
18:30 Photobooth at Taipei Zoo Station  
19:00 Daan Station transferred to Line 1 for Shilin Night Market 
19:30 Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market at 22:00 Still Alive and kickin'

We shopped till we dropped!! 

Meat on stick NTD 25 
Rooster charm NTD 100 
Giordano pants NTD 600 
Adidas running shoes NTD 1590 
Taiwan Beer NTD 100 
Large Chicken (the tastiest Chicken I've tasted!)

23:37 At Jiantan Station going to Homey Hostel to call it a night 
0:56 Lights out

Friday, May 6, 2016

Hosteling in Kuala Lumpur

So I made it to Bikit Bintang from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. I followed the directions from Google map which is this :

I was able to follow the walk route indicated in the 2nd image. Of course, I'm excellent with directions! But then, my orientation isn't. I got lost in the heart of Bukit Bintang. I
I found myself in between Lo Yat Plaza and Parkson Sungei Wang Plaza. The sun is out, it was hot, and I'm tired and I'm longing for a cold water. So I sat in the corner of Lo Yat Plaza. After a few minutes of resting my feet, I started walking again to look for my hostel.

I went back to where I started, this time I pay attention to road/street name signs. Just when I thought I was walking to the right direction, which is right, I gave up and asked for the police where Alor Bunker Home is located. Three of them gathered, one of them is the interpreter. She told me to back to the corner where there was a traffic light. But I knew from the spot that I'm close to the place very close since I saw pictures of the surrounding area of the hotel. I could smell it was just in my nose!

But I obeyed the officers who were in the are taking pictures of plate numbers of cars parked in the area. I walked back to the corner where there was a traffic light. This time I walked to the street where major food stalls are located, where they grill and serve local food. Then I reached the end of that street, I turned right and I found myself heading back to Low Yat Plaza. Again, I asked for direction. He said Jalan Alor is the street over there. There. The one that I came from. But I didn't see a Alor Bunker Home hostel in there. So I went back and took the other block, while walking.. something caught my attention. DIMSUM!!!!

I didn't hesitate and ordered 1 siomai and 1iced coffee. Ahhhhh!!! What a good life, even though I still can't find my dang hostel.

I finished my food and proceeded with my mission. Alas! I saw Jalan Rembia street sign. DANG!!! I was just here, I told myself. It's where I found those police officers and asked for direction. Oh meehn. So there, I took another turn, and there it was. My hostel was there : Alor Bunker Home.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Soloist in Kuala Lumpur

I arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport right after midnight. I decided to wait until the sun come up before going to the city or any other destination. Airport is always safer, believe me. Stay there. Sleep. And freshen up.

By six in the morning, the sun is barely up in the sky. It's still oddly dark. Coming from a country where the sun is already in your face by 5:30 in the morning during summer, it's quite blizzard here in Malaysia. I'm ultra lazy, I'd even be lazier to get up in the morning if I'm from here.

Yes, I decided to get my ass off from my newly favorite spot (see previous post), and drag myself towards an information desk.

According to Google, to get to Bukit Bintang area (where I'll be staying at) from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, I must go to KL Sentral by bus (metro station where all the MRTs meet, I suppose), from there I must ride a green train to AirAsia Bukit Bintang Station. Ha! Piece of cake, right?


I begun my journey with asking the receptionist how to get to KL Sentral, which is cheaper: train or bus, and how much would it cost me. Bus is cheaper, it's myr 11 (php 130). Buses are located at the ground level of the airport. From arrival, you must go downstairs to get to the busses. Ticket booths are also located there. Very easy to locate. Comfort room in the ground level is cleaner than CR in the  departure/arrival area of the airport by the way.

The bus left from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 past 7:30 in the morning. Go ahead and take a nap, the commute is about an hour and half!! The bus driver is no way in a hurry. Traffic is light, just right considering it is a city and on a weekday. There are no other stops, it will stop only at its final destination in KL Sentral.

When I reached KL Sentral, it is quite confusing, we got off in an underpass. KL Sentral is located upstairs. Take the escalator, walk along with other passengers who know what they're doing. Upstairs the train map is also confusing. There are no train map flyers available in KL Sentral. You will only have to rely on the train map board.

I bought my train ticket (or plastic coin) in the ticket vending machine available around the area. From KL Sentral to AirAsia to Bukit Bintang it cost me myr 2.50 (php  30). I made a terrible mistake by getting to a platform which is isn't the train I'm supposed to hop on. I just waste myr 2.50. To correct my mistake, I approched an MRT guy and asked him where the train to AirAsia Bukit Bintang  is. It was in the other building. A few minutes walk from the KL Sentral. Then, I found what I was looking for: the Monorel MRT line (the green one) that would take me to Bukit Bintang.

