New York City: A Humbling Experience
My Travels / North America & The Caribbean / United States of America

New York City: A Humbling Experience

“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” – Anthony Bourdain (world-renowned chef from New York City) I’ve always believed ever since I was younger, that … Continue reading

Miami Beach: Memories That Bring Joy
My Travels / North America & The Caribbean / United States of America

Miami Beach: Memories That Bring Joy

“If I’m remembered for having done a few good things, and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that’s plenty.” – Sidney Poitier (Hollywood actor from Miami) Miami has always been on the list of places I wanted to visit in USA, I’ve only seen it in tellies and movies but its vibe … Continue reading

Monaco & The French Riviera (Côte d’Azur): Sisterhood of the Travelling Bride-To-Be
Europe / France / Monaco / My Travels

Monaco & The French Riviera (Côte d’Azur): Sisterhood of the Travelling Bride-To-Be

“When at last I took the time to look into the heart of a flower, it opened up a whole new world; a world where every country walk would be an adventure, where every garden would become an enchanted one.” – Grace Kelly of Monaco (Hollywood actress who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco) Back … Continue reading

Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, & The Sacred Valley: The World Is More Beautiful
My Travels / Peru / South America

Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, & The Sacred Valley: The World Is More Beautiful

“Seek and see all the marvels around you. You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else.” ― Carlos Castaneda (a Peruvian writer, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge) Peru has always been on the list of countries I want to … Continue reading

Dayang, Malaysia: How I Got My Open-Water PADI Certification Even If I Do Not Know How To Swim!
Asia / Malaysia / My Travels

Dayang, Malaysia: How I Got My Open-Water PADI Certification Even If I Do Not Know How To Swim!

“Alang-alang menyeluk pekasam, biar sampai ke pangkal lengan.” (Since you happen to put your hand in a container full of pickles, might as well dip your whole arm in the container.) – Malayan Proverb   When I was still living in Singapore in 2010, my friend, Mark, invited us to get Open-Water PADI Certification with … Continue reading

Revisiting Midi-Pyreneés: Sarlat-la-Cañeda & Rocamadour
Europe / France / My Travels

Revisiting Midi-Pyreneés: Sarlat-la-Cañeda & Rocamadour

You can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free.” – Étienne de La Boétie (author from Sarlat-la-Cañeda) We only booked a train from Barcelona going to Gourdon, the closest train station to our place in south of France (Prat, Salviac). However, as it becoming a usual thing … Continue reading

Revisiting Barcelona: Primavera Music Festival!
Concerts & Music Festivals / Europe / My Travels / Spain

Revisiting Barcelona: Primavera Music Festival!

“I think the most important thing about music is the sense of escape.” – Thom Yorke (Radiohead) Last year (2016) was a bit tough in Dubai (or perhaps just to Laurie and I only!) a lot of experimental events in global politics have happened so it was quite tight for us financially. Fortunately, as most … Continue reading

Tagaytay: A New Beginning
Asia / My Travels / Philippines

Tagaytay: A New Beginning

“Tinging bumigkis sa dalawa nang di sinasadya’y magkita,
pinagbuhol, pinag-isa mga pusong noo’y magkaiba.” (“An unanticipated look bound them, where once there were two hearts,
now beat as one, together.”) – by Bienvenido Lumbera, a National artist from Lipa, Batangas (Music composed for Hari Rama by Ryan Cayabyab, a renowned composer from Taal) Tagaytay is just an … Continue reading

Boracay: Promoting Your Own Country
Asia / My Travels / Philippines

Boracay: Promoting Your Own Country

“There ought to be system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.” – Edmund Burke Unfortunately, Philippines is an under-rated destination compared to other Southeast Asian countries marketed aggressively especially with their beaches. Thanks to social … Continue reading

Sicily, Italy: Friends Are Family You Can Choose
Europe / Italy / My Travels

Sicily, Italy: Friends Are Family You Can Choose

“Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.- Don Corleone” ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather Our family friends from The Netherlands, Tom and Tineke, is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year and they wanted to celebrate it in Sicily. They’ve invited us … Continue reading