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Cherry Blossom Season in Washington DC


This past weekend Lulu and I took Amtrak's Acela train from New York to Washington, DC in time for the peak of their Cherry Blossom Season. The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event, and apparently Washington was the most crowded it has ever been for the celebrations. We avoided the usual parades and festivities to take the time to enjoy DC on a leisurely level, but making it just to SEE the trees was an event in itself. It was a walk to the … [Read more...]

Beautiful Ruins in Bacolod City


There is a special place outside of the city of Bacolod in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. It's the shell of an old mansion from the early 20th century, built on a former sugar plantation over 1000 acres (440 hectares) large. The touching story behind the mansion is that it was built by a sugar baron in memory of his beloved wife, who died in an accident while pregnant with their 11th child (who also died with her.) With 10 kids … [Read more...]

My List of 10 Things to See & Do in Manila


When you hear of travelers who make extended trips to Asia, it's interesting that the Philippines is almost never on their list. Thailand, yes, Vietnam, China, Japan, Cambodia, Laos maybe-- but the Philippines? It's often ignored and forgotten as a destination for Americans. This is what I contemplated  before I left the U.S., as I attempted to gather materials and research on the country before arriving. I stopped by their consulate in New … [Read more...]

“Wake Me Up When I’m Wiser and I’m Older”


Even though we travel, or should I say since Lulu and I try to stay on the move, most days I live under a rock pop-culturally. (But I will add that I can't say the same about political or international news.) I use the excuse that I am now a mother, and as a writer I live often in my own head, we tend to be on the road, and any other reason I can think of to explain why I have been completely unaware of Avicii's video "Wake Me Up" from LAST … [Read more...]

Tagaytay and the Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

Just 34 miles outside of Manila is the Taal Volcano, considered the world's smallest active volcano, but also considered one of the most dangerous in the country.  Within the past 20 years there have been indications of seismic activity that has resulted in increased  alerts, as recently as 2011. Taal's last eruption was in 1977, but previous eruptions did much more damage and took thousands of lives. Its worst eruption in 1754 lasted from May … [Read more...]