ITALY | A WALK THROUGH THE CHARMING FISHING VILLAGE OF TALAMONE, TUSCANY.

This summer the boys and I spent a splendid week at Argentario Osa Village in Talamone. We couldn’t have chosen a better base to exploring Monte Argentario and its neighboring towns.

I was truly enamoured of Talamone. This charming fishing village in Maremma, Tuscany is a Jewel. We enjoyed taking evening strolls through the village’s narrow streets and stone houses all the way to the Aldobrandeschi fortress.

The fortress was built in the 13th century and stands on top of a rocky hill dominating the port and offering delightful panoramic vistas and gorgeous photo backdrops. Just under the fortress is a beautiful waterfront beach establishment called Bagno Delle Donne.

Talamone is also linked to Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of the greatest Italian generals that contributed to the Italian unification and the creation of Italy. En route to Sicily Garibaldi stopped over in Talamone to stock up on water and weapons.

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RISTORANTE LA CANTINA DA CAINO IN MONSUMMANO TERME, TUSCANY.

La Cantina Da Caino is one of my mother in law’s favorite restaurant in this part of Tuscany. Naturally over the years it has also become one of our favorite so much that we always look forward to eating here once or twice during our visits back to Italy.

Their indoor is warm and woody with a countryside vibe. Their outdoor is cozy and inviting especially during summer months. We often enjoy dinner al fresco because kids can play around as they wait for their pizza to be served. Food is delicious and their service has always been pleasant. My favorite is their juicy and tender mixed grilled platter. If you are pescatarian, do not hesitate to try their spaghetti with clams. Read more

EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF CRAVING PERUVIAN, “AROS CON MARISCOS” IN MANILA.

SAMBA Peruvian Restaurant is one of my favorite upscale restaurants in Manila. Peruvian Chef Carlo Huerta Echegaray and his team know how to delight visitors and keep them coming back by keeping the tantalizing flavors of Peru alive in their dishes.

One of my favorite dishes at SAMBA is Aros con Mariscos. This whole grain rice dish loaded with Seafood is colorful and scrumptious. Read more

ITALY | A DELIGHTFUL 24 HOURS IN ROME.

If you’ve been to Rome or at least know of its grandeur, then I’m sure you’re asking yourself how this title is even possible because indeed, 24 hours are not enough to even scratch the surface of Rome and its hidden gems.

But since I only had 24 hours for this visit, I simply had to make the most of it! Read more

EMBRACING VULNERABILITY.

A few days ago I started reading Rising Strong by the phenomenal Brené Brown. In the first chapter she talks about The physics of vulnerability. For someone like me who has always been struggling with vulnerability from childhood through adulthood finding this book was like hitting a jackpot. I am having a lot of Aha moments as I turn its pages. It is a great book and highly recommend it.

Reading it has given me the courage to open up, share my story and most importantly embrace vulnerability. I also reached out to a few dear friends to contribute and I am beyond grateful that two of them agreed. Reading their personal experiences makes me happy and less alone in this field.

Dear Dianne and Beau. Thank you so much for sharing your stories. Thank you for simply being you. I love you. x Read more

SUN SALUTATIONS AND MANTRAS.

PSX_20190714_151820.jpgYoga can be fun. Yoga can be fast. Yoga can be slow. Yoga can be playful. Yoga can be spiritual. Yoga can be calming. Yoga can fire up deep emotions. Yoga can be healing. Yoga can be different things each time you step on the mat. Yoga is not a one size fits. For other people Yoga can be the complete opposite of all the things I have mentioned above.  Read more

LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM A BUTTERFLY.

Two days ago we spent the day in Moretti, a small locality in Piedmont region, Italy. I accompanied my husband to visit his uncle. Our stay was short but reminded me the beauty of countryside living. Nature. The simple life. Slowing down. Waking up to the sounds of birds singing. Farm to table eating. Clean air. The abundance in what might seem like nothingness.

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SWITCHING OFF AND TAKING A BREAK TO RECHARGE.

Yoga has become a big part of who I am. It calms me down. Grounds me. Allows me to disconnect from everything around me and connect with myself inwardly. The more I practice and venture into the different aspects of yoga, the more I find myself relating to these powerful words by The Bhagavad Gita.

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”

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KENYA | ZOO-MEETS-NATURE AT THE NAIROBI SAFARI WALK.

One the many things Roberto loves doing in Nairobi is feeding the Giraffes at The Giraffe Center. For a change, this year I decided to take him to Nairobi Safari Walk because I knew even though Giraffes are his favorite, he will still find excitement seeing other animals and particularly getting closer to them. Read more