Well, I have no photo of my first night in Taiwan so I have to make do. Whoops. This is much different from my other travel posts since this is more of a diary entry. Our first night in Taiwan was eventful. Within three hours, we already have stories to tell. Here’s a quick word dump on how I remember our first night in Taiwan went.
It was 6:00 PM when I clocked out from work. I decided to go to work because, well, I’m running out of vacation leaves and I already took two for this trip. I took out my phone and opened up my Grab app while in line for the taxi. I even registered my mom’s credit card to use this 50% promo because there was quite a line today – compared to the past few days.
It was 6:30 PM when a driver finally accepted my Grab ride. He called to say he was in traffic. Luckily, a taxi pulled up so I told my Grab driver that I was just going to cancel and he was okay with it.
It was 6:45 PM when I managed to cancel the ride because I’m tend to be unlucky today of all days and internet connection was sucky.
It was 7:00 PM when I arrived in Makati. Mom had my luggage with her and my friends were riding with us to the airport – they were all from Makati anyways.
It was 8:45 PM and omg, there’s no aircon in NAIA 3. Or at least, they’re not opening them all. Only few passengers are in the airport because of the Tagaytay server maintenance. Not cool to let the rest of us suffer because you didn’t get as many passengers, NAIA!
It was 11:15 PM when the plane took off. It’s not fully booked which is just fine. For the first time, I didn’t get the window seat. Instead, I got the middle seat. And for the first time while flying with AirAsia, I’m seating within the first ten rows of the plane.
It was 01:20 AM when we touchdown in Taoyuan International Airport and I really need to use the bathroom. Guys!! Their bathroom!! It’s bigger than my future. Loljk.
It was 01:35 AM when we finished up with immigration and headed to meet the driver we rented out to drive us to the hotel.
It was 02:00 AM. I was the only one awake besides the driver and Taiwan looks like… Manila. We were on the skyway and if I squint just a little, I would think that I’m smacked in the middle of our roads with just lesser cars. For what I can see, Taiwan is full of old buildings, big roads, and kinda dim lights.
It was 02:30 AM when we checked into our hotel. The food area was just behind the lobby and we were part-tired and part-hungry from the trip to get here. The check-in was a breeze. The room was okay, but I loved how the bathroom was set-up compared to our previous stays when out of the country. Oh well, it was the first time that we actually stayed in a hotel. I’m levelling up, y’all.
It was 02:45 AM when we decided to get something to eat. We opened our door to see this Chinese woman barge in our room and started speaking rapid Mandarin. Since not one of us can speak Mandarin, we just kept repeating that we can’t understand her. Finally, she went all the way in to use our phone to call the lobby, maybe. She passed the phone to one of my friends but I don’t think the person on the line speaks English as well. After ten minutes of this crazy confusion, she left our room.
It was 02:42 AM when we called into the lobby to explain what happened and to have someone up in our room. My friend keeps saying that it was urgent on the phone and to have someone come up.
It was 02:48 AM when we decided to come down to the reception. We encountered a staff just looking panicked. We went down with him to the reception. (Side note: he was a cutie.)
It was 03:00 AM when they confirmed that it was a housekeeping lady. We’re still confused as hell why she barged in our room but let it go. We decided to focus on the next big thing: food. We read that the hotel has a 24-hours open pantry so we asked them about it. They said it was closed for now and to come back around 7 AM. They told us there was a McDonald’s nearby, but we didn’t know where it was and we saw a family mart right next the hotel anyway. Side note: They don’t call McDo Mcdonald’s. I forgot what term she used. She just google translated it for us to understand.
It was 03:15 AM when we figured out there has been a language barrier issue again. There is in fact a 24-hours pantry. We ate the food we got from Family Mart in the pantry. I got this chicken rice burger thing that was good and fulfilling. We took advantage of the free flowing drinks – apple juice, soda, tea, and coffee. My friends made toasts with butter too.
It was 03:40 AM when I saw a Korean family sit near us and the McDonald’s bags they were carrying. Man, now I want some McDonald’s.
It was 03:50 AM when we were already joking about the house-keeping emergency and how freaked out the male staff was when we met him in the elevator. We also made fun of my friend for using the “urgent” term. Feels kinda like work. We were also talking about how cute the guy was; he legit looks like a movie star or something.
It was 04:30 AM when we got back in our room and tried to get some sleep. We booked for a driver to pick us up tomorrow at 9:30 AM for a tour around Northern Taiwan, but I’m still not that tired or sleepy.
It was 04:45 AM when I finally forced myself to sleep. Man, I’ll be so tired tomorrow. We’ll be out for an 11-hours trip of Northern Taiwan… but I’ll talk about that on another post.