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Having fun with Diptic

You may have checked out my Where I’ve Been page before, and noticed that I usually pick one or two pictures for each place I’ve been to not to overload the page (and I still need to update with lots of old photos in my old hard drive).

But sometimes it really really sucks having to pick just one picture!  And now that I finally have my iPhone with me, I’ve been of course playing around with new apps (remember when I first posted about caving and getting one, weeks after I actually ordered it online?).

One of my favorites?  Diptic!  It’s not a free app, but I’ve been loving it! 

So I’ve been using to (slowly) update my Where I’ve Been page!

Check it out!

First I had fun with wedding pictures…



Then I finally started playing with my vacation pictures…

Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai!


Elephant riding in Chiang Mai!


Seoul, Korea


Busan, Korea


Bohol, Philippines


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Taipei, Taiwan


El Nido, Philippines




Any other cool picture apps I should know about?  (I have instagram and Camera+ but they haven’t been as exciting as Diptic!)

I think some of these pictures even deserve to be printed, no?


Filed under Pictures, Travel

Taipei Part 2

I think one of our favorite things about Taipei was eating our way around the Shilin Night Market.


We saw a ton of tropical fruits including the biggest star fruit ever!  There were stands selling fruits (and I got to eat my favorite guavas – the ones that are pink inside, I can’t find them here in Manila!)…

And there were stands selling juices.  Fresh kiwi juice?  Incredible!

And the biggest sausages I’ve ever seen (compare them to the woman’s arm)!  Tempting, but we didn’t try them – even if we shared it would make us too full to explore more!

I also had my first peak at fried cuttlefish (I didn’t try it, because I still remember when we saw one diving…)


And I had my first experience with stinky tofu.  The smell was disgusting – in a “I might throw up if I don’t walk very fast now” disgusting.  Karl mentioned he wanted to try it, but even he chickened out when he smelled it.

This roasted sugar cane, however, smelled delicious (and now I wish we had tried it, but one can only eat/drink so much!).

It was raining like crazy on the first night there, but at least the market wasn’t packed.  We went back for dinner on Saturday night, and we could barely make it through the crowds.   But dealing with rain all day wasn’t fun, but at that point we were used to it!  (And before you ask, that arrow was painted on the road, people on FB was asking if it was photoshopped – why would I photoshop an arrow of all things?  Plus, that’s assuming I actually know how to use the thing!)

In Taipei I also saw more mopeds than I’ve ever seen in my life – they were everywhere, on the roads and in parking lots!


And how does one dry their only pair of shoes overnight?  Be creative, of course!  Yay for sturdy AC vents!


And look at the toilet in our room – see the buttons on the left?  You can have it sprinkle water up your bum (or your hooha, if you’re a girl, yes, there’s a girl setting), you can have it blow hot air to dry you out.  I admit I pressed the girl setting then shrieked.  I didn’t try it again.


Our breakfast both days was in this hole on the wall place next to our hotel.  Basically crepe, fried egg, cheese.  We are the picture of health.


Other adventures included having my first encounter with a toilet hole (thankfully, there was a normal toilet behind the next door I looked, so I haven’t tried them yet).


Going up the Maokong Gondola…





Maybe next time we should have taken the stairs?  (Who am I kidding?)




Getting to the top and trying to figure out which teahouse to go to (we went to the first one we saw instead).


Seeing a spider the size of my open hand…


Reading Engrish…


And of course, at some point being able to snap a quick non-foggy picture of the Taipei 101!


Ah, and let’s not forget the love sign.  I’ve seen it in NYC, and I know they have one in Philly, any other places I should mention?


I definitely recommend a trip to Taipei!  We wouldn’t be opposed to coming back here (or maybe even living here one day), and next time we would definitely take a day trip to explore more of Taiwan!

My only disappointment?  (Aside from not being able to go to the top of the 101, of course.)  I started a little collection of these little mugs, and visited at least ten different Starbucks and couldn’t find any with Taipei on it, all I saw was full sized mugs (ended up buying Taichung, but I haven’t been there, and definitely would like Taipei instead…).  And yes, they cost a FORTUNE on Ebay…



I’ll trade a Taichung for a Taipei if anyone has it?


Filed under Asia, Travel, Traveling in Asia, Trips!

Back from Taipei!

I’m back from Taipei and have a bunch of pictures to share! 


I absolutely LOVED the city, its efficiency (even though it seemed like we always missed a train when arriving at the station, we never waited more than 3 minutes for the next one, even during off-peak hours), the organization (people lined up to enter the metro!  There were painted lines on the floor, and people actually followed that.  No pushing, no shoving!), the friendliness of the people (neither of us speak Chinese, but people were super nice and allowed me to make hand gestures and we understood each other out!  People were so nice!), the amazing food (we had delicious street food!), the mixture of city life with lots of park and green space and a more moderate temperature than here (it was on the 60’s, and though it’s not like that all year, it’s nice that it does get like that).

We didn’t have luck with the weather, it was pouring all day on Friday, but we didn’t let that stop us, since we had such a short time there, we sucked it up and explored all day, even before we found umbrellas.  Luckily, I had planned ahead and brought the two waterproof jackets I own, not pretty but highly effective!


We walked a lot, but also took full advantage of their metro.

I took a bunch of random pictures of the city…





We saw the Red House Theater (from the Japanese era, and no, it wasn’t that long ago)


Saw the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall…

Got pictures taken with statues around the city…






Visited the Longshan Temple in the pouring rain (it was beautiful, but hard to get pics at night while raining, no?)



Visited the Huaxi Night Market, a.k.a. the Snake Market – you can get your shot of snake blood there!  And yes, we’re way too wimps for that…



I took sneaky pictures of HUGE snakes (I really hope those are not the ones that are killed for food).


The one thing we didn’t get a chance to do?  Go to the top of the Taipei 101 building (currently the 3rd tallest building in the world).  Not for lack of time, but for lack of lucky weather.  Every time we went by it, this would happen…





And though we were able to get a couple of good shots with no fog covering the building, it didn’t last long.  The line to go up was HUGE, it was raining and foggy, we decided it was not worth it.  If there weren’t so many people, maybe we could hang out, drink a coffee, wait around until it cleared, but with the crowds, we knew everyone was thinking the same thing.  That means we need to go back again, right?

I have way more pictures to share – part 2 coming tomorrow!


Filed under Travel, Traveling in Asia, Trips!



By the time this gets posted, hopefully we’ll have already landed in Taipei!  We’re taking the red eye there, spending exactly 48 hours in the city, then arriving home at a ridiculous time on Sunday, butt early in the morning.  (No, really, at like 3am.)

But, who can say no to a round trip to Taipei, including choosing our seats, for $183 total.  For 2 people.  (That’s P7900 for my Filipino readers.)  As much as Cebu Pacific fails, they do have good deals.  So we keep going back…

We’re missing the Marine Ball because of it (who schedules an American ball on an American holiday weekend?), but at less than $100/person, the deal was too good to pass up!

So here’s to seeing yet another country this year!  And fingers crossed that Karl remembers NOT to use his diplomatic passport at immigration in Taiwan…

Pictures to come next week!  And lets hope they sell some strong energy drinks so we can make the most out of our short trip!


Filed under Travel, Traveling in Asia, Trips!