Taichung is located on the western part of central Taiwan. It can be conveniently access for a short trip from Taipei. This blog shows how we maximized our day in Taichung.

Taichung: City in Taiwan
Coordinates: 24.1477° N, 120.6736° E
What to eatBubble Tea at Chun Shui Tang, Mushroom products at Xinshe Mushroom Garden, Pineapple Cakes at Miyahara
What to do: city and nature exploration
Ideal time to visit: Ideal time to visit is from February (nearing end of Winter) to May (Spring). Weather is cool and Taichung flowers are blooming.
Language: Chinese/English
Currency: Taiwanese Dollars: 53PHP = 1USD = 31TWD ; 1PHP = 0.59TWD (rough estimate)



HOW TO GET TO AND FROM TAICHUNG
By Air
There are direct flights going to and from Taichung through Ching Chuan Kang Airport or Qingquangang Airport.

By HSR
HSR is the fastest land arrangement to get to and from Taichung. From Taipei, it would take an hour or less. The HSR is operational from 5:00AM TO 11:30PM. Standard seats would cost 700TWD and non-reserved seats would cost 675TWD. Purchasing tickets in advance or during off-peak hours can give you up to 35% off.

You may book your tickets at Taiwan High Speed Rail Website.

By Bus
Taking the bus is the cheapest option, although it would take you 3 hours to get to Taichung from Taipei. Fare vary depending on the busy company. A Ubus from Taipei to Taichung costs NTD 260.

For time operational schedules and ticketing, You may check Taiwan Bus Website.



GETTING AROUND TAICHUNG
I highly suggest hiring a driver to maximize your day. It would be convenient and time-saving. We found Mr. Liu, a Taichung local who has a taxi company offering tours around Taichung.


For only 3000TWD, we got to can see the top sites of Taichung!

Mr. Liu of Taichung
Whatsapp: +886 927 888 032

We conversed through Whatsapp, although he can't speak in English, we managed to book a tour thanks to Google Translate!

POINTS OF INTERESTS
🚩 Rainbow Village
According to our guide, the village is was painted by a grandfather for his grandchildren.


Zhongshe Flower Market
This place is absolutely instagrammable! Zhongshe Flower Market feels like a paradise with a sea of flowers! We can't help but take couple pictures too! 😍



Xinshe Bai Mushroom Village
Feed on a healthy lunch in Bai Mushroom Restaurant where all dishes in their menu uses mushroom. 

Xinshe Castle/Summit Resort
Xinshe Sastle is one of the ideal locations in Taichung to see the Cherry Blossoms. 


Feng Chia Night Market
Feast your eyes on all they tempting food stalls, cheap clothes and souvenirs at Feng Chia Night Market. 


OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
Carton King
Gaomei Wetlands
921 Earthquake Museum
Sun Moon Lake
Alishan Forest
CMP Block Museum of Arts
National Museum of Natural Science
National Taichung Theater
Gaomei Wetlands

WHERE TO EAT
Xinshe Bai Mushroom Village
426, Taiwan, Taichung City, Xinshe District
Our driver recommended the Mushroom Meatball Soup for 35TWD and Deep Fried Assorted Mushroom for 75TWD.



Chun Shui Tang
No. 30號, Siwei Street, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
Taichung is the birth place of Boba. Why not try the 'first ever' Pearl Milktea from Chun Shui Tang for only 75TWD

Feng Chia Night Market
Wenhua Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
Feng Chia Night Market is a mixture of souvenir, clothing and food market. There are a lot of choices to eat. Only a few food stalls have seats and tables, most of the people eat while they walk.



Miyahara Ice Cream 
No. 20號, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400
Aside from their ice cream and Hogwarts-like interiors, Miyahara is also famous for their pineapple cakes which costs 450-500TWD per box.

ITINERARY
This itinerary is good for a side trip to Taichung coming from Taipei. We would start the itinerary at Taipei Main Station.



