Portlandia ~

One of my favorite cities to visit is Portland, OR because I never feel the pressure to always be doing something. OK, so I’ve only been to Portland twice: first in 2016 and more recently in 2018. Each time I went, I didn’t have the nagging feeling of “oh, I need to do this” or “I must go here.” That’s not to say that Portland is boring, rather, I feel that it speaks more to the easy-going PNW culture that I tend to look upon with such curiosity.

My agenda: coffee, books, and beer. Yep, just those three things. Traveling to Portland is so simple and relaxing. So here I will list my fave places that made my Portlandia weekend:

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M. Manila & the places my tummy loved

So central is food in Filipino culture that the question, “Kumain ka na ba?” (translation: Have you eaten yet?), deserves a top 3 spot for frequently asked questions in the Philippines. Filipinos love their food — rightly so, because there is definitely something magical about food in the Philippines.

It seems that a Filipino pastime is to go out to eat at good restaurants regardless of cuisine (meaning: not necessarily Filipino food). Metro Manila is popping (my fave word of the moment) with amazing restaurants. Disclaimer: If you are interested in drooling over pictures of traditional Filipino food, this is not the post you are looking for. However, if you are open to appreciating amazing non-traditional food in the Philippines, here’s a list of my favorite spots (as of January 2018) in Metro Manila:

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