Breakfast in Taipei: Fu Hang Dou Jiang

One of the best restaurants or one of the best places to eat in Taipei for breakfast is Fu Hang Dou Jiang. It specializes in soybean milk, youtiao (bread), and dough sticks. Long lines from the second floor to the outside of the building would welcome you in the morning, so it was not a surprise that when we got to the Hua Shan Market, that’s what we saw. My friends and I were laughing that we queued up without confirming what are we lining for is right.

This building. At the second floor. (Google map)

The line was long, but it moved faster than we thought because the ordering process was quick; there are more than three food attendants at the front.
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We ordered soy milk hot since the temperature is 5 degrees Celcius and it was raining. To us, Filipinos, it tastes like taho. Be sure to mix it well since the sugar is at the bottom part of the bowl.

The food we ordered is what usually ordered by the crowd – the Signature Thick Bread with Eggs and Donut Stick. There’s also a sesame bread version so you decide. And yes, it’s a carb over carb – bread and doughnut stick but heck, who cares! The doughnut stick is crunchy which is also good to tear it and put it on the hot soymilk!
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Menu here from wanderjunkies.

The place is at the food court, and Fu Hang Dou Jiang is the only outlet open as early as 6 AM so the seat won’t be a problem. The price is reasonable and the serving is big I got a hard time to consume it all. As I’ve said, the service is fast, they were able to accommodate people right away. It was my first time to try this kind of food so the foodie soul in me was so happy and satisfied with my brekky!
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Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

Address: 100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, 忠孝東路一段108號


City Tour in Taipei

My college friends and I traveled abroad last January and it was our first time to be together in a foreign land. Taking the opportunity of a visa-free offer of Taiwan for the Filipinos, we grabbed the chance to go there and see the tourist attraction in Taipei.

We arrived at The Taoyuan International Airport at wee hours of the night. That airport is about 40 minutes (more or less) away to Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan and to where our hotel accommodation can be found. We took the Uber since trains are closed and had 5 hours of sleep right after checking in.

We were restless but excited to fill our days with our DIY city tour in Taipei. That morning, after eating at Fuhang Duijang, we went to Longshan Temple.

Longshan Temple

Mengjia Longshan Temple used to be a gathering place for Chinese settlers in 1738. It is located in the old village part of Taipei, Wanhua District, and is one of the big three temples in the place. It was badly damaged during World War II but the Taipei residents have continuously renovated as a pride for representing the Taiwanese temples – worshipping a mixture of Taoist, Buddhist, and deities like Mazu. The entrance is free! We visited on a Sunday, so we have witnessed the manner of their worship.
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Liberty Square

From the temple, we rode the train to go to our next DIY tour which is Liberty Square. The Liberty Square is where Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, National Theater and Concert Hall can be found. The Liberty Square Main Gate is astonishing itself with a combination of cream and blue color that channels a royalty aura.
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The opposite side is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall which is named after the late President of China. It has 89 stairs which represent the age of Chiang’s death and the roof has 8 sides which is a lucky number in Asian countries.
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The National Theater and Concert Hall are twin concert venues located on the north and south side of Liberty Square. These halls are two of the first major modern performing art venues established in Asia. It hosts over 800 events per year.
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The overall park is 240,000 square meter. This is where Taiwan mostly held their events like lantern festival, foreign dignitaries, concerts, etc. When we visited, we hear music and people having their rehearsals.

Taipei 101

The next place we visited was the Taipei 101 Building. It used to be the tallest building in the world until Burj Khalifa in Dubai was made. It also used to have the fastest elevator in the world with the speed of 60.6 km/h. We were not able to experience this though since there’s a fee of 600 Taiwan Dollars/ 1,000 Philippine Peso/ 21 US Dollars. In exchange for that price, you will be able to see the indoor observatory, multimedia corridor, the outdoor observatory and the elevator speed experience, lol. See more info here.

On the other hand, it still holds its title as the world’s largest and highest-use green building. (Wikipedia: a structure and application of processes that are environmentally
responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s lifecycle)
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The Linden Suites, Pasig

With the heavy traffic that seems to be a normal thing for the Filipinos living in Metro Manila, sometimes, getting a room for a day near the place of an important event that you will be attending is a smart move to get away with the hassle and exhaustion. Well, with the important event that my high school friends and I will be attending that is a wedding, we could not agree to look haggard on that day – especially that we are part of the entourage.

Last December, we had found the comfort of home in The Linden Suites. It is a 4-star hotel located in Ortigas where malls, food establishments, and convenience store are walking distance. The hotel looks very humble by looking at the facade of the building; it has less decorative ornaments and with a not so wide drop-off point, I could not expect more.
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The lobby has a good number of seats for the guests to wait and the staff at the entrance area have done their job well by getting in our stuff to our hotel room.
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As we get into the room, we were very surprised with how SPACIOUS the place is.  We got this “one bedroom suite” for P5,000 no breakfast and for 4 pax. The rate was under a corporate account through our friend so I am not sure with the difference in its regular rate.
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There are cooking pans, plates, utensils, ref, oven, percolator, and a stove so cooking here is really allowed. Just take a look at the photo below where our shopping bags were also captured. LOL.
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The dining area and the living room are closed to one another but not close enough. It was really that spacious.
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There’s also a study table beside the TV where I placed my laptop. (Yes, I have a part-time job).
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This is the bedroom and we also asked for an extra bed. The room is clean but the glass window was not that clear. Perhaps, it’s because of the rain.
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There’s also a TV in the bedroom!
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The comfort room (but there’s no bidet!) is also large.

We bring liquors to enjoy the night! Yes, we booked for 4 pax but we’re 6 in the photo. Why? It’s because the 1 couple wanted to go solo!


Wi-Fi: Linden only allows two devices to connect to their WiFi. The Wi-Fi is okay.

The Linden Suites is a good place to stay especially if with friends and family since the room is not cramped. The airconditioning is also great and the yellowish lights feel upscale to me. The hotel is very accessible to almost anything you might need, however, the traffic here during the day is just really normal. I already feel sorry for the foreigners who have to adapt to the hells of transportation we have in our city. Well, traffic is normal in our daily lives. I was not able to check their pool area since I got there so late and we were needed to have our make up on the next day. morning. So anyway, the hoteliers have delivered good service with us since whatever we asked for were attended right away – the chinawares, the extra comforter, and the extra towel. Thanks for the hospitality, The Linden Suites!

Value: 5

Location: 4

Cleanliness: 5

Service: 5

Room: 5