Nyampe soekarno hatta 06.30 pm , check in proses   jetstar   berhadapan dengan nona muda berusia sekitar 20-an ,,bikin kikuk karena bolak balik passport dan Tanya “ mau holiday ato ngapain? Pertama kali ke Taipei? Holiday kan, mba? Whaaat ! why so tendentious emangnya kenapa mba? Ada masalah ya,,dan kluar deh ktidakpedean sesaat. Nggak..  beli ticketnya bulan februari ya?? Iya memang kenapa? No just wonder whether have to pay airport tax or not? Ok  should I pay or not? No,,then she lend me boarding pass ,still don’t know the reason about airport tax free…,the gate D-4 will be open at 19:30 …

So arrived in Singapore   1 and half hour but the time fast forward 1 hour so it will be 10:35

I went  straight away  to the toilet and then get dinner next.

I asked to an old Indian lady who was very kind, I as her name she said dewi  ,si Indonesian

I askd her where Mc Donald is because the food that I am very familiar with and I am devoured for burger actually.  Then she gave direction and walking aside beside me. I ask her to accompany me in case she didn’t get diner yet but the lady said no thank you.

Ok, so…hmmm

I landed to Texas chicken and the silly is I ask for beef !!! what a dumb


Waiting room I sat in front of sport channel

I met Ghea sukasah with her children twice, first when I am waiting for D4 gate open in soekarno hatta airport then second time when I am looking for food in snooze lounge  seem so coincident .

I eat so  hungry

And now 12:15 I should take a rest for a while

Waiting for password wifi in changi but 3 times I tried never get sms yet ,,,so I just passed this free….shall I go sleep now?


Eating breakfast in Killineys I choose fish meatballs which sound the taste seem plain  for 5.80$ Singaporean, but sorry I don’t recommended this one.


Tap drinking water  in every selected corner


Waiting for departure to Taiwan. My plane already waiting there.

First day in Taiwan

Touching down Taoyuan Airport 11.45 am ,,clouds seem unfriendly raining hard outside

Inside Taoyuan Taiwan International Bandara


Immigration process took only 30 minutes in queue

The officer ask for passport and scan my finger print ..

Two times to scan then succeed

Ready to exit the airport.  Ahhh… so excited even though still raining but let’ just sit outside…


Waiting my friend in stop 16 ,,Not more than 30 minute She and her lovely husband arrived to pick me up.

Then ,,,,Taipei  here we comes



First visit to Carrefour  buying some

Have to insert 10 dollar Taiwan(NT)  to take the shopping cart which  regain able after finish and put  back to the cart pool


All variety of rice but selected only Thailand rice which very close to Indonsian kind of rice

DSCN2932cake 6$ for 5

My friend has 3 children which after school have kind activity in children shelter


All in Chinese ….can’t understand

Tips for traveler exchange your money in Taiwan do not exchange in Indo the value will be lesser

And The journey begin

Small rain reaching the day in the morning. I planned doing  a lot of things outside. No resist for my plan.

National Palace Museum

From the place I stayed Taking bus no 645 from Birjani school  toward  Ghu Kong stop bus then walking along about 300 metres



Beef Halal Noodle

We couldn’t sit inside the Resto because  it’s almost 2 pm and all the seller must close the shop. It’s just their rules. We must obey and respect.  The shop will open again at 4 pm.

So yeah…we could eat our meal in the park.


Taipei 101

Taipei 101 formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark supertall skyscraper in Taipei and was officially classified as world’s tallest in 2004 before the coming new tallest  one in every part of the world include Dubai, New york, China etcIMG_5422IMG_5416IMG_5440IMG_6489

Day 2 The journey continuing

Zhishan cultural and ecological Garden


Zhishan Cultural and Ecological Garden is totally gorgeous. It’s not often that you get to see such a spectacular green space in the middle of a congested city. Zhishan Cultural and Ecological Garden is totally worth visiting if you want to be immersed in nature but can’t necessarily venture a day or two out of the city.

If you’re familiar with Yangming Hospital, then Zhishan Cultural and Ecological Garden is actually quite nearby. The nearest MRT station of probably Zhishan MRT station on Taipei City’s red line, but we took a taxi there. There are old leaning trees and twinkling ponds in this reserve. Not to mention a plethora of plant species.

