April 14, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

A Plate Story: His, Hers @ Parklane Cebu

A conversation between imaginary parents about their imaginary kids. “What if she’d get hurt” “Let her appreciate the pain” “I mean, physical” “Teach her self-defense. Or let’s have a boy first. He will be the guard. And we won’t be overprotective parents, will we?” “Nah, but I’ll worry a lot.” […]
April 10, 2011
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April, How Did I Start You?

Ah, I started you by joining the mad creatures camouflaged as online teachers in Portofino. Quite a compact beach, April. I used to love crowds. These past few months, however the city became suffocating. Perhaps it is P’s calming effect on me. Or perhaps I am resigning to age. My […]
April 9, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Weekly Photo Challenge: Old

One of the characters I met in Barili, Cebu. He looked and acted taciturn; yet according to his wife, he had several women. Travel allows us to meet interesting people like him. Part of Weekly Photo Challenge
April 4, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Davao’s Best for the Insane

Our five-day stay in  Davao was meaningfully foodgasmic. Meeting a friend unexpectedly in durianparadise made explorations easy as pie. That’s one character of a place: it makes one remember friends, names, other places. Together with Karla, we explored Davao’s food culture.  Karla is a food expert, while I an eating […]
April 3, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Weekly Photo Challenge: Light

 
March 27, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

How the Will Defines My Journey

It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. —Arnold Bennet Why is there an urge to reach the peak? Perhaps because the higher we ascend, the more rewarding the view is: whether it is a sleepy cityscape, a sea […]
March 15, 2011
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A Journey

A relationship is a journey too.  Just like any journeys, one does not have full control over matters. It is a risk one has to brave on. So how to prepare oneself for possible letdowns, disappointments, and pain? Just go, take the journey. Fall in, fall out. One has to […]
March 5, 2011
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Boracay Remembers Me

Cause at some point, places do remember us. 🙂
March 4, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Mt. Kanlaon: The Language of Its Faunas and Floras

Plants and animals are also a language, even in our reduced, domesticated English, where children grow like weeds or come out smelling like roses, the market made up of bulls and bears, politics of hawks and doves. Like cards, flora and fauna could be read again and again, not only […]
March 1, 2011
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Dumaguete: A City That Walks

Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people who disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything […]
February 24, 2011

Voyeur

Now everyone is a traveler, painter, writer, photographer, poet. I want to be their voyeur and beyond.
February 22, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Salman Rushdie| The Ground Beneath Her Feet

A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eight of a second, or one sixteenth, or one one-hundred-and-twenty eight. Snap your fingers; a snapshot’s faster. Halfway between voyeur and witness, high artist and low scum. —Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet