A Good Match 2: Vibrant Orange, 2 Philippine Seascapes

This week share a photo of a satisfying pairing from your own life.
— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

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Orange Lydia Davis book cover + woven portfolio from the Philippines + crinkle potato chips = A Good Match (One copy is self’s; the other is her niece’s)

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Sea + Sky = Philippine Seascape, An Excellent Match

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Sea + Sky: Dumaguete, Island of Negros in the Central Philippines, a Breathtakingly Good Match

White Whale Review 1.2

Sometime in this literary magazine’s infancy, the editor contacted self (through this blog) and solicited a short story.

The issue was 1.2

Now, the magazine is in its sixth year.

The story self submitted to them was “Dumaguete.”  Here’s an excerpt:

His mother had taken him to the green campus of Silliman University, and there, among the tall, old acacia trees, they’d stumbled across a small museum that held shells and various voodoo paraphernalia from the small island just offshore, Siquijor. From the city’s seaside promenade, one could just discern the faint outline of the island. All day, outriggers plied the distance between the large and small island, ferrying shell vendours and curious tourists to and fro.  Carlos had heard numerous stories of this fabled place, but his mother showed no inclination to go there.

Intrigued? Want to read the rest of it? Go here.

“Dumaguete” is in self’s third story collection, The Lost Language (which is only available in the Philippines).

Self has been to that island, just off Dumaguete.  At least three times.

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Stay tuned.

Humanity 4: Jeepney Interior, Siquijor, March 2012

Self loves the current WordPress Photo Challenge:  HUMANITY. As it turned out, almost everything she’s posted on this theme so far are photos she took in the Philippines.

Siquijor is an island off Dumaguete, in the province of Negros Oriental.

Its allure has always been powerfully mysterious, at least to self. It’s rather a large island, with several well-populated towns. But it seems a world apart. The people of Siquijor may be poor, but they don’t appear desperate. The island is clean, and tourists don’t seem to be coming in droves, thank God.

She’s visited the island a couple of times, the last time in 2012. It’s a short ferry ride from Dumaguete.

Jeepney Interior: Siquijor, March 2012

Jeepney Interior: Siquijor, March 2012

It is hard to take a clear shot inside a jeepney, especially when there is a constant movement of people getting on and off.

It is hard to take a clear shot inside a jeepney, especially when there is a constant movement of people getting on and off.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Horizon 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Catching the inter-island ferry from Bacolod to Siquijor, March 2012

Catching the inter-island ferry from Bacolod to Siquijor, March 2012

View From the Roof of L'Fisher Chalet, Bacolod

View From the Roof of L’Fisher Chalet, Bacolod

Early Morning, South Seas Resort, Bantayan Beach

Early Morning, South Seas Resort, Bantayan Beach

Good Morning: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “Good Morning.” Ah, mornings are absolutely self’s favorite time of day.  The day is all possibility, and her thoughts are clear.  Here are three iconic “Good Morning” memories:

The vaporetto stop on Ca' San Toma, early morning

The vaporetto stop on Ca’ San Toma, early morning.  Self had made arrangements to be taken to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport from here.

Self's breakfast at the Bacolod Organic Market, where they sell 10 different kinds of rice, all manner of organic coffee, and pumpkins/squash.

Self’s breakfast at the Bacolod Organic Market, where they sell 10 different kinds of rice, all manner of organic coffee, and pumpkins/squash.

Sunrise, Bantayan Beach, Dumaguete

Sunrise, Bantayan Beach, Dumaguete

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

Here, dear blog readers, various seas:

On the vaporetto en route to Burano, April 2013

On the vaporetto en route to Burano, April 2013

The Sea in the Netherlands near Amsterdam (Photo by self. On a wobbly bike)

The Sea in the Netherlands near Amsterdam (Photo by self. On a wobbly bike): July, 2012

Sunrise, Bantayan Beach, Dumaguete

Sunrise, Bantayan Beach, Dumaguete:  March 2012

Self loves the sea.  Or views of water of any kind.

