EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | ART FAIR PHILIPPINES 2019.

Art fair Philippines is the most anticipated art event in the country. The fair took place from February 22 to 24 at The Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City. As expected, the venue was crawling with art enthusiasts. Read more

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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

EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | MOUNT PALIPARAN AND TUNGTONG FALLS.

I’m lucky to be part of a group called “Halo Halo”, a community of women in Metro Manila who hike together. We’re not actually exclusive—the group also invite men to join us in our hikes—but we’re made up of mostly women from different corners of the world and of varying ages and backgrounds. Once in a while, we get together and discover local trails. We take these organized hiking trips as a great opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, connect, network, and share our different experiences while living here in the Philippines.

Dear Mila, If you get a chance to read this, THANK YOU for being the force behind “Halo Halo”, organizing these hikes and helping us discover the Philippines one mountain at a time. PSX_20181206_170810.jpg

Last week, we went to Mount Paliparan, located at Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. We left Metro Manila at 5:30 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead just a few minutes shy of 7:00 a.m. There, we registered ourselves at the Barangay Hall, had a short briefing on what to expect, then set off with our assigned guides. Read more

COFFEE AL FRESCO AT WILD FLOUR RESTAURANT IN ROCKWELL, MAKATI, PHILIPPINES.

PSX_20180715_131047.jpgIt was cool and breezy in the morning so instead of curling up under a blanket, my boys 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.

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EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | HIKING UP MOUNT BINACAYAN AND WAWA DAM.

PSX_20180510_165918Our 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.PSX_20180514_122432The 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

EXPAT IN THE PHILIPPINES | HIKING UP MOUNT MABILOG.

PSX_20180315_065631Waking up at 4 a.m. was a challenge but I still made it on time for our 5 a.m. meet-up at San Antonio Plaza, Makati. By 5:30 a.m., everyone had arrived, registered, and filled up two mini vans. We were finally set for the trip! Read more