I Interviewed My Husband on his Typhoon Ulysses Experience

November has been an awful month for many Filipinos.  The island nation has been battered by consecutive storms and typhoons, with five within the span of the last few weeks. Earlier this month, super typhoon Goni – one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded – devastated large swathes of Eastern Philippines, leaving 25 dead with thousands more displaced.  And now another one has struck.  … Continue reading I Interviewed My Husband on his Typhoon Ulysses Experience

Review: Filipino Fusion @ 75 Lilac Cafe + Kitchen, Marikina

On my last night in Manila, N’s sister brought us out to 75 Lilac Cafe + Kitchen in Marikina for dinner (thank you for the meal, ate!). Specialising in Western and Filipino fusion cuisine, expect dishes the likes of Wagyu Salpicado with Tofu and Carne Asada Tacos as well as more traditional takes of pasta, pizza and Crispy Pata.  The resto is located within a commercial block facing the … Continue reading Review: Filipino Fusion @ 75 Lilac Cafe + Kitchen, Marikina

Travelogue Manila: Rustic Mornings & Marikina (Revisited)

The last time I was in Manila, N brought me to a cosy little place in Marikina called Rustic Mornings. Tucked in a quiet suburb near the Marikina Shoe Museum, the establishment serves great food in a charming ambience surrounded by leafy greens, quirky knick knacks and an artsy mix of vintage and contemporary decor. I liked it so much that on my recent visit, … Continue reading Travelogue Manila: Rustic Mornings & Marikina (Revisited)

Things to do in Marikina City, Metro Manila

Located on the far fringes of Metro Manila, the city of Marikina seems more quaint town than busy district. Its clean streets and clear, orderly roads are a far cry from some colourful but jeepney-polluted, trash-strewn areas in downtown Manila. It is also known as the shoe capital of the Philippines, manufacturing about 70% of the country’s shoes. Those looking for a relaxing day trip away … Continue reading Things to do in Marikina City, Metro Manila

Review: Rustic Mornings by Isabelo, Marikina

Sometimes, you have to dig a little deeper to get to the good parts – as is the case with Rustic Mornings by Isabelo. Tucked within a quiet neighbourhood of Marikina City, the cafe is located down an alleyway lined with walls covered in creeping ivy –  easy to miss if you’re not familiar with the area. Still, the place has a good following among … Continue reading Review: Rustic Mornings by Isabelo, Marikina