EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | LA CRÊPERIE, SALCEDO VILLAGE, MAKATI.

Salcedo Village is flourishing in the food scene with its varied lineup of coffee shops, bars, and cute little hole-in-the wall eateries. La Crêperie is yet another addition to one of my favorite places to eat in the neighborhood.

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DISTANT RELATIVES ECOLODGE AND BACKPACKERS IN KILIFI, KENYA.

Distant Relatives is a unique ecolodge hostel and backpackers’ budget-friendly accommodation in Kilifi. While planning my trip to Kilifi, I was keen to stay here not only because of their pocket-friendly private rooms but also because they offer yoga classes on specific days.

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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

EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | SHOPPING FOR FURNITURE AND HOME DECORS AT RED HEIRLOOMS IN MALATE, MANILA.

One thing that people omit to tell you is that: when you are planning to get married, there comes a time you may have to fight over which furniture to buy, or where to place it in the house. Even worse is when you and your significant other have contrasting tastes.

After our 10 years together, my husband and I have finally figured out how to peacefully shop for home decor without strangling each other. Although we may not always agree with each other’s perspectives, we have discovered that sharing and listening to each other’s visions helps in choosing the perfect piece of furniture that represents our combined sensibilities. Meditation before going out for shopping also helps.  Read more

EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | ANTIDOTE ROOFTOP BAR IN METRO MANILA.

PSX_20190111_075146-2.jpgWhen you are sitting at Antidote rooftop bar, cool breeze kissing your face, good music playing in the background, taking in 360 degrees sweeping views of the city, a cold and crunchy sauvignon blanc in hand and a waxing crescent moon casting its spell on you, instinctively the day’s chaos melt away. A reminder that life isn’t perfect but it has perfect moments.  Read more