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Spring in Amsterdam with the Whole Family (At Last!)

Spring in Amsterdam with the Whole Family (At Last!)

Thirty years ago, my father was sent by Philippine Airlines to Amsterdam to learn how to maintain the Fokker 50. It was his first trip outside of Asia and his first time away from the family for longer than a week. Long-distance calls cost an […]

So…I Fell Down a Boat in Hong Kong

So…I Fell Down a Boat in Hong Kong

Luckily, I didn’t fall *off* the boat into the water but it was still pretty embarrassing. Here’s what happened.

Girl Walks Into A Bar (And Finds Religion)

Girl Walks Into A Bar (And Finds Religion)

“As we make our way to Montserrat,”¬†Adria says, “let’s talk about the one religion common to most, if not all, of Europe.” I look at him and listen intently, wondering which religion he meant. As our van speeds up the highway and a complex of fields comes up on our right, Adria continues. “I am talking, of course, about football.”

I Sang and the World Didn’t End: Busking in Amsterdam with Louis / Subterranean Street Society

I Sang and the World Didn’t End: Busking in Amsterdam with Louis / Subterranean Street Society

The only thing that kept me from bailing on my busking in Amsterdam experience was the fact that I was leaving the next day for Leiden. Worst case scenario: I would embarrass myself thoroughly and never show my face again in Amsterdam (or at least around Leidseplein).

Strike-d Down but Not Destroyed

Strike-d Down but Not Destroyed

Well, it finally happened. A strike — the current French rail one — has finally managed to disrupt my carefully laid travel plans. My family and I are scheduled to take the TGV Lyria from Paris to Geneva on the 29th but that is looking like a no-go at the moment.

Go somewhere you would still want to go to even if you couldn’t take pictures

Go somewhere you would still want to go to even if you couldn’t take pictures

Ask yourself: if photography was not allowed in this place, would I still visit it?