It just gets easier and easier for Filipinos to travel to Taiwan. Aside from the introduction of the e-visa application, Taiwan has also allowed visa-free entry for Pinoys traveling for leisure and business. This process also works for nationals of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
Taiwan is one of those destinations that are easy to brush aside. It’s small, barely a dot in the world map. It’s not recognized by most countries as a sovereign nation. And it’s out of the way, detached from mainland Asia or Southeast Asia where backpacking is on overdrive. It’s
In 2012, I traveled solo for the first time in my life. I still remember how scared I was before the trip. With only a small backpack, a Neil Gaiman book, a thousand dollars, and a will to get out of my comfort zone, I boarded the plane to Bangkok.
I must admit. The only reason I was in Hualien was the marble paradise to the north: Taroko Gorge. Hualien being the gateway to this incredible national park was the only thing I knew about the city prior to this trip. But Hualien was such a pleasant surprise. And it
It only took two steps for me to slip and hurt (and almost break) an ankle. Considering how much time it took for me to find this place, I was absolutely determined to push through with the climb. Never mind that I was limping in pain — my clumsy ass
Darkness has already set in when we arrived at Dalongdong Baoan Temple, a Taiwanese folk religion temple. The site was built from 1805 to 1830 by the clans of Tong’an District who later moved to Taipei, which gives it its name Baoan, meaning “to protect those of Tong’an.” The temple
Blindly I followed a trail that climbed the Sibao Mountain in Taroko Gorge, one of the most popular national parks in Taiwan. Concealed behind a park, it is one of the less frequently trodden walking trails in the region. There was no one else taking the leaf-carpeted path, and I
The site owes its name to the Pacific. And to one tribesman. A long time ago, when a native Truku tribesman came out of a gorge and saw the blue splendor of the world’s biggest ocean, he admiringly shouted, “Taroko!” It means “magnificent and beautiful.” What he did not know
There was no one else. The Hualien clouds blessed my visit with gentle showers that afternoon, but I still made my way on foot to the shrine. The Northern Palace architecture of the buildings radiated through the bleak atmosphere, a great sight. Even better that the view from here. Martyr’s
There was urgency in his voice as our tour guide pressed us to hustle into the shrine grounds. It was past 4pm and the site would close in an hour. Like obedient kindergarten kids, we swooshed out of the bus and into the front gate. The National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine (or