Wednesday, September 20, 2017

the doors of islington

Living near two of the busiest London boroughs can be noisy and disruptive, but we find it endlessly stimulating! Just going about our daily routine we find small surprises, like this Invader artwork outside a busy fast food joint...

Glittery rainbow tiles - maybe Invader was celebrating Pride!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

to our well being & health care

wonder | wander | women are great advocates of natural balance and holistic practice.

You can say we arrived at such a state in an unnatural way. Being Filipino from the Visayan province of Negros where sugar has been grown for centuries to supply national consumption and world trade.

Our Ilonggo Desserts

Negros Occidental - our side of the island - has mastered the art of burnt sugar delicacies. We take grand pride and are world-renowned and multi-awarded for them.

local seafood pala pala

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Eating with friends: a birthday celebration!

Every birthday marks a new year, so why not treat it like a true New Year's celebration? Some years it's good to spend the day alone in contemplation. Some years we might throw a huge party, or have family dinner on top of the world. This year I wanted some quiet time, but also a touch of sparkle, and the company of a dear friend.

Image courtesy of Jamie Kurihara

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Chihuly : far from gray

The New York Botanical Garden has scheduled a series of evening openings called Chihuly Nights that runs from April 22 to October 29.

Meander leisurely through the Conservatory Lawn where blown glass art works by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly are now on view and let world-class musicians serenade you at this live jazz concert series.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

journal adventures

There's a secret side to all the adventures we have as wonder | wander | women. We love to share our pictures and mementoes of the places we've travelled as well as records of changing seasons in our neighbourhoods. At the same time we kept a more personal record - our journals.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

window shopping - more museum shops!

Ever since our field trip last year we've gotten into the habit of checking out other museum shops whenever we stumble on them. We've never been able to resist a cute bookshop...and now we have a great excuse to linger.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

summer wear from 188 Galerie NYC

wonder | wander | women are distinctly blessed with our own personal shopper and fashionista extraordinaire - Greg Urra of Vintage Black Label and 188 Galerie.

This summer I started documenting my Sunday trips to the store and the feel good high lights of my days in New York City.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Science Fiction classics at the Barbican Library

This week we have added more to our Into the Unknown post: the Barbican Library is having its own little exhibit of classic science fiction memorabilia!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

blatant BHAKTI birthday

wonder | wander | women are great adherents of celebrating occasions well - especially birthdays.

When our birthday came up recently, we chose to celebrate with gusto - declaring to be blatantly Bhakti - we toasted the day with a specially rendered calligraphy by Mahala

Issa's declaration & Mahala's rendition

The words come alive in the bold brash strokes, matched by the bright festive colors that magnified our thrill and joy.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Into the Unknown: Science Fiction at the Barbican Centre

From June 3 to September 1, our favourite retrofuturistic wonderland the Barbican Centre is holding a Science Fiction retrospective!

Into the Unknown explores the ability of science fiction to investigate 'the mysteries of what is still to be discovered, and the power of human ingenuity to unravel them."

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Happy 4th! to all our immigrants & First Nations

Let America be America - now and forever more - let freedom ring!

Even when truth is a lot messier than the idealized version eventually presented in our history, the Declaration of Independence was a good start for this nation and remains our strong foundation.

In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Island afterlife: San Michele

The island of San Michele has served as a haven for fishermen and travellers, a monastery, a prison, and finally since 1807, a cemetery.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

magical manifestations

Tracing our trajectory through the years, wonder | wander | women have much to be grateful for and feel light years away from where we were when we first started this blog.

We have been to many wondrous places.

over the Philippines

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Who is Wonder Woman?

In a world enamored with the mystery and magic of creation myths, the origin and history of Wonder Woman stands out.

The iconic character of Wonder Woman has inspired and impacted many of us for many generations.

As idol and hero, she is the ideal symbol of womanhood, protector of truth, and upholder of good.

Confident and determined, she is a warrior of heart and soul.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Venice: floating fantasy

It's like a personality quiz question. What do you do when you only have 6 hours in Venice? Apparently the answer was 'ride the water bus and take pictures until your camera runs out of space'.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

more blooms

wonder | wander | women spent Memorial Day taking photos of the last of our spring blooms in and around the old neighborhood of Edgewater, New Jersey known as The Colony.

Even for a world getting used to wild weather, May 2017 seems stuck on strange.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Florentine Versailles: the Boboli Gardens

Visitors to Florence usually go to the galleries and palazzos before anything else. There is so much amazing art to see, we want to study at the feet of the masters. There is astonishing classical architecture, spanning thousands of years. But often we forget that other man made accomplishment: the gardens.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

inside out

This has been the craziest Spring season yet here in the East Coast. It seems like the weather has gotten as unpredictable as our current political state.

For starters we are in the middle of May people [!?!] and it is only now starting to warm up enough to finally shut off our heaters.

