P10,000 4-Day DIY Budget Travel to Taiwan

Because we love Taiwan, we returned back to Taiwan for the 2nd time around in the same year of 2019. We will actually return back in 2020. We find it cheaper to take some relaxation in Taipei, and probably the cheapest in East Asia on the ranks of city sophistication. Alright, you may argue that Tokyo and Seoul are the best in East Asia. We will get there, we are a big fan of KPOP! For now, let us enjoy the very affordable and relaxing city of F4. Where is Meteor Garden? 

DAY 1: August 29, 2019

  • Departure from NAIA Terminal III to Tayouan International Airport 11:15PM
  • Airfare cost P4000
  • Grab Makati to NAIA Terminal III P200

DAY 2: August 30, 2019

  • We arrived at Tayouan International 1:30 AM, we just stayed at the airport to catch the earliest Express Train from Tayouan International Airport to Taipei Main Station, Train Fare NT150
  • Arrived at Taipei Main Station at 8:AM, we also had our breakfast [Breeze Sandwich and Tea NT79] . We also roamed around the vicinity looking for other options to travel to Keelung City.
  • We decided to head directly to Keelung City via BUS. The Bus Station is situated right beside Taipei Main Station, Bus 1813 , it departs  every 15 mins. Bus Fare is  NT57.
  • Arrived at Keelung City at 10:00 AM, we decided to roam around the city and had our starbucks coffee first as we were discussing where we were going to go next. There were bunch of choices from the Blue Bus Station, each attraction has its corresponding Bus No. The blue bus station is right across Starbucks Keelung.
  • We decided to go to Heping Island, situated in the northernmost of Taiwan. It was summer in Taiwan so beach was a good choice. We took a Blue Bus No. 101 route. Advised the driver that drop us off to Heping Island Station, Bus fare  NT15. At Heping Island Station, be ready for a 5-minute walk to Heping Island Resort, entrance fee NT80.
  • We spent few hours in Heping Island, and then we headed back to Keelung City. We decided to head to Juifen Old town by Bus again. Keelung City to Juifen Old town Bus Faire NT37
  • Overnight in Juifen Old Town at Juifen Hui Ming Home Stay NT799  – overlooking view is stunning for a reasonable price

DAY 3: September 01, 2019

  • Early morning in Juifen Old Town.  After our lunch in Juifen, we headed to Taipei. Roam around Taipei 101. We just enjoyed MRT rides. Basically, chilling in the city. We also checked in at Neosoho Hostel in the afternoon. NT700 [If you are a 1st timer in Taipe, I would highly suggest to take advantage of Hop ON/Hop Off Bus Tour as it goes to Taipei’s Top attractions.] It was our 2nd time for this year so we just made everything a chill. We decided to end our Day 3 at Famous Shilin Night Market.

DAY 4: September 01, 2019

  • We just strolled around the vicinity – Food Trip left and right around the vicinity of Neosoho hotel which is just 2 blocks away from Taipei Main Station. Walking and Biking.
  • Departure from Tayouan International Airport to NAIA Terminal III – 02:35 AM. We just slept in the Ariport. 🙂

 Currency Conversion Rate: NT1 = PHP1.70

Airfare cost P4000
Grab RT P 400
Express Train RT P 510
Bust to Keelung City P 97
Keelung Downtown to Heping Island RT P 50
Heping Island Entrance Fee P 136
Keelung Downtown to Juifen Bus Fare P 63
Smart Card – Train P 500
Total P5756

Neosoho Hostel – P1190
Juifen Hui Ming Home Stay P1358
Total P2548

FOOD – P 2000

FOOD -P2000
TOTAL PHP 10,304





Cost of Living in Makati as of 2019

Cost of living is one of the hottest topics in living in Makati, the financial capital of the Philippines.  There are many considerations that we need to consider before moving to Makati as our workplace, and consequently our place of residence, which we call our second home.  Understanding the cost of living in Makati will give you an idea how your life would look like if you decide to live and work in Makati.

Just like any other International cities, most of the young professionals are aspiring to move to big cities like Makati where opportunities abound. Makati as one of the 16 cities in National Capital Region, it is a magnet to many yuppies all over the Philippines and even from the young workers from mainland China. The influx of international workers are pushing the real estate valuation as high as the polluted sky.

I have been living in Metro Manila since my college years in 1992, and for 27 years, I have witnessed the unimpeded changes of Makati as the years pass by  to what Makati as it is today.  The burgeoning city landscape of Makati that changed dramatically like a snowball from fewer medium-rise buildings to stunning skyscrapers city is astounding!

This blog is not to brag my living expenses but to give you an idea how much is the cost of living in Makati as an “ordinary employee”. As I always reiterate, If I were one of the privileged few, I am not an employee but the owner and the President of the company here in Makati. I work incredibly hard just like many of you. Bed of roses can only be seen on Facebook and Instagram. I can sing it though, I am an avid fan of Bon Jovi. 🙂

I do blog about cost of living because I have lived from different cities  in NCR in the past 27 years. As a matter of fact, I didn’t spend any single centavo on house rental  for several years in Quezon city only until I moved to Makati 8 years ago. 

Details Of My Living Expenses


  • Condominium Rental – 14,000/monthly
  • Electric Bill Meralco – 3,000
  • Water Bill – 350/monthly
  • Internet/Cable – 999/monthly

Total = 18,349/2 = P 9,174.5


  • Food – Average Daily – 200, P6,000/monthly


  • Transportation, Grab Daily Average P90, Tricycle – 40, P3,900/monthly
  • Car Loan – 12,261


  • Cigarette – 80, 2,400/month

TOTAL EXPENSES = (9,174.5 + 24,661) = P 33,735.5

NOTE: Travel & other Miscellaneous NOT included.

While Makati is a great city, our second home, if we are not wise in our finances, we may end up break even. Thus, saving and investing is important. We cannot stop inflation and valuation. It is part of our lives.  We can choose to be paying bills all our lives or make money work for us. 🙂 At the end of the day, It is not how much we earn but how much we save and invest. The pursuit to financial independence can be achieved through financial education, however this blog is not all about financial education, it is all about Cost Of Living. 

Japanese | Tonkutsu Ramen

tonkutsu rame

ORI Japanese House: Ground Floor Circuit Makati

I could not imagine myself that I do enjoy eating Japanese Ramen now. My 1st taste of Ramen was in 2015, I never liked it, I felt like I wanted to vomit. 🙂  It was because I was not into seaweed and miso. I am in deep trouble with culinary, call it ignorance, I am one. I even have selective tastes on Filipino Foods. There are only 3 dishes in my mind that I can eat over and over again; “Sinigang na Baboy“, Ginisang Monggo“, ” and, Ginataang Langka“.  If not for my friends who enjoy eating various cuisines who are very persistent and supportive in pushing me to explore Japanese cuisines, I will miss half of my life. 🙂 Truly, nothing is permanent in this world, it indeed applies to discriminating tastes as well. 🙂

The one I tried from ORI Japanese House was Tonkutsu Ramen, its soup is broth based, its soup tasted like Filipino Sopas minus the seaweed. I enjoy eating “sopas”. It considerably tasted good but something that I will not try again for P375.00 🙂 I even asked the opinion of a friend for validation, the feedback was the same.