🚩Taipei Main Station to Taichung Station: 48 mins to 1 hour via High Speed Rail | 675TWD | We saved a lot since Taiwan Tourism and KKDay has a promo for a Two for One Ticket with HSR which cost us 282TWD/481PHP PER PERSON for a one-way ticket! You can still avail it! Promotion period: November 27, 2018 to April 30, 2019 Travel period: November 28, 2018 to June 30, 2019

🚩Taichung One Day Tour: 10 hours via Mr. Liu Tours | 3000TWD (5100PHP), 750TWD/ 1275PHP per person   🚩Rainbow Village: no entrance fee
   🚩Zhongshe Flower Market: 120TWD/205PHP entrance fee
   🚩Xinshe Bai Mushroom Village
   ↠ Lunch at Xinshe Bai Mushroom Village: 150-200TWD for a good meal
   🚩Xinshe Castle/Summit Resort: 250TWD/427PHP entrance fee
   🚩Feng Chia Night Market: no entrance fee
   ↠ Dinner at Feng Chia Night Market: 50-200TWD
🚩Taichung Station to Taipei Main Station: 8 mins to 1 hour via High Speed Rail | 260TWD/445PHP


SUMMARY: 1822TWD/3110PHP PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 4

Although we made Taichung as a side trip from Taipei, we wished to have stayed longer. One day for Taichung is not enough to explore a city full of culture and beauty.


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FOOTNOTES:
Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Shot using Samsung Note S9 | March 2019

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ZAMBALI SUMMER FESTIVAL
Zambali Summer is a celebration of love, life, and faith and the freedom to enjoy all of that. It is a music festival that would showcase mainstream bands from the Metro and up and coming local artists from Zambales, with the beautiful beach coast of Zambales as its backdrop.

Zambali is derived from the word “Sambali”, which is the original name of Zambales; and also refers to the Zambales’s original natives, the Sambals.



WHY ZAMBALI SUMMER?

This music festival aims to showcase the local music scene to the mainstream, and  empower local artists to organize and take center stage by sharing their music. The force behind the event is purely the collective effort of the local community because it is only thru this collective action that we can truly make an impact in promoting local tourism, effectively advocate for the environment, and support the government’s unrelenting campaign against dangerous drugs.

WHY YOU SHOULD GO
Every summer, most residents of the Metro and Filipinos in general spend their Holy Week away from the city for a well-deserved getaway and spiritual rejuvenation – usually at the beach. For some, this has ripened as tradition. Year after year, major beaches outside of Metro Manila are packed with both locals and tourists alike. Usually, Maundy Thursdays and Good Fridays are spent reliving the true meaning of the Cross, and our salvation. Black Saturdays, on the other hand, has always been the official day when families and friends go out of town to spend time together and unofficially celebrate the resurrection – and have fun!

This year, beach-goers from the Metro can experience Holy Week the Zambali Summer way! The perfect way to experience the summer heat by listening to a wide variety of live bands while bathing in the sunshine, the funky feel of the sand and a cold drink on your hand, all that while supporting the local music scene, advocating for the environment, and supporting the campaign against dangerous drugs.




THE AWESOME LINE-UP
This beach music festival is headlined by one of the most sought-after rock bands in the country today, Mayonnaise. Other bands who will also join the celebration are Switchblade Manila, Whiskey Version, Gin Rum and Truth, The Black Wolf Gypsies, Hey Moonshine, and many more.

LET'S GO!

Zambali Summer will be held on April 20, 2019, Black Saturday, in Brgy. La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales.

To get tickets online, click here!
For more details on the event, you may visit the official Facebook Page:
Zambali Summer 4.20.19.

This event is produced by Awesome Events & Productions (AEP), Rough Stuff Entertainment, and SX Manila

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Co-working spaces aren't just trends. We freelancers, travel bloggers, writers, and start ups grew tired of the noisy coffee shop and wanted a place where they can focus, be productive, and actually get things done. Eventually, everyone adapted and strayed away from the classroom or office set-up and wanted a more flexible and breathable space.


Nestled in Baguio is a co-working space that pioneered the trend in the city, Calle Uno Co-working and Collaborative Space.

FROM A BODEGA TO MEGA!

From this, to this!

