Flashback Friday {Rome at Night}

A few times too many have I made the mistake of wearing new shoes when large amounts of walking were required. I always seem to forget that even the flattest, most comfortable shoes need breaking in. Now I am a wiser woman and only bring my FitFlops on sightseeing and to-and-from-work walks in the summer. My feet thanked me in Rome because Rome is not a city for walking in high heels (on second thought, maybe no European city is) unless you have to have perfect balance, good stamina and very strong ankles. We walked from morning till night – just how it should be, because the views at night were just as magnificent as during daytime.
We only stopped for photo opps, gelato and food. On our first evening, we had a bit of a hard time finding the Pantheon, but when we finally found it, we stayed a while to take lots of photos. It was beautiful, well-lit and so well-preserved. It almost looked new. When we were done and moving to the next tourist site, we realized the building we marveled about wasn’t the Pantheon at all. Fail.
So anyway, here goes Rome at night:

{Rome, August 2010}

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.







Flashback Friday: Mainz in Detail {Easter 2012}

After having brunch and checking out the market at the Medieval Festival at Mainz-Kastel, we decided to cross the bridge connecting the district of Mainz-Kastel and the city of Mainz. I love looking at architecture and going to churches, but sometimes looking at old buildings and churches can be quite overwhelming, especially in European cities. That’s why I like to capture quirky details that make a place unique.


I found it weird at first, but this stained glass window is awesome with its psychedelic vibe. Very Christopher Kane.


Cy and I kept making Hunger Games references. I mean, come on, look at this huge hourglass! It’s like we’re in the arena. It’s the biggest hourglass in the world, by the way.


snail mail


 moody shot at the ruins of St. Christoph Church, where Johannes Gutenberg was presumably baptized. Gutenberg is a hero. He invented the printing press, so we’ve got him to thank for our books!





 half-meter sausage



Flashback Friday: a knight’s tale in Mainz-Kastel {Easter 2012}

During the Easter weekend in 2012, I flew out to Hessen, Germany to celebrate with Cy and her husband, Uwe. I’m so happy they took me in for a few days. I really enjoyed the cozy and delicious dinner and bonding over DSDS (the German version of Idol). On Easter Sunday, instead of driving to Cologne, we drove to Mainz-Kastel to visit a Medieval Festival – the deciding factors being a Google search and the weather forecast. My first time to go to a Medieval Festival, I was excited and kind of wished I had something Middle Age-y to wear.



We all know about Ferris Wheels, but this manually operated one is really cool


 aaaah roasted pig!


This roasted pig sandwich was my brunch. I had to compare it to the Filipino lechon, of course. This one was juicy, but a bit too salty for me. The bread nicely complimented the saltiness, though. Very filling.


 that’s entertainment


 playing with fire


 this was my favorite performance. bagpipes, drums and dancing



I couldn’t help taking a shot (pun intended) at being Katniss. Or Hawkeye.


Me & Cy


 Tim & Uwe


Play that funky music, white boy.