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Hunt for fine wines in the Valley


Living in Australia for a few years left a lasting imprint in me. I still find myself craving certain aspects of the land Down Under: its vast expanse of space, the clearest blue skies, its laid-back attitude, the abundance of huge vegetables and fresh produce, and its idyllic wine regions.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Soaking up royalty, culture and history in Yogyakarta


Several months ago, my friend Ned and I began plotting a holiday somewhere in Asia. Sharing a love for travel, both of us have independently explored Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Then we realized that seeing the Buddhist temples of Borobudur was part of our individual bucket lists and that we both have not seen much of what Indonesia had to offer.

Posted: September 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Under a Blue Sky


When my friend, Lory Paredes Tangonan, invited me to her beach house in El Nido, all I could think of were blue skies and the cool azure waters of Palawan.

Posted: April 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

A sweet unexpected journey


Beyond bargain shopping at Chatuchak Market or visiting the different temples in Bangkok, much remains unexplored in Thailand.  On my last stay, I discover interesting attractions off the beaten tourist path that lead to rather unusual experiences. Here are some of them: 1. Trainspotting at the River Kwai Nestled between limestone peaks and a river, […]

Posted: March 2nd, 2013 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Doing the Tango with Argentina’s Delicious Spread


Mention Argentina and, thanks to the eponymous brand sold in this country, corned beef is the first thing Filipinos think of. Still, Argentina’s affinity with beef remains strong. Per capita consumption of beef is an astounding 70 kilos a year. That translates to about 200 grams of meat a day for each person, or roughly ¼ kilo.

Posted: November 3rd, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »