On Top 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Capiz Shell Overhead Lamp, Café Uma, Lacson Street, Bacolod City

Capiz Shell Overhead Lamp, Café Uma, Lacson Street, Bacolod City. Self loves to hang out here when she is visiting Bacolod.

The Lamp is the Philippine Flag (Negros Museum Café, Bacolod)

The Lamp is the Philippine Flag (Negros Museum Café, Bacolod: another of self’s favorite hangouts when visiting Dear Departed Dad’s hometown)

Signage:  The Foster Freeze in Menlo Park has been a local landmark for decades. The employees (a Chinese American family, who may very well be the current owners) have known son since he first stopped by, in grade school.

Signage: The Foster Freeze in Menlo Park has been a local landmark for decades. The employees (a Chinese American family, who may very well be the current owners) have known son since he first started going there, in grade school.

On Top: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Miami Holocaust Memorial, South Beach. The giant hand pointing at the sky is only the first thing you see as you approach.

Miami Holocaust Memorial, South Beach. The giant hand pointing at the sky is the first thing you notice on the approach.

View from the Airplane on the way to Miami, November 2013

Clouds, Sunset:  Airplane View en route to Miami, November 2013

Bacolod City: the view from her hotel room

Dear Departed Dad’s Hometown, Bacolod City:  Self never tired of the view from her hotel balcony.

Monument 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Hong Kong, monument to the Chinese money-making instinct:  Summer 2006 (Last Trip to Asia with Sole Fruit of Her Loins)

Hong Kong, monument to the Chinese money-making instinct: Summer 2006 (Last Trip to Asia with Sole Fruit of Her Loins)

The Golden Gate Bridge:  View From Land's End, San Francisco:  December 2008

The Golden Gate Bridge: View From Land’s End, San Francisco: December 2008

The Layout of Stonehenge: Diagram From SOLVING STONEHENGE, by Anthony Johnson. Self has always been fascinated by the abiding mystery of these stones.  She even used the monument in a short story that got published in Wigleaf ("Stonehenge/Pacifica")

The Layout of Stonehenge: Diagram From SOLVING STONEHENGE, by Anthony Johnson. Self has always been fascinated by the abiding mystery of these stones. She even used the monument in a short story that got published in Wigleaf in 2008:  “Stonehenge/Pacifica”

Excerpt, “Stonehenge/Pacifica” published in Wigleaf (1/11/2012):

It was a dream I had, some restless night.  One of those weeks or months or years when we were worried about money.

But when were we ever not worried?

First there was the mortgage, and then the two.

And then your mother got sick, and your father died.

You can read the story in its entirety, here.

Right after posting this, self decided to book herself a tour of Stonehenge.  An evening tour of Stonehenge, not one of the day tours that take in multiple sites, with Stonehenge thrown in.  That’s on April 26. She has to find a way to get to Salisbury, where the tour starts.  The tour starts in the evening, though, so she has almost the whole of the 26th to figure out how to get there.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

Monument: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The Daily Post has a completely new look.  Self was mighty confused because she received no advance warning.

It’s a maroon color theme.

As usual, self gets ahead of herself.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is MONUMENT.  Herewith, three photographs representing three of the places she has traveled to in 2012 and 2013:

The Venetian Lion:  San Marco Square, April 2013

The Venetian Lion: San Marco Square, April 2013

Cathedral of Sacre Coeur:  Paris, July 2012

Cathedral of Sacre Coeur: Paris, July 2012

The Golden Temple:  Amritsar, Punjab, January 2012

The Golden Temple: Amritsar, Punjab, January 2012

 

Stairs: Threshold 5, WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self loves her writers group.  Here we are, ascending the steps to jay's place.

Self loves her writers group. Here are Caroline and Grace, ascending the steps to Jay’s place.

Entrance to the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford campus:  Self bought her first bike here.

Entrance to the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford campus: Self bought her first bike here, eons ago.

Venice, April 2013:  Steps Leading to the Water (All steps in Venice eventually lead to the water)

Venice, April 2013: Steps Leading to the Water (ALL steps in Venice eventually lead to the water. Self liked the moss on this one, though)

Threshold 2, WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: What Lies Beyond?

A Writer's Apartment in Paris.  The door leads to her bedroom.

July 2012:  A Writer’s Apartment in Paris. The door leads to her bedroom.

June 2012, Hawthornden:  Every day for one month, selfI passed through this portal.

June 2012, Hawthornden Writers Retreat, Scotland: Every day for one month, self passed through this portal.  Sometimes it felt like entering an enchanted kingdom.

The Red Door to the Shed:  It used to be dark brown. Self decided to paint it red over a decade ago.

The Red Door to the Shed: It used to be dark brown. Self decided to paint it red over a decade ago.

Street Life 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

A place reveals itself on its streets.

The Daily Post, WordPress Photo Challenge

The 2012 Masskara Festival, downtown Bacolod City

The 2012 Masskara Festival, downtown Bacolod City

Call & Response:  2012 Masskara Festival, downtown Bacolod City

Call & Response: 2012 Masskara Festival, downtown Bacolod City

Somewhere Near the Public Plaza, downtown Bacolod City

Somewhere Near the Public Plaza, downtown Bacolod City

Yes, indeed, Bacolod City’s annual Masskara Festival is a riotous affair.  But self was in Bacolod again the following year (2013) — alas, the festivities then were nothing compared to the year before.  There had been a change of mayors.  And the new mayor shifted the festivities to somewhere behind a mall in the Reclamation Area.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Street Life 3: More Masskara Pics!

Really, it would be a shame not to share these pictures, all taken within the space of a few minutes, one day in October 2012, in her Dear Departed Dad’s home city of Bacolod, capital of the province of Negros Occidental, in an island in the central Philippines . . .

Masskara Street Festival 2012, somewhere in downtown Bacolod.  That's her cousin with her back to the camera, next to the street dancer.

Masskara Street Festival 2012, somewhere in downtown Bacolod. That’s her cousin with her back to the camera, next to the street dancer.

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It was a very long procession, dear blog readers.  Spectators were supposed to stay on the sidewalks. But self darted here and there among the dancers -- all for the sake of taking pictures! No one stopped her!

It was a very long procession, dear blog readers. Spectators were supposed to stay on the sidewalks. But self darted here and there among the dancers — all for the sake of taking pictures! No one stopped her!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

Street Life 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

More from the annual Masskara Festival, held in Dear Departed Dad’s hometown of Bacolod in the Philippines, every October.

These are from October 2012:

Masskara Festival, Bacolod City, 2012

Masskara Festival, Bacolod City, 2012

Another angle of the street dancers

Another angle of the street dancers

Self moved as close as she could get to the street dancers.  She felt bold because she was with her cousin Mae Lizares Villanueva.

Self moved as close as she could get to the street dancers. She felt bold because she was with her cousin Mae Lizares Villanueva.

Street Life: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s photo challenge seems made expressly for self.  She is passionate about recording street life, wherever she roams.

Here’s her first set of photographs.

These were taken in Bacolod, Dear Departed Dad’s hometown:

Bacolod:  The Street Below

Bacolod: The Street Below Self’s Hotel Balcony

The Same Street:  Night

The Same Street: Night

Masskara Street Festival, October 2012

Masskara Festival, October 2012:  It’s celebrated every October in Bacolod.

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