‘Ilha Formosa’ or Spanish for beautiful Island, were the first few words that described Taiwan when the first Portuguese ship passed by the island in the 1500s. Interestingly enough Formosa became its name for the next four centuries until the Dutch established a fortress in a province called Taoyuan, which later evolved into Taiwan.
Today, a lot of things have changed, and Taiwan is now an official part of the Republic of China, but what didn’t change is Taiwan’s rich and beautiful culture.
Join me as we discover the best cultural things to do and experience in Southern Taiwan.
Taiwan for me is easily one of my favorite destinations in Asia. It has that distinct look and feels to it that reminds me of Hong Kong and Japan combined, yet it still manages to stand out among its Asian neighbors.
I remember visiting this tiny island nation that has a little bit of everything, from mountainous landscapes and beautiful beaches to a sprawling nightlife in the metropolis. Not to mention the incredible people you’ll meet along the way that makes Taiwan the perfect travel destination for Filipinos.
If you plan on visiting Taiwan but isn’t sure where to start or where to go, don’t worry–I’ve created a guide that will take you on a journey from capital city Taipei in the north all the way down to Kaohsiung City in the south.
Prana is a South East Asian style restaurant that has become well known in Boracay as the "to go to, Health food spot." The menu is simple and basic with an emphasis on farm to table. The produce is fresh as possible and always sourced locally.
Visitors to Prana can expect to get a healthy that is as delicious as it is a work of art. Fantastic platting, delicious healthy food, set in a tranquil Bali type setting makes Prana the perfect destination for those who want to relax in a busy place like Boracay.
Executive Chef PeterMontemayor honed his skills for over 15 years — specializing in Western and SE Asian cuisine. He has operated and ran a number of establishments in Boracay, before heading to Thailand and Bali to hone his culinary skills and explore other SE Asian flavors.
Having lived for six years in Thailand and Bali, Chef Peter learned to appreciate the spices and tastes of the region and he brings that back to the Philippines at Prana.
Chef opted to leave out red meat on his menus and is not shy to label his food vegan-friendly. The menu at Prana changes regularly depending on the availability of the produce.
Indigo Restaurant is a fine dining experience at the world-class resort, Discovery Shores Boracay. Situated at Station One, the white sand beach setting makes it a perfect place for a nice private and intimate dining experience in Boracay.
The restaurant boasts an impressive international menu with a focus on coastal dishes. You can order from their set menus or order a la carte. Their Seafood sets and Surf and Turfs are popular amongst guests and visitors
Here's what to expect at Indigo Restaurant at Discovery Shores Boracay…
Taiwan has always had a special place in my heart. I remember visiting Taipei 10 years ago, back when Taiwan was still under everyone’s radar and Taipei 101 was still the tallest building in the world.
I remember traveling around this tiny island nation that has a little bit of everything, from mountainous landscapes and beautiful beaches to a sprawling nightlife in the metropolis. Not to mention the country has four seasons, meaning it gets hot during summer and it can snow on some parts during winter.
WATCH: All this combined makes Taiwan the perfect travel destination for Filipinos.
Shirakawa-gō (白川郷) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the highest number of gasshō-zukuri style houses located in one area. “Gassho”, meaning “hands in prayer,” refers to the unique steep thatched roofing feature that is made to withstand heavy snowfall.
Located in Gifu Prefecture in the heartland of Japan, it’s central location means easy access from anywhere in the nation.
Shirakawa-go Tourist Center
Ogi-machi, Shirakawamura, Ono-gun, Gifu Contact: +81-5789-6-1013 Website:www.shirakawa-go.org
Blooming tulips signal that spring has arrived! But in Toyama, these beautiful flowers bloom throughout the year!
The Tonami Tulip Gallery is the only facility in the world where you can appreciate tulips in all four seasons. The amazing facility is home to a museum and garden where you can experience the mysteries and secrets of their tulip bulbs.
It also annually hosts the Tonami Tulip Fair, a simple event that started in 1952 in an experimental agricultural field station and has now grown into Japan’s number one most anticipated flower festival. It is held in Toyama from late April to early May every year, featuring 2.5 million tulips blooming in over 600 varieties on the extensive grounds totaling to 16-hectares of land.
Delicious-looking, life-like ramen, sushi, steak, and beer. Have you ever noticed food replicas of these things on display while walking along restaurants and shops in Japan? It’s said that 60% of these replicas are made here in Gujo City.
At Sample Kobe, visitors can get a first-hand experience of watching artisans make food models and also try creating one of their own! It’s a fun, affordable experience and a great souvenir you can take home to your family and friends!
Here’s a photo essay of our food sample making workshop…
(Copyright: The Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games)
PyeongChang 208 Winter Olympics will be the kickoff series for the high-profile sporting event in Asia over the next four years, with neighboring countries Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics and Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022.
It will be the first winter games in Korea held in Pyeongchang, Gangneung, and Jeongseon from February 9 to 25, 2018, while the Paralympic Games will be held from March 9 to 18.
With over 50,000 people participating, PyeongChang 2018 will welcome over 3000 athletes from over 95 countries competing in the first Winter Olympics to be held on Korean soil.
The Winter Olympics include 102 events in 15 sports disciplines–Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-country Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Snowboard, Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, and Speed Skating.
Check out our Awesome Guide as we tour around the Olympic game venues while enjoying some sights and local fare along the way…
It’s been said that the best camera is the one that’s in your hand, ready to shoot.
This belief has made mobile photography an indispensable tool for any travel blogger, especially with phones improving their photo resolution over the years, making pictures ready for publishing any time on the blog.
LG has always been a leader in this regard. I love the wide angle lens of their camera phones and their ability to capture entire scenes, like the iconic Shibuya Crossing. And with the latest G6 model having a food mode setting, you can now also capture beautiful shots of your eats with ease.
Here’s a photo essay to kick off our family Tokyo trip series with the four boys, as captured through the lens of the LG G6…