Wordless Wednesday: Kenji’s Rambutan moment

The Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) fruits arrived late this year, at least here in the fruit-stands at Tubod’s public market. Still, we got to enjoy the sweetness of this seasonal fruit…especially my eight-year old nephew, Kenji. Advertisements

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall

The Philippines has lots of breathtaking waterfalls. Most are hidden by forest vegetation and steep ravines; their roaring invitation often quickens heartbeats and brings the excitement up a notch. Moreover, they cast their mesmerizing charm on anyone who views their natural beauty. You just couldn’t stop yourself from exclaiming ahhh…awww…owww…ohhh… like the people who’s been to one of the seven waterfalls in…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

Filipinos are happy folks. Most love to flash their smile at the camera for various reasons… Example 1 — An OFW (Oversees Filipino worker) lady in the departure area at Bahrain International Airport. She smiles for she knows that she would see her loved ones in 9 hours… Example 2 — Dropping by at Jollibee…

Wordless Wednesday: Kenji’s birthday bash

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones Noise and laughter — I expected that from a class of second graders of RCMS (Rufo dela Cruz Memorial School) when I dropped by at their room last Friday afternoon, September 16. Instead, I saw a group of…

Seeing floral prints and polka dots

I was brainstorming a dress design for my friend Jessie Cryst (a.k.a. the Purple Lady), an SD Analyst at World Vision Philippines. Though she sent me some photos of various clothing styles via Facebook, I somewhat struggled to grasp what she meant by “something different.” So, I thought of the basics: something fun to match her effervescent personality; something…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Textured

When was in Kalibo, Aklan in 2000, I got an impulse to buy bags at the local market as souvenirs for that trip. I remembered seeing various designs, colors, shapes and sizes of bags made in Abaca material (Manila Hemp) in dozens of stalls. [The local government of Kalibo really helps its craftsmen to promote…

Wordless Wednesday: black butterfly

I guess this swallowtail butterfly lost its bearing; it seems odd to see it at the living room when it usually flutters by among the plants and flowers in the garden. As the butterfly clings on the curtain for a rest, my late grandmother’s words echo in my mind. She used to say that when…

World’s biggest croc?

This crocodile is all over the news ever since he got captured by the residents of Bunawan last August. His record-breaking size — 6 m long and about 1 ton weight — made this reptile an object of interest. If not for his captivity, I would never know that crocodiles exist in Panguil Bay. Roel Dahonog…

Still in ‘craft mode’ even during brownouts

Rain plus prevailing winds equals brownouts.  That’s often the case here in Tubod, Lanao del Norte and in some neighboring towns during the wet season. However, power failures don’t stop me from crafting something pretty… like this necklace. DIY Vintage Lace Collar Necklace First, I decided to use pearls as embellishments for these lustrous organic gems never go…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

The ants are among the best explorers in the world. Their species and environment may vary but their way to forage for food is similar — when an ant finds a food source, it lays down a pheromone trail on its way back to its nest. Other ants of the colony follow that single path, and they…