Posts in Taiwan

Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan) – Taipei, Taiwan

“Hurray, success!” Those are the words that I uttered after the successful five hundred steps trekking at the Elephant Mountain, Taipei. It was worth it.

I couldn’t contain my excitement, and I was a little nervous about climbing the five hundred steps of Elephant Mountain. It was one of the many activities we’ll be doing that I look forward to in Taiwan. When I am too excited, I sometimes forget my limits thus, I pray to God first when unsure of anything other than trusting myself. It gives me hope and strength to climb mountains and face challenges with confidence. ?

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Liz Hotel, Taipei – My Hotel (charot lang)

One of the things I was looking forward to on our Taiwan trip was the hotel we stayed in Taipei. We’ve been eyeing Liz Hotel for a long time at, and we liked it instantly because the interior was out of the ordinary. See photos below from, so you know what I mean.

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We were in Taiwan! Eddie Wow!

My best friend and I spent six days and five nights in Taiwan to celebrate our ten years of friendship. During our trip, we visited multiple coffee shops, each one becoming a favorite in its own way. However, there was one specialty coffee shop that caught our attention before our trip.

Interestingly enough, the coffee shop’s name was “Edi wow,” which is a Filipino expression used to show someone that you’re impressed with what they’ve done or to indicate that no one cares sarcastically. Despite its unusual name, we included it in our itinerary because we wanted to try it out.

On the day of our visit, we woke up early since it was the only cafe near our hotel that opened at 7:00. Most coffee shops in Taipei open from 10 AM onwards, which seemed strange to us since we usually need our morning coffee. As expected, we arrived before the cafe opened and eagerly waited for its doors to open.

It’s funny how we’re always early at the cafe!

After waiting for about 10 minutes, the staff finally arrived and warmly welcomed us inside. While they were preparing our order, we took some photos of the cafe’s cozy ambiance. It may not be as picture-perfect as some cafes, but it has a homely charm that we enjoyed. As someone who likes things organized, I noticed a few things that could be improved in terms of aesthetics, but it didn’t detract from our overall experience. I could show you some photos to give you an idea of what I mean. (Marie Kondo would probably have a field day with this place ?)

We had a wonderful time at the cafe despite not being too impressed with the interior. The highlight of our visit was definitely the excellent coffee; they really know what they’re doing! Personally, I highly recommend trying their Matcha Latte, which pairs perfectly with their delicious chicken sandwich.

their mugs are so classy

As we sipped our delicious coffees, we couldn’t help but chat and enjoy the passing time. I particularly enjoyed our seating arrangement right by the window, which provided a lovely view of people calmly going about their day. It was a truly relaxing experience.

Taiwan is a truly amazing place with so much to offer. From their cozy coffee shops to their wonderful people and places, there’s so much to love about this country. I’ve always been fascinated by their culture and the peaceful way of life that many of the locals seem to embrace. I can’t wait to learn even more about Taiwan and all that it has to offer!