Trattoria all’Alpino, Ponzano Veneto (TV), Italy

Life indeed is like a book where the final chapter is seen only when life ends. Some might consider discovering places nothing special but for me, it is like adding years to my life. It is incredible that often, while using one or some of my 5 senses, it/they can bring me that certain knowledge of things and emotions which would have been left buried somewhere in my being. Just by going to a typical restaurant (actually I don’t really know how to describe these eateries called “Trattoria” here in Veneto,Italy. For me, they are somewhere between a restaurant and a simple eatery. But what makes them really special is that they prepare some of the typical dishes of the region. In this case, the Veneto region.)

This article is about one of these special places. I think this typical “Trattoria” is one of the best in the province of Treviso!

“Bogoli” – I think that this typical Venetian appetizer is really worth tasting!

“Sorbetto alla Liquirizia” – a drink served after eating the second dish. Some of my Italian friends say that it is a way “per pulirti la bocca” – to clean one’s mouth.

Travelling and discovering places and meeting new persons helps me to know more about myself, of places and how the uniqueness of each living thing can be a vital part of making this world an amazing place to be.

Butterfly watching?

“Albero delle Farfalle” -Buddleia

Its not everyday that I get the opportunity to see a so beautiful butterfly on this shrub called “Albero delle Farfalle” – Butterfly tree or Buddliea.

Happy Monday to all!

Pancakes

I think that the fastest way of making these super delicious and nutritious snack is through a Thermomix “Bimby”. My most reliable kitchen chef. I never imagined myself using this kitchen tool but lately, using it gives me more time to dedicate to other activities like reading, sports and to spend precious moments to talk with friends and family.

PANCAKES

50 grams of melted butter

300 grams of milk

200 grams of all purpose flour

30 grams of sugar

15 grams of baking powder

A pinch of salt

Mix above ingredients well (if you don’t have a Thermomix “Bimby”).

I used a non-stick Teflon pan to cook these pancakes.

The best moment to turn the pancake…

wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

Rainy Sunday

I wished for the sun to come out today…the wind and the rain blew that wish away.

My thoughts drifted far as the rain poured heavily and as my eyes looked for the “colors” of a sunny day…it brought me back a very heartwarming memory.

I wished for the sun on a rainy day and found myself looking through a well kept golden memory.

– childhood memories in a tropical country when the rainy season brings millions of raindrops and while I wait for the rain to subside, it is the promise of seeing the enhanced colors of the vegetation around me which makes the waiting…a wish come true.

“Rudbeckia”

“Buddleja”

“Zinnia”

“Raindrops keep falling on my head but that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turning red…crying is not for me because I am not going to stop the rain by complaining…”

Happy Sunday to all!

Rifugio Locatelli, Sentiero 101, Alto Adige, Italy

Good day everyone!

If anyone will ask me about one of the best “Rifugi di montagna” – Alpine huts in Italy, I would say that this is one of the best and easiest to reach if you start the walk from Rifugio Auronzo (the road to reach the parking near Rifugio Auronzo is a toll road. €30/car).

Rifugio Locatelli

Rifugio Auronzo

Rifugio Lavaredo

I thought, nature itself can create an amazing garden at more than 2,000 feet above sea level. 🤔

Laghetti dei Piani, Sesto – 2 small lakes near Rifugio Locatelli

Le Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Sesto, Italy. Though, for me, this is a relatively easy excursion, but it is always advisable to use good “scarponi di montagna” – hiking shoes and to bring what is necessary in case of a sudden change of weather. After more than 20 years of hiking, I realized that the weather can really change from sunny to bad especially after 2 pm even during summer months!

This Dolomite excursion is so amazing for me that after the fourth time of hiking towards “Rifugio Locatelli”, it is always, for me, another reason to come back and visit it again. Oh! After a long walk, how about a taste of one of their specialties?

“Polenta con salsiccia e funghi trifolati ” – corn meal with Italian sausage and mushrooms

Wishing everyone a wonderful and restful Sunday! 😘

Zinnia

When no words could define the beauty of a flower because only the heart can say it in a wordless note of peace and joy …

May this coming week bring peace and love to all!

Danasan Ecopark, Danao, Cebu, Philippines

One of the best adventurous trips that I have done in the province of Cebu is this road trip. The scenery was great but the road to this Ecopark is not really that good. The road was narrow but fortunately most part was cemented. The almost savage beauty of the place awed but at the same time made me feel helpless against such wild and amazing place. Since I arrived at half past noon, I had to leave immediately with the whole group so I was not really able to see all the things the Ecopark has to offer. I consider this place one of the best tourist spots in Cebu. Thank you to my brod and to the whole group for making this adventure worth remembering.

Oh! I loved looking at the scenery and the rural life of some Cebuanos living near the Danasan Ecopark.

Though this map says only 54 minutes, but you have to consider the road and the weather in going there since it can greatly influence the time needed to reach the place. In our case, it took us almost 2 hours before we finally reach the park.

Because the weather here is cooler than in the city of Cebu, some farmers are cultivating roses and selling them to tourist going to and from the Ecopark.

Smiling children going home after school…

No traffic…

Small creeks which reminds me of bygone days with my school friends in Iligan city, Mindanao, Philippines.

Corn variety cultivated in the area. They are shorter than the ones I saw being cultivated in the Veneto region, Italy.

A typical Filipino house called “Nipa hut, Bahay kubo, Kamalig or Payag”

Although my trip to this Ecopark was short, it was able to leave me such a heartwarming feeling that not all of nature is lost. I am sure that someday soon I could really visit well this amazing zone of the province of Cebu. For now, I will just be grateful that somebody gave me the chance to have glimpse of another paradise on earth.

Wishing everyone a beautiful Sunday!

Streets in Cebu, Philippines

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I wrote but I was so busy meeting friends, family members and working and getting to know new persons and realizing that life is indeed a wonderful journey as each new day brings new opportunities for gathering heartwarming memories + wifi is not as good as in Italy, that was not able to write an article as planned.

Cebu city is like a precious pearl for me. It has improved in these years but during this visit to this truly amazing City, I saw that its streets is full of cars and the traffic is really so bad especially during peak hours that it takes a lot of time to go to one place or another.

I think that the best thing to do is plan ahead where to go and organize everything with in mind the art of saving time.

This person is transporting rice “Pusô” or hanging rice in english = Rice cooked inside a handwoven pouch made of palm leaves. The typical form is the diamond shape though you can find it in the shape of a rectangle etc. A part of the street food culture of the Visayan and Moro people.

“Jeepney” – the typical means of transportation in the Philippines.

Can you imagine a motorbike as one of the fastest way to beat the traffic? Well, this Filipino public transportation is called “Habal-Habal”. Though this could be a good traffic beater, I still prefer to go by car, jeepney or bus.

“Motocab or motorcycle taxis”. Living in Europe and seeing cars, taxis and buses and seeing such an interesting variety of public transportation really awed me. Strangely, at least what I saw in Cebu, their is a kind of respect among drivers and inspite of the heavy traffic, I didn’t see a lot of accidents. I thought, could it be possible to assign a lane for each kind of vehicle here in the Philippines? Would this reduce the traffic?

Until the next post – “The way to Danasan Ecopark, Danao, Cebu”… I wish everyone a wonderful day!

“Gumamela” or Hibiscus rosa-sinensis