North America

Cordial and Refined in Charleston, South Carolina

Cordial and Refined in Charleston, South Carolina

Why I went here? There has always been a buzz about Charleston. It is historically and culturally important since it played a huge part in two of America’s great wars and because of the diversity of cultures that were brought over during the antebellum period. And now, it has also become a place where people come to eat great food. …

Eager and Intrigued in Savannah, Georgia

Eager and Intrigued in Savannah, Georgia

Why I went here? The city has always been on my domestic shortlist ever since I saw Forrest Gump. Much was said about the city’s hospitality and that is another reason why I wanted to visit. Lastly, one of my cousins went to school there so I am no stranger to its touristic draws. Best time to visit? Savannah’s climate is temperate, except during the summer periods when the humidity makes something bearable feels unbearable. With that said, it is best to head over during spring or late fall. …

Grateful and Relaxed in Miami Beach, Florida

Grateful and Relaxed in Miami Beach, Florida

Why I went here? My return flight from Panama had a layover in Miami and since I have never been, I decided to spend a couple of days to check out this infamous party town. I was also interested in Miami’s art scene. Best time to visit? The best time is any month outside the hurricane season. Hurricane season generally occurs from July to December. …

Welcomed and Sympathetic in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Welcomed and Sympathetic in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Why I went here? I decided on including this on the itinerary primarily because of the Petroglyph National Park, Indian Pueblo Center where I can learn more about Native American Indian tribes, and to quote my friend “so mother can get TWO magnets”. Best time to visit? Summer and fall are the best seasons to visit. Summer has the majority of outdoor and family events and fall for the international balloon festival. …

Refreshed and Relaxed in San Francisco, California

Refreshed and Relaxed in San Francisco, California

Why I went here? Mostly to escape the heat in Texas, eat fresh food and soak in the culture. I also went to visit family living nearby, but most importantly, to refresh and relax. Best time to visit? Anytime, really, but gear towards late spring into early autumn. Winter is San Francisco can be cold with biting winds coming from the north, and summer is when the tourists flock. Best way to get there? From Dallas, fly from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to San Francisco International (SFO). The airport is a bit far from the center itself, but the BART provides easy connection via public transportation. Travel time is anywhere from 40-60 minutes (depending on time of day) and the cost is roughly $8 one way. …

Laid Back and Grand in Chicago, Illinois

Laid Back and Grand in Chicago, Illinois

Why I went here?  The first time was to just to visit the city.  It just happened to be that my family also had a function to attend so I tagged along. Last year, I went to meet up with a friend who was in town for business. Chicago has…

Dynamic and Hungry in Vancouver, British Columbia

Dynamic and Hungry in Vancouver, British Columbia

Why I went here? I wanted to ski but not necessarily go on a ski holiday so I looked at cities with skiing opportunities nearby, and Vancouver won the toss up. Best time to visit? If you’re keen on winter sports (and since that’s one of the main reason I…

Diversified and Harmonious in Toronto, Ontario

Diversified and Harmonious in Toronto, Ontario

Why I went here? It was a suitable getaway for a long weekend. I have also never been and I wanted to see Niagara Falls. Best time to visit? The best time is from May to September. The city begins to liven, opening up themed parks, farmers markets, and the Casa Loma. Best way to get there? Take a direct flight from DFW to Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The best way to get to Toronto is to take the Pacific Western Airport Express. It is a bus service that stops in several centralized points within the city. It’s comfortable, reliable and it has wifi inside. The cost is $40 round trip and for $6 more, you can upgrade to the “connect” and be dropped off and picked up from your hotel doorstep (that is if it’s not one of the normal stop). …

Unique and Cultured in Washington, DC

Unique and Cultured in Washington, DC

Why I went here? The first time, way back in early 2000s, was to visit my aunts. I enjoyed it very much I ended up spending several summers up here up until they moved on opposite ends (one now lives in VA and one in MD). This latest trip had three major purposes: to pay my aunts a visit, see the cherry blossoms, and go to the National Holocaust Museum. I also wanted to recapture the sights around town. Let’s just say that it’s been ages since my last escapade here, my photographs weren’t even in digital format.

Invigorating yet Homely in New York, New York

Invigorating yet Homely in New York, New York

Why I went here? My first time in New York was the first summer after immigrating to the United States from the Philippines. As a gesture of hospitality, my uncle who resides there invited me to spend the summer with them. From that moment on, I was a New York lover. The city, with its tall buildings and bustling streets, reminded me so much of home. …