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...

should we always post photos of what we eat?

By Ron Cruz .  In the age where a smart phone is fast becoming a food utensil, everyone can easily become a foodie, a critique, a connoisseur. So, inevitably food-whoring became a subculture of travel and social media: Taking pictures of what's on the plate replaced the prayer before meals...