Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 3): Hello Kitty Kitchen and Dining and Stay Real Life


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Hello Kitty Kitchen and Dining
Stay Real Life (Stay Real Motel)

Previous Videos:
Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 1): https://youtu.be/HNu_2PjWILE 
Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 2): https://youtu.be/cUyBxoupFL8
Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 3): Carrefour Wanhua District - https://youtu.be/JD2nnAe9rMk
Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 3): Huashan Creative Park - https://youtu.be/2Jwk-rM_iOU


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Mhel

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Taipei, Taiwan Travel 2017 (Day 3): Huashan 1914 Creative Park


This video is a little tour of Huashan 1914 Creative Park. This is a key development base for Taipei's cultural-creative industry, with facilities for meetings exhibits, and performances. There is also a creative weekend market and irregular outdoor concerts. It is a showcase of local cultural creative artistic dynamism. 

Previous Videos:
Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 1): https://youtu.be/HNu_2PjWILE  
Taoyuan Airport
Ximending
Green World Hotel
Eslite Spectrum 
Guang Hua Digital Plaza

Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 2): https://youtu.be/cUyBxoupFL8
Yehliu Geopark
Sky Lantern Experience at Shifen
Yin Yang Sea
Golden Waterfall
Jioufen
Ximending Area
Ximending Street Performers

Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 3): https://youtu.be/JD2nnAe9rMk
Streets of Taipei
Carrefour Wanhua District


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Mhel

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Taipei, Taiwan Travel 2017 (Day 3): Carrefour Wanhua


๐Ÿ‘ซ We went to Carrefour in Wanhua District, which was just a 10-minute walking distance from Green World Hotel to buy a Besta electronic dictionary. This 4-story hypermarket has everything that you can think of. One section was an interesting sight with every kind of bread. Yum! On the sidewalk, we had an amazing time watching the pigeons.

Previous Videos:
Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 1) - https://youtu.be/HNu_2PjWILE
Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 2) - https://youtu.be/cUyBxoupFL8

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Taipei, Taiwan Travel 2017 (Day 2)


Places featured in this video:
  • Yehliu Geopark
  • Sky Lantern Experience at Shifen
  • Yin Yang Sea (side trip)
  • Abandoned Ore Refinery (side trip)
  • Golden Waterfall (side trip)
  • Jioufen (Jiufen or Chiufen)
  • Ximending

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Taipei, Taiwan Travel (Day 1)

๐Ÿ‘ซ This was our day 1 in Taipei. We booked our stay at Green World Hotel Zhonghua and got the Exquisite City View Twin Room with two single beds (Php 5,600 a night). It was a nice hotel in good location near Ximending.



We arrived at the hotel early and our room wasn't ready yet so we decided to roam around Ximending.


We stumbled upon a Miniso store and we popped in for a quick look around the shop. (see the video) We saw Kaonashi loitering around the area. If you have watched the film "Spirited Away" created by Studio Ghibli, you'll definitely know this spirit with no face.


Also, we managed to find Ah Mao's Stone Pot Risotto restaurant offering different kinds of risotto dishes.



We were able to take a photo of Ah Mao, the golden retriever who was guarding the entrance of the restaurant.


We went back to the hotel and waited for more than an hour to get our room. After resting and unloading our things, we took Uber to drive us to Guang Hua Digital Plaza as we were looking for a new model of Besta electronic dictionary but to no avail.




Afterward, we called Uber again to go to The Eslite Spectrum. This is a multistory complex housing an Elite Bookstore, music and vinyl record shop, food court, and most of all packed of independent merchants offering a wide range of products. There are handcrafted and DIY workshops as well.








This was an amazing place to shop and we enjoyed browsing here. This is a must-visit place if you're into shopping. Oh, by the way, if you have a minute please subscribe to my YouTube channel as I'm trying to vlog now instead of blogging.Thanks.


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Glimpses of the Olden Times in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

๐Ÿ‘ซ It was one of those days where we decided we would treat ourselves to something unique and memorable. We were setting off on a Monday morning for about 3-hour drive from Manila to Bagac, a small fishing village in the province of Bataan.

Sanctuario de San Jose

Driving into the complex of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Resort, we were greeted by the unfamiliar sight of guards wearing uniforms that look like worn by the Spanish Guardia civil.


