Travel Diary: Teufelsberg (Former Spy Station)

On our last full day in Berlin, Goethe Institut arranged a tour for us around an old spy station at Teufelsberg. I must say, it’s not your usual tourist destination. There were no information centers or big ticketing offices around it. In fact, it’s like a hidden treasure that’s only visible to people who seek it. […]

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Travel Diary: Charlottenburg Palace

Another day, another palace. Oh the life of a princess! A girl can dream, right? Charlottenburg Palace or Schloss Charlottenburg is the largest and most important remaining Hohenzollern residence in Berlin. The palace and its garden were originally built as a summer residence for the Prussian Queen, Sophie Charlotte (who happens to share the same […]

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Travel Diary: Gendarmenmarkt And Checkpoint Charlie

There’s no square in Berlin that’s grander than the Gendarmenmarkt. With the architectural trio that is the Konzerthaus (Concert House), Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) and Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral) all surrounding this square, plus the statue of Germany’s renowned poet, Friedrich Schiller at the square’s center, it’s a tough ensemble to beat. You can understand […]

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Travel Diary: Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

I love checking out UNESCO World Heritage sites so there was no way in hell I’d miss visiting Berlin’s Museum Island. Now before you start thinking, “Ugh, it’s an island. It must be so hard to get to.” That’s where you’re mistaken. Museum Island isn’t an actual island but a museum complex comprised of five […]

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Travel Diary: Reichstag Building

As I mentioned before, I went to Berlin upon the invite of the German Foreign Office. Although my sister and I booked an earlier flight to have a bit more time to tour the city by ourselves, there are just too many interesting places to cover, all in a couple of days. Good thing the Goethe Institute (who took […]

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Travel Diary: Berlin Wall and East Side Gallery

It’s hard not to get interested in politics and history when you’re in Berlin, especially with a history as recent as theirs. Prior to coming to this city, I’ve already heard about the Berlin Wall and how it divided East and West Berlin during the Cold War but that’s pretty much everything I knew about it. Little […]

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Travel Diary: Nikolaiviertel (Nikolai Quarter)

Nikolaiviertel or Nikolai Quarter is often referred to as the oldest residential area of Berlin. Technically, it really was. Merchants and artisans settled here in the Middle Ages because it’s located at the crossing of land and water trading routes on both sides of the river Spree. Unfortunately though, most of its medieval lanes and […]

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A Day at The Palace

Here come my Berlin travel diaries! Are you ready? Although technically, these photos weren’t taken in Berlin but in a city that’s located just an hour or so away from it called Potsdam. My sister and I went on a day trip to this beautiful city primarily because we wanted to explore its palaces that put Disney castles […]

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Face-Off

University of Santo Tomas, the Philippine’s oldest university, is beautiful. I may be a proud Atenean but there’s no denying this fact. It’s got a different charm, the kind of charm only a historical institution like UST can ever possess. It’s actually already my third time to visit this campus. Although the first one doesn’t […]

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Chicago

Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart are coming to Manila! No, I’m not talking about the movie but the actual Broadway musical, “Chicago“! We’re finally getting ALL THAT JAZZ! After giving us “Cats”, “Mamma Mia”, “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Wicked”, Smart Infinity, the premium postpaid brand of wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc., is continuing […]

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