Something Sweet for Valentine’s Day

I have a recent sweet fascination. It offers a sweet surprise.  It differs from place to place.  Variety is what makes it exciting. Guess what it is?  No, I’m not talking about flowers or chocolates or those cute stuffed toys young lovers give each other. I don’t mean chocochip cookies nor blueberry muffins nor cinnamon buns. I…

A 2018 Study on Metro Manila by Sciences Po Urban School Students

Metropolitan Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) is more than a group of highly-urbanized cities.  With Manila as the capital of the Philippines, it is the place in the country that is most covered by mainstream media. Every corner of this collection of cities breathes—from the sky-high buildings of the more affluent neighborhoods, to…

Veules-les-Roses: A village straight from a story book

I had the opportunity to visit this charming French village in the Seine-Maritime Department of Normandy France in May 2019. I booked a day tour leaving Paris by bus in the early morning of Saturday and returning in the evening. Oh my! I loved the place! From where we got off, it was a few-minute…

The First Philippine Food Festival in Paris

During my almost two-year stay here in Paris, I have been asked several times if there are Filipino restaurants in the area. Many times, those who inquired are fellow Filipinos who are visiting Paris for a few days. And my answer? None. Although, I am quick to add that there is one Filipina chef, Erica…

Anting-Anting in Paris

In March 2019, I was delighted to find out that one museum in Paris featured the Philippines. The exhibit did not show paintings nor sculptures of talented Filipino artists, as what would normally be found in a museum. Instead, it presented anting-antings! This exhibit was held from March 12 to May 26, 2019 in Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. The 10-week exhibit titled “Anting-Anting, The Secret Soul…

The Eiffel Tower

One of the perks of living in a neighborhood close to the Eiffel Tower is that you see this beauty almost every day, even in the most mundane of days and/or tasks. You see it when you rush to the nearest Monoprix or Franprix or Carrefour to buy grocery items. You see it when you…

Les Jardins de Paris: The City of Love and Its Gardens

I love gardens. In my view, gardens are havens that refresh and calm people from the busyness of life in the city. In Paris, there are many gardens. Some are not so grand as the others, consisting only of a few benches, grassy lawn, several trees and bushes. Some are so vast that you can…