Girl from the barrio

Monday, December 22, 2014 0 Permalink

If you're following me on Instagram, you'd notice that I am on vacation in the Philippines. After surviving the chaos of Manila for a few days, we went to the island where I grew up, Marinduque. My internet connection has been very limited here in the Philippines but I'd like to share some photos of the place where I spent most of my childhood. It's been raining since we arrived and that means that the road ...

Musings: How weekends should be

Sunday, November 30, 2014 0 Permalink

Last weekend had been wonderful. On Friday, I met up with a friend I haven't seen for a long time. Enjoyed a little window shopping, some cocktails and a cosy dinner. I woke up late on Saturday, went for a long run, had a quick lunch in our favorite Chinese fast-food and drive home to Zeeland. Even while nursing an upset stomach, I was able to enjoy several hours of watching TV then reading a ...

Road to 42: Training has begun

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 0 Permalink

I can't believe it's already been more than a week since the Zevenheuvenloop. I barely had time to savour my first race because we went straight back to work the day after, muscle pain and all. When we got home Sunday night, Robin opened a bottle of Barolo from Lidl to celebrate our first venture into the running scene. I was too tired that I was only able to take a sip and then crashed in ...

Autumn scenes in Duivelsberg

Monday, November 24, 2014 0 Permalink

Twenty years ago I contemplated on writing a novel called The Leaves Are Falling, My Love. It was inspired by the fallen leaves I would see at the Quezon Memorial Circle where I'd often go for dates with my ex-boyfriend. Of course I didn't get farther than the second chapter but my fascination with autumn started even before I've experienced one. Needless to say, autumn is my favourite season. I think it's more beautiful than spring ...

#7HL: Conquering the hills of Nijmegen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2 Permalink

My biggest fear for this race came true. It was raining! Not a tropical downpour but the typical Dutch rain - drizzling, unending drizzle all throughout the day.  I did not not bring my running rain jacket. I did not even bring an extra running sock. From the moment I looked out the window on Sunday morning and saw the rain, confirmed by the weather report, I knew that my first ever race would be ...

Dreams: 2015 edition

Thursday, November 13, 2014 4 Permalink

None of these photos pop out on my list of "things to accomplish before I am 25". When I was younger, my dreams, although they seemed impossible back then, were simple. And I have accomplished all of them with not a few surprises in between. One day I've realized that I have stopped dreaming. That's what adult life does to you. You are more aware of risks and consequences and that youthful audacity fades away slowly ...

Running: The race novice

Thursday, November 6, 2014 2 Permalink

Next week I will be running my first ever race. I am skipping the 5km and the 10km because I am not planning to collect medals. I am gunning for the 15km in the Zevenheuvelenloop happening on November 16 in Nijmegen, a course than runs through several hills, thus the name, which literally translates to Seven Hills Run. When I began running this year, I never really planned on joining a race. How I came to ...

Restaurant FG Food Labs, Rotterdam

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1 Permalink

Until now, I still can taste the deep flavours of melt in the mouth porkbelly I had for lunch at FG Food Labs last Friday. That kind of dish that can blow you away in its simplicity can only come from a Michelin chef. And until we were seated I didn't know that FG Food Labs is owned by the same chef at FG Restaurant in Lloydkwartier - Chef François Geurds. I recognized the logo when ...

Weekend in Texel: Finding refuge

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2 Permalink

I guess each of us has that one place where we run away to when our spirit is at their lowest; a sort of refuge where we know we would be healed. My travel schedule had been crazy and I don't mean that in an exciting way. My body has not been able to recover from my weekend trip in Paris so when I flew to Stockholm, my stress level shoot up. This usually manifests in ...

How are you doing lately?

Friday, August 29, 2014 1 Permalink

Really, right now I should be writing a travel article for my magazine and an advertorial for a client (excuses to my editor and my client). Instead I am blogging. Somehow I couldn't bring myself to switch from that mood of writing for an audience in mind and just writing, diary-style. Maybe there should not be a difference between the two. Whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, I don't know. After last month's African ...