Kathmandu / Patan, Nepal
February 24 – 27, 2013
In one fell swoop, a hawk glided down the busy street and dropped the prey dangling from its claws.
A huge rodent bounced off the trunk of a parked car.
The furry corpse, flattened by the impact, did not even merit a glance from fellow pedestrians. It was a scene straight out of Animal Planet played out in downtown Kathmandu.
Hawk over Kathmandu
Bagac, Bataan, the Philippines
August 10 – 11, 2013
“What if there’s mumu (ghost)?” Mhel posted in our Viber thread her concern – or maybe excitement – about visiting old houses. Old does not necessarily mean haunted. I spent my childhood in a creaky old house across from a cemetery and not once did I witness any paranormal activity. Perhaps that’s why I dig the old world charm and long history of heritage houses and none of their supposed spirit dwellers.
Casa Bizantina @ Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Tanay, Rizal Province, the Philippines
October 6, 2013
What could be better than sleeping in on a Sunday morning? An early morning road trip, if you were my friend Ki. Though it didn’t feel that way as I was dragging myself out of bed, the vistas of mountains and valleys of the Sierra Madre Range were worth waking up early for. With the light weekend traffic, it took less than an hour to reach the highlands of Rizal Province. The gentle mountain breeze rippling through olive green cogon-covered slopes whispered in our ears, the tranquility broken only by the vrooming convoys of motorcyclists that zipped past us.
Mt. Tarangka from Marcos Highway, Tanay, Rizal (photo taken using Samsung Galaxy Pocket)
Puerto Princesa City, the Philippines
March 25, 2013
Youth, large, lusty, loving – youth full of grace, force, fascination.
Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination?
Walt Whitman wrote the words that my mother seems to live by. Her dream of visiting the Grand Canyon came true the previous year, but she ain’t done yet. She still had Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, to check off her bucket list. She had just turned 80, not an age for dilly-dallying. We flew to Palawan that summer with my eldest brother and nephew.
Sailing into Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
Zhouzhuang, Jiangsu Province, China
October 20, 2013
Picturesque water towns dot the waterlogged Yangtze basin between Shanghai and Suzhou. Collectively known as “Venice of the East” for their capillary network of canals, gondolas gliding through stone bridges, narrow cobblestone alleys, and riverside houses directly accessible from the water, these aqueous settlements are ancient, of which Zhouzhuang, established almost a millennium ago, is the oldest.
Postcard Pretty Zhouzhuang: Illustration by Wang Chong Zhou
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November 23 – 24, 2011
It’s said that public art reflects the identity of a place. In the case of Singapore, its strict rules, economic progress, and antiseptic sheen could gloss over the city’s intangible heritage and unseen realities, but I had the chance to get acquainted with the city-state through the many sculptures that defined it for me.
Hanging Out with the Boys of the First Generation @ Singapore