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…

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…

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…

Daily Flips: Sun is out! at the Place de la Cathedral…

Weather can be very unpredictable in Belgium. This summer hasn’t been all sunny and warm. In fact, the past week was very rainy with autumn-like temperatures. But hey! Today, the sun’s out and so is the rest of the town. I guess we are all in “Profiter du Soleil” mode (a common french phrase meaning…

Daily Flips: Watching the World Cup 2014 finals

A friend invited me to join them to watch the World Cup 2014 finals in Aachen, Germany. From Liege, Aachen is the closest German city which is roughly around 60 km away. The town was very quiet with close to empty streets when we arrived. But, the tranquility suddenly changed to loud shouts and cheers, fireworks…

Daily Flips: Montagne de Bueren, Liege

In a small passage way tucked in between the brick walls of centuries old building in the middle of the historic core is a stairway and perhaps another icon of Liege city. The Montagne de Bueren is the fastest but certainly not the easiest way to go up to the Citadelle de Liege. With its name’s…

Gare de Guillemins, Liège

Probably one of the most (if not the most) notable landmark in Liège, the Gare de Guillemins (Liège-Guillemins train station) is a destination on its own. When I first arrived in Liege, I was greeted by this peculiar train station. It was indeed very different from the typical Victorian to art-deco style European train stations….

Stop Over: Valencia, Spain

Valencia might be the third largest city in Spain but it isn’t in everybody’s “must visits” lists when touring/visiting the country. For this week-long vacation/Easter/spring break, we decided to take a quick tour of Madrid and Barcelona. But instead of directly flying to these big cities, we decided to land in Valencia and roam around…