I Met a very nice lady in Zhi sin Ecological and cultural garden . Her name is Mrs. Shiaw. She said that her husband can speak Indonesian Language. Then I gave her my card and said that if she come to Indo please meet me.  And After go back I received message from Mr. Shiaw. He said that her wife has met me and He offered to get lunch. . What a nice offered! Of course I said yes. We agreed that Monday at 12.00 am.

Meet My friend in her Mandarin courses place named TLI addressed in Lanya park


Look …There are a line of yellow bike to be rented only 5NT for every 3 minutes we could pay in cash or by eazycard

My friend indo’s friend about to Eat at Japanese resto as a farewell celebration for a friend who will back to Indo.

Eating Shabu menu which selected only with water boiled not a meat stock. With vege and seafood menu.


After the stomach full and outside still raining. I then bought un umbrella in family mart. We went to traditional market to buy some daily food


Ciang kai sek memorial Hall


The First President of R .O.C


No kidding it’s huge building

Third day of travel

Toward Keelung to see sport competition between Indo community in National Taiwan Ocean University. Seriously it feels like we are in Indo unless the people look alike Taiwanese.  All talking bahasa.  Where am I ??


Meet a very polite and nice girl originally from Aceh name Vinta who will accompany me to adventure Taiwan.

We ready to sweep up Jiufen old street. By shuttle bus toward Riufang station then take Taxi to Jiufen. Waiiit,, never pass the opportunity to try street food.  And a regular milk tea and an egg snack like martabak  in Indo.


Jiufen old street


Full of small shop.  In small road only 2 people distance space way. Every street food, unique craft, motels, souvenir shop all in this small area.  We sometimes find fine house in between the shop

Eating diner at Arabican Nights ordering Kebab and again hot milk tea.


Day four

The schedule is about to try High speed reel. Tend to try until Zuoying station in Kaohsiung city, south area in Taiwan but too expensive so I just decide only till Hsinchu destination. Pay 305NT for each person.



zuuuuuus…only about 30 minutes to reach Hsinchu from Taipei main station

Look the different inside both train




Then we back again by regular train toward Taipei but in half way we decide to take MRT in Beitou toward Taipei Main station.

Shilin Night Market


Exploring a very exiting night market still in the middle of the rain.

Can’t wait for this day about to have lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Shiaw .

My eyes seem not cool at that time. Very red and blurred.  So, I tried to find Pharmacy near the Citibank. I found an optic store maybe they sell the eyes drop. Yes, but the stock is out of stock at this time. And they tried to give me another optic which the place is crossed the street.


I bought an eye drop which Mr.shiaw insist to pay it for me.

Then They said we could get  lunch in Vietnamese or Japanese.

We agree in  Japanese Resto. Different Japanese resto which I eat with my friend  days ago. Seem nice place and cozy. I followed every my friend said about ordering food in Taiwan, because seems the same about halal and non halal for moslem. Then my friend ordered tempura and I ordered fish and rice.


After eating

We went mountaineering  to YangMingShan

From Zhishan MRT to Beitou MRT in red line then take bus no 9 to Yang Ming Shan

We should be patient waiting for the bus because need 30minutes only.

DSCN3324not this bus

but this small bus DSCN3323

Mrs.Shiaw suggested me to sit near the window so just can see the view along the way


Tamsui  seaside

Not too far from YangMinShan only 5 stop station red line MRT-ing from Beitou to Tamsui why don’t we just finishing this day by touring to Tamsui


Yehliu Geopark

DSCN3428DSCN3432mushroom rocksDSCN3434Look at the Queen;s head from far

the formation of sea bays is due to the impact of sea erosion on softer rock layers, while those hard and solid ones may therefore turn into sea capes eventually.

Daan Mosque

Taipei Grand Mosque  located in Da’an District of taipei City.


Last day in Taiwan

I was riding bike and went around Meiti Riverside park. It’s a big place to do a lot of sport such a walking, running, riding bike the track is safe available, playing tennis, basketball and kayaking since the river is  long and clean. Facilities also included toilet, water tap, a wood bench .


very envy for facilities in public park they had here. Wish Jakarta has at least one like this. Amen.


Back to Indo

Touching down Singapore at 12.00 pm

While waiting thanks to Osim for an hour  foot massage



A very special thanks for my beloved best friend Mella, and her Fam Mas Budi, Radit, Naya and little Kansha


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