Good Mood Food

I met these two Danish guys, Anders and Andreas, 3 years ago when they were starting out their first restaurant in Shanghai, China.  We did our first shoot in a test kitchen somewhere in the middle of nowhere, and since have been working together when they need photos of their food taken.  From their first branch in a mall basement to two new branches this year, I wish them good luck and hope their food philosophy – that superb quality ingredients makes for delicious dishes, reaches more and more appreciation among people in Shanghai.

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Between Chaos and Peace

Old and new.  History and new technology.  It amazes me how Japan can be so much of one thing and so much of the opposite of that.

One thing I must admit though, before the trip and many months after, I have been addicted to their cuisine and have been having Japanese food non-stop.  It was an explosion to my tastebuds when I finally got to try the authentic flavors, and I have been hooked since.  It’s the melody of having different textures and flavors, that I think makes Japanese food so amazing.

Scroll down below to see photos from our adventures in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kobe.

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European Escape

Ahh summertime in the French – Italian Riviera… having scoops of delicious gelato while multitasking ourselves to people watching and getting suntanned on the beach.. What could be better?  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I vacation in this area every summer, but once in a lifetime is an experience to remember, especially while you’re young and without much worries still…

It may be my third time in Europe, but a first to visit Italy – why I didn’t visit sooner is something I have yet to ask myself.  We did as normal tourist would do, visit Rome, Tuscany, Venice, Milan, and even make a sidetrip to see the beautiful Cinque Terre.  My brother was also vacationing in Côte d’Azur at the same time so during our three weeks in that region, we took a train ride from Italy to France to visit my brother in Nice for a few days.

What happened in our vacation? Scroll down below to see what we saw (or ate), and hope you’ll enjoy the visual ride as much as we did.

Our first stop was of course, the capital ROME.  We stuffed ourselves with carbs and washing it down with good coffee, at the end of the day we always felt happy.  The best coffee I have ever tasted, would have to be from Italy.  There is something different to the way they make it there which brings out all the flavor, amazingly.

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More than a weekend in Bali

Every year I say it’s a year of firsts – first time to do this and that, or go someplace new.  Despite growing up in the Philippines, I never had the chance to visit Bali before.  Although I know my country has similar things such as rice terraces and beautiful coastlines, coming to Bali still seemed very fresh to me.  My now fiancee took me here on our first trip together, and the pictures below were what we saw in our few days there.

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India: The First Time

If someone would ask me if I’d go to India alone, I’d say never in my wildest dreams.

When two of my friends and I decided a month and a half in advance to go, we were all excited. We attained all the requirements: the visa, the preparation, the local friends to contact in case of emergencies. We were all set.

The moment we landed, we headed straight to our hotel in the heart of Delhi, which we later found out from friends was in fact in a dodgy area (haha!).  We didn’t know and we didn’t care.  We had taken the cheapest flights which was the red eye flight with AirIndia, so when we landed in Delhi it was around 5 am in the morning.  Once we were in the hotel, we began to sleep, but shortly after we were woken up again – we didn’t get the notice that it was the cricket day between India and Pakistan, and by 8 am there was boom boom boom, huge drums playing a few feet outside our window to celebrate the match.  At that time I thought, wow, India is really welcoming us!

We were told that in India clothes were very affordable, so we decided to pack light and just attain our genie pants and tunics from there.  True enough, everything felt like a good bargain!  The moment we got off our first ride from the metro in Delhi, we were greeted with some beautiful handmade bead accessories which were being sold at a quarter of the price of stuff you find in H&M.

Delhi Metro Colorful India We got inspired to “localize,” aside from wearing traditional clothing, we got henna tattooed on the streets and one of my friends got a braid.  HennaArmed with our henna tattoos and complete getup, we were ready to experience India.  First stop, the Taj Mahal in Agra.  Taj Mahal is perhaps the most popular architectural symbol of India – you’ve seen it everywhere.  But in case you’ve never been, it’s a must to know that it’s a 2 hour drive away from the capital Delhi.  We had our first picture taken in front of the red gate below, and yes it is blurred, but it’s the only photo we had in front of that gate which makes it still special:3 girls travel to India Red mosque bicycle Henna tattoo Travel photography Taj Mahal Stories Taj Mahal India The Taj Mahal almost solitude Travel to Taj MahalAfter Agra and Delhi, we moved on to Jaipur by bus.  It was in this bus ride when I had one of those moments where you literally find yourself gripping onto dear life.  I was lucky to have data on my phone because we got sim cards right when we were coming out of the airport, and that connectivity allowed me to sign up for a travel insurance when we were already on the brink of possible death inside that bus.  Okay you might think I’m exaggerating, but I grew up in the Philippines where buses have literally flown out of flyovers (it was a very sad story which killed a lot of people) and I’ve had several scary bus rides before but this one in particular felt like the driver just didn’t care.

After the longest 6 hour bus journey we had ever had, we finally made it to Jaipur – yay!Indian foodjaipurcity of jaipurtempletemple visitAmer FortAmer Fort IndiaAmer Fort JaipurWalls have earsMonkIndian guardsnake charmersInside amer fort6 pointed starIndian tuktuk driver3 girls on a journeydetailsIndian womanblue and pinkIndian spicestravel selfiedeep tunnelglass ceilingsOlder Indian womanAnd then we moved on to Udaipur.  From Jaipur we took an overnight train to reach Udaipur.  If I must say, Udaipur is my favorite among all the cities I have come to visit in India.  It’s THE most romantic, imagine Venice in Italy, with several artificial lakes surrounding the city all throughout.  At night it’s peaceful, and the lake palace sometimes holds weddings which from afar looks like a whole island having a grand party. udaipurInside Udaipur city palaceTravel IndiaUdaipur Lake PicholaRajasthan travel photographyLife in IndiaCity in waterColorful India travelGrand Indian CeremonyBiryani and butter chickenFinally – one of the highlights of our trip… we took a 17 hour train ride from Udaipur to Mumbai.  And this was no ordinary train ride.  We took the no-class sleeper train, and had the most memorable night ever.  I doubt any of us really slept that night.  Luckily, a German guy got assigned to our cabin too, since we were already starting to worry about the looks we were getting from the local men who passed by and lingered in our cabin. Despite being avid travelers, one of our worries as women is the general safety in the places we go to, even if we’re traveling as a group of 3.

Our fellow German passenger was well accustomed to being around locals, and wasn’t afraid to play games with them.  So that night we ended up playing a few games of cards, and in the end it was like everyone were friends in that cabin.  Even the occasional rat that scooted by underneath the seats.  Hey – life is all about the quirky moments right? Mumbai train stationFrom Mumbai we then headed on to our last stop, Goa, which was a famous beach destination.  This west coast port city was once under the colony of the Portuguese, thus the reason why there’s a lot of Portuguese style architecture and even cuisine. Mumbai driverGoan churchIndian street delicacyMasala Chai by the beachGoa Travel India3 girls on a journey through IndiaThat was the end of our journey.  If you’re traveling to India and have a few questions, don’t hesitate to ask and drop me an email in my contact form! 🙂