Remember me fresh out a black and white movie

First of a series of photos I took, accompanied with a song that’s been stuck in my head for weeks. Flowers in the neighborhood are blooming because it’s Spring.

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*Photos taken by me, with my Sony A6000.

Paris 2018

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to find myself on a plane from Amsterdam to Paris-Orly airport. It was freezing in Amsterdam that day (-8 degrees celsius!) so saying that I was ecstatic over Paris’s barely-above-zero-degrees weather was an understatement.

Matt and I were in Paris for a long weekend and had arrived late on Thursday evening. We made our way to our Airbnb host’s house in the 11th arrondissement with ease, despite him being exhausted since he came straight from work. Because our trip was a quick one, I had planned majority of what we were going to do more than a month prior so that we could get the most of our time in the French capital. The typical tourist spots were on our list but our trip was focused on two things in particular:

  1. A trip to Disneyland Paris; and
  2. Eating as much good food as possible.

And I’m happy to report we came home happy and more than content. Paris has always been my dream city and finally being able to walk the streets, stare at all the chic fashion boutiques, order croissants in the morning and use my shitty French has definitely left me more starry eyed. 3 days was definitely not enough to see, eat and explore what Paris has to offer so don’t be surprised if ever you find me back in the near future.

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Delft, Den Haag, Leiden & Woerden

The wonderful thing about the Netherlands as a country is that everything is close by. You can go end to end of the Netherlands within a day; hours even! Which is why I jumped to the chance to explore a couple of places with Alex, my closest friend here in Amsterdam. We met Friday night to discuss what our game plan should be then woke up extra early the next day and set off on our adventure.

We were able to travel to a number of places because I had purchased discounted tickets from the Albert Heijn (a local grocery chain) which gave us unlimited train travel for only 15 euros! So the main goal of the whole day was to make the most of these tickets, not necessarily experience everything each town had to offer. I’ll save that for another trip. 🙂

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Our first stop was at Delft, a cute city populated by cobblestone streets and amazing doors. I took the most photos here because everywhere we went was picturesque. Delft is known for blue porcelain, Johanne Vermeer and being one of William of Orange’s residences.

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Tagaytay Photo Diary

Let’s paint the scene. It was the end of 2016, I was single, grieving, working at a job I really wasn’t happy with and wallowing in self pity. I had spent the last two months of the year on an emotional roller coaster. Things weren’t exactly ideal. So when Annie said that she was game to go on a short getaway trip with me to recharge and clear my head, I began my search for the perfect Airbnb in Tagaytay.

Tagaytay City, the place everybody runs away too when they want to escape the noise and pollution of Manila. Because I wanted to get away as soon as possible, I chose to go to Tagaytay on the first weekend of the year. Never mind the fact that I had never actually explored Tagaytay (past trips were done with Ralf and we only ever went to one place and for work) before, I just wanted to find a cozy spot, far far away from all the places that reminded me of 2016.

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After searching high and low on Airbnb for an affordable and quiet stay, we decided to spend out one-night stay at Moon Garden Bed and Breakfast. I was intrigued by their photos (of course) and the description written by Ian (the owner). I messaged him about our plan and interest to stay at Moon Garden and he happily obliged. Communicating with him was very easy, something that you should always look for when you’re choosing accommodations via Airbnb. You can check out their listing here.

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How I’m planning to spend today

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  1. Finally finish The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  2. Skip work
  3. Do quiet things in quiet places
  4. Paint
  5. Eat
  6. Sleep
  7. Tell everybody that I have no age/I don’t grow old anymore/my age is X.

 

*Photo taken in Don Salvador Benedicto, Bacolod City with my Ricoh XR 500.

 

People watching at NAIA 2

I love people watching. A few years back, I used to do this thing where I make commentary on whatever I see at the airport and make snarky posts about it on Twitter. That was when the system of NAIA was extra shitty (but as if that’s gotten any better today) and there wasn’t much to do except post tweets on my airport adventures.

Lately, I don’t do that anymore because I decided that I should be a respectable adult (lol) that does adult things like read a book or take a nap while waiting for my flight. 2015 was not a travel-themed year and so I only left Manila twice (new world record). The first of the two being when I had to go home for my great grandmother’s 100th birthday celebration (mid-July 2015).

I call this “Adult things to do at NAIA 2”

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