Sunday, December 27, 2009
The following are pictures of this landmark from several places within Cuyapo:
As shown on my blog's new header picture, the photos are from Tagtagumbao looking towards Bambanaba, no more than 400m from the backyard of my childhood home. I still remember from my childhood the acacia tree on the first picture, welcoming you with its "outstreched" branches coming back from a long walk from Bambanaba.
The next picture is from Cuyapo town proper, taken from my aunt's backyard.
The next group of pictures were taken from Bentigan, another Cuyapo barangay, during our early morning walks. During this visit to the Philippines, we regularly walked early in the morning starting between 5:00 to 5:30 AM. We would walk from Cuyapo town center to Bentigan and back. The regular walkers were me, both of my sisters, a brother, and a good friend of my brother. The Cuyapo Chief of Police and one of her policewoman joined us one morning for the walk. The walk takes almost an hour and a half. The walk afforded us great views of the mountain, as well as the farm fields, during the walk back to town just before sunrise.
Other landscape photos during our morning walks:
Saturday, December 26, 2009
My sister's garden is an eclectic mix of broken potteries, old West style accessories, and frog figurines to complement the collection of flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables plants. The garden needs some sprucing up, but all in all, the garden is a pleasant oasis. The following are some of the photos I took:
See additional pictures of the garden by clicking on any of the photos to take you to my flickr page.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I had a little bit of a setback when I arrived here last week. I saw two doctors to check my condition. I felt serious discomfort in my neck, and in turn, I had recurring spells of lightheadedness. Travel and lack of sleep have taken its toll on me, but I am now well rested and feel much better.
I am ready to celebrate Christmas in Seattle with family. Mia, I will be texting you with my schedule. Please pick me up Tuesday morning. See you all soon.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I will probably be moving out of my apartment into a hotel by the end of January. My household goods and vehicle will probably be shipped before the end of January. My current employer will send me back to Seattle and my future employer will pick me up from Seattle. So I will probably be back in Seattle by late February for a couple of days. The new position is in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, rather than Kuwait. I will report to DC for my new job for orientation and paperwork for a few days. Then off to Abu Dhabi I go. As far as my new position, my end date in Europe has not been finalized, but it is looking like late Feb. So it will be a very busy next 10 weeks for me prior to my arrival in Abu Dhabi.
Happy holidays!!! I wish everyone a very happy New Year!!!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
As I wrote in an earlier posting, during the Columbus Day weekend a friend and I visited
I am not a big fan of guided tours. But since we probably saw all that we could see in
The following are photos from this tour:
The Baptistery in
Dome details of the Baptistery in Pisa.
Column details of the Duomo in
Inside the Duomo in
View of San Gimignano countryside.
Enjoying gelato in San Gimignano.
Towers in San Gimignano.
This “lemon-headed” figure looks angry – probably from the sudden rain and wind storm that hit San Gimignano lasting for about 20 minutes.
Empty street in San Gimignano after a rain storm.
In front of the Duomo in