February 13, 2018

Pre-Valentine Pampering

Really not one for cheesiness on Valentine’s Day, but it’s never stopped me from celebrating love with family and friends. Besides, the occasion is sandwiched by other important, personal dates that also fall on the month of February, like our anniversary, and the birthdays of my sister and boyfriend, so there is actually a lot of love to go around. Suprise! Last Sunday, Ry came to my room with a mischievous smile, which I’ve learned to identify as, “I bought something.” True enough, within seconds, he held out a bag in front of him labeled Havaianas. Inside were, not 1 […]
February 9, 2018

Macadamia Magic

A few weeks ago, my boss handed me a kilo of macadamia nuts in a bag and said, “make magic.” I was excited, but also felt a little pressured by his tall order of “magic.” What would I make? Initially, he mentioned wanting a nut brittle of sorts, but specifically asked to keep the nuts whole and beautiful. Okay, I added the beautiful part because macadamias are my favorite nuts. 💛 Cookies were the first things I imagined as I cradled the heavy bag in my arms like a baby, because cookies are my favorite baked treats. I couldn’t wait […]
February 7, 2018
Hiking Mt. Masungki

Jam-packed January

January caught me off guard. Once my brain went on vacation in December, it seemed reluctant to come back. Aside from waiting to transition into a new journal that I get as a traditional gift from my sister yearly, I took a breather from being my OC self and figured I’d have time to get my plans all sorted in the new year. I kept saying yes to meetings, parties, and gigs without taking down any dates. When the last holiday ham and rhum cake had been consumed, and the gifts had all been handed out, I knew I could […]
January 19, 2018

From the Holidays to a Happier New Year

It’s already half past January, but I’ve been having a bad case of holiday hangover. Right before Christmas, I took off from work and filled my calendar with weddings, reunions, and family. I became busy with slowing things down, paradoxical as that may sound. Despite scuttling from one gathering to another (in Metro Manila traffic, I might add), my tank was full from being with loved ones on an almost daily basis. So, it’s true when they say you don’t tire from doing things you love! At the cusp of December and January, my friends and I sang and attended […]
December 16, 2017
Tunnel under Makati Avenue

Tour Guide or Tourist?

I read somewhere that “a journey is best measured in friends rather than miles” (Tim Cahill), and it’s so true for me. I’ve traveled quite a lot since high school, for various reasons, but mostly as a cultural ambassador of music. As such, I had the opportunity of meeting people from all over the world at competitions, festivals, and concert tours; there is absolutely no greater souvenir from those trips than all the people that I’ve met and kept in touch with. Somehow, it has made the world feel both bigger and smaller. Among the many things that excite me is […]
December 4, 2017

What’s New: From Kko Kko to Coco

  The newest concept in food parks: The Yard Street Food Cinema   I started this week by doing something that scares me: meet strangers. I’ve been getting invitations from a guy named Aldous, who turns out to be some ringleader of bloggers that gets people together for events. As a freelancer, my schedules are fluid and I had been unable to join his group until this Monday. It was a chance to check out the latest in the food park industry: dining with an open cinema.    Movies were projected one after the other on the large screen I immediately […]
November 27, 2017

Rail Skating: Only in the Philippines?

Back after an extremely long hiatus ✌🏽 I have so many stories pending that are waiting to be told, but let’s start with something light and unexpected. After having just returned from London, we went to a small city in Bicol for work. Camarines Sur is famous for its untouched natural beauty like white sand beaches, and lush mountains and volcanoes with hundreds of hot and cold springs and waterfalls. We didn’t have time for any of those, but wanted to try something different. One of the guys assigned to take us around suggested the “riles,” and without fully knowing what […]