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.

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.

Reflections 5: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This is a set of photographs as well as a short reflection on a three-week trip to Venice self embarked on in April-May last year.

After over 30 years at the helm of Calyx Books, Margarita had retired. It had always been her dream to re-visit her childhood home in Venezuela, but the political situation made that difficult.

Venice was the stand-in.  Margarita found an apartment in Ca’ San Toma.

Even though self ended up losing a suitcase (long story, never mind), she took hundreds of pictures and re-visited a city that had haunted her dreams since she first laid eyes on it as a child of 11.

April was a good time to go.  There still weren’t that many tourists.  By May, however, the city was getting noticeably more crowded and stressful.  When she next visits Venice, she’ll try for earlier in the year: start of April, perhaps.

Dear blog readers, don’t even think of visiting Venice in the warm months of summer.  In the summer, the canals’ turgid water would no doubt have an undeniable odor, and the large cruise ships nosing into one end of San Marco Square would disgorge even greater hordes of tourists.  As it was, self never got to see the inside of the San Marco Cathedral.  The lines were too long — stretching all the way down one side of the square. May was the cusp.  She was glad she got to flee to Trieste for a few days.

On a vaporetto, late April 2013

Early Evening n the vaporetto to Murano, late April 2013

On the way to the Grand Canal

Just off the Grand Canal

Somewhere Near the Apartment in Ca' San Toma

Somewhere Near the Apartment in Ca’ San Toma

 

Reflections 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self loved the way the window light fell on the wood table in her hotel room in Trieste.

She loved Trieste so much that she bought a painting there.

Hotel, Trieste

Hotel, Trieste:  1st week of May 2013

She also loved the quietude of the island of Torcello, which she re-visited in 2013 (Her first visit to Torcello was when she was 11)

Torcello:  late April 2013

Torcello: late April 2013

The last shot was taken on the island of Burano (both Burano and Torcello are accessible by vaporetto from San Marco Square).  She loved the lace museum and found the restaurants there much better than the ones on Murano or even any of the ones in the vicinity of San Marco Square:

April 2013:  Burano

Burano:  Late April 2013

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

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