sun and see: the lakes of bavaria

By Ron Cruz . For someone who grew up constantly breathing the salty air from the sea, summer is synonymous to sun, sand and grilled tilapia awaiting to be torn by wrinkled fingers for lunch. Summer. The time of the year to bask in the tropical heat and waste slothful hours of doing nothing--like...

how i almost got kicked-out of an abbey in salzburg

By Ron Cruz . The map and the GPS confirmed that I was at the right location, with my 20kg bags and empty stomach, I couldn't wait to check-in and sit in a restaurant. But my basic cerebral functions were probably still snoozing the alarm. Yes, I am staying in a church in...

FlipPicks: Bavarian Food That You Must Try

For the longest time, if someone will randomly ask me off the streets to name my favorite Bavarian dish, like 90% of you I will proudly say “Bavarian crème filled donut, duh!” That’s without batting an eyelash. Unlike the modern concrete cities up north, Bavaria is...

the sound of music movie locations then and now

the sound of music movie locations then and now The busy kitchen spew fumes that are unmistakably Christmas---Simmering casserole, brewing gravy, roasting garlic and steaming puto bumbong. Bells echo from the church across the block adding a layer of sound to the dizzying combined vocals of Jose Marie Chan, Bing Crosby...

bavarian roll: the road trip across the alps

If it is going to be your first time in Europe, I am assuming that your expectation was just like mine, coated with sugary frostings, glitters and fairy dust. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but Europe is not all fairy tale, castles, unicorns, knights...

my eurotrip in a nutshell

It was a whirlwind vacation if you are going to ask me. Two weeks will never be enough to squeeze-in all my "must visits" which I have been planning and dreaming to see in the last two decades. So I had to plan correctly and wisely...