February 29, 2012

Local Midweek: Water Vendor on Taal Volcano’s Foot

Water Vendor | Taal Volcano, Batangas Perhaps Brandi Carlile had this kind of face on mind while writing the first stanza of “The Story.” All of these lines across my face / Tell you the story of who I am / So many stories of where I’ve been / And how I got […]
February 28, 2012
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Wislawa Szymborska: Openness

P, Poetry is the sincerest gift I could think of. For your birthday,  a day shy from  a leap day, I read a Wislawa Szymborska. Perhaps a sensitive soul like Szymborska  can understand why I have to do some tweaks to make the poem more particular and intimate: changes like teacup […]
February 27, 2012
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Intramuros in Pictures

Why, Intramuros? Because the bridge signals you are about to say hi to History
February 26, 2012

Sunset at Terra Manna Camping & Resort

TERRA MANNA CAMPING & RESORT BADIAN, CEBU  February 25, 2012 I visited Terra Manna again yesterday. It is arrogant of us to perceive that we know the place well after our first visit. Places have ways of surprising us. Have a happy Sunday, everyone. Love and Laugh, Jona of Backpacking […]
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
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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
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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
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Sinulog! Isyagit og Kusog!

The streets surrounding Basilica del Sto. Niño were the venues of varied characters. 
January 12, 2012
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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
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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 […]