Sunrise in My Rear View Mirror

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
– traditional Irish blessing


The sunrise at my back.

Somehow the road and the day ahead seemed a little easier.

Yes, there can be pleasant surprises on the road taken, even in the city.

(Note: No animals were harmed nor lives unduly endangered during the capture of this image.)

The Road Taken

Sydney Harbour at Night When the Tourists Are Gone

Sometimes, like people, a place can reveal its inner character when you catch it when it is alone.


Sydney Harbour is one of the most popular places for tourists. During the day, it is packed with people and pigeons. Aside from the Ferry Terminal it also has attractions surrounding it like the Opera House, museums, as well as hotels and restaurants. It can be quite busy indeed.


Until you let all of them go and see a different side. It is a dock, a port, after all. At night when the tourist are gone it goes back to its nature, quite lonely I suppose.


Even the Overseas Passenger Terminal, where all the cruise ships dock, falls silent and gives lovers in a quarrel some space.
Ambience Unseen

Driving Home and Life of Pi

“So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can’t prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi


An interesting question: The Chaos of the tail lights or the chaos of the cars?

The tail lights for me!


“That’s what fiction is about, isn’t it, the selective transforming of reality? The twisting of it to bring out its essence?”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi  

Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

It’s Halloween weekend, and one place that takes it seriously is Salem, MA. After all, they’ve taken witches seriously in the past — the notorious Salem Witch Trials did result to the execution by hanging of several “witches.”


Halloween in Salem today is more like a party, though “witches” still make appearances, as in these photos taken a few years ago during Halloween.


There are other characters too!


Family portrait.


Text from hell.




It’s a fun place to visit during Halloween, a “transmogrifying” experience.


Clowns were popular then. I wonder what’s popular this year?


Finding Color at the Local Market

Today I thank a few farmers…

(local fruits – rambutan, papaya, avocado, lanzones…)

Some fishermen…

(fresh fish and “curacha” dancing crabs…)

And most of all the smiles that added color to my day.

(puto bumbong, a delicacy made of purple sticky rice steamed inside bamboo tubes.)