• Europe,  Trips

    Paris: Activities with kids

    Last August, we went to Paris and Lourdes to celebrate my in-law's 50th wedding anniversary. We were a group of 18 which meant that every day was jampacked with activities, eating and of course, group photo-taking (evidence below)! The kids were so excited to go to Paris for the first time and so we made sure we had at least one kid-friendly activity every day.    Sailing toy boats at Jardin du Luxembourg The boats arrive at 11am every day in summer and Wednesdays and weekends for the rest of the year. Renting a boat costs EUR3.50 for 30 minutes and you can choose boats with different national flags so…

  • Trips,  UK

    Hampton Court with kids

    All 5 of us and my aunt spent a day at Hampton Court on an extremely sunny Sunday and it was probably the best and most enjoyable day trips we’ve taken in London thus far. I’m not sure why it took us over a year to visit, considering how near it is to where we live.​ How we got there We rode the Southwest train from Wimbledon to Hampton Court and it only took us 20 minutes. There are trains running from London Waterloo to Hampton Court every 30 minutes. Click here for more information on how to get there. From the Hampton Court train station, it was a short and…

  • Eats,  Europe,  Trips,  UK,  UK

    Cambridge with 3 kids, plus tips for parents

    Because the sun was out and warm weather was promised, we decided to visit Cambridge over the long bank holiday weekend. We’ve only heard good things about Cambridge, but we were still pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed our time there. How we got there We took a train from Liverpool Street station which took 1.5 hours. When we got to the Cambridge train station, we took a pleasant 20-minute walk into the town centre. We could have taken an Uber (which would have cost around £7) or a Citi Bus (they accept cash) / Stagecoach (dayrider tickets sell for £7.50 for a family of one adult and 2 children) but since the weather was gorgeous and we weren’t rushing, the walk was a…

  • Trips

    Trip to Coron, Palawan with kids

    Our 4 day trip to Coron, Palawan with our 3 kids and my mom was one of the most memorable ones we've taken as a family. Aside from being gorgeous (Palawan wasn’t voted Best Island in the World by Conde Nast Traveller for nothing), we had so much fun doing different activities together and relaxing by the beach. Cruz, my eldest, who was 7 at the time, impressed us with his snorkelling ability and an unexpected adventurous spirit – he was cannonballing into lagoons from the rocks. Sinta, 5, although not as daring as her brother, enjoyed her time in a life vest while riding on my back in the…

  • UK

    4 things I love about living in London

    It’s been almost a year since we moved to London to work (me) and study (Emman and the kids) and it’s been an eventful 12 months to say the least. I miss our family and friends terribly and I dream about the lifestyle (and affordable, excellent food!) back home but in my effort to always look at the brighter side of things, here are the top 5 reasons we love living in London: We’re never bored Getting around is easy, even with 3 kids, so we take them everywhere. Every weekend is an opportunity to explore this vibrant city, rich in history and culture. Most museums are free to the public,…

  • Asia,  Eats,  Philippines,  Trips

    My Siargao top 5

    I've always been a sucker for the beach. One year I went to Boracay 4 times. Coron is absolutely mind-blowing (more posts on that trip soon). But I have to say, Siargao is one of my new favourites because of: 1.The people. Friendly faces of all nationalities everywhere! From our habal-habal driver, to the funny Aussies (?) on their motorbikes with their ukelele, this island has that laid-back vibe that Boracay probably had 20 years ago. 2. The food. Because so many foreigners have decided to live in Siargao, a lot of them decided to put up their own restaurants. and with good ol' Filipino ihaw-ihaws (Mama's Grill) around too, we…

  • Asia,  Philippines,  Trips

    Video: Siargao

    SIARGAO 2016 from Dianne Nazareno on Vimeo.   Before leaving for London, Reg and I spent a few glorious days in sunny Siargao. I can’t wait to go back with the whole family. Siargao has the perfect vibe, friendliest people and good food. I was also able to stand up on my board while surfing baby waves. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

  • Asia,  Trips

    Hong Kong photos

    A couple of girlfriends and I went to Hong Kong for a relaxed, (super) intimate bachelorette send-off for my gorgeous friend Rachelle. It was a weekend of eating, checking out small shops, eating, gabbing and eating. Did I mention we ate? Here are some photos from our trip. We stayed at Hotel Jen in Kennedy Town, away from the busier, tourist-filled areas of the island. K-Town has lots of concept restaurants and brunch places popping up, all amidst a neighborhood dominated by HKU students and local shops and businesses. The sandwiches at Sunday’s Grocery are so good, I gobbled them up before taking photos. The chicken schnitzel and market chips…