It was cool and breezy in the morning so instead of curling up under a blanket, my boys [Husband and Son] and I decided to go out and enjoy coffee al fresco. Wild Flour Restaurant in Rockwell has a pretty outdoor seating area and serves a luxuriously creamy Almond Vanilla Latte.
There are a few tips and tricks you pick up on as a university student who cannot seem to give up their love for traveling. Firstly, make the best of your generous end-of-term holidays, as you are constantly told by warning adults that once you reach the “real world,” month-long spring holidays will be a laughable thing of the past. Secondly, if you have a friend, lab-partner, course mate or housemate who jokingly invites you to come and stay in their beautiful country, make sure to pounce before they can take it back.
By our third day at Satva Samui, we were already used to waking up early to salute the sun. In fact, it had become our new normal and I looked forward to it. As usual, after breakfast, we would spend time at the beach, then head to Lamai street, hopping from one shop to the other on the hunt for souvenirs.
We woke up to the sounds of birds chirping. Or let me rephrase that. I actually woke up to the sound of my roommate Sue’s alarm, and only heard the birds chirping after she managed to turn off the honking sound. It was 5:45 a.m. I’m pretty sure we resembled zombies trying to glide into yoga pants as we battled the urge to go back to bed. Thankfully, we managed to make it to our mats for our first sunrise yoga session. Read more
Yoga retreats are the perfect excuse to take a break from daily responsibilities, unwind, relax and reinvigorate. A few months ago, my friends and I were on the hunt for the best that the universe had to offer. After a zillion searches on yogaretreats.com, we decided on the Sattva Samui Yoga Retreat, which offered the perfect package at an unbeatable price. Read more
Our day trip to Mount Binacayan in the province of Rizal, was as spontaneous as we could get. It took just a few hours, but it turned out to be the perfect excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It was therapeutic, no doubt.The night before the hike, the organizer drops a quick line on our WhatsApp group chat and asks participants to bring gloves. That’s when it hit me that I had no idea where we were going or what to expect. But I quickly set aside my worries. Before I sleep, I thought to myself, Hiking is the answer; who cares what the question is? My initial apprehension was eventually replaced with excitement for another mountain trail! Read more
Since we moved to Manila, I always had a thing for Poblacion. This bustling neighborhood is the old downtown area in Makati. Each time I would drive through it on my way to Rockwell, I would have my eyes pinned to its gritty streets and colorful flashy lights, too curious to explore, but not courageous enough to do it on my own. Read more
It’s 2:57 a.m. and I’ve been tossing and turning in bed. I really should quit that late afternoon coffee. I’m so tempted to grab my favorite Maasai blanket and turn on the TV, but on second thought, I grab a glass of water and turn to my blog and emails. Read more
WE NEED TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF MOTHER EARTH.
This one is crucial. The sad reality is many of us who live in and travel to the best places in the world often fail to appreciate and take care of them. It breaks my heart going back to a place only to find it worse than I remember it. If we don’t take care of our natural resources, years from now, there won’t be a reason to travel anymore. There is so much beauty around us—beauty that we MUST preserve so that the future generation can also enjoy it. Read more