Author: Gaya

How My Son’s Old Fear of Flying May Have Saved His Life Last Week

How My Son’s Old Fear of Flying May Have Saved His Life Last Week

Amazing how things work out. Back in 2014, H was going on his first* plane ride and we were worried because he’d been starting to show an aversion to noise, crowded places, enclosed spaces, and especially to noisy, crowded, enclosed spaces. We did everything we […]

Seas, Skies, Cliffs + Kid: Our Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Seas, Skies, Cliffs + Kid: Our Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

A 6-km walk under the midday sun probably isn’t top of mind when you think of what to do with kids during a trip. However, there’s a good chance not only will said kid love it, he still won’t be done talking about it a […]

Where to Stay in Katoomba: Blue Mountains YHA

Where to Stay in Katoomba: Blue Mountains YHA

A lot of visitors to the Blue Mountains only stay for the day — focusing on the Three Sisters at Echo Point, Scenic World, and perhaps Wentworth Falls — but if you can stretch your schedule just ever so slightly, it’s worth staying over for […]

My Bad Experience with Lurline House (Katoomba, Blue Mountains, AUS)

My Bad Experience with Lurline House (Katoomba, Blue Mountains, AUS)

If you go over my blog, you’ll see I’m not one of those people who immediately go on a rant on social media when they have a bad experience with certain establishments. I generally dislike and tend to avoid unpleasantness. While I’m generous with praise […]

Sister, Sister, Second, First

Sister, Sister, Second, First

♥ That’s my sister crossing Honeymoon Bridge to get to the first of the famous Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, Australia. If you’re wondering: yes, that valley is deep! Crossing the bridge wasn’t scary but climbing back up those stairs sure got me hyperventilating. […]

Whale Watching in Sydney, Australia (May to November)

Whale Watching in Sydney, Australia (May to November)

♥ ♥ Sydney, Australia is one of the best places in the world to spot whales because of its position along the migration path of the Group 5 Southern Hemisphere humpback whale population. These magnificent marine mammals can be spotted from land with a bit of luck […]

How Our Family Saved Over PHP20,000 in Dining Expenses in Sydney

How Our Family Saved Over PHP20,000 in Dining Expenses in Sydney

The one thing that surprisingly made the most difference to our food budget: our choice of hostel (The Pod Sydney). – – If you read my previous post How to Have a One-Week Holiday in Sydney, Australia for PHP 50,000, you’ll know we budgeted 15 […]

Sydney Basics: How to Get to Your Hotel from the Airport

Sydney Basics: How to Get to Your Hotel from the Airport

Bus, train, taxi, shuttle — what you need to know about your options for transportation from the airport, particularly if you’re in a group. – . In Sydney, commuters use an Opal card, which is a card that you tap in for entry to public […]

Best Sydney Hostel for Families: The Pod Sydney

Best Sydney Hostel for Families: The Pod Sydney

♥ ♥ Just got back from Sydney! This trip was special for a lot of reasons: it was only H’s second trip outside the Philippines, his and my mom’s first trip outside Southeast Asia, and it was my parents’ first ever hostel experience in their […]

San Gimignano: Gelato and Towers in the Tuscan Countryside

San Gimignano: Gelato and Towers in the Tuscan Countryside

♥ San Gimignano is an old, walled Italian hill town in Tuscany surrounded by numerous vineyards and cypresses. ♣ ♣ Centuries ago, during a period of conflict and intense rivalry, San Gimignano’s prominent families tried to outdo each other by building houses of ever increasing […]