The Pigeon Lady

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 6 May 2016

Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

It was her custom to walk around main street and feed the birds with bread crumbs. The local paper called her the pigeon lady.

She was Asian and about five-foot tall. She was in her 70s with deep lines surrounding her face. She had the nón lá conical hat that peasants wore in her native country. She had two bundles containing her possessions placed on both ends of a pole resting on her shoulder.

On the day she died, as if to mourn her passing, a flock of pigeons were seen perched motionless on telephone lines against a darkening sky.

May 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm 3 comments

A Hot Mess


Philippine Daily Inquirer Photo

May 9, 2016 is an important date for the Philippines. On that day, the Filipinos will elect the successor to President Benigno Aquino III who completes his six-year term this year.

There are five leading candidates vying to succeed him.

According to the latest SWS polls conducted April 18 to 20, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte leads with 33% voter preference rating. In second place is Senator Grace Poe with 24%. Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay are in a dogfight for third and fourth place with 19% and 14% respectively. Senator Miriam Santiago is lagging way behind in fifth place with 2%.

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Wordless Wednesday: Simply Eggciting

Galapagos Islands
 
Galapagos Islands
Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
 

May 2, 2016 at 10:51 am 1 comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

Guayaquil, Ecuador
Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador

This picture was taken in Guayaquil, Ecuador. It was a beautiful sight. I couldn’t help myself singing a song from the Fiddler on the Roof:

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears…

Now comes the question: Sunrise or sunset? Unless you took it yourself, it would be hard to tell. Sunrise and sunset are like two peas in a pod. It’s difficult to tell one from the other.

If you insist to know, though, I can give you a hint: I’m not a morning person.

 

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April 29, 2016 at 7:03 pm 5 comments

A Love Story

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 29 April 2016

  Mary Shipman
Photo Credit: Mary Shipman

Many years ago, it was here that David and Sara pledged their love for each other over pizza and coke. As high school sweethearts, they looked forward to marriage and raising a family.

If there was a hitch, it was her family’s objection on religious grounds.

As David walked around, he could barely recognize the place they used to hang out. But the heart that he carved with their initials on the bench overlooking her uncle’s shop remained.

It would have been perfect, a cynic might say, if their love had survived. But it did. They were now officially engaged.

Based on the initial comments, I made an update to the original story (see below):

Revision #1 (04/30/2016)

David went to visit the mall where he and Sara used to hang out. They were so in love looking forward to a future together

It was her family’s objection on religious grounds, however, that led to their breakup.

As David walked around, he noticed that much had changed. But the heart that he carved with their initials on the bench overlooking her uncle’s shop remained.

It would have been perfect, a cynic might say, if their love had survived. But it did. A chance encounter at their high school reunion had rekindled old sparks. They were now officially engaged.

Revision #2 (05/01/2016)

David went to visit the local mall where, as teenagers, he and Sara pledged their love for each other over pizza and coke.

Looking back, it was her family’s objection on religious grounds that caused them to drift apart.

As David walked around, he noticed that much had changed. But the heart that he carved with their initials on the bench overlooking her uncle’s shop remained.

It would have been perfect, a cynic might say, if their love had survived. But it did. A chance encounter at their high school reunion had rekindled old sparks. They were now officially engaged.

April 27, 2016 at 2:17 pm 38 comments

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