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Stay: Lush Hotel in Puerto Princesa

Karla

 

Last year, I stayed a night in Puerto Princesa to catch a flight back to Manila. There are tons of vans that provides transportation to and from El Nido. The driver dropped off each passenger to their designated hotel in Puerto Princesa. This hotel and its wide-open and airy lobby caught my attention. I knew as soon as I saw the lobby, I had to stay here next time I go to Palawan.  

 
 

Luckily, my sister had booked Aziza Paradise Hotel for the family. It was as beautiful as I remembered it to be. As soon as I arrived, checked-in and dropped off my bags in my room, I met my family in Demeter Diner, an in-house restaurant which serves local and international food. As I sat on the pre-arranged table for twenty people, banana leaves with all sorts of seafood and rice were perfectly laid out for a feast. I couldn't stop eating the crab and mussels topped with the traditional sauce (soy sauce, onions, garlic and pepper)!

Aziza Hotel also serves free breakfast for guests. They have a good variety of food, from local to western dishes. Just outside of the restaurant is a pancake and omelette station. The cooks can create any concoction you desire. I'm not a pancake lover, but when I saw they were creating pancakes based on your favorite cartoons and characters, I was in! I had a Hello Kitty pancake made and I was amazed by the results! 

 
 

I stayed in their Deluxe Room for $90/night. My favorite part is the pool, which is right in the middle surrounded by lush greenery and cute lounging chairs. Perfect, for a chill spot after a long day of traveling from El Nido. A pool bar is also available to quench your thirst! This was a great combination - sun + wifi + drink + pool.
I was definitely satisfied!

Aziza Paradise Hotel
Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

 

Hip and Minimalistic Style Hotels in Taipei

Karla

Amba Taipei Songshan

Basics

Wi-fi in all rooms
Fitness Center
Restaurants + Bar
24hr Front Desk + Security
Onsite Parking
Airport Transfer

Getting Around

Taxi + Shuttle Service
Closest MRT: Songshan Station
(Green Line)
YouBike Station: Songshan Station 

Close To

Raohe Night Market +map
Rainbow Bridge +map
City Milk Tea +map
FujinTree 355 +map
Shabu Shabu +map

☆☆☆☆
$100-$130 nightly
Nangang District
2.3mi (3.8km) from Taipei 101 City Center

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HOME Hotel Da-An

Basics

Wi-fi in all rooms
Fitness Center
Restaurants + Bar
Coffee Shop
Convenience Store
24hr Front Desk + Security
Onsite Parking
Airport Transfer

Getting Around

Taxi + Shuttle Service
Closest MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing Station
(Brown Line x Blue Line)
YouBike Station: Zhongxiao Fuxing Station

Close To

SOGO Shopping Mall +map
Mingyao Dept Store +map
Plants Vegetarian Cafe +map 
Eslite Bookstore +map
Florida Bakery +map
Hakata Ramen +map

☆☆☆☆
$100-$130 nightly
Daan District
1.6mi (2.7km) from Taipei 101 City Center

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W Taipei

Basics

Wi-fi in all rooms
Nightclub
Fitness Center + Yoga Room
Spa + Massage
Restaurants + Bar
Babysitting Service
24hr Front Desk + Security
Onsite Parking
Airport Transfer

Getting Around

Taxi + Shuttle Service
Closest MRT: Taipei City Hall Station
(Blue Line)
YouBike Station: Songren Road

Close To

Taipei 101 +map
Din Tai Fung +map 
ATT4Fun +map
National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall +map
Commune A7 Outdoor Pop Up Food Stalls +map
 

☆☆☆☆☆
$300-$600 nightly
Xinyi District
0.6mi (1.1km) from Taipei 101 City Center

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Chez Nous Hotel

Basics

Wi-fi in all rooms
Free Breakfast
Restaurants + Bar
Grocery Delivery
24hr Front Desk + Security
Onsite Parking
Airport Transfer

Getting Around

Taxi
Closest MRT: Daan Station
(Red Line)
YouBike Station: Fuxing South Road

Close To

Daan Paark +map
Chien Kuo Flower Market +map
Yakitori Restaurant +map
MUME Restaurant +map
Yong He Soy Milk +map
Furo & Fly Cafe +map
Tamed Fox Cafe +map

☆☆☆☆
$89-$290 nightly
Daan District
1.8mi (3km) from Taipei 101 City Center

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Swiio Hotel Daan

Basics

Wi-fi in all rooms
Fitness Center
Free Breakfast
Restaurants + Bar
Grocery Delivery
24hr Front Desk + Security
Onsite Parking
Airport Transfer