The Calle Uno Building was the adaptive reuse outcome of an old abandoned bodega turned into co-working building. Its general structure was retained and we personally admire its interiors! Most  furniture were recycled and constructed on site. They have a collection of antiques, vinyls, and artworks!

"Art that interact with surroundings."
Check out these antiques and witty artworks!


The space. Ample spaces with couches, tables and chairs are ideal for those using their laptops, reading books, and collaborating. Didn't get a chance to bring a laptop? You can avail the use of desktop computers for a cheap price! 

Soon, there will be ten thousand books will be made available for everyone to read! 


How's the wifi? Guess what! Calle Uno has the fastest internet in Baguio City! For coffee-lovers like us, we absolutely love the unlimited Sagada coffee! Calle Uno got you covered on your all-nighters.


You can also host your own events in the Food Hub or in the co-working spaces! Calle Uno can do caterings and events ideal for workshops, seminars, presentations, training, meetings and family celebrations! For just PHP 1000 per hour, you will get free-flowing coffee, video projector, internet access and sound system!

THE CO-OFFICES

There are offices you can rent for your businesses. You will have your own space while enjoying the same amenities with other users-- unlimited coffee and the use of their kitchen. Calle Uno houses the only co-working-space-based Grab in the Philippines. You should also check out the art by Bladimer Usi!


Calle Uno is also the home of Vivixx Coding Boot Camp. If you are aware of the Honest Taxi Driver, Reggie was one of the many who entered this boot camp. They offer an intensive 6-month training course to become developers and programmers. 


The Gazebo is a good area for training and its absolutely free for members. Non members can rent it for 1000PHP per hour.

GRUB ALERT: Calle Uno Food Hub


We love the diversity of food in the hub! We highly recommend Pakistani Kabab House which offers Pakistan and Indian food.


In the mood for Korean Samgyeopsal? O Dong Tong Samgyeopsal House would satisfy your craving and for a lesser price!


Looking for a taste like home? La Cocina de Mama is your go-to-resto for that traditional Filipino food.


Stay tuned because a Bar serving Belgian beers will also be available soon! We also love that we can take our food inside the co-working space, especially when you're really in the mood to work! 


They are currently expanding and constructing a fine dining restaurant, Envie, located in the Calle Uno Food Hub. Another restaurant to be excited about is the Dining in the Sky with the view of Baguio City. This would be a restaurant and cafe which could also be rented for a private evening. 


RATES

Drop in Coworking Rates
PHP 500 - Daily rate 
PHP 350 - Off member rate
PHP 250 - Student rate
Inclusive of free-flowing coffee and use of shared spaces.
Additional PHP 300 - use of Desktop PC
Additional PHP 200 - use of Cubicle

Membership Rates
PHP 2000 - Weekly membership
PHP 5000 - Monthly membership
PHP 25,000 - 6 Months membership
PHP 40,000 - Yearly membership
Inclusive of fast internet, unlimited coffee, 24/7 access and business address. You may get your private office for an additional PHP 5000 or a private cubicle for an additional PHP 1000!


LOCATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: Calle Uno Building, 3 First Road, Quezon Hill, Baguio City
Contact Number: 0917-501-7787 and 0918-818-7787
Email: acestrada@calleuno.ph
Social Accounts:

THE GLOBE WeAre917

April 13, 2019 would be an epic day for Calle Uno! It would be the launch of the pilot event of Globe Weare917! Anyone who is a Globe user is invited to visit Calle Uno! Baguio City would be first location of the series which would also include Cebu, Boracay and Bonifacio Global City. Solenn Heusaff and Nico Bolzico would be there! Brands like Klook, Spotify, Youtube, and Netflix would also be bringing surprises!

Watch out since Mr. Ace Estrada would be talking about Entrepreneurship, Solenn Heusaff will tackle Women Empowerment, and Nico Bozico will be sharing about Sustainable Farming!


THE MAN BEHIND CALLE UNO

We had the pleasure of interviewing the director of Calle Uno, Mr. Ace Estrada.

