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in transit: hola, gran canaria!

With temperatures dropping down to -15° celsius in Oslo, we’re getting away in search of warmer climate and a place plenty of sun, sea and sand.. Dropping our trip to Brazil, we’ve moved a bit north, to about 150 kilometers off the northwestern coast of Africa. We’re going to Gran Canaria, part of the Canary Islands straddling on the Atlantic Ocean! We’re spending a full two weeks there.

An island of volcanic origin, Gran Canaria is called a “miniature continent” due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found – from long golden beaches to endless sand dunes. While most tourists flock to Playa del Ingles on the south coast of the island, Knut and I are staying at the small, quiet holiday resort of Playa del Cura located  on the southwestern coast.

We’re staying at the fabulous looking Sunprime Riviera Beach & Spa that’s situated directly on the beach of Playa del Cura. It’s recently opened and is designed for adults holidaying without kids. The designer suites and bungalows were designed to meet discerning travellers. We also look forward to treat ourselves with spa treatments and some great Spanish cuisine.

Until I see you all again! Be good. ;-)

in transit: ciao milano!

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After a tough and extremely cold day shooting by the sea, it’s so nice to know that by tomorrow noon I’m already in Milan, where the temperature is warmer. I’m staying with my friend Maureen until Monday. It’s amazing to be in a new city and have a local tour you around. This should be fun!

Feels like this trip has already started. I won something Italian at an auction tonight, something I’ve been drooling over since it appeared in the runways of Milan. Le sigh.

Have a great weekend everyone!

in transit: athens & mykonos, greece

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We are flying to Greece tomorrow morning for our much-awaited 10-night summer holiday. Knut and I are spending two nights in classical Athens before sailing into cosmopolitan Mykonos.

I cannot wait to climb Acropolis and visit the temple of Athena, the Parthenon and admire the long-standing monuments of ancient Greece. A wander around Plaka, Athen’s old town, is also in our agenda.

Then it’s off to the sun-drenched island of Mykonos, where we look forward to languid afternoons under the sun with a book in hand and our iPods on play. While the island is known for its intense nightlife and party beach scene, we’ll try to look for places tucked in relaxed vibe. Also, we’ll relish in Greek cuisine, explore the beaches the island has to offer, and do as the Greeks do for 11 fabulous days.

Have an awesome week guys!

in transit: bound for berlin

I’m sitting here at my office counting the hours until I fly away to Berlin tonight. It will be my first time in the German capital and to travel as a trio with my friends Vanessa and Neil, so this should be fun. We’re expecting Berlin to be cloaked in winter cold, but we’re also hoping to be dazzled by the city. And if we’re lucky, be dazzled by the stars too as the Berlin International Film Festival happens to start today.

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Wish the three of us a happy trip. We’ll be back on Sunday. Have a great weekend guys!

postcards from manila, manila

The cat’s out of the bag. I’m in Manila!

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I arrived exactly one week ago via a KLM flight from Oslo thru Amsterdam and then to Manila. My brother, who knew I was coming, picked me up at the airport and dropped me off at Sofitel Philippine Plaza where I stayed for one night. My room had amazing views of the Makati skyline, the Manila Film Center where I used to practice and perform with the Manila Children’s Choir, and the Manila Bay with its stunning sunsets.

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That same night, I surprised my parents and my nieces as they were dining at the hotel’s signature Spiral Restaurant for my mom’s birthday dinner. My mom was in tears as she was screaming my name, my dad glad, and my nieces in disbelief. It was such a thrill seeing my family again; god I missed them! The last time I saw them was January this year. I decided to come home since my dad was celebrating his 60th birthday (more on this at a later post). My mom also turned 58. And my niece Bernice will turn one on the 18th. Call it triple threat. Hello additional 13,864 kilos! It’s inevitable.

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I kept mum this entire first week because of my blog-reading friends and relatives, who I wanted to surprise too. I surprised my BFF Liz with a phonecall and we met up briefly at Sofitel the day I checked out. Some days later, we went to Rockwell to try out the ultra famous Pepper Lunch owned by blogger Chuvaness. It was both our first time eating there and we weren’t surprised how it’s reached its superstar status. The food was good, prices quite affordable and service friendly. I loved the voice of server Glenn! Haha! We then moved to C2 for its bibingka souffle and kapeng barako with condensed milk. Yum.

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Last Thursday, I met up with fellow LVoer yed who was toting his drool-inducing Soana Sacoche. We had dinner, desserts and dialogues at M Cafe by the Ayala Museum. Yed’s such a cool and stylish guy, with high-brow education and amazing architectural projects under his belt. We dropped by the Louis Vuitton store where I was disappointed by the sloooooow and lousy service. Earlier that night, I checked out Greenbelt 4 and 5 with its rows of big brand name stores and ended up buying something from Marc by Marc Jacobs. 

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17 more days left in Manila.

in transit: amsterdam

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H & G, Amsterdam! Tomorrow.

in transit: algarve, portugal

I’ll be off the radar in the next seven days as Knut and I are flying today to Faro, Portugal. We will then be picked up and whisked away to the beatiful Pestana Viking Hotel in Praia da Senhora da Rocha, a small fishing community and beach on the Atlantic Coast.

It will be both our first time in Portugal, a destination we’ve always dreamed of travelling to. Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, a popular destination primarily because of its beaches, Mediterranean climate, and relatively low costs. It’s probably one of the most southern places in Europe we could go to as continental Africa is just an ocean away.

Have a great week guys!

Photo credits: Pestana Viking Hotel and nunorodrigues@flickr


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