Category Archives: Travel

We Love our Toyota Car

We drive a Toyota sedan. The children call it “Black Car”. It is an old car but still running smoothly.


It has taken us to a lot of places and brought a lot of fun for everyone.

Day2: Wading in a River

As far as relationships go, this car and its driver (the man of the house) do not have a smooth as silk and perfectly harmonious relationship so the need to get parts for Toyota comes up once in a blue moon.


The car will probably stay with us for a long time.

Photos published here are from my other blogs TeacherJulie and Photo Stories.

A Trip to the Beach

And because I am having a road trip withdrawal as well as a pining for hiking, I went through some nature photos in the archives, and those i have published in Instagram.


My kids and their cousins are in the vicinity of this wonderful beach at this very moment. I’m sure they are having a wonderful time right now, having lunch and bringing a lot of snacks (cookies, chips, deep river snacks) with them.

I just hope they don’t forget to apply the sunblock as we have instructed them to do so 😀

Road Trip Withdrawal

I am having a road trip withdrawal, if there is such a thing.

yet another road trip photo

The hubby has been sick since Saturday and the planned (unplan) road trips scheduled for Sunday and/or Wednesday (a no-work Labor Day holiday) are just that: plans.

I’m sure a lot of vehicles with car bike racks were on the road earlier today. I am sure too that a lot of people are enjoying their day out at the beach or having picnics under the trees.

I really hope the hubby will get well soon not because I want to go somewhere else but because I can feel his wanting to get well enough.

Vacation Deals

Summer vacation is just a few weeks away from today. My kids are all planning to go up North with my parents and if budget restrictions ease, go down South to my MIL.

For those with deep pockets, I am sure they are looking at luxury vacation rentals paris. Paris is a wonderful vacation destination for most people who love to travel, for honeymooners, or those who dream about traveling to different countries.

I hope we will be able to get great deals so that my two graduating children will be able to have a few days of fun before they embark on going to higher level of learning when June comes.


Boysen KNOxOUT Air-cleaning paint has done it again.

Boysen KNOxOUT paints were used in the 4th installment of Boysen KNOxOUT Project EDSA at the Taft Station of the MRT and LRT. Click here for a map of the place. 

Boysen KNOxOUT Project EDSA

Commissioned to do a 1000 sqm artwork was Singapore-born and London-based artist Erika Tan. The artwork using Boysen KNOxOUT air cleaning paints is expected to clean out toxic noxious fumes from around 8000 vehicles that ply the area on a day to day basis.

Pastel and white KNOxOUT paints were used and the artwork was in the form of the pollution statistics: bar charts, graphical lines, and comparative data were “painted” on the pillars along EDSA/Tramo.

Erika Tan

Taking the lead from the EDSA/Boysen project itself, I wanted to approach the work in the spirit of a merging of visual and the transformation,” noted Erika. “As we visually transform an area thick with commuters and their fumes, we also through the technology of paint, clean it.”

Some things to note regarding the pollution in Metro Manila:

  • In Metro Manila alone, air pollution causes 14 avoidable deaths per day (about 5000 premature deaths a year, as tabulated by the World Bank and the DENR).
  • The numbers seem to be steadily increasing—in 2008, the WHO Burden of Disease said that deaths attributable to air pollution rose up to 11,012.
  • This statistic, alongside Pollution Levels in Metro Manila Cities (June 2006-2008), Sectoral emissions of CO2 emissions from fuel combustion (2002), Increase in vehicle registrations in the Philippines (1983-2009) and Estimates of health impact and costs in four cities for 2010 Data (Metro Manila, Davao, Cebu, Baguio) were some of the data sources used by Erika.


About ErikaTan:

Erika Tan studied Social Anthropology and Archaeology at Kings College, Cambridge and Film Directing at The Beijing Film Academy, followed by an M.A in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art, London. Evolving from her interest in anthropology and the moving image, Tan’s work is often informed by specific cultural, geographical or physical contexts; exploring different media to create situations that excite, provoke, question, confront and invite comments from an audience.