Getting Around

Taxi
Closest MRT: Daan Station
(Red Line)
YouBike Station: Renai Station

Close To

Udon Noodle Restaurant +map
Cama Cafe +map
KIKI Sichuan Restaurant +map
Pig & Pepper Restaurant +map
Cafe By Juicy Diary +map
September Cafe +map

☆☆☆☆
$150 nightly
Daan District
1.6mi (2.7km) from Taipei 101 City Center

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Ambience Hotel

Basics

Wi-fi in all rooms
Restaurants + Bar
Free Breakfast
Grocery Delivery
24hr Front Desk + Security
Onsite Parking
Airport Transfer + Airport MRT +map

Getting Around

Taxi + Shuttle Service
Closest MRT: Songjiang Nanjing Station (Green x Orange Line)
Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (Blue x Orange Line)
YouBike Station: Xinsheng North Road

Close To

High Speed Rail Station +map
Taipei Main Station +map
Huashan 1914 Creative Park +map
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) +map
Guanghua Digital Plaza +map
KiOSK Cafe +map
24hr Dim Sum Restaurant +map
Fu Hang Soy Milk +map
 

☆☆☆☆
$85-$190 nightly
Zhongshan District
3.2mi (5.2km) from Taipei 101 City Center

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Amba Taipei Ximending

Basics

Wi-fi in all rooms
Restaurants + Bar
24hr Front Desk + Security
Airport Transfer

Getting Around

Taxi + Shuttle Service
Closest MRT: Ximen Station
(Green Line)
YouBike Station: Kunming Street
Wanhua District
NIshi Honganji Square

Close To

Ximending +map
The Red House +map
Presidential Office Building +map
National Taiwan Museum +map
National CKS Memorial Hall +map
Flour Rice Noodle +map
Mala Hotpot All You Can Eat +map

☆☆☆☆
$100-$160 nightly
District
4.9mi (8km) from Taipei 101 City Center

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Where to Hike in El Nido

Karla

 

My trips are never complete without a hiking activity. Hiking Nagkalit-Kalit Falls should be part of everyone's itinerary when visiting El Nido. Nakalit-Kalit Falls is on the way to Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beach. So, you can rent a tricycle for the day and go to the beach in the morning and this hike can be done on the way back.

Prior to starting the hike, you must pay a fee to enter (~50 pesos) because the trail starts in an area where the locals live. I paid extra for my tricycle driver to be my trail guide. Usually, I wouldn't do this, but there were no maps or directions available to guide you through the hike. A lot of animals, such as the water buffalos, cows, and pigs are in sight as you hike to the waterfalls. The hike was easy and it was not steep at all. I crossed several streams to reach the end. Be careful, not to slip on the rocks! I suggest wearing water shoes that has good grip or hiking shoes that are okay in water. The hike took less than an 1 hour (RT).

This is a great way to take a break from all the sun and beach.

 

Traditional Taiwanese Breakfast

Karla

When I moved to Taiwan, it was difficult to find breakfast restaurants. I soon found out that if I wanted to eat breakfast, I had to go to a restaurant that specifically serves breakfast.  Xing-Long Ju is a Chinese breakfast restaurant in Kaohsiung that serves the traditional Chinese breakfast. This self-serve breakfast restaurant has all the Baozi (steamed bun filled with various ingredients) you can think of and the popular Xian Dou Jiang (salty soy milk). I picked up some pork and vegetable Baozi then followed the line, which wrapped around the restaurant to order Xian Dou Jiang. 

They provide various sauces to accompany the Baozi. I've never had Xian Dou Jiang and as soon as I had a taste, it reminded me of my childhood. It has a similar taste to a breakfast dessert in the Philippines called "Taho." Xian Dou Jiang is warm, sweet and salty. It is mixed with bean sprouts and dried onions. It was a hearty breakfast when eaten with Baozi.

Xing-Long Ju
No. 186號, Liuhe 2nd Rd, Qianjin District, Kaohsiung City, 801
KMRT City Council Station, Exit 1

These Photos Will Make You Pack Your Bags to El Nido, Philippines

Karla

 

Matinloc Shrine

The pristine turquoise water will make you thankful to be living in such a beautiful world. Hop on Tour C to reach this destination. Climb up on the limestone cliffs to see the amazing and breathtaking views from the Matinloc Shrine. 

 
 

El Nido Bay

Whether you are lounging, having dinner or hopping onto the next tour boat, this is a perfect place to watch the sunset and sunrise in town. This is also a great place to kayak and take your mind off things.

 
 

Private Beach

When you have a tour boat all to yourself, you are free to wander. What a perfect way to snorkel and dive into the clear water without any worries.

 
 

El Nido Beach Hotel

Wake up to this view, just footsteps away from your doorstep.

 
 

Las Cabanas Beach

Hands down - Philippines has the best sunsets! Zipline with El Nido Palawan Zipline Adventure Inc. to get the best view of the beach.