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 […]

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 […]

Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. The AP Images Spotlight blog compiles an impressive collection of images to celebrate her reign. via Queen Elizabeth II at 90: A Look Back — Discover

Whilst I was taught telegram writing in the 90s, my 6-year-old niece is taught email. So I decided to send her a message to see how she would reply: I didn’t get a reply right away but I was over the moon like a stage aunt when she did: Now it makes me wonder if […]

It’s easy to be here. Get your pen and paper ready. Go old school. It’s okay. Because unlike technology, paper is patient. Paper feels you. Your sweaty palms give you away and it’s okay. The once-clean sheet now has your hand marks on it and it’s fine. The pen quivers as you do, betraying you […]

After three Sundays attempting to attend a regular Sunday mass in Manchester, we finally figured out the closest church to our flat, and got there on time — a much bigger miracle for someone raised in a culture that is always late. The sign read St. Anne R.C. Church and we kind of surmised RC […]

It’s my first time to run in autumn. Crisp red-orange fallen leaves lie under my feet; my legs won’t stop moving; church bells ring nearby; all is music that pulls me closer and closer to where the sun shines, gently, complementing the cool breeze, all of nature that makes autumn autumn. I run on fallen […]

I run, I travel. I use my legs a lot. I collect things both tangible and intangible when I travel: Post cards. That’s self-explanatory. Toilets. I don’t mean per se, but the experience. While there is a toilet in Utrecht where the seat is covered with plastic and you turn it around when you want a new plastic […]

As if taunting me that my days here are numbered, I find myself alone on the train today, for the first time since I got to Holland last year. My sister never lets me “go astray” at any time during my stay here, maybe trying to be the mother bear that she is. This entire […]

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, […]