Life in Newcastle

A Different Kind Of Theatre

Yesterday I watched a performance of As You Like It mounted by The Handlebards and there were several things about the whole experience which made it unique and very enjoyable. The Setting Northumberlandia was the lovely venue for the play. It’s known as the Lady of the North and if you look at it from above it’s… Continue reading A Different Kind Of Theatre

Italy

Roma: Arrival and Day 1

From Firenze I, Tess, and the parents took a train back to the Italian Capital. After checking in to our Airbnb we did a bit of grocery shopping and came back with a loot of goodies. Then we were off to Trastevere. The last time I was here it was early afternoon so there was… Continue reading Roma: Arrival and Day 1

Travel tips

Our Airbnb Hits

One of the most common questions I and Tess get when it comes to planning trips is our choice of accommodation. We’re not the type to spend a lot on hotels or five-star resorts so we’re always looking to get the best value for our money; we’d rather spend on food, attractions, and experiences on… Continue reading Our Airbnb Hits

Taiwan

Hiking up Elephant Mountain

For our last day in Taipei we decided to go up Elephant Mountain which, many say, provides one of the most amazing city views. The climb up was a bit tough for me because stairs are my archenemy! If you’re  fit they say you can finish the climb in about twenty minutes. With several water… Continue reading Hiking up Elephant Mountain

Taiwan

The Shopping District of Ximending

It’s easy to get caught up in everything that you can see in Ximending: the food, shopping, sights, and if you’re lucky like us, a film shoot. I now believe it was for The Teenage Psychic and I realized that a few days after, when I discovered the show back home in Manila! How serendipitous! I… Continue reading The Shopping District of Ximending

Thailand

The Flavors of Thailand

We went on this family trip about six years ago and I remember having fun (inspite of the fact that I got a really bad cough and wasn’t feeling well). Nothing can stop us from sampling the delicious food Bangkok had to offer. And this was the family’s first international trip, so it’s memorable in… Continue reading The Flavors of Thailand

Taiwan

Spirited Away in Jiufen

Some people say this place inspired the Miyazaki animated film Spirited Away. Although this isn’t a verified fact with all the steps, food, lanterns, and the Grand Teahouse which looks like Yubaba’s bathhouse, I’m starting to feel like Chichiro. Or maybe her parents who wanted to eat every single thing they could find. When we… Continue reading Spirited Away in Jiufen