An Autumnal Walk in Mariënborn, Netherlands

As autumn was due to set in, Hayley and I headed to the countryside Mariënborn, a village near Arnhem with a local hiking group. What better way to enjoy the autumn than going out for a weekend stroll in the countryside. Indeed, we had a lot fun.   Strolling In the Woodlands Hiking in the…

Cinderella & Her Pumpkin Kayak

Disney has it that Cinderella dressed up nicely and rode a horse driven pumpkin carriage to meet her Prince Charming at the ball. These days with rising water level as the result of global warming, she can no longer travel in a pumpkin carriage. Instead, fairy godmother has to make her a pumpkin kayak which…

A Day In Delft On the Open Monumentendag

Last weekend was the European Open Monument Day, where many of the historical sites and museums across many European countries are open to the public for free or at the reduced cost. In fact, some of these places only opened to the public on this special occasion. That weekend, Hayley and I headed out to Delft,…

Roaming Around the Luxembourgish Ardennes

Last weekend, Hayley and I went to Luxembourg for a weekend mountain retreat. Apart from visiting Vianden castle and finding mythical creatures, we also spent one full day hiking to explore what the Ardennes has to offer.    Chair Lift? Aren’t you cheaters? After playing with the ducklings in the morning, we hiked to the…

Camping Weekend In the Land of Castle and Mythical Creatures

This weekend, Hayley and I celebrated our three year wedding anniversary. Both of us have lived in the Netherlands for a few months and we are already missing the mountainous terrains, hiking and scrambling over rocks, so to treat ourselves we headed south to the Vianden in the Luxembourgish Ardennes to cure our Mountain Withdrawal…

Exploring Brabant, Netherlands On Bikes With Friends

Last weekend, a few of our friends came and visit us. It was really nice to see them again, and we decided to go out for a long bike ride and explore the Netherlands in a very Dutch way. Since there are so many places in Brabant that we haven’t yet explored, we decided to…

Dutch Orange and Tour de France Come to Aachen

Phil and Hayley, what country were you in over the weekend? We were in Deutschland! So why are you seeing Dutch orange, Dutch flags and bike enthusiasts dressed in their Tour de France outfit everywhere you looked on the streets? Are you confused yet? OK let me explain: This year the Tour de France started in…

A Random Day Out in Venlo, Netherlands

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to go to Venlo spontaneously. It is a small city in the South of the Netherlands in Limburg Province and it sits right at the border with Germany. We thought it would be an adventure explore some of the local markets and the historical town centre, as well as…

Underground River of Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Puerto Princesa, in my opinion, is one of the most exotic and beautiful places on the planet. A couple of hours drive from Puerto Princesa sits an underground river, which is one of the largest cave systems in the world. The river itself is over 8 km in length, all of which is subterranean. This…

6 Things to do in Xi’an

Hayley and I visited Xi’an last month to celebrate her birthday. It was a long weekend but we managed to cramp in a lot within the three days. So, here are some of out top 6 highlights