Tagged: Dumaguete

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean

maggie and milly and molly and may

by E. E. Cummings


maggie and milly and molly and may

went down to the beach(to play one day)

Orange sky

and maggie discovered a shell that sang

so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

Periwinkle Mood

milly befriended a stranded star

whose rays five languid fingers were;

as the sun sets

and molly was chased by a horrible thing

which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and


may came home with a smooth round stone

as small as a world and as large as alone.


For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)

it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

mid morning

Photos taken by a Nikon D90. Playing with light and a polarized lens (Dumaguete, Dec 2010). Poetry by ee cummings. Win.

grateful slice:  ee cummings and the sea


late afternoon

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

In the binary opposition of dark and light, darkness doesn’t always mean hopelessness, debauchery, or evil. On the contrary, there’s a lot of beauty to be found in shadows.

Shadow in Lowering Light

Beauty Behind Bamboo Blinds

grateful slice:  good timing and G’s gorgeous creations

first photo taken in Boracay, 2008 with a Canon Digital Ixus 750

second photo taken in Dumaguete, 2010 with a Nikon D90 and a polarized lens

Dumaguete, Dec 2010

Went on a serendipitous trip to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental last December, 2010. Dumaguete is a university town south of Cebu, also known for its friendly people, Siliman University, marine biology courses, sans rival, great food, dive sites and beach resorts.  The first time I visited years ago was for a rock climbing nationals competition where I feel I climbed one of my best climbs ever in my short stint at competing nationally.  It was a quick trip with the climbers and we just stayed in the city with the locals; but man, for some reason Dumaguete left its mark on my wanderlust heart.  I knew I would go back there.  And that we did.

The original plan was to just go with my would-be-Amazing Race Asia partner, @maimailim.  But once again, serendipitously, our favorite couple, the Mos, ended up coming along; which turned out great because Mai and I had no idea where we would  go and stay.  All in all, traveling was laid back and easy.   We stayed at Kookoo’s Nest, a best kept secret an hour away from the city.  We went diving and snorkeling, met some really interesting people, ate and drank when we felt like it, played a ton of Scrabble, ran one morning, kayaked, and laughed a whole lot.  I wish I was able to take a picture of the star studded night sky by the jetty.  That was win.

In the end, it was more than a pleasant surprise.  From such a  beautiful place, to being around such amazing, laid back people for four days, it was a pretty unforgettable vacation for the books.   Thank you, G.  It was truly an awesome way to end the year.

grateful slice:  surprising, favorite places and people