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Good things in CEBU!

September

18

2017

I am always so happy when I come to the island of Cebu. My mother comes from Dumaguete which makes me fluent in the Visayan Dialect hence each time I am in Cebu I feel very much at home. I recently visited Cebu and had a marvelous time. We landed just in time for lunch and scored a lovely table at Ian Atherton’s The Pig and Palm. Continue Reading
A library and a decadent sandwich in Porto!

September

15

2017

Before I knew it were on our last day in Porto. We still had so many things to see and experience but wanted to tick a few items on our list and relished the idea of coming back to see more of this fascinating country. We started our day with a nice walk around town and visited a beautifully designed open air market which was ensconced in... Continue Reading
The New Hotel de Crillon

September

14

2017

Nix and I wanted to take a peek at the newly renovated Hotel de Crillon https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-de-crillon The hotel has been closed for renovations for over a year and when we were in Paris it recently opened. The Hotel is a land mark property right in the heart of Paris. It has always signified opulence and luxury but in a... Continue Reading
Paris, Pitstop!

September

13

2017

I had less than 18 hours in Paris and I intended to get the most out of it. LOL! Actually in my head I wanted to do so much more but in the end all we really did was have coffee, lunch and a few drinks. I began by having coffee with my Tita Chta who is really such a dear. She is my fathers cousin who has been a world nomad since the start.... Continue Reading
Dinner with Tita Babette!

September

12

2017

One of my favourite Filipinos lives in Paris. Her name is Babette Aquino Benoit. I first met her as an observant 13 year old boy. She was a good friend of our family and a closer friend of my Mom. My first recollection of her was when she would be with my family during the rally’s against the Marcos dictatorship. While everyone else was... Continue Reading
Restaurante, Toupeirinho!

September

11

2017

If I were to choose between meat and sea food chances are that I would be choosing sea food. Porto is a sea side town and I knew that there would be good sea food eating in my visit. I asked my friend Ricardo Prieto to suggest a restaurant for me and he decided to send us over to Restaurante, Toupeirinho. http://toupeirinho.pt Located in this... Continue Reading
TAPABENTO, PORTO!

September

8

2017

I always love a good food discovery. Specially if it comes across you serendipitously. Such was the case with our magical dining experience at Tapabento in Porto. http://www.tapabento.com/EN/contactos After our day on the beach we headed back to town and stumbled upon this square where people were dancing! It was so wonderful to see this... Continue Reading
A full day in PORTO!

September

6

2017

We had spent a full day in Porto and there was so much to see and do in such a short period of time. I am quite an efficient traveler and proud to accomplish a lot in a short period of time. We began our day with the Portuguese summer sun shining brightly. We had a quick breakfast in our apartment style hotel and dashed out for a full day in... Continue Reading
Hello PORTO!

September

5

2017

Just a two hour train ride out of Lisbon is another city in Portugal called , PORTO. I was so looking forward to visiting this picturesque town as I heard so many wonderful things about the city. Porto has a slower pace compared to Lisbon and the views are simply magical. This is also where Port wine was invented so I wanted to try this as... Continue Reading
A night out in Lisbon, Portugal

September

4

2017

I always think that having a local showing your their city gives you truly the best experiences. This was such the case when we were in Lisbon as we had our friend Ricardo Prieto hosted a night out in Lisbon. Richard Prieto is a Portuguese fashion designer who has a fantastic line locally in Rustans. He is based in Lisbon but shows regularly... Continue Reading