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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 to where I am

Those wrinkles, like small rivers trailing on her face, are storied. Laughter may have caused the line crawling  on her cheek. Or tears. Or time. Life. 


Traveling is beyond touristy. Every Wednesday, BWAB shares the ordinary.  Local Midweek celebrates local color—the very smell, taste,  and face of the place.

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Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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  1. Nandini says:

    Great portrait! And a very beautiful quote. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. magsx2 says:

    What a fantastic photo, and the quote is so true. 😀

  3. nelson RN says:

    Nice shot! When I look at my mom’s lines on her face, I just realize how much she’s been through in order to support us. Thanks for this post 🙂

  4. abu zar says:

    what a beautiful face… love this one !

  5. Love 2 Type says:

    there’s beauty in the wrinkles after all. 🙂 if you look at it from a different perspective i mean..

  6. pawie28 says:

    i agree with love 2 type. you made me appreciate the beauty and power of her wrinkles. maybe i’ll stop fighting mine. (probably not though)

  7. jai long says:

    thats incredible

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