Author: Gaya

9 Ways to Hack a Hong Kong Layover

9 Ways to Hack a Hong Kong Layover

♥ ♥ There are many good reasons why one might be spending a couple of hours at Hong Kong International Airport. In my case, a Hong Kong layover was in the cards even before my actual destination had been decided. International flights are almost always […]

San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte

♥ ♥ The Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte stands on top of a hill overlooking Florence, just a short walk above the Piazzale Michelangelo. Both are popular points from which to catch panoramic views of the city, but while the latter is sometimes described […]

Just Dance

Just Dance

♥ ♥ Dance like no one’s watching, they say. But of course that’s kind of difficult if you’re in front of one of the most famous churches in the world, in the middle of one of the most visited cities of the world, and you […]

Where We All Go

Where We All Go

♥ ♥ Four weeks ago, as I was walking towards the Tuileries Garden, I fell in step and into conversation with a retired French schoolteacher. It actually started with him asking me if I was Japanese and when I said I was from the Philippines, […]

Work from Home (or Hostel)

Work from Home (or Hostel)

♥ ♥ If you’d happened to peek through the second floor window of a hostel in Via Cavour (Florence) one Saturday evening last February, you’d have seen a girl hunched over a laptop on her lower bunk bed, sifting through Pubmed abstracts and typing furiously, […]

The Eiffel Tower: You Never Forget Your First(s)

The Eiffel Tower: You Never Forget Your First(s)

6 March 2017 —  It can’t possibly be cool, to still be gushing about my first sight of the Eiffel Tower six years and two return trips after my first first-sight, but the truth remains it’s one of my most vivid memories of my trip […]