an authentic japanese food adventure

By: Ron Cruz . Itadakimasu! The word means "I humbly receive!" A verbiage to be said before the first bite, like bon appetite for French or loosely translated Kain na for Filipinos. One semi-drunk Japanese guy told me that it's a way to salute everyone who paved way for...

what shwedagon taught me

By Ron Cruz  . Towards the end of each trip, the last few hours are always the fastest, whirling like blurred movie scenes flashing like strobes causing a silent seizure, an alternating circuit of vague emotions. Like a toddler's tantrum that only riddance can soothe. On that last day...

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...

japan: initial thoughts

JAPAN TRAVEL TIPS FOR PINOYS I've been seeing people clap twice and bow down in front of a shrine. So when I saw the next one with a sakura tree and a fancy roof, I put my hands together and bowed with sincerest respect. A young Japanese boy...

Musée du Louvre

Must-see art works in the louvre other than mona lisa You have to forget her fame. You need to go inside the painting, see her naked expression, read her tender message and feel the outline of her delicate smile. , The worst time to visit Paris is during the heat of...

the quest for a true laotian meal

. In silence, the sun started kissing the town's aging asphalt and concrete surfaces. The light revealed the layers of pastel painted walls that are falling-off like withered flakes of skin. It is charming, it is enigmatic, and to some degree ineffably sublime. I could hear myself...

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...

notre-dame de paris: the pop culture, the history, the legacy.

. When Victor Hugo wrote the French gothic novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame in 1829, he was aiming to raise awareness on the importance of saving old buildings during the time when everyone's pulling a Miley Cyrus wrecking structures left and right. Little did he know that his...

a day in mount pilatus switzerland ++

. Switzerland welcomed me with a bang---Yes, the land of chocolate, watches and bank geeks banged my pocket big time with €20 (P1,200) for a plate of bratwurst after our 13 hour drive from Paris. The square cropped Swiss flag is instagram friendly but its huge plus symbol should...