2020 Summer Road Trip: Valpolicella, Venice, and Verona (Part 3)

13 days, 2,400 kilometers of drive, and a total 139,894 steps of hiking and walking or 93.1 kilometers: this is the story of our summer road trip. From Camorino/Belinzona, Switzerland, we continued our roadtrip by driving to the north of Italy. Italy was the epicenter of the first wave of COVID-19 in Europe - the [...]

2020 Summer Road Trip: Bellinzona, Switzerland (Part 2)

13 days, 2,400 kilometers of drive, and a total 139,894 steps of hiking and walking or 93.1 kilometers: this is the story of our summer road trip. Castelgrande, Bellinzona For the second part of our road trip, we headed to the southern part of Switzerland. We stayed at Camorino, which is just few minutes drive [...]

Lasagna for the Weekend

One of the common things that I’ve heard my Italian friends say when we are out eating in an Italian restaurant is that they never order lasagna in a restaurant. They told me how lasagna is one of those weekend family get-together traditions, where grandma or grandpa would cook the ragù for hours while the [...]

Quarantine Meal Planning and Making the Most Out of My Weekly Trip to the Supermarket

I hope everyone is doing well and coping well. In Switzerland, we just had our 5th week of quarantine and the government has announced last Thursday the easing up of safety measures from 26th of April. That being said, I think we are still far from going back to “close to normal”. One of the [...]

Filipino Dish: Pork Adobo

Adobo is one of the most popular (if not the most) Filipino dishes. This is usually the dish I bring on potlucks or I prepare when hosting non-Filipino friends who wants to try Filipino dishes. What’s important to note about adobo is it is very difficult to say what is an “authentic” way of cooking [...]

Boracay… Finally!

Last year, I had 38 flights around the world and my KLM app tells me that since I joined their programme in 2010, I've had 78 flights with them. Most of these flights were leisure flights. So, I always feel a little embarrassed when non-Filipinos ask me about Boray (and El Nido) - because despite [...]

Hiking in Zermatt, Switzerland: 5 Lakes Trail

Switzerland is a heaven for hikers. Every region in Switzerland has a beautiful hiking trail to offer to all types of hikers - from easy to hard, from family-friendly to solo hiking. My favorite hiking trail in the world is in Zermatt - the 5 lakes trail. I try almost every year to do this [...]

The Italian Summer Road Trip: Discovering Piedmont

We initially planned for a summer holiday in Greece but after being told that I need to go to Torino for work, we thought, why not just do a road trip in Italy instead? We didn't have a lot of time to prepare for it, but as they say, spontaneity can be rewarding. True enough, [...]

Our Lake Elementeita Experience

It feels like it's been a while but come to think of it, it's only been a little over 2 months since my last post. Since April, I've traveled to 3 countries - Kenya, USA, and Turkey - for holiday and mostly work. April feels like a life time ago but here's to catching up. [...]