Kokuriko-zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill) is one of the more recent movies from Studio Ghibli, directed by Goro Miyazaki, released in Japan in 2011.  Kokuriko-zaka Kara is based on a manga by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama. The story is set in the 1960’s in a small seaside town in Yokohama, Japan.  Umi Matsuzaki,  the […]

I’ve been putting off writing about our now not-so-recent trip to Japan over the holidays.  I just don’t know how anything I write could describe and capture the uniqueness and beauty of Japan. We were there over the New Year holidays and two of the most interesting experiences we had were joya no kane, and hatsumode on New Year’s […]

Happy New Year! I realize it’s a bit late, but my brain didn’t quite register the transition from 2012 to 2013 this year.  This is mostly due to the fact that I spent  New Year’s  in another country and was too busy having the time of my life to reflect on the year that was. […]

Our new hobby:  mountain biking! Riding a bike is not as easy as it seems – even if you already know how to and have been doing it pretty much all your life. My sister taught me to ride a bike when I was around 8 or 9.  Relatively late in life as far as […]

The Burger Project is a small restaurant on Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village, Quezon City, which lets customers design their own burgers. Actually, they give customers two options – either to design their own burgers, or to choose from the store’s designer burgers. We’ve been hearing good things about this place, so M and I didn’t […]

Finally, after almost 6 months of waiting, we finally got to watch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, last Saturday, September 8. I was thrilled when I found out earlier this year that they were going to show The Phantom of the Opera here in the […]

We just got back from our road trip up north, but thanks to the weather, things didn’t really go according to plan.  Nevertheless, it was still a pretty interesting trip. The active low pressure area (ALPA) near Aparri, Cagayan during the weekend stopped us from going to Tugegarao and making our way back to Manila […]

There’s nothing like August in the Philippines.  Aside from Christmas and the Holy Week, it’s the only other month with the most number of holidays:  between 3-4, depending on what year it is and where you live. This year, Eidl Fitr is on August 20, Monday, and normally, August 19 is a holiday for everyone […]

Sometime in the early 2000s, American pastry chef, and writer, David Lebovitz, decided to leave his life  in San Francisco behind, to  live in the city many of us (me, at least) dream of – Paris. In his light, and funny book, The Sweet Life in Paris, David shares his misunderstandings and (mis)adventures as an American trying to […]

“Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair.” Yes, Skippy dies.  No, that’s not a spoiler.  As the opening lines and title of the novel imply, Skippy’s death  is (one of ) the main plots of the book. A huge novel like Skippy Dies is hard […]