Philippines: Banna, Ilocos Norte Part I

Date: August 26,  2014
Categories: Lifestyle, Travel

Can you imagine a life without any internet, tv or even a phone connection? Most often the biggest struggle of people today is taking the time to unplug and separate themselves from the digital world. As much as it is my goal to work for a digital marketing agency one day or something of sorts, I have to say this small moment of peace is something I relish on. I forgot I wanted to add to my bucket list, I lost the track of time, even forgot what day it was.



I’m currently I had been staying at my grandma’s place located at the northern region of Philippines. When Manila leaves you with hot sun and humid temperatures, here you get the breeze that cools everything down. I guess that’s what happens when you’re in the mountains (bukid)

It is quiet here, with the occasional rooster crows, and street dogs barking. For the first time since I started my vacation, I am able to take the time to sit and write. And what a great place to be in – wind chimes singing, smell of fresh air, birds chirping, and that’s it.

This is me on the porch – #nomakeupselfie ! Really, Philippines gets so hot you end up with your face melting off. So au naturel it is! Besides, my skin is will thank me more for it.


Here’s my writing space – maybe later I’ll move over to the patio on the upper portion of the house where my aunt was also fond of writing in this space.


My grandma’s house which she lovingly built over hard work and resilience. This is where she returns to whenever winters blow over. The best part is that this entire block is all relatives, so your neighbors are literally, family.


I ate lunch with herbs and vegetables picked straight from the garden at her backyard – okra, tomatoes, malunggay and long beans.




Check out Part II for more on the life in the Philippines: Banna, Ilocos Norte


Afternoon Tea at Xi Shi Lounge, Shangri-La Vancouver

Date: July 23,  2014
Categories: Lifestyle

Over the weekend, I caught up with an old friend over tea, scones and an assortment of delectable savories and sweets at the Xi Shi Lounge at Shangri-La Vancouver . Being one of the first ones to arrive, it was a nice peaceful start to the day.

Xi Shi Lounge

High Tea Shangri-La Hotel   Xi Shi Lounge Shangri La Hotel

Hey everyone, Meet Joy! Joy and I met at our Graphic Communications program back in 2009. Whenever we’re together, we always struggle with finishing our food, since we talk too much. Often we’d have to wait until the other one is finished talking before we can eat. We are planning on trying the different places for afternoon tea in Vancouver. So stay tuned!

Will share soon!

Date: July 23,  2014
Categories: Events, Spotlight, Travel