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Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Let me show you one of my favourite places in Vancouver Island. Butchart Gardens is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. It never fails to leave me a little speechless.

Ham, Sausage, Beans, Potato and Cabbage Stew  (Ollada)

Ham, Sausage, Beans, Potato and Cabbage Stew (Ollada)

French jazz is playing in the background, I’ve got a big steaming pot of mouth-watering fragrant ollada. There’s fresh baguette, oh and there’s a bottle of chilled white wine. The house feels cozy and it smells amazing. Outside, the cherry blossoms lining the streets...

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

I was only in Amsterdam for a 32-hour layover on my way to Spain in 2014. I'm writing about this as I'm currently busy planning our second trip to Spain. I guess I need another displacement activity, my unfinished painting of a fiery tulip just made me think of...

Spring

Spring

Did my Philippine stories get you down? Here, let me fix that with some lovely flowers. It is springtime once again and Victoria is in bloom. Spring is my favourite time of the year. It's the time when nature comes alive after a long, much deserved nap...

Word Play

Word Play

Last year just before the Philippine election, I had this what is probably now laughably grand idea of returning to the Philippines to shoot pictures for my first photography exhibit. Out here in the West we have the luxury of having “First World Problems”, I wanted...

I Love Hate Manila

I Love Hate Manila

Manila is not a very popular travel destination. Every time I meet someone who’s been there, my heart instinctively drops as I wait for the horror stories to come spewing out. To be honest, it hurts me a little whenever someone disses my city, but I can’t say it’s not...

Jomalig, Philippines

Jomalig, Philippines

Since Jomalig, Quezon was featured in a Filipino TV travel show called “I Juander”, there’s been no end to the streams of selfie stick-wielding backpackers braving the 5 hour boat ride in the open ocean to spend a weekend away from the frenzy of Manila and enjoy a...

Pork Adobo

Pork Adobo

Yay! My blog is finally live. I can't think of a more fitting first entry than adobo, the dish that speaks so much of where I'm from and who I am. Every Filipino family will have their own version of adobo. Next to rice, adobo is the simplest dish that can make any...

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