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South Italy Coast

South Italian Coast is gorgeous! …and that’s putting it lightly.


We were ooh-ing and aah-ing inside the bus. It certainly took my breath away.


Last September, I was blessed to revisit Italy once again after five years of ever dreaming of coming back. I had two weekends in Napoli. I decided to travel to a familiar place, Rome, and a place that I didn’t get to see before, Amalfi Coast.



It’s cheap transportation too! The fare from Napoli to Sorrento is only about 3 Euros. Then the tour bus costs 16 Euros to and from Amalfi. So that’s about 22 Euros of transportation expenses in total. I say not too shabby for such incredible views and travel experiences.


And, you can visit Sorrento and Positano all in one.



The road is narrow, winding and steep! I recommend just taking one of the tour buses or having an experienced driver to take you there.


If you’re ever in Southern part of Italy, a trip to Amalfi won’t be a disappointment.


The drive there is an unforgettable sightseeing on its own.


I’ll show you Amalfi Coast on a later post. Here’s for now…


Back in Rome

Last September, I was assigned to three weeks of classes in (yey yea!) Italy- one week in Sigonella and two weeks in Naples.

I was there for training but rest assured that I did some traveling. I managed to revisit and visit old and new places. I chose to come back to Rome and Amalfi Coast.

My return to my most favorite city was more than bliss.



It was an entirely different feeling when you come back to a place you’ve known than seeing it for the first time. Returning back to Italy was most profound. It’s like having your precious memories come to life again.



Granted my ardent love for Rome will never cease, i’m so grateful that I was given a blessing to come back and see it all over again.


-Vittorio Emanuele-


-Roman Forum-


-Piazza del Popolo-




-Trevi Fountain-


-Spanish Steps-

Rome is one huge majestic outdoor museum, and what I always love about it is the plethora of historical and architectural sights you get to see.


-Piazza del Popolo-



-Piazza del Popolo-


-Piazza del Popolo-

I resided in Italy for 2 years. I love and missed it so much. I always hoped of returning, but I always thought that would only stayed as a dream. I really felt so blessed to be given that opportunity to come back. I was there for a day so I didn’t get to hit a lot of other great spots like St. Peter’s Basilica. My time there was short. Even then, I’m very thankful.

If you ever plan of going, be ready to do a lot of walking. Given my time restriction, I steered clear of places where there are waiting time just to get inside.


-Spanish Steps-


-Piazza del Popolo-

P.S. A lot of construction works when I was there. If you look at the Trevi Fountain picture, I only took the upper part of it because there are works getting done to it. I also noticed a lot of giant advertising billboard signs (see a car advertisement on the first picture of Piazza del Popolo) are put up in front of or around the sights.

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Revisiting Rome

Greedy as it may sound, I do hope to revisit Italy for the third time. It doesn’t cost to dream, right? ;) I hope for everyone to be happy with whatever or wherever life takes you.

Last Call …


5 Seconds


Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – Packed with bits of  sentiments and details both in words and in visuals, this novel earns one of the best child narrators I’ve ever read.
In Rainbow by Radiohead – Music that takes you in a trance and lyrics that will rip your hearts apart. Seriously, Radiohead albums should have a forewarning: Do not listen when depressed… or driving on the road at night.
Almost Famous – Very interesting that this, well, very interesting life journey is loosely based on the director’s (Cameron Crowe) teenage years. One of the top music-related movies to date.


I was tagged by Rommel of The Sophomore Slump  to list the 5 places I’d like to go back to. I am listing just that. Not exactly the best destinations, but 5 places that I’ve been to and wish to go back to. To wander once more. To explore more and hit the areas I wish I knew then. Places I wish I had more time to be in. Trips where I wish I used my times there better. Places I’ve been dreaming about of returning. 5 places I wouldn’t at all mind going for seconds.


The Alcazar alone is enough reason to go back Seville. The Cathedral, La Giralda, the palace, the watchtower “Torre de Oro”, the bullring, all in walking distance are icing on the cake. I will never forget the time when I just walked in the neighborhood by myself very early in the morning. For no apparent reason other than just wandering around and soaking in the moment.


Not that I didn’t have a great experience on our trip here per se. I did. It was adventurous actually. We explore a secret excursion that not many tourists know about. I just wish I knew how awesome the grotto really is. When I was here, I was with two friends who didn’t want to spend money to go on the boat that takes people to the Blue Grotto. Not only that, our time was not on our side either. I wish I was more pushy. :D I wish to go back here for the Blue Grotto. Then have more to see its pristine water, the picturesque houses, the boats, and the overlooking view once again.



