July 12, 2016

Time For Taiwan By Taiwan Tourism Bureau at Travel Madness Expo 2016

Last week, I was invited by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau to be their guest speaker for the Time For Taiwan Promotion Event. The promotional activity was held during the Travel Madness Expo 2016 at the SMX Convention Center last July 10, 2016.

The event aims to encourage the Filipinos to visit Taiwan, while giving them a taste of what Taiwan can offer to tourists and travelers.

Taiwan Tourism Bureau director Mr. David Tsao giving his welcoming remarks

Time for Taiwan was hosted by Dianne Medina and Jules Guiang of PTV-4's Good Morning Boss, wherein they introduced the six (6) heart themes of Travel in Taiwan- Time for Love, Time to Marvel, Time for Two Wheels, Time for Nature, Time to Shop, Time to Eat. 

I basically talked about my personal experiences in Taiwan and recommended some of the must-visit places and restaurants that I have been to.

Although staying for a few days is not enough to explore the beauty and natural wonders of Taiwan, a quick 3-day tour will introduce you to some of the best dining spots, ultimate shopping destinations and splendid cultural festivals in the country.

Start your morning like a local by having a classic Taiwanese breakfast at Fu Hang Dou Jiang in Hua Shan Market. A traditional meal of soy milk soup (dou jiang) paired with deep-fried crullers (you tiao) and flatbreads (shao bing) are the basic components to keep you energized all throughout the day.

Check out my review here:

Take a quick tour around temples and visit the grandiose Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall before heading out for lunch at Mala Yuan Yang Hotpot. For a little over Php700, one can enjoy an unlimited spread of mixed balls, vegetables, fresh seafood, and premium meat slices cooked in a dual pot of broth. A must try is their mala spicy soup base, inspired by the original spicy Sichuan hotpot, which is prepared and cooked in more than 10 kinds of herbal ingredients. Cap off your meal with the best part of the buffet- unlimited Haagen Dazs and Movenpick ice cream in a wide selection of flavors!

Check out my review here:

Spend the afternoon with a city tour and explore the romantic Danshui district in northern Taiwan where Fisherman's Wharf and Lover's Bridge is located.

You may also visit the iconic Taipei 101, and go up the observation deck for a breathtaking view and picturesque landscape of Taipei. Not to miss at the famous skyscraper is Michelin-starred restaurant, Din Tai Fung, for its delicious and mouthwatering xiao long bao.

Alternatively, you can visit the original branch in Xinyi Road, Da’an District, and continue your gastronomic journey along Yong Kang Street, a food mecca of quaint dessert cafes, milk tea shops, and noodle houses. Top favorites are the shanghai-style fried buns at Kao Chi and Yong Kang Beef Noodle for a hot bowl of authentic Taiwanese beef noodles. Save room for desserts, and don't miss out on Smoothie House for Taiwan’s most famous mango snowflake ice.

For shopping destinations, tech enthusiasts will surely find their place in Guang Hua Digital Plaza where one can score affordable gadgets and IT products. Ladies on the other hand will enjoy shopping at Wu Fen Pu Market for some fashionable clothes and the trendiest accessories.

As the night falls, streets in Taiwan are just starting to come alive. Locals and tourists head on to their favorite night markets for some local Taiwanese grubs, bargain shopping, and fun activities. Popular night markets among first-time travelers are Shilin Night Market and Raohe St. Night Market. You can’t leave without trying the original large fried chicken chop, some pepper buns, Taiwanese sausages in sticky rice buns, authentic Taiwanese-style oyster cake, fresh fruits shakes, and the notoriously popular stinky tofu.

Check out my review here:

Those are just some of the places I shared during the event. While I was only able to cover most of Taiwan's northern area (Taipei) which I think focuses more on food and shopping, I have yet to visit Taiwan again and explore other cities that focus on nature, culture and scenery.

After my presentation, an exciting game and raffle was held wherein some attendees won special prizes, hotel accommodation vouchers and a free round trip ticket to Taiwan.

It was really a fun and educational event especially for those who plan to visit Taiwan soon. Again, I would like to thank Image Media and Taiwan Tourism Bureau for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share my knowledge and personal experiences in Taiwan.

To learn more about Taiwan, like and visit their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/taiwan.love.fun

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