Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Wall.”

Walls could be hindrances, limitations

it could depict history and traces

Walls could be an expression or an inspiration,

sometimes it is up to us to interpret what it all means.

Walls could be filled with voices that yearn to be heard

Walls could be empty blocks waiting to be filled with books or displays,

it could be a blank space waiting to be painted with a drawing or a story.

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                         Sarnies, a local cafe located at a busy business district in Singapore.
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                                 A wall for expression at De La Salle University-Manila campus
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                                                      A mini tunnel at Jiufen, Taiwan

Finding the Strings

  • Cooking and brewing coffee for our relatives.

IMG_20140225_172150 This past holiday season, I had fun cooking, preparing lunch and brewing coffee for our family and relatives. I brought our coffee brewer with us whichever houses we went to and shared some warm cups to our relatives who were happy to be able to enjoy that after the meal. I enjoy brewing coffee; it doesn’t matter how many cups I have to make. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?.”

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This is one of my grandmother’s specialty, deep-fried taro balls.

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This is called Pansit Malabon, a very famous dish in feasts and parties.

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A friend gave us some prawn dish as a gift and it was delicious!

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baked macaroni for dinner

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I like ordering this pasta rice very much. It is filled with vegetables.

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The view at Roxas Blvd. during sunset is stunning.

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At Bag of Beans, these lights design the path. 20150212_162718

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Trip back to Tagaytay

Every time I visit Tagaytay, I bring back some new experience. This is one of the accessible place to go to where the weather is cooler. My cousin returned home recently and this reminded me of our trip two years back to this place. It has been a long time since we’ve seen each other but it felt just like yesterday when we were talking.

5 things about this trip:

  • We visited Sky Ranch which was quite new then, the food establishments in the area were not fully opened yet. We paid the entrance but ended up not riding anything because some rides are for kids and most rides have additional payment.
  • To quench our thirst, we bought some buko shake then. I saw how the drink was made because I was standing in front of the stall. I saw the man put about 2-3 scoops of condensed milk in the drink but I wasn’t able to voice out to stop him. We ended up drinking a very sweet drink and was not able to finish it due to its extreme sweetness. (My bad…)
  • We went for a walk and sightseeing at the back of Taal Vista. We had to pay Php150 for the entrance/parking but it was all good. We sat on the hill, the field of greens and ended up with a few sunburns when we went back. The sun was that hot to pierce through our skin when it’s already October then. The place had an amazing view and a spacious area to walk about.
  • We stopped for coffee at Bag of Beans, the branch which overlooks to the Taal lake. My professor has been recommending this place and we finally try this out. We were lucky to be seated at the veranda to enjoy the cool breeze.
  • There’s a dinner party that we have to attend so we were on our home when the sun was going down.

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Refreshing view at Cingjing Farm

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Serenity, is what we crave for after staying too long in the metropolitan area. That calm, peaceful view is inviting and captivating.

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Cingjing Farm boasts its vast expanse of green, the blue sky, and the patches of clouds up there make great art work. Walking alongside the sheep and getting the chance to feed them is indeed a delightful experience. It’s amazing how they follow you when you have food to offer. There were a lot of tourists when we visited the farm but according to our cousin who has been here before, you could literally interact and play around with the sheep then and they are strong enough to bump you and knock you down. We were able to watch the herding and sheep shearing show.

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It rained the past days, that’s why the sheep looked quite muddy. Some of the sheep are becoming sick as more visitors flock by the farm. Guests are reminded to be responsible for their trash to keep the environment clean for the habitat of the sheep. It’s nice to keep in touch with nature as we easily forget its importance when we’re busy with our gadgets or while immersed in city life.

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*Cingjing Farm is located at NO. 170, Renhe Rd., Datong Village, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan(R. O. C.).

Thank You for Another Year

Year 2014 is nearing its end; looking back I can see that it’s been a great year. It has been a year of explorations for coffee, photography, travel and writing. I learned a lot this year, have let go of some things and felt at ease with myself. I have learned that there are lessons we gain from simple things to significant events in life. There are things that are necessary to help us grow and some pieces fit in perfectly later on.

This was what I wrote before the end of the year; then something happened at the beginning of 2015. It’s not big of a deal, because it already happened before. But I guess this is what kept me from writing something here. I don’t know what to write or how to start. Even when I encourage myself to write something else, I keep getting back to this. Being scolded for something you didn’t do has been a repetitive pattern in our household. All I did was try to understand and still end up being yelled at. I struggled between holding myself back and speaking up. I chose the latter because I think if you cared enough, you would say something. I rarely post any status in my social media page, but this time I posted something that drew attention from some of my friends. I felt better after letting it out and talking to some friends have helped. Friends and relatives whom I haven’t talked to for a long time now responded. I began the year with a rant and some tears, which is not a good thing to share, but I gained a lot of encouragements. Somehow, some wounds have healed up more easily than before.

It’s still going to be a good year. I will live each day with purpose because I realized that’s what made last year worthwhile. The past year has been a witness to how I brought my smile back. I am thankful for the blessings that I have received, for the beautiful scenes that my eyes have captured and for some essentials to make the stories complete.

I am grateful to be able to meet with old and new friends, for the chance to play and travel with them. This year might be the year that I was able to travel the most times. There were some impromptu travels and more invitations to go out. It was good to accept invitations and to be able to take lots of photographs, visit new places, to meet and connect with people.

I am inspired by the music that I’ve listened to, the books I’ve read, the films I’ve watched and by listening to the stories shared to me. I am glad for the times we could cook for our loved ones, for the time they spend with us, for the warm cups of coffee they’ve shared with me.

For this New Year, I will be brewing more cups and hope to explore other brewing techniques. We recently bought new beans and received some coffee beans last Christmas. I’m very excited to try out the new beans. We’re already on the second bag from the harvests last December.

Mornings are great, and so are Sunsets. Thank you to Yesterday, Hello to Today!

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I am ready for more travels, to appreciate the simple things in life, to acknowledge the things that people have done for me, to encourage people to enjoy the life they deserve, to laugh more and cook more flavors to add to our lives.