Reception Hall
After we checked in at the Reception Hall, we were taken then to our room via jeepney service, which is ideally situated at the Paseo de Escolta. We booked the Executive Suite (P17,000.00/night) good for 6 guests. Our suite was more like a 3-story heritage house tastefully furnished with everything.

Las Casas Executive Suites
king size bed on the second floor


We managed to join a free guided heritage walking tour but decided to leave in only a few minutes. Our tour guide was like in a hurry to get over with the tour. She skipped some places and we couldn't hear what she was saying. So we settled to just roam around and spend lovely hours checking the heritage houses and other sites pretty much on our own.






In the snap of a finger, we felt like we were stepping into some kind of time warp, back to those days from where our Filipino ancestors used to live during the Spanish colonial period. It really looks like a huge neighborhood in olden days showcasing of what the Spanish heritage houses were like such as the noble class mansions, wooden stilt houses, and a grand main building made of stone standing in a village of cobblestone streets.


Casa Hagonoy



Casa Binan is a replica of the house of Teodora Alonzo, the mother of the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. This is where the box office hit Heneral Luna's final scene was filmed.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a 100-acre beach and mountainside heritage-inspired property. Home to almost forty original Spanish-Filipino colonial structures, the property showcases the vision of Jose Acuzar who collects, transplants and restores built heritage. It is said that these architectural pieces of a bygone era, from different parts of the country, were reconstructed brick by brick, plank by plank.


We were able to watch a free cultural show late in the afternoon.



After resting a bit we headed out again to have our dinner at Cafe Marivent located in the Binondo Hall of Hotel De Oriente. We replenished ourselves with Filipino and Spanish cuisine and took the opportunity to snap a few night shots of the complex as well.

Cafe Marivent  Binondo Hall

Paseo de Escolta Rooms

We rose early in the morning and had a simple but hearty breakfast at Cafe Marivent again. Oh, did I mention how awesome the river tour is? We were fascinated by beautiful scenery from the tranquil river of Umagol and charming artworks along canals of Estero de Binondo building. We thought we were riding an outdoor gondola in Venice (except no one was serenading us). It gave us another amazing view and relaxing experience of Las Casas. Price for the river cruise is P500 per person (minimum of 4).




Then we spent time indulging ourselves with architectural ornaments from wooden and golden carvings, wood mosaics, sculptures, plasterworks and paintings that highlight Filipino's creativity and skills at Hotel de Oriente Convention Center. Admission is P150/pax with a tour guide for in-house guest.

Hotel de Oriente
The lobby covered with Philippine wood is the highlight of Hotel de Oriente
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar also offers a free hop-on-hop-off jeepney and tramvia ride within the resort. While kalesa ride, golf cart, and bicycle can be rented.

kalesa ride at P75/pax  (maximum of four)

free tramvia ride
Our one-night stay at Las Casas really went ridiculously fast as we had so many things to do. Truly, there's never a dull moment at this resort with the various activities you can do there. Aside from what I have mentioned above, you can spend time enjoying board games free of charge. You can also indulge in spa treatments, and water sports like kayaking, island-hopping, and fishing.

"batis" inspired swimming pool
Heading back to Manila was a long drag but we were able to visit an artsy cafe named Stregato Gelateria, which is located at Galeria Victoria Mall in Balanga, Bataan. Good food and pretty decor.





I would recommend Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Resort to anyone who would like to experience and know about the Philippines during the 18th century. I don't mind saying that this has been one of the most interesting trips of my life.  The concept is quite unique. We liked all the accommodating staff and we were completely delighted with pretty much how smooth everything went. All in all, our first ever Bataan trip was an epic memorable and here's to many more years of travel!

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Mhel

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Celebrating 2017 Year of the Fire Rooster at The Manila Hotel

๐Ÿ‘ซ Traditional Lion and Dragon parades were performed for good fortune, and fireworks display light up Manila skies to welcome 2017 Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster at Manila Hotel. There was no better way to welcome and celebrate the Lunar New Year than by savoring tasty food, so in the evening we had sandwiches, pasta, chicken and pork adobo with rice. The next morning we filled our tummies to the brim with sumptuous buffet breakfast at Cafe Ilang Ilang. We also snatched up some freshly baked treats at Delicatessen. (Below is a short 12-minute video on how we celebrated CNY).

Gong Xi Fa Cai! May the Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster bring happiness, good health and prosperity to you all lovely peeps!

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