Daily Flips: around Porto!

I spent my last day in Porto just wandering around. I went wine tasting at Villa Nova de Gaia, hopped on the tram, went around downtown, ate a lot of food (like aloottt!) and just talking to random friendly people! I will definitely miss this place, but this won’t be my last visit. Can’t wait…

Bacalhau: It’s not just a codfish

  I’ve never been to a place where there is a high regard for the codfish. Bacalhau, Portuguese for codfish, seems like a culinary staple in Porto, Portugal. In fact, some of the locals told me that there are more than a hundred ways to prepare Bacalhau. You can find codfish in almost any local restaurants made…

Pont Luis I: looks like Eiffel but not by Eiffel

      Someone might think that the Pont Luis I, perhaps one of Porto’s most visited and photographed bridge, bears some structural similarities with that of the famous Eiffel Tower of Paris, it isn’t designed or constructed by Gustav Eiffel. Instead, it is designed by his disciple/student Theophile Seyrig. The Pont Luis I, or…

I’m in love with a Portuguese “French Girl”

Maybe its her glow, the glistening sparkle oozing from within. Perhaps, her scent or that tantalizing look. I just sat there with admiration. I don’t really know what it is but I am in love with her. . . . Then with my fork and knife, I sliced her and took a bite… Damn you,…

Porto! Oporto! Oh Porto!

There is something absolutely enchanting about this place. You’ll get lost in its labyrinth-ish streets, within its medieval and contemporary architecture, and the colorful sights and sounds, not to mention the culinary experience, and don’t forget the Port Wine!  

Sunset over Rio Douro, Porto, Portugal

“one day,” you said to me, “I saw the sunset forty-four times!” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the little prince I may not saw the sunset forty-four times in Porto, since I was only here for a week. but, I’ve stared at it like no one is looking. It’s magical, just like the first Fransecinha sandwich that…

Falling leaves, Autumn Colors

  Crisp cooler air and daytime gets shorter by the day, Fall season is here! I think there’s no other better description for Autumn (aside from apples, pumpkins and corn!) but the changing colors of the leaves. While the day starts to shorten, the leaves began to dry up and change to different cascades of yellow,…

Pumpkin show in Ohio!

  Every third Wednesday of October each year, the small town of Circleville Ohio transforms into a venue for a grand Pumpkin extravaganza! The Circleville Pumpkin Show lasts for about 4 days and is considered to be the largest festival in the USA that is solely dedicated to Autumn’s most popular vegetable, the mighty Pumpkin. This year, the…

Happy Centennial to US National Park Service!

Happy 100th birthday to the US National Park Service! I always tell people that my “disneyland” are the national parks. If given the option to choose, I’d much rather visit a national park or monument (both natural and historical) than a theme park. Maybe its the old soul in me, but I always stand in awe…

Liege!

This was a video about the city of Liege through the eyes and experiences of  foreign researchers working at the University of Liege. Check it out.

Let it snow! Let it snow!

Just a few days after I came back from a month long yuletide vacation in the Philippines, I wasn’t anticipating that there was a snow storm heading towards Belgium. Having been soaked under the tropical sun, my body was already feeling the cold thermal shock just as I arrived. I came on a friday and…

Autumn in Liege, Belgium

It’s that time of the year again; when the sun starts to set early, when you start to feel the chilly air, and the leaves change its color and withers. Autumn prepares you for the cold winter days ahead. In autumn, before the nights become longer, its as if nature gives its one last display of colors…