24 November 2013

Amsterdam 2.0

As promised, let me share my crazy Amsterdam Experience and "to do list":
1. Tulip fields outside Keukenhof - even buzzfeed suggests you visit this place in the Netherlands!
I remember passing by these majestic fields on our way home. Ahh, byootipul! 
Don't forget to smell the violets too! 
2. De Wallen (Amsterdam's Red-light District) 
I couldn't focus on the neighborhood's architecture because of the window prostitution. HAHA
Check out the banana-having-sex-with-a-girl signage. LOLOLOL
Amsterdam is indeed all about loosening up and having fun. 
4. Scheveningen - My cool and funny tita wanted to surprise us by bringing us to a nude beach. Unfortunately, it was a bit chilly and no one was naked! It's still a good place to chill and drink with friends tho.

5. Drink beer! (Only if you're 18 and above! HAHA) The photo is not distorted, okay. They have bigger serving for beer!  I even witnessed two guys throwing beers at each other in the metro. #Bukol 

6. Buy Clogs - I bought soft clogs tho for house slippers. If ever you come visit me at home, you'll see me wearing these while washing the dishes. LOL

How about you? Have you been to the city of sin? Share your experience and your to do list.

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22 November 2013

Antwerp, Belgium

 I know I promised a Part 2 of my Amsterdam trip for my next post but let me share a few photos first from my short visit in Belgium.

 My dad drove from Rotterdam (The Netherlands) to Antwerp - the second largest city (next to Brussels) in Belgium. We left my tita's house aroud 5AM and arrived at the Grote Markt at 7AM. I slept the whole time and found myself waking up to this:
I wouldn't mine waking up to that everyday. 

It's so majestic! (How my little brother described the Gildenhuizen) 

 Immaculate Leather Jacket
Sweater, Baguio City
Taupe Jeans, Terranova
Creepers, Thrifted, Harujuku, Japan
Scarf, stolen from my mom's closet, Mango 
 Everything in that place looked so rich, sophisticated and classy... even my big brother! HAHA
 Second Destination: Het Steen
Looks like they're dancing Oppa Gangnam Style, no? :))
 And of course, I just have to do it also. HAHA
You can't say you've been to Belgium without a short visit at a local pub! #Hoegaarden

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05 November 2013


I used to hate flowers. I've always thought they're overrated and expensive. I never gave my ex girlfriend a bouquet (I know, I'm a douche) and my flower arrangements back in Interior Design school sucked balls. For our second day in the Netherlands, the family drove from Rotterdam to the so-called Garden of Europe, Keukenhof (in Lisse). And it gave me a deeper appreciation with flowers.
I thought it's impossible, but there are more Tulips than grass in Keukenhof. @__@

Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May. According to my tita, the best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.
I remember seeing pictures of my beloved grandmother (my mom's mama bear) in Keukenhof. I can't explain how happy and emotional my mom was.
"Take a picture of me here, Aivan. May picture dito Inang mo."
She even wore floral pants. Kyot!

I've never seen so many beautiful flowers in my life, and they smell good as well!

Photos by my sister, Angel

My mom was so high after seeing all the tulips and smelling all the violets. She brought indoor clogs for all of us! I'll Instagram it soon. HAHA

I found these giant pair of clogs that are too cute to pass for a photo! 
My bears are the sweetest people I know!
Second Destination: Ann Frank's Huis at Prinsengracht Canal
Check out the canal houses at Prinsengracht - city planning at its best!

The water may not be crystal clear but I envy them rich Dutch teenagers chillin and drinking (and probably smoking weed too) in their own yachts/boats. I suddenly missed my friends and wished they were there with me.

I don't mind waking up with this view everyday. 
Decided to wear my sweater as a scarf because I saw a lot of rich cool Dutch kids doing it. #KunwariMayaman HAHA

Too bad we didn't have time to eat, Im sure it would be lovely and romantic to dine by the canals.

My brother wanted to bike but we all gone hater mode and said no. I regret.
Third Destination: Check out the directional sign I spotted at Madurodam (a miniature theme park). 
Where to go next?


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