Apple pie and new hobbies

I’ve gained two new hobbies this quarantine era: baking and photography. Or maybe three. I’ve also gained weight because of said hobbies. Apparently, baking has become the new yoga. People, or at least the people I see on Instagram, have all been mixing flour and cranking up their ovens to make the nth version of […]

On grief and some tomato soup

I was supposed to talk about tomato soup. A classic tomato soup I’ve been making a lot of these past few weeks. I got the recipe from Cup of Jo. It’s so easy and so creamy and so comforting, it’ll make you forget how wretched this year is. Lol. Of course not. Nothing will make […]

Prominent Cafe: a nostalgia and coffee shop talk in one

One of the things I miss is enjoying coffee outside. You know in a coffee shop. With the usual array of café food. I miss the unmistakable smell of brewing coffee that hits my senses as soon as I open the door. It smells like warmth and comfort. A corner booth somewhere means settling in. […]

Carry on

Today is May 18th, almost two months since the global pandemic has arrested all of us in our homes. I’ve been tossing and turning, wondering if I should post or not on this blog. The idea of carrying on as it used to be, posting beautiful photos of food and drinks and travel, seems inconsequential […]

Ninh Binh — a taste of rural Vietnam

On a cool November morning, Jed and I arrived in Ninh Binh City aboard a Vietnam Railways train from Hanoi. The entire ride we were looking out the window trying to decipher if this was a ghost village. It looked like the zombies had come and gone, and all the people have left the city. […]

Stories by LilyPad: a great brunch place for lazy weekends

I love breakfast. I love the smell of warm pancakes, sizzling crispy spam, sunny side ups, and, of course, freshly-brewed coffee on a Saturday morning. Nothing beats a lazy weekend puttering around the table while the sun slowly eases into the day. There’s no immediate agenda in sight, and I have all the time in […]


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