Story of the Week: Cai’s Trip to Taiwan

Hello One Step Adventure readers! Thank you for your continuous support. I really appreciate you guys for dropping by and checking out some of the interviews here. 🙂 I started this because I really enjoy stories and I want to share all the pros and cons that each of these travelers have experienced along the way.

Okay, that’s it for now. This post is not about me but it’s about Cai’s wonderful experience in Taiwan. So first of all, I met Cai in Manila. I decided to go on an adventure out on a whim simply because I was inspired by other couchsurfers. It was so much fun and so I thought, “hmmm, why not?” (I’ll talk more about my couchsurfing experiences in another post)

Here it goes:

What are the countries you have been to?

    Hongkong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and China.

Among these beautiful countries, which one do you like best?

For Cai, this is a tough question since each country has its own beauty and the             experiences were different from one another. However, she said that Taiwan is the best. There’s good food, and it is cheap. People are also very kind. And perhaps, Taiwan is the best for her since she also enjoys shopping. Cai said, “There are lots of items that you can buy like cheap electronic gadgets and clothes.” She was also able to experience riding a cable car in Maokong, Taipei. “It is the highest ferris wheel you can try. Window China is also a good choice since it is a re-creation of different tourist spots around the world.”

Not only that, Cai was also able to enjoy an eat-all-you-can area. This was back in June 2010. Imagine how exciting it is now. Cai also liked Taipei 101. They have everything in there: flower garden, mall with a good view and even a museum! She bought a post card to send it back but she forgot to do it since Taiwan is so beautiful. And we understand that. 

What else do you like about Taiwan?

“They have a good transport. It is punctual too. I also liked their movie house. The movie house isn’t like what we have in the Philippines. The whole building is literally a movie place. And if I remember it correctly, I probably watched Prince of Persia on the 3rd floor. I cannot remember how much it costs to watch a movie but I guess it was reasonable.

I also liked the Flower Farm. It has an entrance fee but it’s really nice. They also have night markets. And there’s this Shabu Buffet where you can eat all you can.”

How about the things you dislike in Taiwan?

Taxi. It is not cheap to ride a taxi, but if you are going home during the odd hours or even at night, wala ng train (There are no trains). And when you ride the train, you can choose from these 3: Major Station, All Station and Bullet Train. There are trains that has stop overs. Pero meron din na wala, diretso lang. (But there are some without stop overs, just straight to the destination)

Story of the Week: Sagada Adventures with Mel

Q: What motivates you to travel despite your busy schedule?
A: My inner wanderlust.

I agree with this. I know that for some of us, our work doesn’t permit us to enjoy a vacation, but if you have that inner wanderlust, you will surely find yourself lost in the beauty of nature! 

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This is their hospital. Mel admired the simplicity of life here in Sagada.

Q: Which do you prefer: Day Tours/ Backpacking (for weeks or months)/ A few overnight stays?
A: I haven’t experienced the backpacking yet, but I would love to. So far I prefer Overnight Stays, day tour is too short.

 

Q: What are your preparations before going on a trip?
A: Before going on a trip, I usually prepare the things that I need to bring with me. I packed my clothes, toiletries and other essentials a day before. I make sure that I’m in good condition for travelling, I would like to have a good night sleep but because of excitement I just can’t have. Haha.

Q: If you can travel for the next 3 months, where would you like to go? Why?
A: If I can travel for the next 3 months, I would like to go to my country’s 81 Provinces. I did have trips on the few and it will be awesome if I got to visit them all. Just like what I’ve said, I always wanted to explore the beauty of PH.

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Sagada Lake. “At that time, the water looked like chocolate. It just rained but it was still beautiful.”

Q: What do you like most about this place?
A: Philippines natural wonder.

 

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Cemetery

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Kiltepan

Q: Did you have expectations prior to your visit? Did your experience live up to the expectations you had?
A: Of course I have but not much. I just wanted to enjoy my stay and appreciate the beauty of the place that I visited. As for my experiences there I can say that it somehow exceeded my expectations.