I was excited to go to Japan for its unique culture. Although separated from the mainland, I’d still definitely go back to Okinawa, Japan to immerse once more of the culture, visit the amazing places, witness the awesome events and meet the people again and again. I wouldn’t even mind having the same experiences all over. ;) Okinawa provided me so many “first” travel experiences.




There is just so much things to see and do in Bohol. So many of it so define the culture and beauty of the Philippines. I highly suggest the water tours which include dolphin watching, snorkelling, and the most beautiful spots ever, Virgin Island.


It is loved by many for good reasons. I got lost here from wandering around too much. :) Paris is Paris. I blame it solely on Paris.



Holistic Wayfarer: A Holistic JourneyConfessions: Mismatching Socks and My Deepest Longing – Just one of the most honest, eloquent, best written blog pieces I’ve ever read.


Memory Monday: Crowd


How well are you with crowds? When it comes to just going to travel destinations, I don’t like crowds. During holidays, I try to usually go hiking or just stay away from popular sites. But when it comes to events, I can deal with crowds.

I like capturing crowds. Seeing my pictures results, it’s nice to examine and identify each facial expressions and what each person is doing.


– Sea World [San Diego, California] –

Some of crowd pics have that one or two distinctive, noticeable person/s that stick out.

Running of the Bull [Jerez, Spain] –
This is where I almost lost my family jewel from getting rammed by the bull!

Perhaps the biggest crowd I’ve ever been with was during the Tug of War in Okinawa, Japan. It has a crazy excessive total of 270,000 participants!

1394781_10151990279933578_1552751741_n277,000! people participated in pulling this giant rope that weighs over 40 tons and extends over 650 feet –

And the crowd goes wild …


– Tug of War [ Naha in Okinawa, Japan] –

Can you deal with the sweat-swapping? :D :P

This crowd is looking up at something.


– It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s, it’s, it’s …. –

– Prague, Czech Republic –

Click here to see what they look up at for – Prague Orloj.

And what about concert crowds. I hate some of them! I don’t like those who are blazing up doobies. :D :(

Can you wrestler with the crowd and all the elbowing going on? :)

I like a quieter, more manageable crowd, of course.

– Bull fight Arena [Andalusia, Spain] –

Do you follow a crowd clogged up in a street to see what the fuss is all about?

Venice Beach Crowd

– Street Performance [Venice Beach, California] –

I know you do. Don’t even lie. :P :D

I don’t blame you. When you want to find something interesting, it’s a good meter, and sign!, to follow a crowd. ;)

Birch Aquarium

I like taking pictures of crowd in front of an aquarium. But not when a bunch of cellphones are glowing bright…

– Churaumi Aquarium [Okinawa, Japan] –

This group of performers is the missing picture on my Reflection II post. Just look how happy each and every one is!

Live While You're Woung

– Koza Atrium [Okinawa, Japan] –
Children dancing to the tune of “Live While You’re Young”. Their energy and smiles were infectious, I carried that spirit throughout my stay in there


Sometimes, you just can’t avoid the crowd. Well … If you can’t beat them, join them.

I think I surround myself with the right crowd…

Spanish Footsteps

– Spanish Footsteps at night [Rome, Italy] –



Well let’s go Italy….

Find out what makes Timeless Italy of Italy: From St. Peter to Caravaggio a category award candidate of Italy Magazine Blogger Award.


Go ahead and crowd this post with comments. :D

Revisiting Rome

Thousand sophisticated words can fall right in front of me but Rome is simply…

For this Flashback Friday, I’m revisiting Rome. No, I didn’t fly there again. I just thought that it is only rightful to re-post, for the first time, Rome and the Vatican. It is the city I still deem to be the best in the world. During my 2 years assignment in Italy, I usually take the train and visit Rome again and again. Thousand words can fall right in front of me but Rome is simply…




Rome? Italy?


What about learning how to cook in Italy? That girl whit and the lover of the rad and fab took an Italian exploration in Rome, Sorrento and Florence. Her clear and crispy, stylishly-presented pictures all look like they are ripped off from magazines. She is a jaunty, free-spirited blogger. Just read her journalistic stories and look at her lovely images and you’ll see what I mean. Everyone knows how amazing food exploration in Italy is. She took that journey to another level, she learned her culinary skills while in Florence. My favorite post – How I became an Italian chef in a day: Florence Food & Wine Academy.


Last Call…

MY Favorite Italian Music

Some of you may expect something obscure, an acquired taste, serious or substantial musicians. With emphasis, these are MY favorite Italian music.

