Food & Dining, List

Warabi mochi

I am fond of Japanese food; the main dishes at least. It was not until I had enough time to be curious that I got acquainted with a dessert called warabi mochi. The names are strange to me. Here are some of what I learned from reading around about it: 1 Warabi mochi is a… Read More Warabi mochi



Spinal column: the one thing vertebrates have in common that is easy to remember long after other bits and pieces are forgotten and new vertebrates may be discovered by science. Helping the son do his science homework last night which included several pages on vertebrates, not only gave me an idea for this week’s post,… Read More Vertebrates

Russia, Travel & Tours

Red Square

It was around 11 a.m. when I arrived, but it felt like 6 a.m.  The temperature improved – about nine degrees. It was zero only twelve hours back. The sun seemed undecided whether it would come out already or not.  I was too excited to mind. “Snow fell two days ago,” Julia, my guide remarked. … Read More Red Square


Queen (Wikipedia) Fast facts: ~British rock band formed in 1970 in London ~Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). ~Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert has been ranked among the greatest in rock history by various music publications. ~Estimates of their… Read More Queen


Prepping for cremation

“As the royal cremation completes the most glorious reign the Thai people have ever known, we are saying goodbye to a great king whose final departure will take with it a collective part of us, the Thai people.” ~ Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-serving monarch will be laid to rest… Read More Prepping for cremation

Celebrations, Life


Once upon an October dream of pages and fall of teas and maple of cheese-laced Olenna tongue and golden petrichor October. How I love the month! Before I wax dreamy though, I would like to take note of something remarkable out there which happened over the weekend in my home country (Philippines): Omar Maute and… Read More October

Russia, Travel & Tours


Novodevichy: necropolis of the famous Russian dead, and where interments are second only to those in the Kremlin in prominence. Inaugurated in 1898, it rose in significance in the 1930s when important Russians who were buried in medieval monasteries around Moscow were reburied in Novodevichiy during the Joseph Stalin era. After the fall of the… Read More Novodevichy