Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Manila Ikebana Installation and Workshop

Last year as part of my Philippine trip, I stayed a few days in Manila after our Iloilo visit to attend to some personal errands; catch up with family and friends; and do Ikebana. It was a great opportunity for me to create some Ikebana arrangements for the Diocesan Shrine of Sto. Nino. And the day after that, I had a workshop in collaboration with Zaan Japanese Tea House. Ikebana.. Read More

Iloilo City on a Rainy Day

Before flying back to Manila, we made sure that we have at least a half day to see Iloilo City. Fortunately, our niece was kind enough to tour us around. Despite the poring rain that day, we were still able to see some beautiful places the city has to offer. We first drove around the new Iloilo Business Park for a quick look. Reconnecting with Spanish Heritage in Iloilo City.. Read More

Suhot Cave and Springs: A Hidden Oasis in Capiz

After our family rituals and gathering for my dad’s first year death anniversary, we have decided to do some sightseeing nearby Calinog, Iloilo. One of my cousins suggested Suhot which is known for its spring water and cave. From Calinog, it is about 30-45 minutes drive towards Dumalag, Capiz. Although it was a long drive, the view was fascinating. Different shades of green from both sides and we almost have.. Read More

An Afternoon at Yanaka Ginza

Yanaka Ginza Day Tour

Right after our trip to Germany and before going to the Philippines, I had about a week to enjoy the last days of summer in Tokyo. My friend, Bang was here for a short visit. Compared to her previous trips, this year we have decided for a more relaxed itinerary. Hachiko and Nezu Shrine My friend loves Hachiko and its story. When she first visited Japan, a photo with Hachiko.. Read More

Magnolia for Winter Ikebana

Magnolia is one of the flowers in my to-do list. Every year, I always admire how the tree near our building blooms with elegant white Magnolia flowers. I always imagine how it would look like if I put some branches in a vase. Unfortunately, the flower shops around us do not sell such. The first weeks of January were a bit tough for me. I suffered from fever with cough.. Read More