Tag Archive: Travel

Los Angeles, California

You arrive in Los Angeles and it’s getting dark. What to do? Well, since it’s the holidays (or the end of the merrymaking season), you can start by checking out holiday lights at… Continue reading

Why Travel

Call me adventurous. Call me curious. Call me restless. Call me an addict, even. My choice of drug? It’s no secret: It’s travel. As a Filipina who grew up on Guam, lives in… Continue reading

Immediate Action Required: Take a Vacation

You know that vacation you’ve been fantasizing about all year, but haven’t gotten around to planning? That trip you always wanted to take? That time you wanted to just walk on the beach… Continue reading

The Art Institute of Chicago

Camouflaged in the center of downtown Chicago is a beauty sometimes overlooked for Millennium Park right across the street. You know, Millennium Park, the one with the giant bean that everyone takes a… Continue reading

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, also known as “The People’s Palace,” is one of the city’s most popular attractions. This building boasts an ornate interior of mosaic and Favrile – a type of glass… Continue reading

Parque Francisco Alvarado, Zarcero

  On the way to La Fortuna’s geological wonders, one might drive into a sort of fairy-tale landscape that feels almost European. It could merely be because the air is cooler than in… Continue reading

Volcano Venture: Poás + La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Not far outside Costa Rica’s capital of San José sits one of the country’s most-frequented volcanoes, Volcán Poás. This active volcano boasts nearly 40 eruptions within just the past two centuries – that’s… Continue reading

The Pura Vida Experience

Pura Vida  /poo-ruh vee-duh/ Spanish for “pure life.” Costa Ricans use this expression to mean many things: Hello! How are you? You only live once, eh? What bad luck. Have a nice day!… Continue reading

Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica              

Most people probably wouldn’t describe Costa Rica’s capital of San José as conventionally beautiful. In fact, most people come for the beaches/rainforest (that’s me!)/nature. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t find beauty… Continue reading

San José, Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica is a city full of parks and wall murals, old locales and even older churches, traditional customs, museums, and pleasant surprises. Oddly enough, it’s a surreal mix of the… Continue reading

Tirimbina Rainforest

The cicadas sing incessantly all around. In a nearby tree, a toucan pecks at the eggs of another bird. An Ornate Hawk-eagle*,  perched on a leafless branch, scans the terrain for snakes. 50… Continue reading

Travel, My Choice of Running Shoes

  All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber   I am a runner. I don’t mean this in the marathon or athlete sort of way, but… Continue reading

An Afternoon at Hakone

Tucked away in the Saratoga hills, away from the bustle of Silicon Valley, you’ll find a Japanese garden where turtles bask lazily in the sun and colorful Koi fish race under a quaint… Continue reading

Benvenuta in Italia, A Short Story

Jolting awake with the thunderous sound of a loaded 747 kissing the runway, Caroline begrudgingly opened her eyes and silently cursed airplanes for inhibiting sleep. As she slowly collected her thoughts, the captain’s… Continue reading

Corregidor

Welcome to Corregidor.   A gentle breeze blows through your hair as you step foot off the ferry and onto the boardwalk. Looking down, you see straight through the clear blue-green waters to… Continue reading

Resort Report: Las Casas

  Yes, it’s a resort…but Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, or simply Las Casas, isn’t what you’d typically think of when you hear “resort.” It’s a blast from the past, with a mixed… Continue reading

Food! (And lots of it!)

Filipinos eat a lot. Like, a lot. A single day can consist of up to five meals – not the typical three, but five. Five! There’s the standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner; add… Continue reading

Volcano Venture: Mount Pinatubo

In 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines, impacted millions of people and disrupted the local economy for many subsequent years. Over two decades later, however, the lahar (volcanic ash) that was once… Continue reading

Ziplining at Anvaya

If you happen to find yourself in Subic, check out Anvaya Cove. And if you happen to be at Anvaya, you may as well zipline. Grab your adventure buddy (I’ve got mine here)… Continue reading

Resort Report: Anvaya Cove

It’s Show-and-Tell Monday! Pretend you’re vacationing in the Pacific this December, and we’re hanging out at Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club, a.k.a. Anvaya Cove. Or simply, Anvaya. Walk with me.   Are… Continue reading