Since the last blizzard in March it seems like we have only had either wintry days or summer days but no spring days whatsoever. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Florence, part 1: Florence at night!

wonder | wander | women were incredibly lucky and got to visit a dear family friend in Florence for a few days! We took so many pictures our camera ran out of space, so we have to document our trip in a few installments. Part 1 presents Florence at night, a side the daily crowds of tourists don't always see.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May Day celebrations

Engraved on the Haymarket Monument:


Flowering Hawthorn, a symbol of May Day

May Day or workers day, pagan or anglicized, cultural or commercialized, historical or statutory - May 1 has symbolic significance for many. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

sticking to facts

President Barack Obama made his first public appearance since the end of his White House tenure on April 24, speaking at the University of Chicago on the subjects of fostering civic engagement and developing young leaders.

Watching him on stage - so natural and gracious - made us miss those glory days when he was our president and we were secure in our world no matter what we faced because this was the man who had our backs.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

urban refuge: Camley Street Natural Park

A secret nature sanctuary nestles on the site of old coal yards, just beside one of the busiest urban developments in London Kings Cross. Camley Street Natural Park was supposed to be turned into a parking lot for trucks servicing the station, but plant life had overgrown the area and local birds and animals had made their home there. The London Wildlife Trust lobbied for the partially-reclaimed wetlands to be turned into a nature reserve.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

flying friendly skies

With the loss of many of its luxuries and perks, traveling seems fraught with woes nowadays.

LA bound

Going through TSA was bad enough but these new viral images of some oriental dragged bleeding and bruised out of an airline speaks volumes to our deepest darkest fears.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

sakura season!

It's safe to say the wonder | wander | women are a little obsessed with cherry blossoms, or sakura as they're known in Japan. One of our favourite spring pastimes is hunting blossoms to photograph - you might have noticed them guest starring in our vernal equinox post!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

American Gods & reluctant heroes

“there are no handy-dandy alternate universe doors that we can slip through into one of the universes that make sense and are a good place” ~ Neil Gaiman

wonder | wander | women have long been avid fans of Neil Gaiman. That rare writer who is as renowned for his original literature as for how he’s kept evolving as his fame and popularity continue to expand.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

spring cleansing

The day after a blizzard is not the most hopeful day to look forward to Spring, eager as we all are for its imminent arrival.

It helps to be cocooned in a warm home with savory scents of an oven roast wafting over us as we snuggle up cozily around the fireplace, looking out at an expansive view.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

world without women

On March 8, people around the world observe International Women's Day - a day to commemorate the struggle for women's rights and celebrate the political, social, economic and cultural achievements of women throughout history.

Statue of a defiant girl in front of the Wall Street bull.

Put in place by a $2.5 trillion asset manager.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

ash wednesday

Penitence is a huge part of Catholic culture, and today marks one of our most symbolic rituals of penance. Ash Wednesday heralds the beginning of the season of Lent, the 'forty days and nights' that commemorate Christ's wanderings in the desert.

John St. John Long, 'The Temptation in the Wilderness' (1824)
courtesy of

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

back in Edgewater

wonder | wander | women are back Stateside in Edgewater, New Jersey - our family base over here.

This pocket of quite sits on the banks of the Hudson River, overlooking the magnificent Manhattan skyline across the water.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

wild ones at the wellcome collection

There are periodic rituals in Europe where men (and very lately, women) put on costumes of animal skin and straps covered in ringing, clanking bells, and cross into a space between rational and primal, civilisation and instinct.

Wellcome Collection Friday Late Spectacular: Wild Ones

Friday, February 10, 2017

stalking Mahala [again]

One of our first blogs was a quirky funny one on stalking Mahala.

stalked & stalker

Since we live mostly apart [Mahala in the UK, me in the US] we try and make up for it whenever we're together. Here are more shared memories we cherish.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

garden walks

The wonder | wander | women are hardly ever in the same time zone, much less in the same place. So we spend as much time as we can in each other's company. Our favourite thing to do together (besides eating!) is take walks around our neighbourhood. (Often after eating!)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 | The Year of the Yin Red Fire Chicken

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year 2017 to everyone from wonder | wander | women!

Being part Chinese and mostly Asian, we celebrate Chinese New Year with lots of fanfare and food.

Last year was the year of the Fire Monkey and many of us were tested and challenged by the naughty antics of this wily creature.

The year of the Yin Red Fire Rooster is the Year of Money, symbolized by seven Chinese characteristics of punctuality and prosperity.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

the earth from above

Being insatiable tourists, the wonder | wander | women love taking pictures, but some of the best photo opportunities come at thousands of feet above ground level.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

post holiday blahs

wonder | wander | women love the way rain curtains down on us back in Negros Island.

Its flatness lends itself to some spectacular lightning shows and thunderstorms. 

The Philippines was hit by quite a big storm on Christmas day and since then the hush of raindrops on the leaves and the swoosh of branches lashing in the wind have been our constant companions. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

holidays with friends

This year in London was all about partying with friends! Having family a Skype or Facebook call away eases some of the loneliness of living overseas, but having friends living in the same city means that the holidays don't have to be lonely at all.