Abandoned: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Cactus Hall, in Santa Fe Resort, Barangay Granada, Bacolod

Cactus Hall, in Santa Fe Resort, Barangay Granada, Bacolod

Self’s grandfather, Generoso Villanueva, built Santa Fe Resort in the 1930s.  It was the first resort ever built in the central Philippines.  It is still operational today.

The English Cemetery, Just Outside Dharamsala.  The graves are mostly those of soldiers who lost their lives in battles and skirmishes and quelling uprisings.

The English Cemetery, Just Outside Dharamsala. The graves are mostly those of soldiers who lost their lives in battles and skirmishes and quelling uprisings.

Self went to India in January 2012.  She wasn’t prepared: physically, emotionally, spiritually.  It was an exhausting trip.  But this English cemetery just outside Dharamsala reminded her that time is fleeting, everything melts away.

The Old Bacolod Airport:  Abandoned for a newer one in Silay

The Old Bacolod Airport: Abandoned for a newer one in Silay

Coming home to Bacolod was a special experience:  vendors sold kalamayhati, self’s favorite childhood treat.  One time, when she’d been gone for a couple of years, she heard a porter mumble under his breath:  “Si Inday Batchoy.”  (“It’s Ma’am Batchoy”) — “Batchoy” is self’s nickname.  Everyone, even her college professors in the Ateneo, referred to her by that name.  Only here in America is she called “Marianne.”

Batchoy is the name of a famous Visayan soup.  It could also be a short version of the Tagalog word “tabachoy” meaning fat, chubby.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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