Sleepless in Kuala Lumpur

I have an officemate who works for Fluor and was assigned in Kuala Lumpur in 2015.

Friends and ex-officemates agreed to visit her because.. FREE ACCOMMODATION !!

A friend and I agreed to go to Malaysia in January to go to Kuala Lumpur. Fast forward to March, he backed out from our plan!

Fast forward to today, here I am at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (Budget Terminal) all alone. I just had a Zinger and a coffee in KFC at Departure area (from the Arrivals, I went up stairs to Departure area), connected to a reliable wi-if.

I have booked myself to a two hostels in Bukit Bintang area. I got no itinerary. What itinerary, fuck that. I got no roll of films for my Benesse (toy camera). I'm still unsure how to get to the city from here, KLIA2. I have a backpack weighing 5 kgs. So far, here's my expenses:

Airfare Roundtrip - php 5547.4
Hostel (4nights) - php 2550
Taxi to NAIA T3 - php 250
Travel Tax - php 1620
Bottled water - php 24
KFC Zinger and coffee - myr 13 (php 152)

Here's my favorite spot from the airport over seeing Airasia planes :

Saturday, March 12, 2016

What happened before Martial Law?

What happened before Martial Law?
FACT: 1969-1970, naging talamak ang pangingidnap at pagpatay ng NPA
FACT : January 1970, Binomba ang Joint US Military Advisory Group Headquarters sa Quezon City
FACT: January 30 1970, may 50,000 mangagawa at mga estudyanteng aktibista (na naimpluwesyahan na ng ideolohiyang komunismo) ang lumusob sa malakanyang ,at sinunog ang ilang bahagi ng medical bldg. Gamit nila ang isang Fire truck na kanilang pilit na kinuha upang madaling makapasok.
FACT: October 1970, may mga kaso ng karahasan ang naitala sa ilang campus sa maynila. May pagsabog din ng mga pillboxes na naganap sa ilang paaralan.
FACT: December 1970, pinasabog ang dalawang Catholic school at dalawang government buildings sa Calbayog City .
FACT: December 11 1970, napatunayan sa Supreme Court na ang mga karahasang nagaganap sa bansa ay kagagawan ng mga Komunista na nais agawin ang pamamahala sa bansa.
FACT: December 29 1970, sinalakay ni NPA Commander na si Victor Corpuz ang Armoury ng PMA.
FACT: June 1971, binomba ang Constitutional convention hall
FACT: August 21 1971, binomba ang Plaza Miranda, ayon kay dating senador Jovito Salonga, Jun Alcover (dating NPA officer) at victor corpus( dating NPA commander), si JOMA SISON ang may pakana.
FACT: 1971, May mga pinasabog na Oil firms sa maynila. Pinasabugan din ang main pipe ng NAWASA, Meralco substation sa Q.C, congress building, comelec building, Meralco main office premises sa ortigas at doctors pharmaceuticals inc building sa Caloocan.
FACT: February 1972, pinasabugan ang U.S embassy
FACT: March 1972, pinasabugan ang Greater Manila Terminal Food Market
FACT: March 15 1972 binomba ang Arca building
FACT: May 30 1972: binomba ang vietnamese embassy
FACT: April 23 1972 Binomba ang Filipinas Orient Airways board room sa Domestic Road, Pasay City
FACT: April 1972, pinasabugan ulit ang U.S embassy
FACT: June 23 1972, Binomba ang Court of Industrial Relations
FACT: June 24 1972, binomba ang Philippine Trust Company branch office sa Cubao, Quezon City
FACT: July 3 1972, binomba ang Philamlife building sa United Nations Avenue
FACT: July 18 1972 , bigong pagpapasabog sa kongreso
FACT: July 27 1972 binomba ang Tabacalera Cigar & Cigarette Factory Compound at Marquez de Comilas, Manila
FACT: July 1972 napigilan ng militar ang barko galing china “MV KARAGATAN” na magsusupply sana ng mga armas sa NPA na hiningi ni Joma Sison kay communist chairman mao tse tung.
FACT: August 15 1972 binomba ang PLDT exchange office sa East Avenue at ang Philippine Sugar Institute building sa North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
FACT: August 17 1972, binomba ang Department of Social Welfare building
FACT: August 19 1972, binomba ang water main sa Aurora Boulevard at Madison Avenue, Quezon City
FACT: August 30,1972, bigong pagpapasabog sa Department of foreign Affairs
FACT: August 30 1972, binomba ulit ang Philamlife building
FACT: September 5 1972, binomba ang Joe’s Department Store sa Carriedo
FACT: September 8 1972, binomba ang Manila city hall
FACT: September 12 1972, binomba ang watermains sa San Juan at Rizal
FACT: September 14 1972, Binomba ang San Miguel building sa Makati
FACT: September 18, 1972, Binomba ang Quezon City Hall