Yet another late post! Since I got here in London, I always make it a point to spend my summer breaks in Manila as much as possible. For the simple reason that the city becomes a ghost town to me because all my amigos head back to their respective countries. So I usually book a flight and scram even before the last day of term. But Summer 2012 was a different case for 3 reasons: Coldplay, Tomorrowland, and the London […]
Portobello Road is the famous address of a number of London antique shops, selling everything from quirky rugs to second-hand riches. It’s also notably known for being the setting of the rom-com classic, “Notting Hill” which was mostly filmed along the street. On weekends, when the road is closed and a full-blown market is in place, it can get as mob scenic as the tiangges in Greenhills. But it was far from the usual ruckus when I went with my […]
Being the very first and widely considered as the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon to the fans of tennis is what the World Cup is to football enthusiasts. Although not a tennis buff myself, I’ve come to enjoy watching the game thanks to my parents who stay up till morning to watch the likes of Federer and Nadal on TV.
I’m not one to take lotsa videos at concerts. Other than the fact that my camera ain’t all that good, I usually prefer to experience gigs in the flesh, but after seeing Coldplay live the first time in 2009, I made sure to take my camera with me this time. There are only a few quality live acts today that make you forget you stood for 6 solid hours just to witness them on stage . And Coldplay is one […]
Whether by paper or the big screen, the Harry Potter franchise has undeniably been a worldwide phenomenon, capturing the interest of more than one generation and taking imagination levels to the moon and back. I remember having trouble with my marks back in 3rd grade cos I got too hooked on reading the first book. In fact, I also even printed out photos of Emma Watson as Hermione and taped them on my HP pencil box haha. But not having […]
Two of my good friends from high school, Roxi and Tiptip, were in London for a couple of days last week as part of their Eurotrip this summer. As I’ve got my hands full with exams this whole month, it sucks I wasn’t able to join them a lot. But on their last day, I took them to Notting Hill (cos Tip wanted to see the bookshop and the famous blue door), Primrose Hill, and Camden. Good times with great friends!
London is probably best known for its West End musicals, Big Ben, and the Queen’s Guards with their tall fury hats. But I’ve discovered that apart from these postcard attractions, the city also has a rich sub or counterculture and one of the ways it’s best observed is through street art. With the likes of world famous artists such as Banksy and Cartrain being based in the city, one can imagine the amount and quality of street art London has to offer.
Right, so here’s the deal with me and travelling. I’ve been based in London for the past 3.5 years and travelling has become one of my biggest frustrations. In that span of time, I’ve only gone to 4 cities outside England and although I’ve been to a number of cities within the UK, the trips were basically just campus visits to different universities so they don’t technically count, do they? But an exception to the list is Liverpool, which my good […]
(In case you haven’t, and to do away with all the “hello-blogging-world-first-entry” bullcrap, do check out the “About” page of the site. Yeah buddy) I just turned 22 a couple of days ago and I gotta say, so far it feels a lot like being 21. For reals. But what was different about turning a year older this time around was that it was my first birthday away from home. (All together now: “Aww!”) Yeah, I’ve been based in London […]