My Soul's Pensieve
Sunday, 31 August 2014
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
"She is so lost in her sadness that she has no idea how visible it is. I think I understand her—for a moment, I presume to understand her—but then, from within this sadness, she surprises me with with a brief flash of determination. Bravery, even."
Everyday by David Levithan
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Lupang Hinirang (2014)

Lupang Hinirang (2014)

Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Pinagbuyutan Island
One of the 45 islands of the town of El Nido in Palawan, Pinagbuyutan is also one of the most famous. Our tour guide said it was the shoot location for programs such as Survivor Israel and the Amazing Race.
What is most interesting about it is that it is home to the balinsasayaw or the edible-nest swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphagus). This bird lives in dark caves and creates its nest out of its own solidified saliva. Native bushadors make a living out of climbing the caves and gathering the nests, which are sold as the main ingredients in bird’s nest soup. We were told that this is a Chinese delicacy that is usually very expensive. It has to be, considering how dangerous it is for the bushadors to acquire the nests. Not only are the cave edges steep, they are pointy and ragged.

Years ago, there was a documentary aired by I-Witness on the sentries of the balinsasayaw.
Visit Pinagbuyutan as part of an island-hopping tour in El Nido.
Notes:
Photo of bird’s nest soup from here.

Pinagbuyutan Island

One of the 45 islands of the town of El Nido in Palawan, Pinagbuyutan is also one of the most famous. Our tour guide said it was the shoot location for programs such as Survivor Israel and the Amazing Race.

What is most interesting about it is that it is home to the balinsasayaw or the edible-nest swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphagus). This bird lives in dark caves and creates its nest out of its own solidified saliva. Native bushadors make a living out of climbing the caves and gathering the nests, which are sold as the main ingredients in bird’s nest soup. We were told that this is a Chinese delicacy that is usually very expensive. It has to be, considering how dangerous it is for the bushadors to acquire the nests. Not only are the cave edges steep, they are pointy and ragged.

Bird's nest soup is said to be a Chinese delicacy also used as medicine.

Years ago, there was a documentary aired by I-Witness on the sentries of the balinsasayaw.

Visit Pinagbuyutan as part of an island-hopping tour in El Nido.

Notes:

Photo of bird’s nest soup from here.

Monday, 4 August 2014
Imagine a window that ends right where the sky begins.
Taken at the rooftop of the Luneta Hotel June 24, 2014.

Imagine a window that ends right where the sky begins.

Taken at the rooftop of the Luneta Hotel June 24, 2014.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

I am reminded of a quote shared by a friend years ago:

The universe corresponds to the nature of your song.

I do not remember where it is from, though. (Can’t be bothered looking it up, sorry xD)

 
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