Sometimes magic happens when we look at something familiar from a different angle. Taken during my walk in my neighborhood trails in Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines
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Hiking through the trails in the foothills of Mt. Banoy, Batangas City Philippines is an interesting proposition. The lower areas are more lush with a profusion of vegetation particularly buri palm, bamboo groves and coconut trees. As one ascends, the land feels drier and the vegetation becomes more scraggly. But then one is rewarded with… Read more
I found WEAVER ANT colonies on my hike today. They were hanging all over fruit bearing trees some nests a lotnbigger than my head. I have been bitten by these before. Their crawling over you is worse than their bite. Speaking of ant bites, fire ants are the absolute worst not only because of their… Read more
Spotted through the windshield in broad daylight was a sight I never thought I would see: the HEADLESS HORSEMAN on a motorbike. Even apparitions need to keep up with the times. On a side note, two clear advantages of being headless is immunity from CoViD infection and exemption from the law mandating mask-wearing when out… Read more
I was hoping this gelding would weave until I got to the chorus, the only lyrics I remember from this Stevie Wonder song. But Stevie Weaver did not oblige. So I will just belt it out here…. I just called to sayI love youI just called to sayHow much I careI just called to sayI… Read more
This is in RanchoLeonor in Silang, Cavite Philippines. The uncertainty permeating our collective unconscious seems to fade. Even with the foreboding skies peace still reigns in its borders. Last night’s cow like croaking of bullfrogs have given way to birdcalls. The horses seem to glide through a sea of green, their passage marked by the… Read more
The things bestfriends do for each other during lockdown include one giving haircuts and the other sitting down and taking it. Friendships come packaged with taking bumpy rides to see sprawling vistas in places where social distancing is the norm. Sometimes it even comes with checking out fighting cock condos made out of bamboo and… Read more
The moonsoon rains came early to the Philippines. I think the term torrential rains could have been invented for this moment where it felt like a maelstrom had opened in an ocean in the sky and we were at the mouth of its outlet. Rain always makes me remember the death soliloquy in Blade Runner… Read more
The Peace of Wild Things When despair grows in meAnd I wake up in the middle of the night at the least soundIn fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down where the woodrakerests on his beauty on the water,And the great heron feeds. I come into the… Read more
We have finally been allowed to take walks in our neighborhood here in Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines. These bursts of colors and being able to walk are such a joy. I hope you will enjoy these.