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

Russia, Travel & Tours

Moscow Moments

My moments in Moscow began when I inadvertently followed an interaction among members of an FB expat group regarding Russia’s national carrier.  The desire to see the place though began back in childhood. Like other parents, mine spent considerable time telling me stories. Later I was no longer content just being told of heroes from… Read More Moscow Moments

Russia, Travel & Tours


Layover is defined briefly as a period of rest and waiting before a further stage in a journey. In air travel, it is a stop or transfer, from one airplane to another, or connection up to a certain maximum allowed time (Wikipedia). Some or most travelers find layovers stressful. Who tolerates lethargic hours in an… Read More Layover