The Alps. This is what they call the Alps. The Alps who has been our loyal friend for several hours now, guiding, amusing, mystifying us since we left Austria. Up until here in Switzerland, just outside our hotel window in Lucerne, we had a full view of the icy mountain ranges. We could just stay […]

We went around as tourists, as usual, despite the rainy weather mostly in Nuremberg where we took pictures of traditional German houses. I thought there were ribbons around ’em. The edges were painted red. We went into a church. Apparently there are a lot of churches in these German cities, even standing in the same […]

Not only did we set out to see Europe in a short time, but also to travel on a shoestring. We found ourselves in Salzburg — home to Mozart and the “Sound of Music” and both needed to be experienced. First, we dealt with the latter. No, we did not join a guided tour like […]

Day 1 Today started my road trip of a lifetime. We plan to cross five borders in 10 days. I’ve once done a seven-city trip in 12 days around the Philippines. Now, we’re doing five countries in a little over a week. Let’s see how things work out. The eight of us — my sister, […]

We went to a wedding today. It’s my first time to attend a wedding outside the Philippines. It’s the wedding of friends of my sister’s, whose love story is very not-so-love-at-first-sight. They were colleagues in Manila (at SGV, to be exact), became friends, each moved to the Netherlands, became really good friends, then a couple, then […]

First Day We’re off to Rome today. That should already paint a thousand words. Lesson 1 : It’s more massive than it looks. Everything is massive in Rome that you feel like an ant walking down its streets enveloped by how larger than life everything is. Rome was a real-life museum in itself. If you’re […]

My now 11-month old nephew is so cute I call him several names–Kung Fu Panda, Garfield, any Japanese-looking cartoon character, Mr. Shooli, Gangnam…. One time, I called him a piggy bank. I know these are nasty comments but he’s just too adorable to let pass the chance for my mind to think of who else looks […]

My aunt, my mum’s youngest sister, and other yaya of my nephew‘s (as you know, I hold the first Yaya title), arrived today. She’s one aunt who’s fun to have around. We probably hit it off because we’re both the youngest, but I can never be sure. All I know is that my heart goes […]

Sinterklaas is real! Legend has it that a man named Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands each year in mid-November by steamboat from Spain, moving from town to town, delivering candies to nice children. Much like our Santa Claus, which, wiki says, is derived from Sinterklaas. Today, coming out of the bathroom, I saw two boxes […]

Last night I already turned off the light and was ready to sleep And then, just when you think your eyes are tired enough, your mind isn’t I reminisced and reflected on what had just happened And those conversations at that birthday dinner kept playing in my head And it was about the mum (who’s […]