• Must-see Spots in London

    London, you have captured my ❤️ heart. Check out my top must-see spots in London for your next trip, and tourist pro tips. The London Eye What was supposed to be a temporary attraction with a lease of only 5 years has become a London staple – The London Eye. If you want to have an unobstructed, breathtaking view of London, this is the place to be. At the top of the wheel, you will see many famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben (which was under construction when I came), Shard, and so much more. You can buy tickets here. Tourist pro tip: Visit the London Eye first thing in…

  • Around the World in One Day |Balesin Photo Diary

    Balesin is approximately a 25-minute plane ride from Manila, yet is a world completely unto itself. http://www.balesin.com/ Balesin Island Club is a members-only island resort located just 60 nautical miles east of Metro Manila. Unless you’re a member there is absolutely no way you can enter the island (unless you know someone who is a member then you can come in as a “guest”). Check out the photos of the themed villas below! Bali Phuket Mykonos St. Tropez Costa del Sol Toscana As much as I enjoyed touring the themed villas & taking photos of picturesque sceneries, the ultimate question comes to mind: Is a Balesin membership (approx 4M!!!) worth…

  • Casa Santa Museum | Christmas in Antipolo (Part II)

    It’s Christmas all year round! I wanted to maximise my visit to Antipolo, and since it’s the Christmas season, I decided to visit the famous Casa Santa Museum. I’ve heard so much about this museum and I can’t believe it took me this long before I went to have a look! Originally, Casa Santa was a family rest house, and in 1995, it was converted into a Santa Claus museum. The exterior of the museum looks like a hybrid of a ginger bread house and Santa’s workshop — I LOVED IT. There were a lot of spots to take photos and I appreciated that the staff were very friendly and…

  • Yellow Lantern Cafe | Christmas in Antipolo (Part I)

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Yes, folks – my favourite season of the year is here! Christmas is just two days away and of course, the perfect time to try a new restaurant. This year, I’ve definitely become more adventurous with trying out “new” restaurants, and I’ve come to realise that Antipolo has one of the BEST hidden restaurants around the Metro. Yellow Lantern Cafe is my newest discovery (and probably my last for the year 2018). They currently have 2 branches: Antipolo and Marikina. Of course, to no one’s surprise, I chose to go to the Antipolo branch. I love the look and feel of the…

  • Walking Around Washington DC | 5 Must-See Sites

    Supreme Court Why it’s worth the visit: Although tourists can’t enter the Supreme Court and just roam around to take photos I do think it’s still worth a visit even if it’s just from the outside. The property itself is AMAZING. The exterior is made mostly from marble, and the columns crafted from Italy’s premium ivory buff and golden marble. Lincoln Memorial Why it’s worth the visit: This is definitely one of my favourite spots during my stroll around Washington DC! The memorial dedicated to the Untied States’ 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, is a must-see with its large sculpture of the past president and inscriptions of 2 of his most…

  • Within the Walled City | Intramuros

    Intramuros, also known as the “Walled City” is tucked within the modern city of Manila. You would not believe such a place exists in the midst of a contemporary city. Intramuros is very rich in history, and I would actually suggest to hire a local tour guide who is knowledgable of the site to get full understanding and appreciation. In a gist: it was built by the Spaniards, led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, in 1571 to serve as the religious, political and military centre / base of operations during their occupation. Some of my personal favourite sites to visit in Intramuros: Manila Cathedral Baluarte de San Diego — my top…

  • Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

    I’ve always been on the lookout for “hipster” restaurants — somewhere unique, somewhere food is great, and somewhere I could take lots of photos. There aren’t a lot of these restaurants in Manila that fit the criteria I mentioned, so I was very excited when I heard about Rustic Mornings by Isabelo. The restaurant is located (or should I say hidden!) in Marikina. Quite an odd place to find such a great restaurant to be honest since it’s the only one in the area, but also one of the reasons I loved it so much! Now, before I sing songs of praises for Rustic Mornings by Isabelo, I would just…

  • How I Found Love While Traveling

    If you’ve fallen in love before, you would probably agree that it’s one of the best feelings in the world. It’s like you’re on a permanent high and you’re spreading positivity because you’re overflowing with so much love. And I’m proud to say that: Yes, I have fallen in love before while I was traveling. “Travel brings power and love back into your life” – Rumi For quite some time, I’ve felt so uninspired and “dead inside” — basically I lost my drive and passion (which is very unlike me!). I’ve always loved life and felt so lucky with what I had. But at that point in my life, I…

  • The Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi

    Located amidst breathtaking scenery in central Greece is the Sanctuary of Apollo at ancient Delphi. It is the home to the famous Oracle of Delphi, and was considered to be the holiest site in Ancient Greece. It was also believed to be the center of the world; according to the Greek mythology, Zeus released two eagles from opposite ends of the earth and they met in the sky above Delphi. Impaling one another with their beaks, they fell to the ground on the very center of the world, and was marked by the sacred Omphalos, or “navel stone.” Later, Apollo killed the serpent Python (son of Mother Earth), guardian of…

  • Wanderlust | Why You Should Travel The World

    I have been very fortunate to travel extensively since I was a young girl. My mom and I share the love and eagerness to explore the word, and I’m very lucky she’s been my travel buddy for 25 years now! Together, we’ve visited most of Asia, east and west coast of the United States, South Africa, Russia, Greece, and a lot more. I even lived in Taiwan alone for more than 2 months in total a few years back. If it isn’t obvious yet, I LOVE TO TRAVEL. “Wanderlust is a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.” They say “Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”, and…