Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Needs To Have the Letters ‘O’ and ‘U’ in the Word

Another great Fun Foto Challenge from Cee Neuner: Needs to have the letters O and U in the word.

Self’s word is SOUP. Specifically, a delicious Philippine soup that originates in the central Philippine islands of the Visayas:

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BATCHOY: Super Special Bowl of Heaven

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Nostalgia: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 30 September 2016

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is NOSTALGIA:

  • What kinds of experiences stir emotions for the past within you?

The Philippines, specifically Bacolod City, where her father grew up, is the locus of all of self’s nostalgia. And of course, Dearest Mum, who met self’s Dear Departed Dad when she was a young pianist in New York City, and Dear Departed Dad was in Georgetown Law School.

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The Daku Balay, Burgos Street, Negros Occidental: The Philippines. Self’s grandfather built this house, at the time the tallest structure in Bacolod City. Self’s father was born in this house.

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Dearest Mum, in Her Early 30s

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Bacolod City, Negros Occidental: June 2012

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Edges: Harvesting Sugarcane, Negros Occidental (Home/the Philippines)

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Edge of Family’s Fields: Negros Occidental, the Philippines

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Path cleared for a tractor.

And one more:

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Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental

Check out a few more WordPress bloggers who posted on EDGE:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

More Edges: The Daily Post Photo Challenge

Give me a wide-open landscape, and I feel unmoored (and my iPhone camera, inadequate). Throw in some demarcating line between me and what I see, and things start to fall into place.

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

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Front Courtyard, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

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Returning to Bacolod on the Ferry From Iloilo, in the central Philippines

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Night descends on a Philippine Sea.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

SWIMMING STUDIES: About Pools

Maybe because self is reading Swimming Studies, she starts looking up information on Land’s End and the Sutro Baths.

The magnate who developed Sutro Baths was named Sutro (Duh, but of course!).

Sutro Baths was the centerpiece of a resort bordering the Pacific. San Franciscans could get there by paying 5 cents for a trolley ride.

In a way, self understands what Sutro was aiming for, because her very own grandfather built a resort, right in the middle of sugar cane fields in Barangay Granada in Negros Occidental in the Philippines.

Self’s grandfather, like Sutro, was a populist. The most loyal patrons of Santa Fe Resort are workers. The entrance fee is still ridiculously low because self’s family understands the demographic: the patrons come from the surrounding fields, workers wanting a break. It was called Santa Fe because her grandfather loved American westerns. In addition, he had a huge crush on the American swimmer/film star Esther Williams, so there’s a statue of her in Santa Fe, in Barangay Granada.

Self’s grandfather built an Olympic-size pool which remains a major draw to this day: It was the first, and possibly still the only, Olympic-size pool in the Philippines.

Who does that? Who has such a crush on Esther Williams that he builds an Olympic-size pool in the middle of an island. Not only in the middle of an island, in the middle of sugar cane fields.

When journalists come to write about self’s island, they never mention Santa Fe Resort. It’s such an eccentric thing, the location. The fact is, it’s nowhere near a beach. Consequently, there is no tourist traffic. There are no Chinese, Japanese, South Korean, American or Europeans. In Santa Fe Resort, you will encounter Filipinos. Just Filipinos.

It is a resort built by a man who only got a high school education. A resort for the people who live within a few kilometers, who are from that place.

Self spent every summer of her childhood there.

Sometimes she wonders if those summers were the reason she is a writer now. Because, her grandfather showed her: you can do anything, if you use your imagination.

It is a terrible thing is to have no imagination, to have your dreams stay small.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Look Up 5: Nando’s Flame-Grilled Chicken, Calgary

Really love The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week: LOOK UP.

It’s all about “taking a moment to check out what’s above you.”

Last night, self’s cousins took her to a restaurant called Nando’s, in NE Calgary. It’s famous for its chicken inasal (barbecue). And she has to say: this is the best chicken inasal she’s ever tasted outside of Bacolod City in Negros Occidental, Dear Departed Dad’s hometown.

The owner is, interestingly enough, not Filipino. She thinks her cousins said the owner is from Australia.

One wall is entirely covered with little squares, each one telling a kind of story. She wouldn’t have bothered focusing on the squares if she hadn’t been thinking of LOOK UP:

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Nando’s, in Northeast Calgary: Barbecue Chicken Almost as Good as Bacolod’s Inasal.

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Those tiles do tell a fascinating story. Wouldn’t you agree, dear blog readers?

Stay tuned.

Face: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 13 May 2016

FACE is the theme of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge.

Gave self an excuse to go back over her thousands and thousands of archived photos and indulge in a nostalgia trip.

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Abigail !!! Oxford, England, July 2015

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Londis, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin, 2014, across the Street from the Church of the Oblates. When this woman learned self was a writer, she paid $2 on-line to read self’s novella, the one that became a finalist for the 2014 Saboteur Awards.

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Receptionist, L’Fisher Chalet, Bacolod City, Philippines: Self’s Dear Departed Dad was born and raised in Bacolod City. She hasn’t been back since 2013, and L’Fisher Chalet has been remodeled. Who knows when self can visit again.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Eye Spy 4: Masskara Festival, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Every October, Dearest Dad’s hometown of Bacolod becomes the scene of wild bacchanalia.

Just kidding!

Seriously, the theme of the month is wine, women and song.

Just kidding!

The culmination of the annual festivities is a procession of masked dancers. Quite a sight!

Self heard that the festivities have been toned down and aren’t as flamboyant as they used to be. Oh, that is just too bad.

In the meantime, she thought the giant masks, with their flirty eyes, would fit in very well with the week’s Photo Challenge: EYE SPY.

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One of the staff at self’s favorite Bacolod rest place: L’Fisher Chalet on Lacson Street: They hang the giant masks as part of the annual Masskara Festival, in October.

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Creepy 2: Random

WordPress Photo Challenge this week: CREEPY

  • This week, give us some heebie jeebies!

Here’s more creepiness:

DRACULA by Bram Stoker, Illustrated by Edward Gorey

DRACULA by Bram Stoker, Illustrated by Edward Gorey. Did you know that author Bram Stoker studied at Trinity College in Dublin? Self only knows this because she went on a tour of Trinity College.

Dancer, Masskara Festival, Bacolod 2013

Dancer, Masskara Festival, Bacolod 2013

Ballyvolane House, Cork: A servant ran off with her mistress's jewels, was apprehended and hanged somewhere in the vicinity.

Ballyvolane House, Cork: A pair of servants ran murdered their masters and made off with their master’s jewels. They were apprehended and put to death.  The male was hanged, the woman burned at the stake, somewhere in the vicinity. Hence the appellation “The Hag’s Cross.”

Self is so glad she never heard about The Hag’s Cross until the last day she was at Ballyvolane House because she hates ghosts and such.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre has its own ghost story, which was told her by a fellow resident. Apparently the ghost is named Miss Worby’s Ghost and she tweets.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

DOORS 4: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Redwood City CA, Negros Museum Bacolod

This week’s Photo Challenge is proving quite tricky, for some reason. Self has to search a long time before she finds pictures of DOORS.

Well, here’s the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers Main Entrance:

Front Entrance, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

Front Entrance, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

Redwood City, California:

The Humble Abode, Redwood City, California

The Humble Abode, Redwood City, California

Front Entrance of the museum of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Negros Museum, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Negros Museum, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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