February 21, 2012

Photo Essay: Baclaran Church

Baclaran Silhouettes at 5:30 in the morning
February 14, 2012

Louise Glück: Happiness

I desire to write a poem as beautiful as this, for you, P. Bear with the amateurish work of mine, in the meantime. 😉
February 14, 2012

Images of Love on Valentine’s Day

Travel allows me to witness a moment of love. But love is too strong a word, too beguiling. For a lover of literature, an entry won’t be enough to enumerate—much more argue about—the myriad discourse about love defined by my preferred writers, from Julian Barnes to Toni Morrison. But the […]
January 27, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Cebu’s Tail: Santander

“Asa diay mo manaog, day?” the conductor asked. “Sa kanang naay beach.” Clueless as we were, Virhenia and I rode the bus bound south with the hope of finding emerald water, tempting enough to yell “manaog mi!” to the bus driver. The provincial road in southern Cebu constantly hugs the […]
January 23, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

A Friend’s Wedding: Rena and Theng

And I was late. The bride scorned after I peeked my head on the door  to say hi, and she mouthed “You’re late!” I was on time for lunch!
January 20, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Sinulog! Isyagit og Kusog!

The streets surrounding Basilica del Sto. Niño were the venues of varied characters. 
January 12, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

It’s More Fun in the Philippines

San Juanico Bridge, Leyte, Philippines We made a mountain out of a molehill. Tourism is no skin-deep, it is light; hence, it is fun. Some dig tourism since they want to escape from their immediate lives and responsibilities and seek refuge from the not-so-familiar.
January 8, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Maya Before 2012 Arrives

Dear Tummy, You bloated ungracefully. But it wasn’t embarrassing since you have every reason to swell. Gluttony is the sin your owner never fears to admit. If a colossal explosion turned our planet into morsels in 2012,  at least, Tummy, you had an idea about Mexican food.  But, Tummy, did […]
January 4, 2012

Wrap 2011 with Happiness and Gratitude

To Mt. Babag by Claire “Kikit” Apigo BWAB bloomsed this last year.  Some posts here, I confidently assume, are worthy to be explored and rewritten; some posts to be trashed. With essays left unwritten and pictures unsorted, let me wrap 2011 with happiness and gratitude. This Last year’s wanderings affirmed and strengthened some old beliefs, […]
December 26, 2011

Wrap 2011 with Generosity

2011 won’t leave us. Our mind will always remind us of its memories. It won’t end either since the human brain is the greatest historian. It can’t be replaced since 2011 is uniquely 2011. Or perhaps, we are about to separate our lives in yearly compartments. This happened in 2010. […]
December 11, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

Hilton Cebu, Mactan, Philippines A fine detail of something that was about to happen: a celebration. Why it was not a celebration yet? Because the centerpiece was reflected on the upside-down glasses. Because the rims kissed the white cloth. Because the glasses are like obedient kids waiting to be lifted […]
December 7, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

A Clue about My Ancestors at Museo Sugbo

Museo Sugbo, Cebu City, Philippines  “Ate, ikaw lay kuyog sa Rainforest Adventure bi,” texted Virhenia. She was running a fever, and her team won a free pass at Rainforest Adventure for the Halloween picture contest at work . But I had another plan in mind. I intended to visit Museo Sugbo, which […]