In Gelnhausen, on a lovely fall day

Enchanting, colorful, and historic, medieval towns are my current obsession. I cannot resist their charm. Lucky we are surrounded! Markus and I have been to several since I arrived in Germany and it is about time I talk about one, no? This is from Gelnhausen, a quaint town near Frankfurt founded by Emperor Barbarossa inContinue reading “In Gelnhausen, on a lovely fall day”

12 things about my new life in Germany, so far

The day I flew to Germany, there was a storm, flooding, and two earthquakes from where I lived in The Philippines. One could say the universe tried really hard to stop me, or just recognize nature being nature in crisis, alternatively. I have been staying in Germany a month now, and slowly, I can feelContinue reading “12 things about my new life in Germany, so far”

You can take the Asian out of Asia but you cannot take Asia out of the Asian

I am recovering from jetlag, dear friends, and yes, I crossed continents in this pandemic time. Not easy. I will tell you more in a separate post. Today, I just want to show signs of life lest you think I have disappeared forever into the void of the internet! We are in Germany. Far fromContinue reading “You can take the Asian out of Asia but you cannot take Asia out of the Asian”

A tale of misunderstanding, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This photo was taken a few months after I started traveling in 2017. In the photo, I’m sitting on the steps of the staircase leading up to the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Batu Caves are a sacred Hindu site that is incredibly popular, both with the faithful and with tourists. It isContinue reading “A tale of misunderstanding, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”

Living slow in Ocam-Ocam Beach, Coron, Palawan

What do you think: Moana or Pocahontas? No, I actually prefer Matabagka, a beloved character from a Filipino epic that originates in Mindanao. Markus took this candid photo in 2018 at Ocam-Ocam Beach, Coron, Palawan. You are probably familiar with the magical lakes of Coron but off-radar Ocam-Ocam Beach made this trip for me. OnContinue reading “Living slow in Ocam-Ocam Beach, Coron, Palawan”

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 6 – The Hike (Day 1)

The final two parts of my Burma story are all about hiking. Where we left off, I traveled ahead of my Chilean friend, to scout for a hostel and hiking opportunities.

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 5 – Scootering Bagan

Staying in Yangon for a few days was a nice change of pace after essentially racing there from Bangkok. But it wasn’t long until I wanted to get moving again. I had heard that the temple city of Bagan was worth a visit, so I got on a night bus heading that way.

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 4 – Yangon

Yangon. An ancient city, with more than 2,000 years of history to look back on. It was Burma’s capital until 2006 when Naypyidaw became the capital instead. Yangon is still Burma’s commercial center and most populous city though, and it hosts some of the most impressive colonial architecture of Southeast Asia. I ended up spendingContinue reading “What I Got Up To In Burma Part 4 – Yangon”

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 3 – The Train To Yangon

We are on the road again! After a nice breakfast on fancy-looking china, I asked the first random guy on a scooter I saw to take me to the train station. He said sure, and we were off.

What I Got Up To In Burma Part 2 – Mawlamyine Madness

Note: All day in Mawlamyine and still not taking a lot of photos – there will be more, once I start heading north. I hope you are enjoying the series so far! We left off last time with me standing alone, in the rain, somewhere on the outskirts of Mawlamyine. I must have made forContinue reading “What I Got Up To In Burma Part 2 – Mawlamyine Madness”