#DawningInTaiwan: Knowing Tainan Better

Having more days left for spring break, Tainan would be the perfect city to stay in for the rest of the days I have left without classes. There’s so much more left to see. Finally, I crossed out my other plans. Anping District (04/06) As a new day started, I woke up with the sun…

#DawningInTaiwan: Wandering Tainan

It’s actually silly how I ended up spending the rest of my spring break in this city. The original plan was to hitchhike from Kenting to the east coast so that I can stop by Taitung and visit the farmer who helped me before, wander around Hualien and see the famous Taroko Gorge, move to Yilan to…

#DawningInTaiwan: Finding my Taiwanese Family (Taichung to Nantou)

There’s a Tibetan saying, “Wherever you have friends, that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home.”  Three months ago, a message popped up in my Couchsurfing inbox. Vincent Chen invited me to visit his home to meet his family. I gladly accepted his invitation and we kept in touch through Line and Facebook prior…

#DawningInTaiwan: Farming in Taipei

Who would have guessed that you can farm in Taipei? It was a Sunday morning when I left New Taipei City with my Couchsurfing host Jimmy and his son where we drove to Shenkeng Mountain near Taipei Zoo. It was raining the night before, so I thought the hiking/farming event was ought to be canceled….

#DawningInTaiwan: Backpacking from Tainan to Taitung

I realized something, I hate motorbike rides. Well, at least those long ones where I have to burden my back with my bag. There’s this stereotype saying that Asians are bad drivers. I asked myself, “Why are Asians considered as bad drivers?” Now I see and know why. At least those on scooters! I’d rather go hitchhiking….

#DawningInTaiwan: Localizing in Hsinchu

Sampling food in local farmers’ markets, visiting a temple, taking a walk to the mountain park, running after dogs everywhere, and living in a modern Taiwanese home – these all happened in a span of one day and a night! Before coming to Taiwan, I received a lovely message from Jenny on Couchsurfing. Quoting her,…

Traveling Dawn: Dawning in Taiwan

From 25°C in Philippines, it was a cold welcome of 10 degrees less of where I came from (exactly 15°C) in Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport. “This isn’t what I had in mind.” I told myself who was wearing short shorts. (This calls for The Adventures of Traveling Shorts!) It was exactly midnight when we landed…

Best of 2016: Dawning as Alenna

This year has been truly awesome (대박)! My expectations have been exceeded by all the experiences I gained throughout 2016. I met a lot of people from varying walks of life and from different parts of the world, made new friends, and built enriching relationships. My eyes also feasted on a lot of breathtaking places…

A Look Back at #AlennaFitat18

Note: Photos below. #AlennaFitat18 (months long of hashtags on gaining abs and getting fitter) was an ultimate goal which is all about my 18th birthday which turned out to be quite a rare experience. Back then, the day itself almost came out to be terrible. Now, it’s laughable. Months before my birthday, I eyed on…

#Dawning In Korea: Falling

I’m falling, falling so deep. Waking up one chill gray dawn, I felt a kiss touch my cheek. Along with this was a whisper, an unfamiliar voice promised me something. As I took a step, my eyes slowly widened in admiration. The chill breeze caressed through my face while I gazed through my pristine surroundings. Silence…

#DawningInKorea: KPOP-ing

Check out our vlog: K-Travel Bus: Changwon Tour! 안녕하세요! As a start of the #DawningInKorea blogging series, here’s an entry on travel experience in Changwon with my “언니”s: AJ and Danielle. The meeting point was at the Masan Fish Market. Waking up at 7AM, we had to rush since the bus from Gumi to Masan leaves…

Breaking Dawn

It has been 795 days. Isn’t it fascinating how fast each day passed by? Now here I am today, on my third year as an electrical engineering student.   Everyone tried to warn me with lines like: “It’s a trap!” “Big dreams. Start here. Finish elsewhere” “Beware of the LEADS.” and more. Like every Mapuan…