Author: Gaya

Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni

“If you play Assassin’s Creed, you probably know our next destination more than I do,” our tour guide quipped as we made our way to the medieval fortress of Monteriggioni. The castle was built by Siena in the early 1200’s as a defensive outpost during […]

Our Family’s One-Week Itinerary in Sydney, Australia

Our Family’s One-Week Itinerary in Sydney, Australia

Last June, my family and I spent a week in Sydney, Australia. We intentionally took it easy and did not pack our schedule too tightly with activities; nonetheless, we went home hearts bursting with beautiful memories. For those who’ve been asking about our itinerary, here it […]

Katoomba Walkabout

Katoomba Walkabout

Katoomba Street at dawn… . …and in daylight. . Katoomba is the foremost town in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. It’s only 2 hours away by train from Sydney. It’s small enough to see in a single day — its main sights anyway — but […]

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 […]