Monday, November 27, 2017

Beppu

The hard harsh light of the morning sun serves only to enhance the beauty...
- Ligaya V. Fruto, One Rainbow for the Duration


Beppu, Japan.
June 2017.



Sunday, November 26, 2017

Puka Beach

To give in rather than to resist, 
to say yes instead of no,
to relax instead of always on the alert and on the defensive - 
soothing, very soothing. 

- Ligaya V. Fruto, One Rainbow for the Duration


Puka Beach, Boracay,
Malay, Aklan.
August 2017


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

sakit

o sakit ng katawan, bakit nandito ka na naman?

o sipon at hatsing, bakit nasa pali-paligid na naman kayo?
o sakit ng ulo, bakit narito ka na naman sa aking himpapawid?

di ba nag-usap na tayo?
di ba sabi ko sa inyo, ‘wag na kayo paparito?
di ba may kasunduan na tayong di kayo muli pang dadalaw?

ano’t heto na naman kayo?
ano ang biglang nagsipasok sa inyong mga kukote?
ano pa ang kasunduan kung di tutupdin?

alis na kayo, basa pa ang mga labahin.
alis na kayo, ubos na ang paninda.
alis na kayo, malambot pa ang yelo.

‘wag na umulit.
‘wag na muna ulit.
'wag na ulit.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Biliran

Even the most drab become brilliant with you as the background. 
- Ligaya V. Fruto, One Rainbow for the Duration


Almeria, Biliran
January 2016


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bagan

The quiet is fretful, unnatural. It's what mouse must feel, as it steps from its hole into the open blades of a meadow, never knowing what shadow might come cruising above. 

- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr



Bagan, Myanmar.
December 2016


Sunday, October 22, 2017

bago

‘yung hindi luma… ‘yung di pa nasubukan. oo, lahat naman yata ng tao nais makasubok ng bago. kailangan minsan sa ating buhay, sumumpong ng kakaiba, ‘yung bago nga… ‘yung di pa natitikman kung pagkain man ‘yan o di kaya’y di pa nasusubukan kung gawain man ‘yan. di maaaring walang bago, nakatatamad naman yata ‘yun. kabagut-bagot kapag lagi na lang yung datihan. dapat magkaminsa’y paalimpuyuin ang pamamangkang di nakasanayan at magtangkang umiba ng landas at magkaroon ng bago.

2010 ay dalawa, tapos umakyat sa 9 noong sumunod na taon. umakyat pa ito sa 13 noong 2012 at parehong bilang noong 2013. bumaba ng higit sa kalahati noong 2014 at muling tumaas ulit sa 9 noong 2015. sa nakaraang taon, 8 lamang at ngayong taon, 3 pa lamang at oktubre na!

nararapat lamang na pagsikapang malugod sa karagdagang bago. tumaya sa di pa nasusubukan at mabiyayaan ng ngiting tagumpay. magbakasakali at muling paayunin ang ihip ng hangin sa landas na ayon sa atin.

bago na ulit!

Friday, October 20, 2017

tagakusot

alam n’yo bang may bagong salta sa eter?! oo, isa itong aburijinal na nilalang. malamyos ang tinig, may komand ng salita ng reyna at buong giting ang pariringal sa pananamit kahit na nga papasa itong tagakusot nina mrs. reyes at mrs santos. mahilig din ito sa mga salitang magpapaalumpihit sa sinuman gaya ng dahhlenng, switi at kung anu-ano pang mga di bagay sa hilatsa ng pagmumukha nito.

walang problema sa kahitsuraan. pero tila pagkukusot lang batid ng isang ito. ni walang anumang sustansya ang nahihita ng mga tagasunod. bukod sa pahatirang elektroniko, wala na itong anupamang kontribusyon sa pagsasara ng mga bilihin. ni hindi umusal ng anumang salita sa isang miting. ni hindi rin makatulong sa paglalagay ng tamang tikid sa mga bagay-bagay. bukod sa pagtingin sa pisarang gitling, wala na itong ginawa kundi magpahatid ng paalala kuno at magsabi ng di naman kailangang mga hirit. eh kahit isang di pa tapos sa kolehiyo ay maaari rin itong gawin!  

