Will it taste weird? Will I starve in Boracay? What is Filipino cuisine anyway? Although I live in Singapore, home to many cultures and cuisines, I had yet to try Filipino food in my 26 years. This was my virgin experience. And to my surprise, some dishes tasted and looked so familiar!
My heart was pounding in my chest. I looked down at the crystal clear waters and tried to calm myself.
“Jump! Jump! Jump!” a chant started up around me.
Oh god… I turned around to look at the group of spectators edging me on and gave a weak smile.
“Can I just jump from the side?” I asked meekly.
Think all there is to do in Hoi An Ancient Town is walk around and snap photos?
Well, think again!
The UNESCO world heritage site holds a lot more interesting things to do other than walk around aimlessly – although that is part of its’ charm and one of the things I’ll encourage you to do!
On our first visit to Hoi An, we skipped Marble Mountain because we thought it wouldn’t be worth seeing. After we drove past Marble Mountain from Da Nang to Hoi An, the image of the metal elevator against the side of the mountain cemented our perception that it would be boring.
This trip, we decided to give it a try.
The Top? At the top of Yangmingshan? A very aptly named café indeed.
If you want to hike up the mountain, it’s possible if you’re good with directions and like to work up a ravenous appetite before reaching The Top (屋頂上). Us? Not so much. We took the easy way with the 8 of us splitting into 2 cabs. The ride up from Shilin station took about 15 minutes.
Wow! Why is the water so green, you ask?
Probably because of all the algae – which I found out to be very slippery.