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Of Being Thankful and Afternoon Walks

Backpacking with a Book



I walked. I only had an hour break, but I decided to walk and risked being late at work.

Mango Avenue changes every time I walk: two stores closed, another eatery/restaurant opened. Last month, a boutique opened. Daytime Mango means  a few pedestrians, scarce street kids, less pretensions.

I walked with a purpose: wedges, book, Sbarro. I walked to clear my mind. I walked to understand the reason we love.

Wedged. I wantingly needed a pair. I picked one with the certainty of a mother singling out her baby in a crowd. Booksaled. I picked one with the eagerness of a reader. I found Jonathan Franzen within fifteen minutes. I remembered sharing his “pain hurts but it doesn’t kill” to P. Sbarro-ed. I picked one with the heart of a lover because the pizza’s colors reminded me of the colors of happiness.

On my way back, I saw the lightning divide the overcast sky for a split second. I hurriedly went back to work.


I’m thankful of the word overcast.

I’m thankful of being loved.

I’m thankful of being in love.

I’m thankful of being uncertain.

I’m thankful of words.

I’m thankful of images.

I’m thankful of happiness.

I’m thankful of colors.

I’m thankful of flowers.

P.S. Of Stories and Storied Places is waiting for you. It is has two new albums of images. I thank you.

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

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. Spiritual World Traveler says:

    That first shot is insanely amazing!!!

  2. magsx2 says:

    I think walking is great to clear the mind or to help sort out a problem, and what a great photo of the rain drops falling from the end of the plants, very nice. 🙂

  3. Royce'sWorld says:

    I agree with Spiritual World Traveler, that first pic is amazing. You must have been thinking a lot huh? Those are really good things to be thankful for, much of those are taken for granted. where would the world be with out colors and words.

  4. Franc Ramon says:

    It nice to have solo walks to clear the mind. Sometimes, we just need alone time, a silent moment or just a change of atmosphere.

  5. Words and images are like twins. Words express an image while an image may also speak of the words, as needed. I bet you had a great walk.

  6. There are so many things to be thankful for. It ultimately feels so good when you get back into swing of things after a few moments of contemplations and realizations.

  7. Rizza Javier says:

    It pays to be thankful. It serves us all.

    Cooking Like a Pro

  8. Looks like you are into Macro Photography! Great colors and angles! Loved that first photo too!

  9. GORGEOUS photos dear!! this is very inspiring! xx

  10. Airra Pingol says:

    great photos.lalo na the 1st one 🙂

  11. oneproudmamu says:

    Yeah, we have lots to be thankful for… I do that sometimes, mentioning the blessings more so when I’m sad and disappointed over life.. that makes me feel good after coz I will always come to the realization that, I should be thankful for I am still alive 🙂

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