Travel

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 […]

From “Why” to “Why Not”

From “Why” to “Why Not”

© Gaya |  It’s a few minutes before midnight. I’m sitting here at an airport lounge: munching on nuts, coffee already gone cold, laptop open, no immediate plans to sleep despite the lateness of the hour, having already taken a 30-minute nap in sitting position […]