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weekly photo challenge: an unusual pov

public bulletin board an abandoned boat some kind of wheel

if the owl sings today friendly scarecrow a vegetable garden
it will rain in 3 days

a farmer busy at work a farmer’s house the marsh

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france is one of the most visited places in the world. it should come as no surprise as it has much to offer for the young and the old alike. it’s also more than the sum of its castles, cathedrals, museums, and famous landmarks. to discover what you’re missing, you need to get off the beaten path.

these photos were taken at the backdoor of the old town of bourges. it was a world far away from the din and bustle of tourist destinations. for three hours, we walked around the marsh and behind people’s backyards and observing them as they tended their gardens. it was simply marvelous to see the country’s hidden charms.

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September 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm 17 comments

I Heart Paris

It was a cold and raining when I arrived in Paris one day ahead of the scheduled 11-day tour of the city and surrounding areas. As I was unable to book this extra day at the hotel where the group would be staying, I looked and found another place close by for the night. It was a great find for history buffs. Before its conversion to a 3-star hotel, it used to be the living quarters of the folks who built the Eiffel Tower. Such being the case, it wouldn’t be unusual for somebody with a wild imagination to hear strange footsteps while lying in bed, trying to sleep.

It was raining again when I walked to the tour’s designated hotel to check in the following morning. In fact, it rained most of the time during our stay in Paris causing some members of the tour to get sick. Although I didn’t expect this kind of weather, Ii was glad I came prepared with a raincoat and a sweater.

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July 8, 2013 at 10:55 am 11 comments

on hiatus

this blog will go dark in the coming weeks due to my busy schedule that involves some traveling. at the same time, i’m going on a holiday.

i know to some of you i appear as a nuisance. i’d been there and done that and had proven to be a jerk at times. but i think i’d learned my lessons since i wrote this piece a couple of years ago. i do cherish the friendships that i had made through blogging and regret the ones that i had lost because of what i did or didn’t do. oh, if only i can bring back the past, but that’s wishful thinking.

if everything turns out well (and they should because i’m an optimist), i’ll be back early in july. in the meantime, peace and love to all of you.

May 3, 2013 at 8:42 am 5 comments

travel theme: light

Sunset – Nassau, Bahamas 2007

           Do not go gentle into that good night.
           Rage, rage against the dying of the light. 

                                     Dylan Thomas
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April 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm 7 comments

weekly photo challenge: culture

this photo was taken while visiting friends and relatives in oahu, hawaii.

lechón or roasted pig is an iconic food served at filipino gatherings. a clean-shaven pig, with the internal organs removed, is skewered with a bamboo pole and rotated slowly over a charcoal pit until it’s fully cooked. it’s served whole from head to tail on a table.

since culture is about food, the best introduction to filipino culture is eating the lechón and the other filipino cuisine. an apple is sometimes placed in the mouth of the pig to symbolize unbridled temptation for decorative purposes. it tastes so good that you’d be inclined to pig on it (pardon the pun). this could be the reason many consider it as food to die for (pardon another pun). it’s known to induce high blood pressure and heart disease among its habitué. eating in moderation is the way to go.

incidentally, roasted pig is also popular in other countries in asia, europe, and latin america, although the manner and method of cooking may vary from country to country.

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April 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm 15 comments

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