Flashback Friday: London Aquarium + ZSL London Zoo

If you’re in London, love marine life, like the movie Closer, and/or have a bit of time to spare, I highly recommend going to the Sea Life London Aquarium. 





If you love exotic animals, ZSL London Zoo is the place to go.







Wednesday Wishlist



It’s Wednesday, yay! When? Huh? What day? Time  to visualize my dream shopping list…

{ 1 } Scrubba portable wash bag – Perfect for long trips and camping, Scurbba is the world’s smallest washing machine. There are only six steps to washing your clothes while traveling, camping or on cruises. Nifty.


{ 2 } Flight 001 Nothing to Declare tote bag – Hi, I’m Ody and I have too many tote bags. I shouldn’t be getting more, but this one is totes cool (pun intended).

{ 3 } Photojojo Pocket Spotlight – Though I tote my camera with me all day when I travel, I actually leave it when I’m just going out to have dinner and drinks. With a smaller, lighter bag in tow, I’d take all my food photos and look-I’m-out-at-night pics with my smart phone, only to look through my gallery of either dark and grainy or too bright and alien-eyed photos that aren’t instagrammable at all! (What horror, right?) This Pocket Spotlight seems to solve that issue.

{ 4 } Dr. Martens Coralie boot – I saw these quilted Docs at Steffl a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love with them.  I have already confessed my love for Doc Martens here, and I already own a few pairs, but the quilt on the Coralie gives the usually tough boots a bit of a chic touch. Love ’em.

No Stopovers in Athens

Athens changing of the guards I never tire of watching the changing of the guards. I admire the tradition, precision, and art that goes into into it.


Athens guards


Athens - night view of the AcropolisMy favorite thing about my hotel: the view of the Acropolis from the rooftop, especially at night. ❤


Athens - OlympieionThe Archeological Site of Olympeion, where the Temple of Olympian Zeus is located.


Athens - exit




Athens - Acropolis I can’t even describe the feeling I got when faced with the grandeur of the Acropolis. It is so beautiful (even when under construction), so grand, so historical. There’s quite a climb to get up there, but it’s so worth it.


Athens - Acropolis


Athens - ampitheater

No Stopovers visited Athens, Greece in March 2013.

Sunday Song of the Day: No Other Way ❤

OMG this song. The beat is so chill, so summery, and Sinead Harnett‘s voice is so beautiful. Listen, listen to this well!

I took this photo eons ago during a trip to Subic, Philippines with my office friends. I remember having a lot of fun, but I don’t recall some details, like sleeping. I know we had a hotel room, but did we sleep? There’s a picture of one of my friends passed out on the floor. I remember going to the beach and walking along this boardwalk before having a nice breakfast. Eight years and a move across continents later, I find out that one of the friends I was with during this trip is the cousin of my officemate here. Small world. Anyway, I chose this picture because the vibe is very fitting, and although the song seems to be about love, it also applies to friendship.

Happy Sunday, friends!


Flashback Friday: It’s on like Donkey Kong in Hong Kong

Let me share a few photos and notes from my Hong Kong trip in December 2011.

me and Karl on the top deck of a double decker bus

Although nothing beats the speed of MTRs, I love double decker buses because they give you a good glimpse of the city without having to board one of those expensive hop-on hop-off buses. 
neon signs and bamboo scaffolding!

The colors of Hong Kong are simply stunning. Our hotel was just off Nathan Lane, which was buzzing with energy and bursting with color whether it was day or night.

Statue Square, where Pinoys like to gather on Sundays
Ging walking out of the Stanley Post Office

We took a bus to visit the Stanley Market on our last 0.5 day to discover that the Stanley area had all kinds of Stanley establishments: a police station, pet store, market and a post office, among many others.

our friendship boots! we DMs!

My DMs are my favorite footwear for travel for non-summer trips because they’re super comfortable, rain-proof (case in point: the Verona trip I haven’t blogged about yet) and photogenic. Not to mention cool.
happy condoms on a bus!

Wien Weekend Tips

Yay, it’s the weekend and it’s warm again in Vienna! What are you up to? There’s a lot happening this weekend, so here are a few tips to help you decide!

Buskers Festival
The street performance scene in Vienna is so amazing. I swear, sometimes I feel like I’m in a movie when I’m walking in the first district and suddenly hear live classical music. So magical. Speaking of magic, the Buskers Festival has magicians on the program! There’s also dancers, musicians, comedians, acrobats, and graffiti artists. Happening this weekend, September 5-7, from 2 to 10 PM. Best of all, it’s free!

If you’re in a partying mood after the shows, hit up the After-Party at the TU.

Karlsplatz, 1010 Wien

Genussmarkt im Stadtbiotop
Indulge your palate this weekend. Genussmarkt is a culinary festival of local, fresh, and organic food and products. I’ve been wanting to visit Stadtbiotop because they always have cool events, shops, and food in their containers.

Trabrennstraße 2, 1020 Wien

Vitra Sample Sale
Eames and Panton chairs and other cult designer furniture at discounted prices? Umm, yes!

September 6, 10 AM – 5 PM

Vitra warehouse, Zwerchäckerweg 2, Gewerbepark Stadlau, 1220 Wien