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Briefly, in Baguio

Baguio is located in a mountainous region about six hours north of metro Manila. Known for its cool, fresh, mountain air and nature areas full of pine trees, Baguio is a popular escape for Filipinos looking for a respite from the hot and humid low-lands. During a recent trip there we were able to, well, not do much of anything since it rained continuously for almost the entire three days we were there, sometimes quite ferociously. However, during a break in the weather we were able to get out briefly and walk around the main town center and market. Here’s a few images from that short outing.

Through the Market - Baguio, Philippines

Through the Market – Baguio, Philippines

Brooms of Baguio - Baguio, Philippines

Brooms of Baguio – Baguio, Philippines

Transit Center - Baguio, Philippines

Transit Center – Baguio, Philippines

The Empire - Baguio, Philippines

The Empire – Baguio, Philippines

Parked - Baguio, Philippines

Parked – Baguio, Philippines

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Basilica de San Martin de Tours

I just returned from a quick one week trip to the Philippines, where we spent several days touring the heritage and historical areas around Taal Volcano. There are a number of old heritage homes in the town of Taal, virtually all of which are privately owned. Several of these, however, are open to the public. I’ll probably post a one or two from some of the homes over the coming weeks. This image here is from the interior of Basilica de San Martin de Tours in the town of Taal, said to be the largest church in the Philippines and Asia.

Basilica de San Martin de Tours

Basilica de San Martin de Tours – Taal, Calabarzon, Philippines

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I Like Rice

Westerners have become rather detached from where our food comes from. When I was growing up, ‘rice’ was called Minute Rice®. It came in a red box and was ready to eat in, well, about a minute. We ate it as a side dish, usually plain with just butter and salt. I still like to eat it that way sometimes, which my Asian friends think is just weird.

In some places rice may be just another culinary ingredient. However, in other places it’s the most important item on the menu and possibly one of the few things some people will eat each day. And in much of the world, it’s still grown and harvested in ways that haven’t changed much in hundreds of years.

Wild Rice

Wild Rice

Lovina Rice Fields

Evening in Bali, Indonesia

Rice Fields of Bohol

Storm clouds building on the island of Bohol, Philippines

Rice Harvesting

Harvesting rice the traditional way in Bali, Indonesia

Rice For Sale

Rice at the market in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

In the Philippines (and many other places) a meal isn't a meal without rice!

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The August Wallpaper

The August desktop wallpaper is here, a day early!

This month’s image is of a sunset on the beach in Puerto Galera, Philippines.

There are three versions available, including one for iPad (without the calendar). You can click on the photo below for the 1280×853 resolution version, or click on the links below for the resolution of your choice.

1280×853 August Wallpaper
2560×1600 August Wallpaper
August iPad Wallpaper

Enjoy! and share with your friends.

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Boats on Manila Bay

I’ll be in Central Oregon for the next few days with family. There won’t be much opportunity for using the internets while I’m there but you don’t have to worry about missing your regular photo of the day. I’ve got several blog posts set up to automagically appear while I’m gone. Isn’t technology great?!

Today’s Photo

Back to the Philippines we go with this photo of some traditional Filipino boats on Manila Bay. Unfortunately this scene didn’t smell as nice as it looks. Manila Bay, at least near the city shoreline, is basically a large sewage lagoon. And even more unfortunate is that people still bathe in it. There’s signs (only put up relatively recently) which warn people not to do so, but most of them have no where else to go.

Bay Bangkas

Bay Bangkas - Manila

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