The Van Gogh Museum is an experience worth trying to get in three times for. Our first attempt was supposedly where my husband and I met for the first time, only that it was closed for renovation and we ended up meeting at the next closest landmark called the Rijksmuseum. The second was when we […]

1. You queue up, not line up, for everything 2. Everyone orders food for himself, never platters to share. You don’t share your food or get from other people’s plates 3. Instead of offering food, you offer to make hot drinks for them 4. Tea is always, always with milk 5. The following are food: […]

My father has just turned 70, and whilst I wonder what happened to all those years, I remember somehow how he was in the years he worked for a single company for nearly 50 years before his retirement 5 years ago. Tatay was a humble electrician who took over his father’s job when the latter […]

“We met in Paris.”

What an honour to have met Candy Gourlay, Filipino author in the UK and an incredible storyteller. A former journalist who moved to the UK over 20 years ago, Candy has published two novels for kids/teens called “Tall Story” and “Shine“, but not without having gone through several rejections first from publishers. She talked about […]

“We were college sweethearts and university activists, but had to separate when Martial Law was declared in the Philippines and my parents took me to the US to live there. Fifteen years later and the martial rule all gone, I came back to Manila, divorced with three kids, but she took me back. It’s as […]

“I worked in a restaurant frequented by seamen. I was the one my colleagues always pushed to speak to the foreigners because I knew English. One time, my friend and I were dining and we heard a group of British seamen coming in, so we rushed to finish our food to avoid them, only to […]