Q: What is your message to our friends who would like to travel but can’t find time out of their day jobs?
A: You can always opt to have travels on weekends ( also you can take a leave once in a while, remember it’s your privilege(, don’t get confined in that 4 corner wall. Make time for yourself and enjoy! If you think travelling is the cure to your stressful life, go pack your bag now and explore!

 

Thank you Mel for sharing your experience here at Sagada. I was able to feel your excitement while telling this story and I’m sure that there are more places you can share with us. 

So for you guys, just enjoy the place and have fun. 

Visit Sagada someday! 🙂

STORY OF THE WEEK: From Japan to Canada; Years of Friendship #2

Hello once again! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed our story last week, because we are not yet done. Here’s the second part of Toshi-san’s wonderful experience.

 

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Source: Toshi-san

For him, the best seasons are Summer, Spring and Autumn. These seasons are so good that he cannot choose one as the experiences are always memorable.

Of course, Canada is nothing without its people. Toshi-san says that there are good and bad people, like many others. His friend however, is a teacher in high school. His ancestors were from Germany and Scotland.

Years ago, his friend got married in Ottawa, which is the main city of Canada. The young husband has a business in Grand Prairie. They raised four children. Up until now, they still live there.

People in Canada come from different countries,. Toshi said. There are many kinds of people, except for those who are originally living in Canada in the old times. It is very different from the Japanese. For about 2,550 years in history, almost all of them are pure Japanese

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Ottawa (source: Toshi-san)

I am delighted at Toshi’s great memory of the past. Everything seemed fresh and remembering these is a trip down memory lane. Finally, here’s his message for those who wants to visit Canada.

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“Canada is all the same. It is the second biggest country in the world;. very very spacious. We cannot move without cars. Of course, there are trains available but it comes once or twice a day. When you move from one town to another, there’s about 400 or 500 km. There is no traffic jam, just a few cars.”

There you go guys! Toshi-san is encouraging you to explore Canada and experience a diverse culture without thinking about getting late to your next destination.

 

See you! 🙂

 

 

 

STORY OF THE WEEK: From Japan to Canada; Years of Friendship #1

 

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Thanks for your continuous support.

I recently met Toshi-san, Japanese.  He enjoys playing golf and had been to numerous countries in his lifetime. He is really nice and he has many things to share and now, I am very excited to share something about his love for Canada and how he met people along the way.

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First, Canada is cooler than Japan in the summer time. Toshi-san went to Vancouver, Calgay, Banff Springs and Lake Louise, Canada. It has rocky mountains. He played golf. At that time, he made a friend; one couple. It has been 23 years ago and until now, they are still friends. They send letters. In 1999, he asked them if they had plans in year 2000, and since there hasn’t been any plans, he invited the couple to visit Osaka. It was the memorial year. It was such an exciting event for Toshi-san. With humor, he told the couple not to forget their wallets of course. 🙂

 

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Welcoming Party for Toshi and his wife

In 10 days, they enjoyed Kyoto, Tokyo and some relaxing hot springs. That was in 2000. Since then, they enjoyed meeting up every 2 years. In 2002, Toshi and the couple went to Canada once again. In 2004, they joined a Caribbean Cruise. In 2006, they met in Prague and played golf. In 2008, they enjoyed their Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver. The trip lasted for a week. It was followed by several catching-ups. From there, they have established a lifetime friendship they will never forget.

Of course it doesn’t end there. Other than the beauty of traveling, Toshi-san have had good experiences with other people. I asked him if there was a food that he had never tried in Japan. And yes,there was.

One time, the couple called their friends. There were 4 couples invited + Toshi’s  friends (1 couple) and him.

“I would like to tell you about the meat from Alberta state. First, there’s this western story wherein cows will fight. As you may know, Jeans at that time comes from cows. I think it was about 100 years ago when gunmen guarded 3000 cows from the East to the North. They traveled with the cows from the American and Canadian border until the end of the state, Alberta. That’s the history. Anyway, I really enjoyed eating the Alberta steak. We had a meat party that night.”

I am pretty amazed by the way Toshi-san tells me a story. I wanted to know more so I asked if he had ever been interested in learning French. Unsurprisingly, he said Yes. In fact, he studied French in Kansai University 63 years ago. And with that, I chuckled in amazement. Of course, he laughed too. He was such a pleasure to talk to. He said that he even witnessed World War II and at that time, he’s 12 years old.