1. How did you come up with the idea to put up a business like a co-working space? How did it start?

In 2006 we established RSVP call center, it is a company that teaches English. Ten years after, we got bought out by another company. It is a dream of every entrepreneur to get your money and investment. Aside from money and perks, they made me into an employee. Which is the saddest thing in my life because I am not an employee, I have always been an entrepreneur. So six months into this contract, I quit from the company and said I cannot become an employee, knowing that I have to wake up early because I am an employee, it made me unhappy. So I had to find a way that could make a living. So beside RSVP building is this place (the current Calle Uno Building), a run-down 1950's mansion and a bodega for a hardware. We acquired the property. My first thought was to make it an Airbnb, since it doesn't compete with RSVP. But that would be 'baduy' because I have to worry about clogged toilets, and grumpy tenants. It was not innovative at all.

When I look around, there's a need in Baguio for a company to teach and create teachers. So we established an academy for teachers, Vivix Academy.
My thought is not to create classrooms, but make it into a Google-like space-- sofas, beanbags, and trestle tables; where people can sit on the floor, work, and have coffee. I realized that concept is called a co-working space. In the end, it's not so much of a school but a co-working space.

To sum it all up, it was a journey that was based on the fact that I don't want to be an employee, I will always be an entrepreneur. So that is the story of Calle Uno-- but we are still innovating.


2. We saw on your page that you will be opening a branch in San Juan, La Union and Angeles, Pampanga. What should we look forward to in these locations?

There is a concept of 'wash, rinse, and repeat.' Since Calle Uno (Baguio) works, we have already built a community. There is no need to create a second one. We will just create a co-working space there, and the community in Baguio can move there if they want it, which will eventually swell the growth. Since there is a vibe in San Juan, a place for young digital nomads (which are some of the best and brightest online entrepreneurs that we know), the goal is to attract them to come to our co-working space and establish it. Since I am there, I am going to build companies with them. When we hire people, we can make a company. We are like planting seeds. It is not so much about having a second co-working space, but creating more jobs for people. This is what we are going for.
"I am not selling co-working, I am selling opportunities."
I am now looking at a way to give back. Not so much for them to remember me, but for them to have a helping hand. It just happens that my industry is co-working, which is a very young industry, but I am putting a spin into it. This is how I am managing the co-working.


WHAT MORE TO EXPECT IN CALLE UNO: A Calle Uno Community

Mr. Ace Estrada, the director of Calle Uno, envisions to create a community inclusive of a freelancer hub (the Calle Uno Coworking Space and Food Hub) and a small hostel where you can live and work in your own room! They could bring you food, provide jobs-- a co-living space. You do the work and you can stay in the hostel for free similar to a symbiotic community.


Calle Uno is also expanding to the towns of San Juan, La Union and Angeles, Pampanga. The thing we love about this expansion is that current members can go and stay there for free-- cross membership. One thing is for sure, Calle Uno adapts to what the current business needs.



OUR UNBIASED VERDICT
Here are some of the awesome things we love about CALLE UNO:
✔ Lot of space for studying, working, and reading!
✔ Don't have a laptop? You can rent a computer!
✔ UNLIMITED SAGADA COFFEE!
✔ Insanely fast Wifi!
✔ They have their own food hub! (Filipino, Korean and Pakistani cuisine-- and a Bar soon!!)
✔ Witty art, and antiques.
✔ You can rent a space for your office or event!
✔ They're open 24 hours!

To sum it all up, we love everything about this place. With the growing numbers of co-working spaces that have sprouted throughout the country, I could say that this place is one of the best. Just like what Mr. Ace Estrada said to us, "Calle Uno is not really about the place, but the people." A great business is not about your office, its what makes your team.




We would like to thank Mr. Ace Estrada, director of Calle Uno, and the whole Calle Uno team for welcoming us!

LOCATION AND INFORMATION
Address: Calle Uno Building, 3 First Road, Quezon Hill, Baguio City
Contact Number: 0917-501-7787 and 0918-818-7787
Email: acestrada@calleuno.ph

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FOOTNOTES:
Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Baguio City, Benguet | February 2019

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