Cecilia R. Licauco
Cecilia R. Licauco
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Boston brims with history and charm
by Cecilia R. Licauco - September 25, 2016 - 12:00am
Think Boston and you think Kennedys, Paul Revere and Harvard.
Life’s little pleasures in Le Petit Luberon, Provence
by Cecilia R. Licauco - August 28, 2016 - 12:00am
If Dr. Victor Caparas weren’t such an excellent eye surgeon, he would probably be the most sought-after travel planner and manager for outstanding bespoke tours in France.
Bountiful Botswana: Life lessons learned in the bush
by Cecilia R. Licauco - August 14, 2016 - 12:00am
Botswana is truly a land of plenty, with more to offer than just the Big 5 — lion, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino. Hippos and crocs swim in the swampy waters of the Okavango Delta.
Barbie blooms in Paris
by Cecilia R. Licauco - May 3, 2016 - 10:00am
For more than half a century, designers, sculptors, hairstylists, graphic designers and many others have pooled their talents to create and reinvent Barbie.
The Panama Canal: A cool crossing
by Cecilia R. Licauco - April 2, 2016 - 10:00am
And when we reached Jamaica, we made a stop.  A favorite among European colonial powers Jamaica is still a beach destination for North Americans today.
South America: Superlative contrasts
by Cecilia R. Licauco - March 26, 2016 - 10:00am
An interesting tidbit — the ubiquitous coca plant plays a significant role in Peruvian history.  At an appointed time, the high priest/medicine man (shaman) takes these leaves, mixes them with the gelatinous...
Why Pinoys are dashing through the snow in Niseko
by Cecilia R. Licauco - January 30, 2016 - 9:00am
It takes more than two hours by bus from Chitose Airport to reach Niseko in the Abuta District, Hokkaido, Japan.
Myanmar moves me
by Cecilia R. Licauco - December 26, 2015 - 9:00am
It must have been because of the numerous temples, pagodas and stupas (there used to be more, but an earthquake and neglect have destroyed them) we visited, entered or viewed from a hot air balloon.
Bonica Barcelona!
by Cecilia R. Licauco - November 14, 2015 - 9:00am
Bonica Barcelona is Catalán for “beautiful Barcelona,” and indeed, this capital city of the autonomous region of Catalonia is so. It faces the Mediterranean Sea, is between the Llobregat and Besòs...
Bali highs are intoxicating and addicting!
by Cecilia R. Licauco - September 26, 2015 - 10:00am
The last time we were in Bali was a lifetime ago, so when dear friends Vic and Corlu Caparas invited us to the wedding of their only son, Harvard and Wharton grad Miguel, to the stunning, smart-as-a-whip Yessa Yu,...
Bulgari’s breathtaking blooms
by Cecilia R. Licauco - August 11, 2015 - 10:00am
Bulgari was in full bloom when it launched its latest collection, “Italian Gardens,” at their Paris boutique. There were 100 unique pieces inspired by the art of the garden — the geometric hedges...
Taking Vietnam’s art to heart
by Cecilia R. Licauco - March 29, 2015 - 12:00am
Vietnam’s abundant natural resources have long been ripe for the picking of powerful countries, and its people have been tormented with wars and the resultant suffering. But today, the Vietnamese maintain that...
Lunar New Year in Vietnam
by Cecilia R. Licauco - March 15, 2015 - 12:00am
Tet, the Lunar New Year, is the most important holiday in Vietnam. A country of 91 million people, 45 million motorbikes, and five million cars welcomes the new year with a flourish of colorful flowers:  dark...
Bangkok: Sugar & spice, everything nice
by Cecilia R. Licauco - February 1, 2015 - 12:00am
A Bangkok experience almost always revolves around affordable food, clothes and jewelry. More and more, a visitor realizes that the Thais are quite sophisticated, exposed to world brands, and have robust buying...
Delightful Delhi
by Cecilia R. Licauco - November 16, 2014 - 12:00am
We had an “incredible” India experience during our visit to New Delhi. The Global Licensing Meeting 2014 of Hallmark Cards gave us the courage  (and the excuse) to travel to unfamiliar territory....
Walking the Nakasendo way
by Cecilia R. Licauco - October 19, 2014 - 12:00am
In the 17th century, the Nakasendo Trail or “central mountain route” stretched from Kyoto to Tokyo for 534 kilometers and was used regularly during the rule of the Tokugawa dynasty.
Bangkok: Eat, shop, massage, repeat
by Cecilia R. Licauco - August 31, 2014 - 12:00am
Bangkok is always a warm (okay, hot) and pleasant destination to visit.
Singapore street smarts
by Cecilia R. Licauco - March 9, 2014 - 12:00am
Singapore’s pace is not as frenetic as Hong Kong’s and it certainly feels more casual.
Osaka of a thousand sights
by Cecilia R. Licauco - January 19, 2014 - 12:00am
We had a taste of Japanese winter during an after-Christmas  visit to Osaka — 7 degrees Celsius, sunny — most of the time with a 20-percent chance of a slight drizzle on some days. Nothing that a...
Affordable shopping in Paris
by Cecilia R. Licauco - December 1, 2013 - 12:00am
Paris offers many things beyond the labels on rue Saint Honoré, Boulevard Champs Elysée, Avenue Montagne or even Galleries Lafayette. There are many owner/designer-manned boutiques where shoppers find...
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