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
I remember my very first yoga class. It was in Colombo, Sri Lanka, nine years ago, with my good friend Haissa. I can’t recall what prompted us to join the class but yes, one morning, we found ourselves looking at our toes, bum up, fingers wide spread, navel to spine, doing our very first downward facing dog at a local Hatha Yoga Institute. Read more
This was my first time experiencing spring in full bloom and it was heart thumping seeing and getting lost in rows and rows of peach blossoms. Read more
Speaking of mouth-watering scents, Jo Malone is the newest addition to my perfume arsenal, and it’s a feast to the senses! I’ve always been the sweet, flowery, and fruity kind of girl when it comes to fragrances but I’ve been looking for something different, subtle, yet striking. This one, with refreshing lime and zesty mandarin top notes, is a vibrant and perfect choice.
Lora by Lora. x
Lyon is gorgeous at night fall, when all the city lights are turned on. Such was the case one Sunday evening, when a friend and I hopped aboard La Passagère de Saint-Malo, on a quest to find something different from the usual bar scene Lyon offers its visitors. Read more
I was looking forward to visiting Parc de la Tete d’Or (“park of the golden head”) in Lyon with my son this coming summer. I had a mommy-and-son itinerary all sketched up for our upcoming trip. But life had a different plan, and so, not so long ago, I found myself roaming this gem of a park on a chilly spring afternoon, soaking up its breathtaking sights by my lonesome. Read more