Barcelona: Finding your way through Barcelona

With Christmas just around the corner, the first thing on my list is finding the perfect place to spend a few days away from the hustle of Manila before the holidays finally set in....

Paris in a hurry

I have to admit: it was a rather foolish decision to make Paris only a short pit stop between my trip to Prague, Czech Republic, where I had spent a week on a scholarship...

Amsterdam: At home in Amsterdam

Browse through all manner of media and it’ll eventually dawn upon you: Europe is arguably one of the most romantic continents in the world. Paris with all its brilliance ensures this designation. Rome and...

Lisbon, Portugal: The Art of Living

There are metropolises such as Lisbon—genteel, regal, urbane, and refined—where seasoned travelers such as I not only want to visit, but also stay for long and even live in. Here, I came not to...

Bilbao, Spain: Arts Reborn

A towering tsunami of gleaming titanium exuberantly splashed upon a riverbank as a gigantic whimsical puppy made of millions of multicolored flowers sits and pants happily. Chamber upon chamber and hallway upon hallway of...

Winter Wonderland Moscow by happenstance

Arriving in Moscow in a blizzard was not exactly my idea of fun, but since it was my first time in the land of snow, I thought I might as well revel in the...

Nice, France: A Commoner’s Nice

Luxury shapes the popular image of the French Riviera or Côte d’ Azur (Blue Coast), more so its largest city Nice. After all, monarchs from England were the first to appreciate the south of...

San Sebastian, Spain: Wet, Cold and Windy in San Sebastián

Almost everyone I met told me San Sebastián is the rainiest part of Spain. But I didn’t believe it until now. Since I’ve gotten off that Vibasa bus from Barcelona, all I’ve ever seen...

Spain: Primavera en España

It started with two conch-shaped wooden instruments. They were probably the most expensive purchases I made then, for anything smaller than my palm. A friend invited me to watch a group of ladies learn the...

Amsterdam: Triple XXX passion and creative Amsterdam

I amsterdam. The sign made of wooden life-sized letters are seen in various parts of the city. It is a website portal, a tourism campaign, but most of all, the motto of the Dutch about...

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