I always do exhaustive Googling whenever I book a hotel, because I'm usually traveling on a very carefully strung together budget. When I visit Portland three years ago, I wanted to book a stay at the local Ace, but I was on a super tight budget and needed to relegate myself to a superhosted Airbnb instead. The cheapest rooms at Ace typically don't have en suite bathrooms, and I didn't want to risk sharing a shower with strangers.Read More
… but I had planned to go to Berlin with my friend, Yanina, who's from Geneva.
Et voila, I was able to finagle yet another city into my big adventure! I didn't have too much time in Geneva, just a quick overnight trip before we flew out to Germany, and two nights again when we returned. It was quick and over before I knew it, but nonetheless, I was able to see why it was my mom and my cousin's favorite European city.Read More
… and didn't really mean to pass through these famous landmarks, but stumbled upon them along the way.Read More
… I don't think a lot of people appreciate this movement and I understand why. I can't put into words what I like about this super severe style of architecture but I've always loved huge hunks of concrete and how they cut space both gracefully and ruthlessly at the same time.Read More
… and most of them probably only appeal to a handful of folks, but just in case you may be one of these people (hello!), here are some not-to-miss spots and why I like them.Read More
… and had my share of takeaway too. While I didn't make it to Dishoom and Sketch (saving them for next time), here are 10 bites I did manage to snap.Read More
… and it wasn't just by way of all the museums I visited (although I'm adding yet another one to the list in this post). Everything I learned about the city came from a bit of YouTube research (thank you, Lily Pebbles), my own exploration of the canals, and by sheer luck, making friends with someone who's been living in the city for a couple of years.Read More
… and there really was never any doubt that I'd warm up to this friendly, pretty, postcard-perfect city.Read More
… while I was in Paris and in London upon my friend Queenie and my cousin Tina's recommendation. They were both the first items on my agenda for both cities and made for a beautiful (literally) way to kick off my travels.
I'm by no means a fashion-phile but I do appreciate a good museum (or two… or three…). I'm always on the lookout for design-related exhibitions and it just so happened that there were two ongoing shows during my trip.Read More
April has always been one of my favorite months because of my birthday. :PRead More
… by taking a walking tour by Localers.
I first came across this run-by-locals tour company on my first trip to Paris. I wanted an insider's walkthrough at the Louvre and was able to book a private tour with these folks. I really valued the experience because of the skip the line access and art expert info that I probably would have glossed over if I had just gotten the audio guide at the museum (I still remember really specific details about my tour!).Read More
… on my second time there. I decided to make the most of this trip by heading to places I missed my first time around, plus return to what I think is about to become my favorite restaurant in the City of Lights.Read More
I'm an April baby and I've never felt more refreshed, renewed, and revitalized than April *this year*. As summer eases in (more like gets in our faces), I've been getting all the bursts of creativity and inspiration I've missed out on over the last months. It feels good to finally be catching up to life.Read More
… a K-Pop concert.
When my 30s started, it became obvious to me that my life could be divided into clear cut segments. Every three to four years corresponded to a specific past life. There was yoga past life, writer past life, and there was K-Pop past life. Yep.Read More
… until I actually saw it.
It's my birthday tomorrow (!) and I'm so happy this is what I'm writing about this time of the month. Like I said in my previous post about Paris landmarks and my Hop On, Hop Off adventures, I never really thought much about the Palais Garnier until it was right smack in front of me.Read More
… my first time there. After I had ticked the major landmarks off my list, it was time to delve deeper into the city. Thankfully, I had nine days in Paris, and a former local to help me navigate the city.
If you've got a lot of time to spare in Paris and don't mind taking the metro and running all over the place, you might want to check out the spots that Queenie and I made sure to head to. Here are some of my favorites.Read More
This month, we officially move into summer in Manila while cosmically, we move into Aries season. The first sign of the zodiac, Aries symbolizes starts, impulsive action, spontaneity and March has, in many ways, shown me a lot of that fiery energy. I can't wait to feel it all really kick in in April.
While I wait for the new month (plus all the birthday privileges that come with), here's everything I've found extra interesting this month.Read More