De Kas, Amsterdam’s Michelin-starred organic restaurant

As De Kas is recommended in National Geographic’s Food Journeys of a Lifetime as a kitchen garden experience that must be savored when in Amsterdam, I decided to try out this restaurant when I was in town. This is actually a greenhouse restaurant that grows organic produce on site.  The fixed price Mediterranean menu changes…

Moving to London

It’s been a year since I posted anything in this travelogue that I started soon after my first trip to Europe in 2009. A lot of things have happened since my last entry about my trip in Europe. My last trip there left me a bitter taste. I got injured and subsequently lost my job afterwards….

Europe iPad travel app

I’m currently at iOSDevCamp2010 in San Jose, CA working with a team on developing an iPad travel app for children. It’s a 360 panorama of different European countries with audio changing as a different country appears. The app is not finished yet, but stay tuned! Here’s a screenshot of the app: Team Members: Creative: Ivan…

Taking a break from traveling

I’m completely exhausted and I need to stop traveling temporarily. I got into another accident soon after I returned from Seattle. I always get into one soon after traveling.  I have been feeling like Jimmy Stewart in The Rear Window. Yes, that’s how bad my injuries are. I really want to return to Europe this summer to see my…

Back to Cali

I’m finally back home. Yea! It’s good to see my family again and enjoy the nice weather. My flight back to San Francisco from Seattle was delayed today, but to make it up, Virgin America gave away a bunch of plasma TVs and gift certificates in several games to cheer us up. I’m completely exhausted…

Hiking adventure to waterfalls

Ok, I’m still recovering from the 12-mile hike in Big Basin Redwoods State Park by Santa Cruz that took place four days ago. It took me about 6 hours to complete the trail and I tripped many times. I saw many waterfalls and even climbed onto a fallen tree in front of a waterfall for…

Post vacation blues

Oh yea. It’s that dreaded “Now what do I do with my life now” feeling that haunts me everytime I come back from a vacation. I’m still recovering from the last trip and I think I’ve got bronchitis from being in the cold weather and around smokers all the time. I’ve been ruminating about my…

Back to reality

So this week concludes my near 3 months tour. It was a bit too intense. To sum it up, it involved a trip to the emergency room, contacting the police to report an incident, and going on a vegan diet in Spain after getting sick from some food in a Michelin star restaurant, to name…

Snowing in Southern Spain

It started to snow here in Spain last night when Pueblo Ingles was holding a party right below my hotel room. I was quite excited  to see snow for the first time in Europe. However, my excursion to Cazorla today got canceled because it wasn’t safe to drive. So what did we do in Pueblo Ingles…