The Golden Hour

Taal, Batangas, the Philippines

April 30, 2011

A quote from the film To Sir with Love:

And he had learned to love, I know not why, for this in such as him seemed strange of mood. But thus it was and though in solitude’s small part the nipped affections have to grow, in him this glowed when all beside had ceased to glow.¬†

James Clavell
Taal Church (Basilica de San Martin de Tours) at Golden Hour

The dying day bled in crimson. This was the “golden hour” – when the sun hung low over the horizon, casting its refracted rays horizontally through the atmosphere. The stately Basilica de San Martin de Tours, its massive coral stone facade squarely facing the afternoon sun, was the perfect canvas for this painting of light. Gazing at the church through this rose-colored shimmer, I remembered you, my first love.

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Dogged Devotion

Kalayaan, Laguna / Boljoon, Cebu / Dauis, Bohol / Magdalena, Laguna, the Philippines

June 2010, March 2011, April 2011, and November 2011

All Dogs Go to Heaven went a movie title. I think there might have been a grain of truth in it after seeing some canine parishioners in various churches I visited. They gave the phrase “faithful as a dog” a literal spin.

Dog Looking at Jesus in Magdalena Church
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Orchard Roadshow Presentation

Singapore, Singapore

November 24, 2011

“The best things in life are free.” Ironically, the clich√© could not be any truer than on Orchard Road, Singapore’s premier shopping belt. I was taking an evening stroll with my family under Christmasy lights, oblivious to the brand names in screaming neon all around. Instead, I bought into the visual and auditory treats of this posh street.

Mom on Orchard Road
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