I was supposed to have a direct flight to Kaohsiung (southern tip of Taiwan). I never had plans of visiting Taipei (northern tip of Taiwan). I already booked my ticket 3 months in advance, making it a bit cheaper. The problem is— I was 12 hours late on the exact date.
What happened? It all rooted to my innocence of not carefully checking the flight details. I arrived to the airport 5:30 pm very confident that I was not late. I had my luggage on me. Ate in a fast food restaurant inside the airport. After that, seated on one of the empty benches near the big flight information screen, waiting for my flight to appear.
In few hours, I became impatient and approached the information desk. I gave my ticket. They scrutinized it for few minutes. And felt sorry for me.
‘You missed your flight sir,’ the representative said.
‘What can I do?’ I said.
China Airlines only have once a week flight to Taiwan. And their office is already closed after 5pm. What can I do? This is the first time I am attending an international conference.
The Unexpected Visit
I still booked my ticket to Cebu Pacific Airlines (One way Manila-Taipei) shelling out extra 400 US dollars. I seated in the plane aisle while other passengers seated beside the window and only paid 40 US dollars. This will definitely be a lesson for me!
4 Itineraries in Taipei
Taiwan is part of the first-world cities. It impressed me upon landing in their modern airport. Taipan’s are also polite and helpful. They advised me where to go, how to go and discover Taipei’s heritage in 12 hours. Here are the four itineraries
1.) Random Hotel
I walked through the main streets and browsed signages for hotels. I have checked 3 nearby hotels and decided to spend the night in the ‘Royal Hotel’. For some reasons, I would love to be treated as a royalty after the fiasco I had. I will sleep for 4 hours, take a breakfast, and start my tour.
2.) Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
The tourist spots of Taipei are all connected through public transport. You could just alight and walk a bit to your desired destination. My first for the morning was this national monument erected in memory of Mr.Chiang Kai-Shek, former president of the Republic of China.
3.) Taipei 101
This building was once entitled as the tallest building of the world from 2004 until 2009. The tower has served as an icon of Modern Taiwan since its opening.
4.) Taipei Main Station
This modern station is my last itinerary in Taipei. The station has bullet trains going to the provinces of Taiwan. I will certainly go back to Taipei and visit other sites such as the Panda zoo. For now, I have to go straight to Kaohsiung to attend the Sizihwan International Conference.