Day 1: Sydney to Taipei

I’m currently over 10 000m high in altitude and just finished a scrumptious late lunch on flight (potato and pork, plus weis ice cream!)Before my flight, I had phõ with my family in which our usual go to was a bit of a disappointment. Flavour is not the same 😦 Anyways, I am currently on my way to Taipei. I’m excited because although it’s my second time (does a layover count?) in the country, it is my first time exploring!

For some reason, I’m not that anxious about solo travelling – perhaps because I did it before? However, this time, I know no one! I do have some friends who are in Taipei currently, but they’re leaving soon. Will need to see if our plans can collide…I’m travelling with China Airlines again because I had a good first experience with them earlier this year. Flight is smooth, air hostesses are accommodating and the toilet facilities are clean!

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Definitely smooth! I was able to take a restful nap after taking my mask off for a few hours. Even though there’s a lot of kids on this flight, it wasn’t too bad. I wonder if it’s because one of my friends already have a child so my views towards them has changed 🧐I take it back. Whiny children while you’re trying to nap again is the worst lol

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I’m currently at my accommodation. Boy was it an adventure. Let me recount:

Plane arrived at Taoyuan Terminal 1 at 8:10pm. They told us to head to Terminal 2 via skytrain. No problem because it was fast. As soon as we got off the skytrain and before immigration, there were two stores: Bank of China and Chunghwa Telecom. Immediately I went to queue up for the sim card because I thought it would be quick since I purchased it online already. I was wrong. 40+ mins later, she told me that I have to go to Floor 1 (past immigration) to collect the sim as even though it’s the correct store, they can’t scan my voucher.

WHY COULDNT THEY FUCKING MAKE IT CLEAR IN THE FIRST PLACE?!

Nothing else I could do and so I went through immigration (after exchanging money). Also took a fucking while and by the time I collected my luggage and went to the store at 10:08pm, it was closed. They closed at 10pm. One of the shop assistant from the next store told me Terminal 1 has this exact store and it closes at midnight.

So I went downstairs to catch the metro to Terminal 1 after buying my easycard (easy process finally!)

BUT GUESS THE FUCKING WHAT?! IT WAS CLOSED! I was frustrated, tired and annoyed. The door even had a huge sign saying it closes at midnight. Why so early?!

I couldn’t be fucked anymore so I just continued my way to my accommodation because I need to make it there by midnight to check in. Being in a foreign city with no data is a bitch but I’m so thankful Taiwan metro has free Wi-Fi.

I love the layout of my hostel! And they have lots of jugs filled with juices, tea and cold filtered water!

I made it safely thanks to the help of local passerbys. They’re so helpful! It’s these people that make it better.

I honestly didn’t want to end my first day on a bad note, but I can say… I’m thankful I have a comfortable bed to sleep in now.

Peace out ✌


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