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Trip Date:2010-10-02 - 2010-10-07
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Countries visited:Taiwan
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October 1, 2010
Manila, Philippines

I arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport around 8pm to get ready for boarding to Taipei. It'll be my first time to go to Taipei and I am not excited to use my Mandarin language. I started learning Mandarin when I was 16 years old because my grandmother is of Chinese descent. She wanted to communicate in the language.

I parked my car at the airport's overnight parking area. I arrived at the airport met by the Ten Days Missions team leader (because I'm going to Taiwan for a short-term Christian Missions trip). He gave me my passport. I had my ticket already because I booked myself ahead of the team. The rest of the team was there.


October 2, 2010
Taoyuan, Taiwan

We arrived at the international airport at around 2 O'clock in the morning. No restaurant was open and the airconditioning inside the airport terminal 1 was really cold. The team leader said we have to stay until 6am to wait for the MRT because it will cost us much to take cab to Taipei. I had my laptop computer running and greeted some of my friends at Facebook.

6 O'clock came and we took the bus to the nearest MRT station at Taipei towards NTU.


October 2, 2010
Taipei, Taiwan

We arrived at Gongguan MRT Station which was at NTU and proceeded at the Taipei Every Nation church center to meet with friends. They greeted us and they accompanied us to NTU Hostel to wait before we each go to our hostels.

Ronald (my team partner) and I decided to go around the place with Jude and Biya Lingan to see NTU and the places around it in Gongguan. We ate a fruit that was really big! Then we met with the rest of our team mates to have breakfast at McDonald's with our Taipei friends. We also had lunch at a local restaurant..

At 12 O'clock noon time, Ronald, Janina, Joey, Janet and I went to Xinsheng North Road Entrance accompanied by Weng Chua, our city guide. We met Lilian Bao who was our hostess.

At 3 O'clock in the afternoon, the team met at NTU main gate and explored the university. the we had dinner at 6. We all went back to our respective hostels at 9 O'clock in the evening. It was a tiring day but it was exciting to explore the place.


October 3, 2010
NTU, Taipei, Taiwan

So we helped in the preparation of the church meeting center to get ready for the regular Sunday service of Taipei Every Nation church. Some of our members participated in the singing in front of the congregation and we've met several foreign students of NTU who are attending our church.

After the church service, we went to see Taipei 101. It was finally nice seeing the building up close and personal.


October 4, 2010
NTU

We went to meet and talk with several students of NTU and was able to make friends in the cafeteria. I've met 15 of them with Ronald, my team partner.

After visiting NTU to meet up again with other students, we went to Shi Lin night market. I was able to buy several merchandises as souvenirs to my friends back at home. I enjoyed talking to several people there.

When we were done at Shi Lin, we took the opposing way and was lost. But the driver was nice to us that even if he was supposed to park the bus he took us in our bus stop. At first, we had difficulty communicating with him because he didn't understand my Mandarin. But he brought us to our place safe and sound.


October 5, 2010
NTU and CKS Memorial Hall

After NTU, the team visited Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall and it was an oriental memorial hall that somehow reminded me of the Lincoln Memorial Hall in DC.


October 6,2010
NTU and Shi Hsin University

After a meeting with Taipei Every Nation, we went to NTU to meet up again with several of the students we got acquainted with. Then at lunch time, we visited another university.

We met some students of Shi Hsin University and was glad to see one of the smallest campus in Taiwan. But the university is known in producing students who then had a career in broadcasting and information technology. The team members with me had lunch there and enjoyed the day.

The team attended a seminar for children who were afflicted by AIDS in NTU Freshmen building and was blessed with their presence. I was communicating with them but really had some difficulty because I wasn't that fluent in speaking Mandarin. But they were enjoying having photographs taken with me. They were all playful and was running with me.

I already packed my bags and left my luggages at the Taipei Every Nation center. I went back there because I was leaving for Manila at 12:00 Midnight. I had dinner with the team because I was leaving ahead of them.

I took the MRT to Taipei Main Station but missed the bus to Taoyuan airport. So I decided to the take the cab to Taoyuan and it was costly because I didn't realize it was two cities away from Taipei. But I got there just in time many of the passengers were checking in their luggages.

October 7, 2010
12:10am
Taoyuan International Airport

I met several Filipinos who worked in Taipei and had a little chit-chat with them because there was a long line for checking-in our luggages. Then as I was paying for the excess baggage weight, one Taiwanese approached me to interpret what was his wife trying to tell him and he was asking for some help. Too bad I didn't have enough money to help him because his wife in the Philippines had a problem in booking his flight.


October 7, 2010
NAIA Terminal 3, Philippines

I arrived safely but had a little headache from the turbulence the airplane experienced on our way back.

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Six days was fun with me in Taipei. I will surely go back there like I have visited Ho Chi Minh twice.
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