Manuel Duldulao: “Vertical” Climate in the Philippines

The one indulgence self allowed her here was to buy a coffee table book by Manuel D. Duldulao: The Filipinos: The Portrait of a People.

She thinks it’s quite a good book, with lots of fascinating insight on not just Filipinos but herself, too.

For instance, she used to think she was uniquely impulsive.

Then she read in Duldulao that Filipinos tend to be impulsive.

She thought she was uniquely fatalistic.

Then she read in Duldulao that Filipinos tend not to put too much trust in institutions (like the young people of Trumpland?), therefore they can be described as fatalistic. Self has tended recently not to put any faith at all in institutions. Therefore, SHE is fatalistic!

This coffee table book is loads better than therapy!

The Filipinos: Portrait of a People, p. 176:

  • The climate in the Philippines is what you might call “vertical.” There are no seasons in the Islands since they lie just above the equator. Terrains, however, play tricks on the barometer; the gauge keeps sliding up or down when you hit the road every twenty minutes or so. Manila is hot and humid to begin with, being flat and low all over. And yet five minutes from its eastern border is the pilgrimage hill town of Antipolo and for another 20 minutes further east is the village of Sampaloc Hills in Tanay, Rizal, which tingle with the bite of spring weather all year round.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Transformations 3: FALL

Snowed two days ago: big, fat, heavy flakes, the like of which self has never seen.

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Found this tiny thing on the floor of my cottage today. Must have carried it in on a shoe or a coat or a scarf. Self was about to throw it in the trash when something made her take a closer look:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2 Ms Anywhere In the Word

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges are really that: Fun.

Her series, Alphabet With a Twist, is now on the Letter M: To complicate things, you have to have 2 Ms, anywhere in the word.

It took self some assiduous looking, but she finally came up with these two pictures of the Prince Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, from her most recent visit to London, a few weeks ago:

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The Prince Albert Memorial on a Beautiful Day in Hyde Park, London, Late October 2017

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Closer View of The Prince Albert Memorial

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Surprise! It’s Spring

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!

— Wallace Stevens, quoted in The Daily Post

Yesterday was self’s first walk to the lake in over a month. It’s but a five or 10-minute walk at the most. But self has been busy, and the weather’s been unpredictable.

Yesterday, Esther came to change the sheets. So self took advantage of the break to go out of her cottage. And the first thing she noticed was: close by the cottages, there were suddenly so many flowers! (Has it really been that long since she took a walk? Apparently, it has! Surprise!)

Self had a lovely walk. Spring has truly arrived!

Here are some other beautiful spring shots:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

An Irish Spring: Flowers

Walked around the Centre this morning, and saw more things to post for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: DENSE.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Wish 2: Spring, Don’t Come Too Fast!

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is WISH:

THIS WEEK, SHOW US A WISH

It was cold and windy today: fine, brisk, walking weather.

Self was captivated by these daffodils, springing up in bunches in front of the Main House in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (The wind was blowing: you can see from the angle of the stems)

Spring can’t be far away. Which means warmer weather, longer days. Fabulous!

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Daffodils on the Slope In Front of the Main House, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

And yet, look at this picture she took in the early morning, two days ago: it’s only now she notices the filigree of the tree branches, silhouetted against the sky. So beautiful and delicate. When the leaves come back, this scene will be very different. So self feels conflicted: keeping winter’s bones might not be a bad thing! Especially when looking at trees!

If you look at this photograph with some detachment, doesn’t it look like an echocardiogram? Like the lines spit out of a defibrillator? Self means, the sharp up-and-down squiggles?

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The Lake at Annaghmakerrig, Early Morning

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Fan Fiction of the Day

The set-up: Katniss is returning to her car after a night class at her community college. And she gets held up by, of all people, PEETA! PEETA! PEETA! Who is a criminal trying to feed a drug habit! Oh my Lord! What? What? What?

. . .  the air smells sweet and fresh, like growth. The street lamps that line my path from the library to my car are dim at best, and there’s no moonlight because there’s a storm on its way. I don’t even have a shadow; I’m followed instead by the restless wind that stirs in the freshly-leafed trees.

Self loves the descriptions!

It really is spring in this part of the world.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Harmonies of Spring

Oh how beautiful is the season of spring!

These yellow daffodils are in the front garden of the MacCallum House in Mendocino Village.

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Daffodils + Spring = Harmony!

More daffodils!

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

SEASONS 3: Mendocino, Last Thursday of February 2016

It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Self went for a walk around the village.

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Mendocino Village has many examples of whimsical garden art!

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Spring is in the air! This table and chairs was in front of a local beauty salon.

And, for election season, Bernie Sanders would like to extend a warm welcome!

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Every local person self has spoken to so far is a Bernie Sanders supporter. Clearly, Mendocino is HIS town.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Seasons: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge # 8

It warmed up this week.

Self is still in Mendocino.

She likes walking to the bookstore on Main Street, Gallery Bookshop, and then taking pictures of the headlands. Because she was trying to find subjects for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge, SEASONS, she focused on the flowers in the meadow in front of her:

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Flowers are popping up in the meadow across from the Gallery Bookshop on Main Street, Mendocino.

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More Flowers, Same Meadow

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These flowers are tiny. Self had to do an extreme close-up. Good thing her fingers didn’t shake as much as they usually do.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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