Taipei, Taiwan: A Perfect One-Day Itinerary

Posted on February 22, 2017

With AirAsia Philippines flying direct to Taipei from Cebu and Manila, Taiwan is much closer than before. It’s now possible to visit the dynamic capital over a weekend or a few days’ vacation. Accompanied by Cebuano journalists and online influencers, I revisited Taipei over two days courtesy of the airline, covering the sights within the city center on our first day. Here’s our full-day itinerary (with a few suggestions of alternative things to see and do) which you can easily replicate on yourRead More

Alishan National Scenic Area, Taiwan: Discovering Millenia-Old Trees by Vintage Railway

Posted on February 21, 2017

It’s five in the morning in the little mountain town of Alishan, 320 km south of Taipei, and neither the predawn departure time nor the frigid five-degree weather have dissuaded droves of tourists from queueing onto the platform of the woodsy railway station for a half-hour ride to Zhushan viewpoint to catch the park’s most sought-after vista. With a sudden jolt, the diesel-powered locomotive begins slogging between the foggy silhouette of towering trees on steel tracks that have been aroundRead More

Taiwan on Foot

Posted on June 8, 2010

The following article is a commissioned feature I wrote for this month’s issue of SMILE, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air. You may browse the magazine online at http://www.cebusmile.com EXPLORE THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND WITH EXPERT ADVICE FROM SEASONED HIKER, STUART DAWSON. TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY EDGAR ALAN ZETA-YAP For a nation only a third the size of Luzon, it’s incredible how Taiwan packs a continent of sights, sounds and flavors into an endearing sweet potato-shaped package. Naturally, this unexpectedRead More