My 35th Birthday at Vanderlust Bistro: A European Travel-Themed Restaurant

If you had asked me what I wanted for my 35th birthday, I would have told you this: travel and cake. Cake was a lot more attainable, but travel? I just didn’t have money to burn for a holiday at the moment so I had to scrap that idea. But just because I couldn’t travel …

My Hospital Bag Packing List

If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far about pregnancy, it’s that it’s full of surprises! You can go into labor anytime — whether it’s earlier than expected or much later than your estimated due date. One thing’s for sure: when that time comes, you don’t want to be frazzled and stressed out because you …

Philippine Passport Renewal and Name Change (While Pregnant) + CFO Seminar

I just got my brand new Philippine passport… with my brand new last name! Well, the last name isn’t exactly brand new as I’ve been married for two years already, but I only got around to officially and legally changing my name recently. It’s like Facebook: you’re not really officially ‘in a relationship’ unless you update …

Gecko Cafe: A Cheap and Cheerful Restaurant in Hanoi

When you find a restaurant with a sign that says ‘Cheap and Cheerful Restaurant’ plus a photo of a funny-looking gecko, you just have to check it out, right? Right! That’s exactly what Mike and I did while walking around the streets of Hanoi on the first day of our ‘Hanoimoon’ last year. Looking for …

Belmont Hotel Anniversary Staycation

When Mike and I were planning on what to do for our second wedding anniversary, we both agreed on one thing: with a baby on the way, we can’t blow all of our money on a grand celebration. It was looking like we were going to just have a nice dinner somewhere (Read about our …

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi

Straight from our quick stroll around Truc Bach Lake, Mike and I — together with our student guides Huyen and Phuong from Hanoi E-buddies — went to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, one of the top-rated museums in Hanoi. The museum, which was established in 1997, exhibits the art, culture, religion, and architecture of the …

White Water Rafting at the Telaga Waja River in Bali

When you hear the word “honeymoon,” what do you think of? Candle-lit dinners? Sunset-watching? A romantic beach getaway? Luckily, we were able to squeeze all of those in for our Bali honeymoon. And for variety, we threw in one more thing: ADVENTURE! While our ultimate goal for our holiday was to relax, we thought that …

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