ok pa rin naman sana kung ito lang talaga ang silbi nito sa eter. ganoon talaga, may mga nilalang na nariyan dahil nais ng ibang nandiyan sila. pero ang kawalan nito ng gulugod ay di na talaga kaaya-aya. ang di pakikipanig sa sariling kasapakat ay di dapat. oo nga’t kailangang ng tagakusot na makitalamitam sa mga tao sa reklamasyon, pero dapat pa ring tumulong sa mga nasasakupan lalo na nga’t may dibdibang isyuhan na tungkol sa kaalaman at dunong.

may panahon pa naman para sa tagakusot. sana’y sa kanyang paghihiwalay ng dekolor sa puti, masumpungan niya ang ilaw na makatulong sa mga tindera. sa kanyang paggamit ng tabla sa pagkukusot, gamitin din niya ang kanyang malaking mukha upang makapagsara. sa kanyang pagpiga at pagbabanlaw sa mga labahin ay matuto ito ng tamang gawi. at sa kanyang pagsasampay sa mga nilabhan, maibilad din sana nito ang tunay niyang silbi sa buhay.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Punta Bunga

"Love as I know it now is the fountainhead of all hurt."
- One Rainbow for the Duration by Ligaya V. Fruto

Punta Bunga beach, Boracay,
Malay, Aklan, Philippines.August 2017



sunnies café

i have passed by lane p (in BGC) many times before and have since noticed a new eating hunt in bonifacio high street. it is called sunnies café, which was already there for quite some time now. but never had i any chance to sample this one, until my sister and yuri didn’t know where to go during that one weekday in august.

the prices are on the heftier side, especially for comfort food. but no te preocupes… if the food is great, i don’t mind paying a little bit more than usual. the ambience was totally cool, the modern feel was good and the tables were good-spaced, not too crowded. and of course, we all just wanted to have our bellies filled, we were super hungry! everything went well. sunnies café have attentive staff and crew. i ordered for stovetop pork chops. this one comes with scallion brown rice, french beans, marble potatoes and the meat was described as 2-day brined chop.

and then the food was served. my sister got honey garlic crispy chicken and it looked good (also tasted well according to her). my stovetop pork chops also looked nice, although a little bit bland in terms of the color. but once again, no te preocupes, the chops should be good. but no!! it was one of those “tough moments" when the meat fights back and does not have any plans of cooperating with your knife and fork. it was leathery and hard… nothing of the nice gravy could have done wonders with it. since the meat was stringy, even the nice side dishes and brown rice could not save the meal. the pork chop was super hard!!!


the manager asked how the food was and i didn’t mince (i could not mince the meat after all!) any words… “it was pure tough meat”, i said to her! she offered to have it changed. but when the new stovetop pork chop was served, it was all the same! the meat was still hard, stringy, leathery and chewy. i guess it’s how they prepared it.

defeated and actually feeling bad and cheated about spending PHP 370 on a leathery pork chop, off we went and i said that never will i step in sunnies café again. i tweeted about it and tagged sunnies café but didn’t get any reply. i guess they’re still making money to even lift a finger on one customer who had a whole lot of “hard” time with their hard pork chop.

lesson learned… when the meat goes tough, we should be tougher on the establishments! 😊 we all deserve only the best, right?!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CBTL

it's the time of the year!! it's that time when i start collecting stickers to get hold of the giving journal from coffee bean and tea leaf (CBTL) philippines. i'm super excited!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

chocnut

have you tried pancake house's new chocnut pancake?! if you haven't done so, you should troop to the nearest branch and have your fill. hurry up and get cracking!



Monday, October 9, 2017

Maripipi

We do not choose our destiny. 
- Stannis Baratheon


Maripipi, Biliran, Philippines
January 2016