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Cesky Krumlov beer

Never was a beer fan. But during our Eastern Europe trip, I made it a point to try the local brews as you really don’t get to have it anywhere else. So yes, in almost all our meals, we had beer.

This brew was in a restaurant in romantic Cesky Krumlov.



Now clearing up space on my iPhone hence the old photos. 😀

RC Cola

I thought RC Cola was only in the Philippines. There actually are in Czech Republic. Saw this in Cesky Krumlov.



Manno Koen

The whole park, illumined. Sugoi. Took 500,000 lights. Sugoi.



Proof of how much a wanderer I was during my single days stint in Japan – happened to look at a list of famous sites in Japan and I realise I have been to all of them, and other places besides. And no, they’re not located in the same region.


for our little traveler

Would hopefully be travelling to Atsushi’s hometown soon, for the holidays. So we bought our little traveller her own suitcase. (Her diaper pail is reflected on the suitcase lol).


Love the inner pockets. For her kikay stuff. 😀



Where we are at now, while my family is watching The Avengers (we already watched the movie while still in Manila).


A year ago, I’ve converted Hubs into liking massage and facial. I wonder if he’ll be a feet care convert as well. 😀


reminiscing Czech and Vienna

It’s the season for photo ops again hence its just but time to finally free up my SD cards and organize the photos we had during our trips ever since September. Was reminded again of how many blog-worthy photos I haven’t posted yet, especially during our trip  in Czech Republic and Vienna and during our New Year celebrations in Takamatsu. Of course we weren’t able to browse everything. Yet there were tons that I could easily identify as favorite photos. Among of which (all unedited and taken using our ever dependable Canon G12)….

Me, walking along Kärntner Strasse, Vienna. Pardon, I just love back shots. 😀 😀

Me, so color-coordinated, atop a castle tower in UNESCO World Heritage Český Krumlov. Kakulay ko ang mga bubong! (My attire is of the same color as the roof!)

Goodness, how thin was I six months ago!

This is one of my fave Atsushi photos (among so many!). Taken in front of the Statue of Maria Theresia in front of Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History).

I so hope I can post more blogs about that trip!

a heart right at the heart

Can you see the heart? By serendipity, this tsutsuji grew into a shape resembling that of a heart, right at the heart of Ritsurin Koen.


to friendship and nature

Spent the day with one of my bestfriends, Maj. The friendship, the laughter, the good talk over good food and good scenery leaves much to be thankful for (not to mention the really beautiful, glittering gift!! – thank you Maj!). I’m really happy that even when we only get to see each other every other month or so, the deep friendship and respect is always there. Thankful. 🙂

Thankful for hubs as well to have prodded me to go shopping since I’m in Tokyo anyways. Mottainai daw. And thankful for Maj to oblige and accompany me even when she’s not really into shopping. 🙂

After good food (will feature it later in, before heading to Harajuku for some shopping, we dropped by Maj’s favorite koen (garden). So glad that she shared this scenic place, Koishikawa koen (小石川こえん).

Our only regret though was that we both forgot to bring our cameras with us. Hence, we had to make do with our iPhones. I’m quite satisfied with some, but then again, I don’t claim to be a photography enthusiast/expert. 🙂 Still, I’m sharing some here, unedited.




Autumn colors on water.




And of course, there’s nothing like koyou with the perfectly blue sky as the backdrop.





As with most sizable Japanese gardens, Koishikawa also sells the traditional green tea and wagashi (和菓子). Wagashi is the traditional red beans sweets which is usually paired with green tea and comes in über pretty designs. Agree? This one even have a dash of gold on the sakura leaf.



We ended the day shopping in Harajuku. And Harajuku being Harajuku, there were lots of people on cosplay. To quote Maj, this shot was just perfect to cap a great day.


Thanks Maj! Till next bonding time! 🙂
Was about to go to sleep but I just had to share this. Today’s reading is about waiting for God’s perfect timing. It brought a smile on my face as thankfully I muttered, “God’s perfect timing is sleeping right here beside me”. 🙂

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