Pilipino Pantry: Gluten Free Artisan Bread

I love all the random surprises Manila throws my way. Sometimes it’s tables full of wooden dishes, home decor that imports to Pottery Barn and sometimes the surprise is local ingredients that are exponentially cheaper here and exist in most grocery store aisles in The Philippines. My middle son has intense asthma and after years of…

Angono Petroglyphs

Y’all know of my love for Antipolo? Her Rizal neighbor, Angono, gave us quite the show with her 5000 year old petroglyphs last month. Just a short 40 minute drive from Pasig to Angono and bam, ancient drawings. This one stop isn’t enough to fill up a whole day but we stayed for an hour…

Pasig Water Ferry, Alternative Transportation

We have ridden a jeepney, MRT, UV Express, taxi, Uber, trike but never a water taxi. I wanted to beat some Chinese New Year traffic and head to Binondo for a day of culture and food. You can read about our experience here. The Pasig River Ferry was not faster but it was a fun…

Chinese New Year, Binondo Chinatown

Gong Xi Fa Cai! I loving living abroad because we are exposed to so many new cultural holidays and traditions. I lived in Hawaii for university and Chinese New Year was a big deal. When I was a kindergarten teacher in Hawaii we had a whole unit on CNY, that’s even where I learned how to…

Megamall Mega Eats

Guys, Megamall really is a mega mall. While Megamall has heaps of retail options, their food scene continues to get better and better. The last few months I was lucky enough to take a few field trips to newly opened Le Petit Soufflé, Mighty Quinn’s and Makansutra. Each establishment wowed me with their food and…

Pilipino Pantry: Local Substitutes

I enjoy cooking. I am not the best at it but I do enjoy it. I love visiting grocery stores and convenience stores in any new country or place we visit just to look at their new-to-me selection. Our first two years in Manila I would go on hunts in search for a specific ingredient…

Starry Night, Holiday Eats and Activities

I love how much The Philippines loves Christmas. They love it so much they start prepping in Septemeber, October, November and then finally culminating in December. I usually don’t start playing Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, the day after to be exact. We even put our tree up in November this year! Keeping up with…

Living The Dream: Supermarket Sweepstakes

Did you ever watch the show Supermarket Sweep? I loved that show, it got so intense. Y’all, I got to live my dream of being on that show last week during Contadina’s Shop Your Heart. From the moment I got the invite I knew I wanted to take a photo in a shopping cart. Cheesy?…

International Rice Research Insitute, Exciting Stuff!

Don’t be fooled by the title, I am not kidding. The International Rice Research Institute is down right exciting! The drive was breathtaking, the grounds are sprawling, the museum fascinating and the cafeteria delicious. IRRI is exactly what it’s title stands for, an institute that researches rice. They have scientists, economist, lobbyists etc. It is…

Makiling Botanical Gardens, Dairy Husbandry UP Los Baños

The Philippines has got it all. My friend Alma said it best, “Why are so many people going to Singapore for Gardens By The Bay when we have this right here.” And its true. We leave and travel to see fascinating places but do we appreciate what we have right here? Metro Manila really is…

Love Lokal: Beatriz Accessories 

This is a post I have so much excitement for. I love treasure hunting and I love it even more when it is in my barangay. Last month I was gifted a Beatriz Bag from The Travelling Trunk. Upon finding that it was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2016 I felt so much Pinoy pride. If…

Craft Camp

I upgraded my tent and bugs for gourmet food, art museums and craft workshops right here in Manila, Antipolo to be exact. Best decision ever! I love Manila and Filipinas so much. Filipinos have a vision and they go for it. A group of creatives put together a day camp filled to brim with beauty, nature…