Thursday, December 26, 2013

Taiwan's Themed Restaurants

That's my man! Making hard decisions haha is it Barbie or Hello Kitty? ;)

One of the most popular keywords when you google "Things to do in Taiwan" is its themed restaurants. Taiwan has a lot of quirky restaurants that is very popular for tourists such as the hospital , ninja, A380 airplane , classroom, Barbie, Hello Kitty and Toilet themed restaurants. We managed to visit the latter 3 and  I'll be sharing here my reviews and tips for those who want to make their visit in Taiwan unique.

1. Barbie Restaurant 

When I was a child, I remember collecting Barbie dolls and all accessories related to Barbie--clothes, shoes, make up, bag, even her child Kelly and her sweetheart, Ken. So when we visited Taiwan, we made sure to try Barbie Cafe errr...just because it's pink and fantastic! 

How to get there?
Address: 2F, 128, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei City (Across Zhongsiao/Fushing Sogo department store B1). To go there via MRT, go down at Zhongxiao Fu Xing station and Exit at # 2.

It is open from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm everyday.
 I'm a Barbie girl in a Barbie World!

The interior is very girly! Full of glitters, pink stuff, ruffles, and crystals. It's like a real Barbie house or should I say Cafe! haha :) The ambiance is great and also the staff; however, we encountered a translation problem when we got there which eventually led us to leave the place.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Best Hotel for Budget Travelers, Inn Cube

When my boyfriend and I travel, we rarely stay in lavish hotels unless it’s a business trip or sponsored by someone. We always stay in 3-star hotels, guesthouses, or youth hostels (haven’t tried couch surfing though but maybe someday we will explore that option).

For our Taiwan trip we stayed at Inn Cube Hotel in Gongyuan Road. It was by far the cheapest, most decent, and accessible hotel we booked and here are the reasons why.

4Ps of Hostel (Marketing) Principle

When choosing for a place to stay, as a real life Marketer, my partner and I apply the 4Ps of Marketing—Price, Place, Product, and Promotion in that order.

Taipei 101

Part of my bucket list aside from traveling the world is to visit as many towers or skylines I can from all over the world. There are more than 10 iconic towers all over the world and I am proud to say I have visited 2 already--Namsan Tower in Korea and this... TAIPEI 101.

Taipei 101 was the tallest building from year 2004 to 2010. Now it is the second tallest building in the world next to Dubai's Burj Kahlifa. The tower's design and architecture is a standing monument to feng shui and modern design and it was designed to symbolize prosperity and good fortune for Taiwan. The stalk of bamboo reaching into the sky to connect heaven and earth is the most obvious symbolism you can identify from afar. 

The tower was made because Taiwan is regularly subjected to powerful typhoons and earthquakes. They say that the tower can withstand winds up to 134 mph and the strongest earthquakes on modern record. Thanks to the steel pendulum suspended at the core of the building between the 92nd and 87th floors named, Baby Dumper. He's an anti-sway system who already surpassed Taiwan's 6.8 magnitude earthquake last 2002.

Ok enough with my geeky tendencies. Going to Taipei 101 is very very easy. Here's how:

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