TAIWAN DAY 5 (Last day): Birthday at Fisherman's Wharf!

by - September 15, 2018

I have reached the point of my last entry for Taiwan April 2018 post! This certain part is significant for me cos after so many years, I finally get to celebrate my birthday again in Taiwan with my Mom and as an added bonus, Ana was also with us! ^_^ Yey!

So, April 21 is my officially birthday and April 22 at around 5:40AM was our flight, if I remember correctly? So, we tried making the most of the 21st as much as we could. I didn't really know what I wanted to do on my birthday, so I let my mom plan the whole thing for us. She decided to bring Ana and I to the Fisherman's Wharf in Tamsui. :)

Tamsui is a very memorable place for me. Every time  I see the word or even hear it, I automatically remember my great grandfather. As a kid, my Mom would take me to this far side of Taipei and visit him cos it's where he lived. I was around 10 years old when he passed away, but he lived up to 92 years old! Imagine that! :) I was fortunate that I was able to bond with him then. :)

Back to my birthday! So, yes, I let my mom plan the whole day and since I haven't been to the Fisherman's Wharf and we wanted a pretty chill day, this was it! 

In order to go to the Fisherman's Wharf area, you can take the MRT red line to Tamsui Station. Once you get down, you would already see the waterfront and Tamsui Old Street. :)

Since we were already in the area of Tamsui Old Street, we went around a bit and explored the market area. It's totally perfect for those family days type!

This is a REAL person! Blown away! How does he exactly maintain that balance?? Is it illusion?

The only Mister Donut I eat cos it's not sweet in Taiwan! Just perfect!

Tamsui Old Street is packed with food and places you can shop quirky stuff or souvenirs at. :) You can also just simply enjoy the river view, random artists performing or go fishing!

Ana and I enjoying our ice cream treat! But this melted pretty fast and midway, our hands were already drowning in sticky goop! >_< I guess eating ice cream under summer heat wasn't such a good idea!

Amazed at this artist. We didn't know what he painting at first, but then after - boom! Bruce Lee! He did an upside down technique of painting and when he flipped it, we were all blown away. :) So talented!

When we had enough dose of going around the street, Mom took us on cruise along Tamsui River to get to the other side where Fisherman's Wharf was. :) You can easily find the Ferry along the street. 

One ticket costs NT$ 120 - Php 211 and this is already a two-way ticket. Meaning, you use it going to the Fisherman's Wharf and just show the same ticket when you want to go back to Tamsui Old Street. :)

The Fisherman's Wharf is famous for its Lover's Bridge, which was inaugurated on February 14, 2003, Valentine's Day. Pang Jowa! >_< Haha! Bring your loved ones here!

Many people come here to enjoy beautiful sunsets, strolling along the ports or bridge and yummy seafood, of course. :)  I heard people also rent boats sometimes for proposals! ;) Sweet! The bridge also beautifully lights up at night. We weren't able to witness that, but the day time bridge also looks majestic!

My mom initially wanted us to have a lovely seafood lunch, but since we weren't aware that the big seafood restaurant at the end of the Lover's Bridge had a strict time, we ended up eating Subway cos it was already close! haha! >_< Not bad though! I love Subway!

Finally, when we ended our Fisherman's Wharf tour, we went back to our side of Taipei and had my birthday dinner at Saffron - a Michelin restaurant. :) If you want good Indian food, try it here! Around NT$ 500 - 1500 in price range.

My mom is good when it comes to finding great places to eat at and during our whole stay there, she always brings us to drool-worthy restos!

ADDRESS: 38-6 Tianmu East Road, Shilin, Taipei

This time I was already feeling the slight dread cos I knew in a few hours, Ana and I had to go back to Manila and somehow I wasn't ready yet! >_< haha!

But of course, time flies when you're having fun and we had to go straight home and prepare our stuff for our flight to Manila. 

After fixing all that was needed, this was around 10:30PM? My Mom, Auntie and Ana sang me a quick Happy Birthday and we sprinted to the airport! Haha! THAT quick! I'm actually only 29 years old! Don't be fooled by the 30! In Chinese tradition, you are a year older than your original age, so 30 na ako! OUCH! Haha! >_<

My 29th Birthday is definitely one for the books! I can't thank my Mom enough for making it a really great one and for all the help she gave us during our stay in Taiwan. :) I don't know how we would have survived without her guidance. Love you, Mom! :)

Thank you also to Beb Ana for joining me on this trip! It's the first one I ever did with a friend and hoping we have more adventures in the future! :)

This ends my Taiwan April 2018 blog! In case you want to read the rest of my Taiwan posts, visit: https://www.artsyfartsyava.com/search/label/taiwan.

Artsy Ava

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