Coffee With A View – View With A Coffee

Coffee is great, and even better when having good company along with it, well and it gets even better if you add a fantastic view! Not too long ago we went to visit Taipei 101, though did not go up. Just recently we learned about a Starbucks being located on the 35th floor. Some research later,…

Day Trip: Keelung and Hepingdao Park

Once more, yesterday was a fine day for a day trip out of Taipei. Luckily, Mono’tel is nicely located so close to all major bus lines, that going on day trips is super easy and convenient. We went to Keelung this time. Quickly hopped on the 9006 Keelung bus, just across the MRT Jiantan. The…

Day Tripping: On The Road With A YouBike

Taipei was finally hit by some sunshine and we decided to head out for a trip. Walking did not seem to be the right choice, so we went for YouBikes. Taipei’s system offering everyone to use the YouBike bicycles for a small fee. This can be paid via Easycard or your credit card. The sign…

Day Trip: Destination Jiufen

Today, a few of us went on a day trip to Jiufen. Jiufen is a small town, north east from Taipei, easily accessible via public transportation. We started by taking the bus to Ba De Dunhua Intersection continuing with one of the long distance buses to Jiufen. The total ride was less than $100 and…

Taipei Expo Park: Always Something New

Just by chance on our way back to Mono’tel, we saw from far away while on the MRT, that a huge event was happening at the Taipei Expo Park. We got off right by it at the MRT Yuanshan station and were heading straight into the crowd. A huge Farmer’s Market was going on and…

Tracing History: Liberty Square and National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial

While once more being out in Taipei City, we wanted to share some of Taipei’s historical monuments. Liberty Square and the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall are among Taipei’s biggest tourist attractions. Conveniently located by the green and red line via MRT as well as a UBike station just across the road, this sight is…

The Missing Piece: Mystery Room

Ok, I can see what you may think.. What the heck is that?? Fine, but give it a thought! A few days ago my friend had told me about having gone on an adventure hunt with some mates of his. I know he likes virtual games, but this seemed interesting, so I wanted to learn…

Taipei’s Gates: Remains From The Old Days

Taipei has changed a lot over the last few decades alone, but even more so from over a century ago. In the 19th century the former Qing Dynasty had decided to section parts of Taipei off by surrounding it with a ~5km long wall accessible through 5 gates (East Gate, West Gate, South Gate, Little…

Above the clouds: Hiking Xiaoyoukeng

It was the weekend, and we wanted once more escape the busy city life. The sun was out and we just thought, yup, Yangmingshan it is! After a quick browse through potential trails and paths in Yangmingshan we discovered Xiaoyoukeng. Xiaoyoukeng it is a post volcanic landscape, that now offers relaxation and a glimpse of…

Taipei Arena: Sports, Concerts and Ice Skating

A few nights ago, we went ahead and explored what Taipei Arena has to offer. To our surprise there is quite a lot to do! The Taipei Arena opened in 2005 and has since become the host of various sporting and entertainment events in Taiwan, among them Cirque du Solei, the Broadway musical Cats as…

Red Rock Bouldering Gym

We were adventurous yesterday and decided to spend some time trying out some bouldering. Simply, that is climbing without a rope and a shorter distance to kiss the mat in case you will loose your grip. Red Rock is super close to Mono’tel, about 7 min walking distance. Pick up some food along the way…

Huashan Creative Park

Welcome to one of Taipei’s most artistic and creative places! Huashan 1914 Creative Park is located right in the heart of Taipei, easy access and simply beautiful in all it’s unique ways. A few of us went to explore Huashan Creative Park last night and this is what we found… There are a few little shops…