kayangan lake

Perpie in Pinas 2017 – 4 Days in Coron, Palawan

Palawan, the Philippines: The Most Beautiful Island in the World
Conde Nast Traveler

It was originally voted as the number 2 island in the world according to its readers, but this article in Conde Nast Traveler appears to be playing favorite, as it placed Palawan even to the highest spot.

Who am I to say no and disagree, when I myself, together with my husband, finally came to visit Palawan. Coron in particular, which is a natural paradise on earth, we’re obviously impressed.

It’s no wonder Palawan ranked as the most beautiful island in the world this year, as the clear aquamarine water, limestone cliffs, and lagoons of the island province of the Philippines are only the most basic highlights. Palawan is home to nature reserves on both land and sea, with dolphins just offshore, marine gardens of giant clam, sea turtles nesting on white sand beaches, 600 species of butterflies, and lush palm forest like a Gilligan’s Island fever dream.
– Cynthia Drescher, Conde Nast Traveler contributing editor Read more

luxembourg weekend

Long Weekend in Luxembourg

Another long holiday weekend gave us another opportunity to get out-of-town. An out-of-the-country getaway as a matter of fact, we chose to visit Luxembourg this time. One new country, it’s a big check on #travelgoals for mama and the kindje, but since we briefly crossed the German side, for the little one it’s technically 2 new ones!

A small country landlocked by Belgium, France and Germany, Luxembourg is one of the smallest sovereign states and one of the least-populous countries in Europe, but by far the one with the highest population growth rate, thanks to foreigners taking account for nearly half of the country’s population.

Its capital, Luxembourg City, together with Brussels and Strasbourg, is one of the three official capitals of the European Union and the seat of the European Court of Justice, the highest judicial authority in the EU. Many of its inhabitants are trilingual in French, German and Luxembourgish. Read more

hong kong

Snapshots: A Layover in Hong Kong

The iconic Victoria harbor skyline glistening in the dark sky,
Hong Kong’s junk can only steal the show.
Tall building, proud brands always propped up
Ready to mesmerize the curious and the bold!

Obvious streaks of Asian culture and life
speaks well of the world’s other side,
truly proclaiming Hong Kong as Asia’s world city
— the past, the present, and the future.

That brief stopover in Moscow was a canapé from big mother Russia for me, but at this flight, I more likely look forward to our layover in Hong Kong. A full-day layover, I’d get to have my very first glimpse of this fascinating city before we reach Manila en route to Boracay island for our New Year celebration. Read more


A Day in Jungfrau

JUNGFRAU, the top of Europe.

If you’re geeking out over geography stuff, this marketing catchphrase would make you think twice—on whether Jungfraujoch is indeed the highest point in Europe.

Considering the Caucasus Mountains shared between the European and Asian borders, it makes Mount Elbrus the highest mountain in Europe. If Caucasus is out of the picture and considering only the European mainland, the highest point must be the Mont Blanc, on the border between France and Italy.

Nonetheless after our visit, I think Jungfrau deserves to take the credit after all. Besides the Klein Matterhorn that you can easily access by cable car and lift and the Mittelallalin accessible by funiculaire, the Jungfrau gives the most convenient and pleasant experience of reaching icy peaks and wintry summits of the Alps, which make Switzerland famous for. Read more

year-end review

Two Years Ago…

This must have been the longest break I’ve ever had from blogging, though it’s actually the opposite from what would be expected as uneventful years, for me at least. The truth is, 2016 and 2017 were significantly a turning point in our lives, as my husband and I finally become parents.

Sorry, not sorry.

I almost embraced before the idea of living as a single woman; neither I relished the thought of becoming a mother as well. I was enjoying my independence so much.

While I was seeing my friends getting married and settling down, I was getting less keen to find that better half who I can spend my life with.  It took me 5 long years after a break from a serious relationship to get back into another again. Read more

Bratislava Castle

Sightseeing in Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital and the largest city in Slovakia. It offers a pleasant medieval inner city with narrow, winding streets, a hilltop castle overlooking the Danube, and many historic churches and buildings.

Slovakia is used to be part of Hungary after the fall of the Great Moravian Empire until the end of the First World War, when the Treaty of Trianon created Czechoslovakia.

During World War II, the Germans controlled Slovakia. The Soviets conquered it later, thus recreating Czechoslovakia in pro-Soviet and Communist slant.

The Communist ended during the Velvet Revolution in 1989. In 1993 the Czechoslovakia dissolved into two separate and independent nations – Czech Republic and Slovakia. Read more