Category: The Italian Job

Christmas Countdown Day 6: Funny Bones

It is quintessential Filipino to first fine the humour in tragedy or adversity. Whether it a political debacle or natural disaster, or even personal loss, the Filipino family will strive to find a way to continue to laugh together. For those who are not familiar with this peculiar trait, or who are married into it

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Rising From The Rubble

The other day I wrote briefly about rising from the rubble, rebuilding my life, my self, and parts of my soul. One of the most powerful poems of Dr. Maya Angelou has been a guiding light throughout this process, and it is not the first time I share it here. Nevertheless, I sometimes need to

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Taxi! (Firenze): Giovanni

I believe in (road) diversions and am always up to exploring new paths. Having said that, I decided that there was no particular reason to stick to the Berliner taxi drivers for the series, and why not – language permitting – interview the taxi drivers around the world whose cabs I end up in. When

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Champagne Trails: @TravelCatDiva explores Siena

It was significantly past 11:00pm on Friday night when I decided to book a train to Siena the next morning and spend the day there. My daughter was already home and more than willing to meet me at the Santa Maria Novella Station for our day trip, of course with Champagne in tow. The trains

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Champagne Trails: @TravelCatdiva On The Road

This is a trip that was riddled with mishaps of all sorts ranging from my daughter losing all her cards the day before departure to one train blooper after another. The decision to take Champagne along for the trip was relatively last minute, although I booked everything pet-friendly just in case I did decide to

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My Morning Commute

I don’t mind getting up early, nor do I mind being on the road before at 7:30am, but doing so in winter when sunrise is only at 08:00, it is tough for an Asian soul. I miss the sun and dislike the bitter nordic winds that tear through any warm clothing. I have faint and

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