Tag Archive: wanderlust

Giardino Giusti

  Cross a bridge over the Adige to a sparsely trafficked corner of Verona, and you’re rewarded with a patch of green that evokes glamour, mystique, and corteggiamento – courtship. This living artscape, the Giardino Giusti,… Continue reading

Bellagio, Italy

  Under the northern Italian sun, sapphire water meets lush mountainside to cradle cobblestone stairways that wind between pastel-colored villas and flower-adorned windowsills. The cobbled steps climb toward cafés and gelaterie, and descend… Continue reading

Milan, Italy

  For as many times as I’ve been in Italy, I’ve somehow never made it to Milan. And when I finally decide to go, I’m told there isn’t much to see, that I… Continue reading

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro. A Cidade Maravilhosa – The Marvelous City. Skyscrapers and mountains stand against a backdrop of ocean and sky, cradling hillside favelas vibrant with song and dance. Waves crash on the beach… Continue reading

Rio de Janeiro: Escadaria Selarón

How often do you come across urban scenery that’s photogenic enough to warrant the #NoFilter hashtag? Rio de Janeiro’s Escadaria Selarón holds that visual appeal, color, and novelty that doesn’t need to tell you it… Continue reading

A View From the Top: Sugarloaf Mountain

  I love bread. I love bread like a squirrel loves nuts. I also love sugar. In all its forms. So it’s only natural I’d also love a place called Pão de Açúcar –… Continue reading

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’ve fallen in love with more cities than I have fingers to count with. But with only a handful of those cities was there a feeling of that instantaneous movie moment with blurred… Continue reading

Feria de San Telmo

If you’re ever in Buenos Aires on a Sunday, you might consider enjoying the “good air” and making your way over to a lively outdoor market in San Telmo. Part art fair and… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Exploring the city of Buenos Aires in far-off Argentina, our fearless heroine discovered an enchanted place called El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Paperback and hardcover, glossy and matte, histories and romances, genres galore, the booklovers’ haven… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Jump Shots

If you have travel buddies who love jump shots, raise your hand! I think at least half of us just raised a hand…maybe both hands. I’m already looking forward to longer, sunnier days… Continue reading

Long Layovers: Nagoya, Japan

Long ago, when airlines still provided hotel and transportation for passengers on overnight layovers (i.e. airfare included accommodation by default, and not because of a flight delay), I occasionally found myself observing polite bus drivers… Continue reading

Aventine Hill, Rome

Rome is a city of hills. One hill affords you sweeping views of the The Eternal City, while another provides archeological insights from the excavations of lavish bath houses. Yet another hill holds… Continue reading

Whiteboarding Italy

Typically, an office whiteboard serves a functional purpose. Perhaps it’s a to-do list, a message board, a space to map out a flowchart or ideas from a brainstorm session. The whiteboard hanging on… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Big

Cleaning out some files on my computer, I stumble on photos with a recurring theme: BIG. So without further a-do, here we go. America, represent! A giant NASA astronaut and a giant fluffball… Continue reading

NASA: Kennedy Space Center

“Space: the final frontier.” Ok, so this isn’t an episode of Star Trek, but it is still about dreams of lunar landscapes and Martian colonies, of boldly going where no man has gone… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Perspective

Spatial relationships are a funny thing. Look at something from directly above or dead center. Now look at it from down low, up high, or off to the side, and you’ve instantly got… Continue reading

Washington, DC

Washington, DC. The Nation’s Capital. The Federal City. The American Rome (Don’t ask; I didn’t make up the nickname). Where, during your short workout, your hotel might have suddenly been overrun with Secret Service… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Library of Congress

Are we in the United States, or in Europe? The façade of this building makes me do a double take for a second. Just a split-second.     In this split-second, the façade… Continue reading

Ephesus, Turkey: Details of an Ancient City

Marble streets. The third largest library in the ancient world. The most well-preserved Greco-Roman amphitheater today. These are just some of the treasures you’ll find in the ancient city of Ephesus.    … Continue reading

Ephesus, Turkey: Walking an Ancient City

You’ve probably heard the expression “streets of gold,” but have you ever heard “streets of marble?” I have. I’ve seen them too. In the ancient city of Efes Örenyeri (the Ephesus Archaeological Site),… Continue reading

Cappadocia, Turkey: Göreme Open Air Museum

Be honest: Do you think “Göreme Open Air Museum” is a bit of a bland name for an archaeologically significant piece of history on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Yes, it is actually an… Continue reading

Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys & Other Photogenic Rocks

If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen at least one or two photos of the spectacular backdrop behind myriad hot-air balloons at sunrise – most often in a particular, desert-like area in Turkey.… Continue reading

Cappadocia, Turkey: Kaymaklı & Göreme

This crisp, rainy, Anatolian morning, we’ll have to stoop down to get through cave tunnels carved into the subterranean rock of Kaymaklı Yeraltı Şehri – Kaymaklı Underground City. Watch your head! I just… Continue reading

Cappadocia: Hot-air Ballooning

It’s a rare day I’m up before daybreak. It’s an even rarer day I voluntarily expose myself to the cold; being an island girl, I’m literally not built for it (or so I… Continue reading

Cappadocia, Turkey

Kapadokya, Türkiye (a.k.a. Cappadocia, Turkey) is most often associated with hot-air balloons and fairy chimneys. While this is a fine claim to fame, there is more to the Turkish heartland.     At… Continue reading

Istanbul, Turkey

Can you imagine living in a city that straddles both Europe and Asia? Picture commuting to work on a different continent by simply taking a ferry or driving across a bridge. Residents of… Continue reading

Flying High

I rarely feel more alive than when I travel. Heightened senses, increased awareness, delight in even the littlest foreign oddities. There’s something different in the air of every city I go to. It… 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

Chicago, Illinois

It often feels like I’m looking upwards in Chicago. This is no wonder considering we’re in the city where the world’s first skyscraper was built. But when I say I’m looking up, I’m… Continue reading

Big Views in Big Sur

Did you know that California is 1.41 times the size of Italy? It’s also 1.41 times the size of the Philippines. Yet I’ve published many more posts for those countries than I have… Continue reading

Ziplining in Braulio Carrillo

I once went camping in Yosemite – where somebody presumptuously pitched a tent and inflated an air mattress for me, “the city girl.” (For the record, I was totally ready to rough it.) A… 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

San Francisco, California: The Palace of Fine Arts

Can you guess what day it is? Show-and-Tell Monday! Can you also guess what Crissy Field in San Francisco used to be? I’d never have thunk it either: Crissy Field was formerly a… 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

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

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

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

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

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

Digging Into the Italian Coast

I’m absentmindedly shoveling away another bucket of dirt, and another, until I hear a familiar “Basta.” Enough. I stand upright and use my shovel for support as I catch my breath. When I… Continue reading