ITALY | VISITING THE CINQUE TERRE IN LIGURIA.

Cinque Terre, meaning “five lands”, is a coastal area within Italian Riviera in the region Liguria. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre. Read more

ITALY | CAFFÈ GIUSTI RESTAURANT IN MONTECATINI ALTO.

My husband is from a little town in Tuscany called Montecatini-Terme. Famous for its thermal waters, it is considered one of the biggest “spa towns” in Italy.

Located at the highest point of Montecatini-Terme, right on top of a hill, is a small medieval village called Montecatini Alto, which offers a panoramic vista of Montecatini-Terme. To get there, you can either drive, hike up to the village, or take the Funicular railway. The latter dates back to the end of the 1800s but is still functional and fun. Our son is a big fan of it. Read more

ITALY | ENCHANTING VINEYARD DINNER AT QUERCETO DI CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI.

It was around 2:00 a.m. in Manila and I couldn’t sleep. So, instead of prolonging my agony tossing and turning, I turned to my phone and started scrolling through my IG feed. I stumbled upon this surrealistic photo of a long table under fairy lights amidst a vineyard—things I only usually get see on Food Network Channel or the movies. After some more scrolling, following hashtag trails, I finally landed on the main feed of  Querceto di Castellina, a family-run organic winery and agriturismo  in the Chianti Classico.

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ITALY | ROSÉ AWAY IN SIENA’S PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, TUSCANY.

Siena Piazza del Campo is the heart of Siena and the precise meeting point of the three hills on which Siena is built. The venue was the main gathering square for major political and social events, hence its iconic status in Tuscany.

This historically significant spot hosts the bi-annual Palio di Siena horse race. Picture James Bond in the Quantum of Solace! 

After sauntering through the cobbled alleyways of Siena, we love hanging around this exuberant Piazza to marvel at its architectural beauty. No wonder it is considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing squares in all of Europe’s renowned medieval squares. 

The perfect spot to Rosé away on warm summer days. Read more

THE AWE-INSPIRING MAJLIS RESORT IN LAMU, KENYA.

The Majlis Resort is a privately-owned luxury beach hotel on the north coast of Kenya in the Indian ocean.  Uniquely stylish and tastefully designed to reflect Lamu’s heritage tradition.

This beachfront resort is serene and peaceful making it the perfect hideout to escape the hustle and bustle of Lamu . Read more

KENYA | MEMORIES OF LAMU.

Exactly one month ago, I was roaming through the fascinating narrow alleyways of Lamu. It was my first time visiting this part of the Kenyan coast. I wanted to participate in the annual Lamu Yoga Festival that usually takes place in Shela. But other than that, I had no expectations, only a heart open for new experiences and a spirit ready to soak in the magic of this idyllic island.

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