How cool is that?! 🙂

READ MORE NEXT WEEK:

next: STORY OF THE WEEK: From Japan to Canada; Years of Friendship #2

Story of the Week: SkyCab and Wildlife Park, Langkawi Island, Malaysia 2016

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Hey everybody! How are you? I hope you are well because I am! I am also excited to share Shiori-san’s delightful experience in Langkawi Island, Malaysia.

Unlike Shiori-san and her husband, I haven’t been to this place, that’s why I am so amazed by the beauty of this place when I saw it. I can say that it’s somewhat similar to the islands I see in the Philippines ( at least based on the photos online–I haven’t been to most of the islands here in the Philippines anyway. 😛 ).
So according to “langkawi-info website“, Langkawi Island is a collection of 100 islands and you can find numerous adventures in each one of them. One good example is the SkyCab where you can see the breathtaking view from three different spots namely: Base Station, Middle Station and Top Station.
Shiori-san was nervous but she also crossed the SkyBridge excitingly. There were parts of the bridge that are made of glass and you can see the almost endless depth of the beautiful mountain.

Source: http://www.langkawi-info.com/attractions/skybridge.htm#
This photo is not mine. It belongs to Langkawi-info.com
For those of you who want to visit this place, you may call  +604 959 4225  and ask all about the things you want to know such a price, fees that you need to pay and so on.
As for my friend Shiori-san, she and her husband enjoyed this trip very much. During the SkyCab ride, she met a lady who was very nice and conversant in English.
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Of course, they wouldn’t miss the very famous Langkawi Bird Paradise.

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This bird looked very classy in its standing position. I wonder if it’s thinking or if it’s just gazing into the distance.

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Those crossed legs combined with the natural beauty of its feathers are indeed very elegant to look at.

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Unfortunately, Shiori-san cannot find the names of these amazing creatures. Nonetheless, these creatures are still beautiful.

The adventure doesn’t end here though. The couple also found some monkeys and lizards during their Mangrove Trip. They booked the Mangrove trip before their flight so there weren’t any hassles, all they have to do was enjoy. In tht mangrove trip, they experienced riding this small boat. It was a good experience and the even fed eagles flying by.
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Here you can see a big trunk where the lizard decided to rest. Or maybe, it is looking for a friend.. Hmm, what do you think?
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And here is the cute monkey who seemed to be saying something through its gestures and convincing eyes.
So there you go! Thank you to Shiori-san and her husband for sharing this wonderful experience. If you have experienced something like this or if you are thinking about going to some places in Malaysia, consider going to Langkawi Island and have fun!
See you!

Story of the Week: Day 1: Japan to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Good day!

This blog post is about my friend’s trip to Malaysia. It got me very excited when I heard that she went to this island called, Langkwi Island. But, you won’t see that until later. For now, let’s talk about her first day in this beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur.

Shiori-san is from the Land of the Rising Sun–Japan. 2 months before the trip, her husband thought about going to Malaysia for vacation, and we are fortunate enough to be a part of their journey.

On August 6, 2016, they flew from Japan. Their first stop was in Kuala Lumpur. They had about 10 hours of free time to explore the city. They arrived at 5AM and waited for less than 2 hours and started their memorable experience.

From the airport, they rode an express train. It was a bullet train and it only took about 30 minutes to get to their first destination. Of course, all modes of transportation comes with a cost. They paid 40 Ringgit.

They visited the tourist spot Malaysia is known for–the Petronas Tower.

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It was truly an amazing view for the couple. Seeing this wonderful work of art is more than enough.

Making sure that they can make the most out of this short trip, they rode a taxi and went to a temple in Batu Cave.

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From this picture alone, you can see how popular this place is. Some people visit this place as a tourist but others do it because they are worshippers.

Unfortunately, my friend and her husband did not have much time to experience Batu Cave up to the top. Gladly, they still enjoyed the view. They even saw some monkeys beside the stairs. You may not see it here but for those of you who have visited this place, you have surely seen those monkeys anyway. 🙂