Saturday, November 8, 2014

Trains in Taipei

The railway system in Taipei is very first world. Let's put it at that. For me, it's similar to the one in Singapore yet less complicated that the ones in Tokyo.

Let's not even try to compare it to the LRT that we have here. It'll just put us to shame.

The trains look like a cross between the Filipino MRT and LRT, though they seem more spacious.

What I remember most about the train was the single journey ticket. I was expecting a normal card, much like other countries. But what came out from the machine was a plastic coin!

It's the size of a peso. It easily goes into the pocket, though I was very conscious not to lose it.

There are the mandatory security measures from the platform to ensure passengers' safety. I think this is basic. I wonder why the Philippines does not have this. *sigh*

In our short trip to Taipei, I got to ride the Metro twice--one to go to G Star Club and the other one was to go to the Miniature Museum by myself. 

Group photo while waiting for the train. This is before we got lost. 

Inside the train!

Thank God for English translations.

Another interesting thing I noticed in Taiwan, especially in the railway stations is that the locals follow escalator etiquette: standing on the right, walking on the left. They're very disciplined. You'd be embarrassed not to follow this.
Everyone following escalator etiquette

If only we had these in the Philippines. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

G Star Club - Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan has a bustling gay community and it seems like the most progressive Asian country in this light.

That's why we couldn't let our trip pass without going to a gay bar.

We chose G Star Club. 

It was one of the most popular and had better reviews.

G Star is located in the Zhongshan district. It was pretty far from where we were staying. In fact, we spent a lot of time on the train, walking, and getting lost--more time than we had spent in the club! 

The local on the right was kind enough to help us with directions. 

The club seemed to be in the middle of a quiet neighborhood. There was even a school nearby. The entrance was very discreet. From the outside, you wouldn't even think that there was a club there. 

The entrance was just a door and you had to go down a flight of stairs to enter the actual club.

Stairs going down to the main entrance

We made it!

G-Star is pretty big and has two storeys. On that weeknight, there were a lot of young college guys and girls there partying.

G Star seemed to be rated PG. No topless, naked men here. Just pure, clean fun. 

There was much dancing, funky music, and performances by young Taiwanese guys. A group called Ethereal was on that night. Some members looked familiar from Instagram! 

Here's a video of them dancing.

If I'm not mistaken, girls pay more to enter compared to guys. I can't remember how much, though.

Twas a fun night!  

G Star Club
104, Taiwan, Taipei City, 
Zhongshan District, 
Longjiang Rd, 23號B1F

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Perfect Gift for Someone who has Everything

Someone is celebrating a special occasion--a friend, loved one, relative. You're trying to think of the perfect gift to give. The problem? This person has it all.

I encountered this when my friend was about to celebrate his birthday. I was pressured to find a nice gift. At the time, the party would be my first time meeting his friends kaya bawal magpatalo sa gift!

What does one give to someone who has everything? A customized cake!

I contacted Lara Puno of Cake Tree Manila. Laura is an acquaintance and she designs and bakes the most awesome cakes. I requested for a cake that looked like a watch. (My friend loves watches and he had a new favorite at the time).

The cake I requested was patterned after this Bvlgari watch. 

Since I assumed that the celebrator's friends are health-conscious, I chose a carrot walnut filling with cream cheese frosting so it wouldn't be too sweet.

Laura is extremely nice and professional. I ordered this 4 days before the event and it was delivered to my house on time. 

Here's how the watch cake turned out:

"Best birthday cake so far!" 

The birthday celebrator loved it and so did his friends. It became the center of attention in the party as most people have never seen a cake like this.

It was too beautiful to eat (or at least that's how I felt). I kinda felt bad when we had to eat it.

Actual watch vs watch cake.

1. Size: 8" x 3" (head), around 5" x 3" x 2" (strap)
2. Cake drum: around 14" x 14"

This cost a little less than Php 5,000 (as of late 2014), which included delivery. 

It was the perfect gift for someone who has everything. 

Cake Tree Manila
0917 819 8320