Category Travel

Ringing in the New Year in Japan

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!

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. […]

Destination: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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 […]

Goodbye Manila…Hello, 50% Chance of Precipitation

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 […]

The Sweet Life in Paris

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 […]

Shakespeare and Company

  Despite all the beautiful art, amazing architecture, and historical ruins we saw during our 3 weeks in Europe, for me, one of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the legendary Shakespeare and Company, an English bookstore in the heart of Paris. Unfortunately, this Shakespeare and Company is not the original Shakespeare and Company of […]

Signs of the Times

During our recent vacation to Paris and Rome, we noticed these quirky traffic signs. We first noticed it while walking around Montmarte in Paris. A man stealing a “No Entry” sign. We thought it was one of a kind, until we started noticing other signs with different designs in different neighborhoods around Paris. Vitruvian Man […]