I must admit, I was never a huge fan of Coldplay. Most of my friends know that I am an old soul thus if you check my Spotify, it’s full of old school music. Earth, Wind and Fire, Hall and Oates, Swing Out Sister, and other crossover songs (If ya know what I mean). So watching Coldplay was never really part of my bucket list however, watching a concert abroad has always been a part of my bucket list.
Before going to Taipei, they had a concert in Manila. Most of my friends were telling me how fun and awesome it was. Aside from the flawless voice of Chris Martin, the production made the experience even more memorable. The only thing I asked my friends was, “Was it really worth it?” The ticket prices in Manila were insane. It wasn’t really my priority to watch. But after the good reviews from my friends, I kind of regretted not watching the concert here.
A week before their Taipei concert, my colleague told me he had an extra ticket. It was really affordable given that it was right behind the VIP section. Since this is a year of YES for me, I bought it even if there was a big chance I’d be alone. Luckily, one of my good friends told me she was watching with her barkada (Hi anj!). So on the first night, I stayed with them in their AirBnB. I also met up with one of my friends who was based there (Hi Jayla).
Hotel Papa Whale
Price per head per night: 1200 pesos with breakfast
I highly recommend this hotel because aside from the nice location, the rooms were clean and comfortable. It also came with breakfast. For the price, it’s really worth it!
- Jiufen- To be honest, I was really disappointed when I got there. It seemed like a tourist trap. Not much to see but that famous Tea House. I don’t really recommend it because it’s overpriced.
- Mala Hotpot- this was so good! Unlimited Haagen Dazs ice cream and hotpot for only 900 pesos. It was really worth it!
- Raohe Night market- Try the steak, baked potato, fried chicken! It was really delicious.
- Frank Bar- we went to a roof top bar overlooking Taipei 101. Drinks were expensive though. I had fun because I met a lot of new friends.
- Coldplay Concert
It was so surreal! Wahhhhhhhhhhh. Chris Martin’s voice was flawless. Damn. I was so close to him!!! Everything about it was beautiful—confetti, fireworks, lights, wrist bands, balloons, and etc. Only thing that sucked though was the weather. It rained so hard so it was muddy. I loved how the lights of the wrist bands would change depending on the songs. I kind of got teary eyed when they sang Yellow. Huhuhu the feels!!! Here’s a video of my adventure:
- Elephant Trail- The weather was so bipolar. I wore shorts because I thought it would be hot but my gosh, it rained so hard! It was so cold. Good thing I had a jacket and cap with me. The trail was really easy so I highly recommend it.
- Hotpot with Jayla and Ximending
How much did I spend?
Took Air Asia going there and back which was really expensive. I booked a week before so the air fare was double! But whatever! It was still one of the best experiences I ever had. It was sooooo worth it. I spent a total of 30k. That included air fare, lodging, concert tickets, and pocket money. Taipei is a very affordable country and it’s really one of my favorite places to go to. Aside from the good food, it’s underrated. Not a lot of people know that there a lot of things to do there. If you want to know more about the places to visit and etc. see links below: