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Author Archives: Joy

Hotel Chocolat

The other hotel we stayed at on our last night in London was Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, which was very nice and decent and had a more spacious room. But since we only stayed there for one night, there’s really not much to say about it. So I’m going to feature instead a different kind of … Continue reading »

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Kensington Close Hotel

In London, my daughter Bea and I stayed in two different hotels. The first one, where we stayed for four nights, is called Kensington Close Hotel [KCH] located on Wrights Lane in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. I booked our standard double room through the online booking site, agoda.com. I got a pretty … Continue reading »

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Lost in Paris

From London-St. Pancras International Station, we took a Eurostar train to Paris Gare du Nord. Eurostar is a quick and most convenient way of shuttling between London and Paris. Travel time is about 2 hours, but we got to avoid the inconveniences of going through airport procedures and, more importantly, we got off in the … Continue reading »

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The Magical Mystery Tour

If you’re dreaming about going on a trip to London on a small budget, well, just dream on. The UK capital has once again been declared as the “most expensive city to live and work in” according to a September 2014 report. As a tourist, I’ve also had a first-hand experience with the high cost … Continue reading »

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How to Apply for a Schengen Visa via the French Embassy

My daughter Bea and I recently obtained our Schengen Visa – Short Stay (Visit/Tourism) from the Ambassade de France aux Philippines. It is located on the 16th Floor of the Pacific Star Building on the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat and Makati Avenues in Makati. I observed the following steps when I applied for our … Continue reading »

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How to Apply for a UK Visa

If you’re a Philippine passport holder like myself, the journey to the United Kingdom begins with the visa application. There are different types of visas such as Work Visa, Student Visa, Family Visa, but I will only be discussing about the General Visitor Visa, which my daughter Bea and I applied for. The first step … Continue reading »

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Puto Bumbong Season

When I was a kid (that means ages ago), the sight of puto bumbong being sold on the streets heralded the beginning of the Yuletide. This Filipino delicacy used to be a seasonal treat as it was traditionally enjoyed only around Christmas time, but nowadays it’s not hard to find it all year round. Made … Continue reading »

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The French Connection

If you can’t go to France just yet, then let France come to you… or at least to your table. Learn more about French gastronomy through local restaurants/shops and experience the sophisticated flavors and textures of French cuisine. Here are some of my favorite French food finds in Manila: Salade Lyonnaise from La Creperie From … Continue reading »

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I Have a Dream…

When I was 18, I stopped schooling for a year and became a complete bum. It was during that time when I repeatedly watched a TV show called Steve O’Neal’s Remembering The Beatles on Channel 5. This was back in the early 1990s, when I suddenly got hit by Beatlemania — two decades too late. … Continue reading »

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Keep Calm and Eat Cupcakes

Did you know that the earliest reference to a cupcake dates back to the year 1796? It was a recipe that called for “a cake to be baked in small cups” printed in the first known cookbook written by an American and simply titled American Cookery. However, it was not until 1828 when the term … Continue reading »

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