One of the highlights of my trip to Manila was seeing my cousins and nieces from New Jersey! It also gave me a good excuse to trek all the way to Manila Bay. I love the Manila Bay area because you get to see tons of families just enjoying themselves as the sun sets magnificently in the horizon. Nothing beats a Manila sunset.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
I've been hearing so much buzz about the Pinto (door) Museum that I definitely had to go when I went home to the Philippines last December. The museum is actually different buildings spread through beautiful gardens. I would definitely go again. The art is very Filipino - colorful and reflective of daily life and culture. Just be sure to wear cool clothes and bring water as you'll be doing a lot of walking under the sun.
The best part of this trip was being able to hangout with a couple of my closest friends - Ma'am Rica and Coni. <3
This is my first post in two years. Is blogging still even a thing? Whatever. I have photos, things happen in life, so here we are. And of course, my first post in a long while is about food. Dominique Ansel bakery is one of the biggest tourist traps in the New York. They also have the yummiest desserts, which is why we lined up in the cold of winter for an hour to have our turn at going over our daily calorie requirement.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
This is my fourth year in the East Coast and I can honestly say that autumn is my favorite season. There's something magical and wonderful about the way the leaves turn red, yellow and orange and how the air is cool but not freezing. Some poets see death in the falling of the leaves and the shortening of the day as though this season stand for nothing but loss or sadness. But is death not a necessity for change? And what is autumn if not the world changing, dying unto itself so that a new world can be born again? What is death in autumn if not the chance to start over? And if autumn is truly nothing but death, then is it not the most beautiful of endings - an explosion of inspiring color and beauty, the world burning to its inevitable but magnificent end.
I seem to have gotten sidetracked. What I'm really trying to say is that, autumn is beautiful in New York, especially upstate in Cold Spring. Cold Spring is a small town, about an hour and a half by metro north. It is surrounded by mountains and hills that are good for trekking. It also has a park beside the river, perfect for strolling and photos. The town also has a several quaint restaurants, hotels and vintage shops. No wonder hipsters come all the way from Brooklyn to see this town. Pictures below! Can't wait for all this snow to finally melt.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Manila will always be home but I can't deny that New York has a soft spot in my heart. Sure, NYC can be stinky, the people rude, and the cost of living unrealistically high, but it's got its moments.
It's been a while since I last went out and explored and I did so one weekend when I was feeling down. I wen to central park and it was wonderful. The leaves have started to turn and the air was cool but not chilly.
I came in through Columbus Circle, ate some dogs wrapped in pretzel. I was a dollar short and was about to return my water when the vendor told me that it was fine. See, there are nice people in this city! On a weekend, the park was packed with tourists, families, and children! I try not to take pictures of children in playground to avoid prison.
I miraculously found my way to the poet's/literary/shakespeare trail. It's probably my favorite part of the park because of the long line of trees forming a canopy. Under the canopy are people reading, playing music, blowing bubbles and dancing! There was even an area for roller blades. A couple of guys were playing violin. This curly haired boy was playing songs by Adele and Taylor Swift on his violin. He was amazing and I stayed on for about half-an hour just listening to him play while i read a book.
I also went by the Bethesda Fountain but that place is always packed. I moved to Sheep's meadow and lied on the grass until it started getting chilly and I knew it was time to leave. On my way out was a band playing more music. Perfect way to end a perfect day.
Pictures below, as always:
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Gail was one of the first (if not the first!) people I met in college. I was this shy, scared little boy from the province come to live in Manila by myself. And I was glad to have met someone like Gail who was truly nice and welcoming.
We hadn't seen each other in almost a decade so I was really glad to tour her around NYC even though the list of places she wanted to see was exhausting on paper and deadly in real life. haha. Fine, it's my fault for wearing the most uncomfortable shoes.
But we made it! First stop: MOMA and Central Park!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
We haven't had a Pinoy party in a long time so I was really happy when Juls and Annie threw one for their 25th birthday! Yay. It was good to see friends again and eat tons of food and just laugh. A lot. Then laugh some more. My mistake was drinking without any food in me. So, I barely remember taking some of these pictures. Fine, most of the pictures. haha. Everything was kind of a blurrrrr after the first hour. Hahaha! But still! fun!
Can I just say, ang init! haha. Nay, minsan lang to, hindi po ako alcoholic! hahaha.
Of course this happened. Why are you even surprised?
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