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Inquirer Best Desserts 3 Book Launch

Inquirer Best Desserts 3 Book Launch

After having been off the socials and events grid for a bit due to my allergies and asthma, I couldn’t resist not attending Inquirer’s latest book launch, Inquirer Best Desserts, held at the SMX Convention Center in Aura this afternoon. I figured this would’ve also been the best way to jumpstart my appetite again since...
New Restaurant Alert: 210° Kitchen and Drinkery in BGC, Manila

New Restaurant Alert: 210° Kitchen and Drinkery in BGC, Manila

Wow, it has been quite some time since I wrote a blog post about a restaurant in the Philippines! But tonight I was actually excited to go home early because I wanted to write about this new place I just went to for dinner. There is a new French bistrot and drinkery in town– specifically...
Christmas 2016 Road Trip + Bag Reveal!

Christmas 2016 Road Trip + Bag Reveal!

Special thanks to my family, we are all spending the holidays together again in California 🙂 Last year, we took a trip up north to Lake Tahoe to enjoy a white Christmas. This year, we drove down South to Los Angeles for the holidays after spending a few nights in San Francisco, our home base....
Lazy Long Halloween Weekend!

Lazy Long Halloween Weekend!

Here in Manila, we all had a long Halloween- All Saints’ Day weekend. I took this time to catch up on sleep (because my rhinitis + asthma deprived me of it), and then enjoyed Netflix. Oh boy Netflix, you are killing my social life lol. But the good news there is, I did get some...
Travelog: Visiting Lu Focaro in Torre di Palme

Travelog: Visiting Lu Focaro in Torre di Palme

Today, I did something I’ve always wanted to do– drive to another region in Italy 🙂 Since I am in Milan a few days before fashion week begins, I decided to go back to one of the most special places I have ever visited, thanks to the Tod’s family (Claudio, Maria Cristina, Simona, Karen, Sabine,...
Travelog: Milano Window Shopping After Hours

Travelog: Milano Window Shopping After Hours

Ciao from Milano! Got into the gloomy city around 4p after a long 18 hour travel (layover included). I always feel light- hearted and happy when I’m back here. Been fortunate to live just a few blocks from the Duomo, where all the action happens 🙂 My first dinner in Milan was at Il Salumaio...
Travelog: 24 Hours in Taipei, The Bag Hag Way!

Travelog: 24 Hours in Taipei, The Bag Hag Way!

I have been to Taipei twice in my adult life before this current one. I was confined to going around in only a few places that time, also perhaps because I was not really free in the afternoons to explore much. This time though, I came with my friends Erika and Lesley, and we were...
Travelog: Trouble in Oakland

Travelog: Trouble in Oakland

Two nights ago, my family and I decided to drive over to Oakland for some authentic Chinese food. We have been coming to Oakland Chinatown for nearly 30 years just to eat at one of our old haunts, without any remarkable incident. The restaurant is located along the 8th street in a normally busy area...
In San Francisco and Blending Right in

In San Francisco and Blending Right in

Hi everyone! After that super fun but too short Tokyo trip, I am back in the city I called home a decade ago. Every year, my fambam and I fly to San Francisco for the holidays. We have been staying in the same home for nearly 30 years now and each time we come back,...
Travelog: A Bag Hag's Guide on What to Buy in Tokyo

Travelog: A Bag Hag’s Guide on What to Buy in Tokyo

If you follow me on instagram [@thebaghag] and on snapchat [the_baghag], you might already know that I’m currently in Tokyo on holiday. It was my eldest kid’s birthday and we decided to celebrate it quietly in Japan, a favorite destination since the Dear Kid (DK) loves electronics and wishes to be a software engineer one...
Travelog: On Bangkok Food & Designer Clothing

Travelog: On Bangkok Food & Designer Clothing

I travel a lot lately– so much more than I used to. If I travel for a job, I am usually left with very little alone time to shop. I take my time and explore the city or town instead of go shopping. I guess this comes with age somehow– that I feel I need...
Discovery Primea: A Most Relaxing Staycation Experience in the Heart of Makati

Discovery Primea: A Most Relaxing Staycation Experience in the Heart of Makati

I gotta confess: I did not think that a staycation in a hotel right in the heart of the busiest part of Makati, Philippines, would be a very relaxing one. So reflecting back on our weekend stay at Discovery Primea, I have to say that was one of the most stress- free few days I’ve...