Virgen del Rosario Learning Center

It’s 4:30 am when I suddenly awaken. Curses, jet lag! But that’s ok, because at least I have some dawn quiet before the streets fill with cars and tricycles and the occasional street… Continue reading

Travel Notions

Today marks a year since I departed on my grandest adventure thus far: a career break that took me across three continents, four months, five countries, and countless cities. As this year comes… Continue reading

A Penchant for Travel

Some girls splurge on expensive handbags. Some girls live for their designer shoe collections. I prefer to spend my hard-earned money on travel. I’m not declaring I dislike pretty shoes and I’m not… Continue reading

A Denizen of the World

I don’t travel to brag about where I vacationed last summer, or how many miles I’ve racked up. I travel to experience other cultures – outside of stereotypes and cinematic staging. I travel to… Continue reading

Write to Me from Naples

“As they say here, ‘Vedi Napoli e poi muori! – See Naples and die!’” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   Napoli is probably best known for being the birthplace of pizza (or at least… Continue reading

Midwest Zest: Cincinnati

Cincinnati is one of those places that, in my opinion, gets an undeservedly bad rap. “There’s nothing there,” you might hear; but did you know that it was once commonly referred to as… Continue reading

A Foreign Perspective

It’s a tad cliché to talk about taking things for granted, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Sometimes you have to be reminded of beauty around you. In all its forms.… Continue reading

Summer Reading

As sweltering heat gives way to cool evening breezes, as back-to-school sales give way to fall-fashion finds, as Bay Area traffic worsens from stress-inducing to why-do-I-choose-to-live-here, the summer gently rolls into autumn. It’s… Continue reading

Sevillana Style

  Shiny black flamenco shoes play hide-and-seek beneath a swirling turquoise skirt. Swift feet alternately stomp the small stage with frantic taps and controlled shuffles. Myriad hands clap in syncopated tempo around a… Continue reading

The Return, Part III: The (Italian) Hangover

I like California, I do. But over a month after coming back to the Bay Area, I’m still on an Italian hangover. I miss it all – the vibrant greens of the rolling countryside,… Continue reading

The Return, Part II: Living

No, I haven’t eloped with a tall, dark, and handsome man in some exotic country. (I did receive a few casual marriage proposals though…does that count?) As spontaneous as I am, and as… Continue reading

The Return, Part I: Where Did Caroline Go?

I was called a mushball today. Well, there goes my reputation. It’s not like I was ever an emotionless robot or anything, but “sentimental” and “delicate” are probably not the first adjectives people… Continue reading

Meet an Italian, Make a Friend

As a sequel to my post on Italian Warmth, here are a few more examples of why the culture is so appealing. These experiences are much less personal than the anecdotes I shared… Continue reading

Italian Warmth

I’ve long said that Italians are some of the warmest people. They’re welcoming and inclusive, and they’re generous regardless of economic status. They are quick to befriend, quick to love. Quick to temper,… Continue reading

My Favorite (Italian) Things

When Maria sings about her favorite things in The Sound of Music, it’s a marvel nothing on her list is Italian…especially considering how close Austria is to Italy. So, I’ve made up my… Continue reading

Gusto, Gusti, Gelato!

I’m allergic to the cold. Except when it comes to gelato. I wouldn’t want to live in a city where it snows, and I sometimes struggle with California winters despite the mild chill.… Continue reading

Parting is Not Such Sweet Sorrow

Whoever said that parting is such sweet sorrow was a liar. Sorry, Shakespeare, I don’t mean to blaspheme, but…. Saying goodbye can be done sweetly, and parting is often sorrowful, but sorrow is… Continue reading

The Art of Faith

It’s almost impossible to avoid churches in Italy. They’re everywhere. They’re art; they’re landmarks; they’re history. They’re an intrinsic part of the culture. It’s no secret that Italy has countless beautiful churches. Sweeping… Continue reading

Dude, Where’s My Train?

It’s not uncommon to grumble about the Italian train system because it’s not uncommon for trains to be late. It’s not uncommon to be on a train, mid-commute, and experience delays. It’s not… Continue reading

Carnevale di Viareggio

I’ve recently been in Venice when people were dressed for a 15th century masquerade ball. I’ve recently been in Bassano del Grappa to witness a group of walking Lego blocks and a group… Continue reading