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A Day in the Life of Harry Potter

It is every Potterhead’s dream to bask in the glory of J.K. Rowling’s magical universe and I got the chance to do so at the Harry Potter Studios in Leavesden. It had just opened a few months before I was set to visit England so I was absolutely chuffed to take a tour. Fortunately we were… Continue reading A Day in the Life of Harry Potter


Peru: More Than Machu Picchu

Amazingly beautiful, wonderfully diverse, incredibly far yet strangely familiar – that is what comes to mind when I look back on my summer getaway in Peru. No amount of research and reading before the trip could have prepared me for what I was about to see. And so after three weeks of exploring what the… Continue reading Peru: More Than Machu Picchu

Life in Manila

Ready, Aim, Click

It’s early in the morning. As I adjust the photo enlarger knob and put the image in focus, my favorite Eraserheads tunes float into the air from my tape recorder/player. The only source of faint illumination are the enlarger and a safelight at the far end of the room. In spite of the ghost stories… Continue reading Ready, Aim, Click

South Korea

Korea On A Plate

I looked forward to every meal time in Korea as much as I did  the sights. Well, okay… I admit that’s the case in every country I visit.:D Here are some of the dishes you shouldn’t miss when in Korea. Soju is a distilled alcoholic beverage that Koreans consume neat. I have tried several times… Continue reading Korea On A Plate


Makan Malaysia: Eating our way in Kuala Lumpur

Last November my family and I enjoyed a few days in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. One of the reasons why it was a memorable trip was the wide variety of delicious food that we shared, made even more enjoyable by terrific company.         Not surprisingly there are some similarities between… Continue reading Makan Malaysia: Eating our way in Kuala Lumpur

Life in Manila

My Delish Birthday

No birthday celebration is complete without a hearty meal and this year Arnaud brought me and my parents to Le Petit Souffle. We passed by this restaurant late last year and our attention was immediately captured by the beautiful warm interiors. The menu had a wide selection of interesting items, mostly a fusion of Japanese… Continue reading My Delish Birthday

Life in Newcastle

Whitley Bay

Many of my Sundays have been spent along the beach at Whitley Bay.  I love walking from the Rendezvous Café up to St. Mary’s Lighthouse and back.  Sometimes I go past the café up to the Spanish City,  a Grade II listed building with a Renaissance-style frontage and a distinctive dome.  Whitley Bay beach is a popular… Continue reading Whitley Bay


The Gorgeous Beaches of Menorca

Menorca is one of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It Is traditionally more low-key than its neighbors, Mallorca and Ibiza. The 100 beaches dotted along its coastline are Menorca’s main attraction. I do wish I had a better camera to capture the beautiful island but all I had was the cam on my trusty… Continue reading The Gorgeous Beaches of Menorca


Oodles (and noodles) of fun!

Arnaud and I had limited time in Yokohama but we couldn’t pass up the chance to visit the Cup Noodle and Ramen Museums. The foodie in me was more than excited. We spent a morning at the Ramen Museum, which is like a one-stop shop where you can enjoy various types of ramen from different parts of the country. There… Continue reading Oodles (and noodles) of fun!


Things to See, Do, and Eat in Tokyo

My first time in Japan was in the Kansai region fourteen years ago and so I was really excited to explore the country’s capital, Tokyo. There are tons of things to see, do, and eat in this very interesting city so it’s all up to you how you can maximize your time and feed your… Continue reading Things to See, Do, and Eat in Tokyo