Monday, May 20, 2013


I arrived in San Francisco two weeks ago, and I had a great time experiencing the stark contrast it had with the east coast. The first few days were dedicated to seeing majority of the tourist attractions that interested me: Legion of Honor, Haight Street, Golden Gate bridge, China Town etc. I was able to fully immerse myself in the bay area culture by walking through the streets and taking public transportation (where I met a real gypsy soothsayer - or at least I would like to believe so). It was difficult to refrain from In-N-Out, Panda Express, Ghirardelli Square, and Safeway red velvet cookies - when travelling: don't think, just eat am I right? Haight Street reminded me of Soho's more relaxed, hippy cousin (albeit still as artsy). For me, the fog that shrouded the city each night only heightened the beauty of the city as I looked over my aunt's apartment window. It was my first visit to California and I don't regret choosing San Francisco as my last destination. 

P.S. Check out my San Francisco shoot with Sam Montinola here

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Milwaukee 2013

My brother and I met up in Chicago and he drove me back to his hometown, Waukasha in Wisconsin (a two hour drive up from Illinois). It was surreal seeing him after two years, he left Manila while I was in the fifth grade to pursue a double degree in Marquette University so catching up was definitely a lot of fun. We literally did not stop talking the entire trip - he brought me to Milwaukee's Third Ward which featured a handful of thrift stores and interesting architecture. I ate at Comet, this incredibly hipster cafe with the most delicious tomato soup grilled cheese combo ever - and almost got away with drinking the various beers available. All in all, it was a great trip to the midwest.

Watch out for my next post: SAN FRANCISCO 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Chicago 2013

I spent an entire day roaming the streets of Chicago with my aunt. We got on the train from the suburbs at 8:15am and got off at Union Station. Afterwards, I was greeted by several wind tunnels which made the walk to the water taxi a bit difficult (despite the distance of three to four blocks). When we arrived at the Magnificent Mile we made our way to the architectural boat tour of Chicago. The tour helped me understand more about the history and architectural value that Chicago may have over other cities. For lunch, my aunt and I met up with my uncle and had the most decadent fried sandwiches and burgers ever (I regret nothing). We capped off the day by visiting The Art Institute of Chicago and browsed through their collection of Picasso.