Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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The rays of the sun, the smell of the beach

I sat on my bench and thought, “everything’s in my reach!

passersby talking, sails in the distant – 

God I must be dreamin’, in here’s everything I want!

The blues, the greens, sand’s the color beige,

the sky, the palm trees, this place bears no cage

le femme‘s kiss and touch, la fille‘s hands in my palms rest  

quel beau paradis c’est!


Daily Prompt: Odd Trio Redux

Time for another Odd Trio prompt: write a post about any topic you want, in whatever form or genre, but make sure it features a slice of cake, a pair of flip-flops, and someone old and wise.

I miss going out on vacations. I have been out of work since June and though we’ve been planning on going out of town for a couple of days – making my unemployed status an opportunity to chill and relax, plans don’t seem to push through. I think somehow, we’ve managed to be the adults that we’re supposed to be – think of our responsibilities as parents and put our daughter’s interests above our own personal wants.

That doesn’t mean I don’t daydream to be right beside the beach, sipping a glass of mango shake and procrastinating my days away. So as entry to today’s Daily Prompt, I’m posting some photos of the best-kept treasures of the Philippines – especially the Visayas region. Who knows, maybe through this, some of you, dear readers, may be convinced to try and visit the Pearl of the Orient.

A slice of cake: 

Calea in Bacolod City’s offers the best cakes in the entire city. I’ve learned that alot of the visitors in the province, locals and foreigners alike, make it a point to actually go to their Balay Quince branch along Lacson Street to savor their delectable desserts. This is a must try so if you’ve got sweeth tooth, this won’t disappoint.




A pair of flip-flops

I may have posted a photo of my wife and daughter having the time of their lives in Boracay before but that doesn’t give justice to how beautiful, how serene, how pristine the island is. Its white sand is just so soft to the feet, spotless and is just a sight to behold. We’re planning on visiting again before the year ends and I can’t wait for it!

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Someone old and wise

Now I might break the usual expectation for this third feature, but this sure is old and wise. Behold:

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This is the Ruins of the city of Talisay in the province of Negros Occidental. This is supposed to be a pre-World War II ruin of an old mansion owned by a Spanish-Filipino family, developed to invite visitors from all over the world. What’s sweeping about is its grand architecture, accompanied by its rich history. Try to visit this famous tourist spot in the late afternoon and ready your cameras by sunset and you’ll capture the most picturesque souvenir from the Visayan gem. 🙂

There you go, I have more to share from the places I’ve been to in my dear Philippines but I guess there’ll be more Daily Prompts in the future to aid me in doing so. I’m happy that I get to do two things that I love – write and promote my dear country. So, till then!

This is Love!

Boracay is love.

Many complain that the loud music, the nonstop partying, the growing number of commercial establishments in the island are swiftly defacing Boracay’s charm, but I disagree. I think Boracay wouldn’t be as popular and as familiar that it is right now without these, for they form part and parcel of the island’s attractive pull amongst visitors.

I first visited Boracay in the mid 90s. It was an incentive for being a contender in the Regional DOST Science Investigatory contest. I was in 5th grade at the time. Though I knew Boracay, I wasn’t that enthusiastic when we were told we are to be brought to Club Panoly resort for a few minutes of sun, sea and sand. But it’s Boracay! And the organizers are bringing us there for free! I remember tita and I even brought home a pail of its infamous white sand as some sort of a remembrance that we indeed, visited what everyone was just hoping to visit.

Fast forward, it’s now 2013! My wife and I had planning to go there since becoming a couple in 2009. Four years?! Imagine that. And oh boy, it was all worth the wait and patience!


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“There’s something about the ocean that just calls to me.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

I am just a summer kind of boy.