That is what happens when you grow up on an archipelago!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is to post shots taken during “The Golden Hour” — Here’s the prompt:

In photography, the “Golden Hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day . . .  go out and snap a photograph, wherever you may be, during this Golden Hour —  and pay attention to the natural light around you.

Love the theme!  Here are a few of self’s “Golden Hour” shots.

Golden Hour 1: Free concerts in Stafford Park, Redwood City, every Wednesday throughout the summer, 6 to 8 pm.

There was a crowd, as always.  We had a good vantage point, near the hot dog and hamburger stand.

There was a crowd, as always. We had a good vantage point, near the hot dog and hamburger stand.

Golden Hour 2:  A Philippine beach at sunrise

Sunrise, Bantayan Beach, Dumaguete

Sunrise, Bantayan Beach, Dumaguete.  Self visited Dumaguete for the first time with Niece G and son, when they were about seven.

Golden Hour 3:  New York City, not quite dusk

New York City Skyline (2006), viewed from the rooftop terrace of the Metropolitan Museum

New York City Skyline (2006), viewed from the rooftop terrace of the Metropolitan Museum

That’s it!  But, self hastens to assure dear blog readers:  these definitely won’t be the last posts on this theme!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Slogging Through Pile of Stuff

Slogging through pile of stuff is such hard work.  Whenever self casts a baleful eye at the mountain of unread mail and magazines, she feels it growing, like the loaves and the fishes.

Anyhoo, today self dug deep and surfaced with this fascinating document:

A list of things to do in Dumaguete

Actually, it was a download from a travel website, and the actual title of the post is:

Two Days of Eating in Dumaguete City

The writer begins by calling Dumaguete the “City of Smiles.”  (Now, just wait a minute!  Self thought it was BACOLOD that is known as the “City of Smiles!”)

But, for the purpose of just getting on with it, self continues reading:

You can take a tricycle from the airport to your hotel.

You will check in to Harold’s Mansion (Tee hee!  Self knows this place.  The foreign backpackers’ hangout)

You will have breakfast at What’s Up, on Rizal Avenue

You will have lunch at K.R.I.  (There were other things between breakfast and lunch, but they can all be summed up in two words:  Freshening Up)

By now, it will be 1 p.m.  Time to start exploring the city!

You will proceed to the Dumaguete Cathedral.  You will check out the Provincial Capitol.  You will walk around the campus of Silliman University.

You will have merienda (around 4 p.m.) at Gabby’s Bistro, located inside a subdivision called Florentina Homes.  “Aside from a hearty main course, Gabby’s Bistro offers imaginative desserts.”

After merienda (This will take approximately two hours), it is time for a massage.  You will go to the Royal Haven Spa, directly above a furniture store.  And after the massage, you will now be faced with a very momentous decision:  Should you (a) head back to the hotel and call it a night? (b) rest and then have a late dinner? or (c) go straight to dinner?

The correct answer is:  Choose the a or b options.  Do not attempt to go straight to dinner.

At 8 p.m., it is now OK for you to have dinner.  The place to go is Jutz.

After a two-hour dinner at Jutz, go to Hayahay for drinks (Zack and self had dinner here in March!)

At midnight, head back to the hotel.  Of course, the first thing to do upon returning to your hotel is to take a long, hot shower, and sleep.  Now, you have two options:  You can choose to wake up early and have breakfast, or you can sleep until it’s time for lunch.

At 11 a.m. (standard check-out time), you will head for lunch at a pizza place called Neva’s.  On the menu:  “pizza, pasta, and dessert.”

Two hours later, at approximately 1 p.m. (Self has no idea how you are expected to fill up the time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., but presumably most of the time is taken up with having lunch), go shopping for pasalubong at Sans Rival.  This place is “known all over the Philippines for its silvanas . . . Their jam cookies are good too . . . ”  You can hand-carry the silvanas:  they keep “for about 4 – 6 hours outside the freezer.”

At 2 p.m., head to the airport (After partaking of such fabulous Dumaguete gustatory delights, self thinks it would be no surprise if the traveler experiences slight difficulty fitting into the airplane seat!  Business or First Class will have wider seats, but an upgrade might cost something in the vicinity of $2,000, self kids you not!  She has tried)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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