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:

"THE DAY WILL COME WHEN OUR SILENCE WILL BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE VOICES YOU ARE THROTTLING TODAY."

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 tate.org.uk

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.