An Italian co-worker sang over and over something of a significant to Neapolitan culture. He even explained to me what was the song all about. Back then, I didn’t pay “that” much attention. Months later, the song was remixed and was all over the radio, not just in Europe but all around the world. I was talking about a Renato Carosone original, “Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano”.

The remix from Yolanda Be Cool was not the only one. Christina Aguilera and Lou Bega have different version of the song as well. Sophia Lauren, a Napoli native, danced to the tune of it in a movie. It was also performed by Matt Damon and Jude Law in the movie, The Talented Mr. Ripley. The song tis reflected when American military’s stay in Naples that booms the economy of Italy years ago. The song is roughly translated to “You wanna be an American”. It’s definitely not the same anymore.

When it comes to Italian music, there are, of course, sound names such as Andrea Bocelli and Pavarotti. I’m just not an opera listener.
I happened to like pop music in Italy. This is my most favorite video I’ve seen throughout my 2-year stay there.

Don’t we all do this…???

I really enjoy watching the video. I especially like the last part. The song is from Zero Assoluto.

My favorite females are the most recognizable ones as well, Elisa and Laura Pausini. These two are actually internationally acclaimed. They both sing in English and Spanish. Laura Pausini actually has a single with James Blunt. Elisa’s song “Dancing” had been used three times in the TV contest, “So You Think You Can Dance”. Both of them are part of the artist line-up of the song “Domani” together with other new and old famous Italian musicians.

Yes, this is sort of like their “We Are The World” song. A Mauro Pagani’s original, the song is called “Domani” or “Tomorrow“. In May 21, 2009, an Italian artist ensemble got together to compose a charity single to benefit the victims of L’Aquila Earthquake.

This brings me to my MOST favorite Italian artist, the ever-poetic, Jovanotti. He’s the man behind that project. I actually bought one of his 2007 album, L’Albero, just for this awesome song …

I love this song to death. I can sing this feel-good song over and over and over again. “Bella” is indeed a very “Beautiful” song where Lorenzo Jovanotti compares a woman to all things beautiful. I love the bridge part when it paused to make room for the flute solo.

Last Call…

This song is not in Italian nor Italian-based but from an English rock band, Skunk Anansie. It just so happened to be a constant-airplay single in Italy when I was there. You may have heard about Skunk Anansie from an internationally-acclaimed song, “Because of you”.  They may be a “clit-rock” group, but my most favorite is this vocal-heavy song called “Squander”.

There goes my favorites. I encourage everyone to embrace the culture of the country you are in or travel to, not just tourism-wise, or food, but other areas like music, perhaps clothing, language and traditions as well.

They also have versions of familiar songs like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“, which my Italian co-worker is also fond of singing aloud. During my time there, “Weirdero” was also a hit, which is a remake of Radiohead’s “I’m a Creep“. I always sing “Io Canto Sotto La Pioggia” every time it rains. The song is the Italian version of “I’m Singing in the Rain“.

This post is part of Flashback Friday. I made it in time. YEY!
Category: Italy

Near and Far: Europe and California

VENICE – Tops: California, Bottoms: Italy

I badly wish to go back to Europe. But I can’t complain as much. Not only that I’ve been very blessed to have gone there, the place I’m currently in ain’t too shabby for my travel fix. Plus, it really isn’t hard to cross-culture here in California.

Villas – Design of Getty Villa {Bottom) is inspired by The Villa of Papyri in Herculaneum (Top).

I really enjoyed the neat idea I came up with when I Merge: Herculanem and Getty Villa. And so, I tweak it a bit for my entry of Near and Far. The images in this post are places in California where you can imagine or reminisce different locations in Europe. Not what the challenge is looking for, but I’ve been known as a notorious  WPC rule-breaker.

Spanish Footsteps – Top Right: Rodeo Drive, California, Top Left and Bottom: Rome, Italy. Related post: Journey

I like to know. Anything around your area, or places you’ve been to, that resembles, comparable to, or is based from another location or site from a different country?

Alcazar Garden – Left: Sevilla, Spain, Right: Balboa Park

The next one is with the help of sister, Analyn. She’s quite a globetrotter as well.

Danish – Tops: Solvang, Bottom: Copenhagen, Denmark (picture courtesy of my sister)

This post is part of Flashback Friday. *sticks tongue out*



Here is Loni. Check out her Yosemite posts. Check out her Venice post. Check out her Mud Run post. Check out the one where she got on TV. Check out her Anniversary post and the different places her and her husband have gone to. Check out her Academy post. Check out food, places of mainly California, and her wide-eye impressive photographs. My favorite however is  her 100th post where she showed her “Loni Exhibit”, These are some of my favorite things. Go ahead and Check out how Loni Found Herself.


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