Chris, Jon and myself stepped into Charlie Bird NYC and found ourselves walking in to the opposite of an informal lunch we were searching for. Turns out, it wasn’t necessarily an awful thing. This was our free day as mom and dad ventured into Woodbury; the ‘kids’ -that’s us!- opted out of premium outlet shopping. Intending to […]

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I haven’t updated my blog in what is just shy of one month, shame on me. I want to move right along, push some posts out so that I can share more from the trip I am currently on. I’m at a cafe in San Jose [in Costa Rica, with Jon] on an 8-hour layover […]

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If I were to post in chronological order, Graffiti Sublime Coffee would have been numero uno for the trip. We landed in LAX at 9am [thanks for picking us up, Chris!] and by noon we were already grabbing caffeine before our 1pm lunch reservation. Our friends’ place is inside the Fairfax – La Brea – […]

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If only it was as easy as 1-2-3 to bring over Jean-Georges’ A-B-C Kitchen. Or, as simple as do re mi to replicate a similar chic New American eatery. Ok, I’ll stop. Whilst I dream about having something comparable in Manila, you’ll have to visit Manhattan’s Flat Iron District for the real deal. This is […]

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Holy #HITME. For this post, I’m starting with dessert first from Catch NYC. This really shouldn’t surprise you if you know me well… Thank you to my new hero aka pastry chef Thiago Silva for inventing a meal-ender of roasted white chocolate ice cream, a brownie base, a slice of Devil’s food cake and a […]

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This post concludes our anniversary trip to Bali… And it captures perfectly the majority of what we did while we were away, basked in the glory of Lifestyle Retreats’ two properties and all they had to offer. Yes, we lounged a lot but we were not lazy, I like to say that we were on […]

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After checking in to our wondrous [single] pavilion, Jon and I were feeling peckish. Our room was located in the central area of the     resort, which meant we were also very close to Faces – the al fresco restaurant at The Bale overlooking the main pool. You have the option to go there for […]

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“In a few weeks, I’m going to wish it was today again.” My exact thought as I took these pictures on our 1st day at The Bale. After 3 days at The Amala in Seminyak, Jon and I moved to another Lifestyle Retreats property, this time in Nusa Dua. We used the hotels’ private transfer […]

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“Ubud is where all the yogis and hippies are.” That’s what a lady in Seminyak expressed to us when we told of our plans to venture out for a day trip. While I don’t think that’s necessarily true (stereotype much?), those of them that are in the area would probably find themselves at Alchemy. Jon […]

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We couldn’t leave Ubud without witnessing the signature rice fields that the area is known for. Admittedly, we didn’t do much             research on how to come across the lush landscape beforehand and by the time we logged in to wi-fi at Hujan Locale, it was too late to book […]

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