Driving Range, Fort Bonifacio Taguig

Part II of finding refuge in the city, without actually leaving the city. Part 1 can be found here.  Not going to lie, I love Manila but I am so often feeling trapped in this concrete jungle I need to find ways to either get out of the city or find something completely new. When…

Heroes Mountain Trail, Bike Trail Fort Bonifacio

Part I of finding refuge in the city, without actually leaving the city. Part ll can be found here Not going to lie, I love Manila but I often feel trapped in this concrete jungle so I am frequently finding ways to get out of the city. When I start to get that itch and can’t…

Beautiful Produce at Farmers Market, Cubao

I was having beautiful produce withdrawals after our recent trip to La Trinidad and had a hunger for affordable, vibrant and flavorful produce. Lucky for me, Manila really does have it all. Just north of us at Farmer’s Market Cubao there is beautiful produce, variety, great prices and a slight breeze while shopping. You can…

Colors of The Philippines: STOBOSA Mural, La Trinidad Benguet

Good Grief! These islands, they are magical. It’s almost hard to have a weekend in the city knowing how much beauty and adventure is just a few hours out. (But we all know how much I love our big city, she’s a gem.) I love how colorful the culture and life is in The Philippines….

Strawberry Picking, La Trinidad Benguet

The Philippines never ceases to amaze me. We have picked sapinit (lokal raspberry variety), grapes and now strawberries. I would have never thought I would have these experiences living in Manila, it really is an adventure. After four trips to Baguio, we finally made it up north to La Trinidad for strawberry picking. The whole…

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…