Pokémon Adventures 03
I've been enjoying picking up the Pokemon Adventures manga when I have down time, and it only got better for the third volume. The pacing is very brisk, with exciting character moments, pivotal battles and heartfelt pronouncements about the power of friendship.
A Brief Stop in Guangzhou
We had a short layover in Guangzhou, with enough time to sit down for a nice meal at Jardin De Jade. We each ordered a combo of vegetable salad, boiled veggie and buns stuffed with black mushrooms and vegetables. The descriptions and even menu photos didn't do justice to the quality and quantity that arrived. The meal was delicious and filling. The Longjing (dragon well)
Saying Goodbye to Marikina
We have enjoyed our time in Marikina, and have seen many beautiful things. It has been nice getting to know Tonet's family better. I'll miss the many cats that wander the streets here. I'll miss the wonderful weather and the surprising sights. It's sad to be leaving the Philippines, and I'll carry the good memories with me.
Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe
For our last day in the Philippines Tonet and I went with her family to Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe, a beautiful restaurant near her sister's home.
The ambiance was great, with trees providing shade, a couple Buddhas around, a jack-o'-lantern in January, a swing by the table and lots of nice little touches.
The food was very good. Mushroom sisig, gar
A Long Walk in Marikina
Today I took a last long walk through Marikina. We fly out early Sunday morning and likely will have a full day tomorrow, so it was nice to spend a few hours wandering and seeing a few new places before I go.
Highlights included a statue of former mayor Gil Fernando and the looming Disneyified campus of the OLOPSC Preschool.
Back in Marikina
Last night we arrived back in Marikina and this morning I went out to run and walk around. There are always new side streets and surprising spots to find. I learned there is a House of Unicorns Cafe here!
I had to do some searching, but I did find one more Pokémon straw, this time of Froakie, but I may never have Chespin to be able to slurp through each of the gen 6 starters.
Pokemon Adventures 02
When it rains and during other down time, I've continued reading Pokémon Adventures. The second volume is a lot stronger than the first. The characters are more fleshed out and the story diverges from the games in ways that keep things interesting. The art continues to be a great match for this story, with great expressions and action that is full o
Monday we traveled by boat to Katican Island, also known as Pearl Island. It's a marine sanctuary and we were able to swim and see some beautiful sea life, including clams, coral, fish and sea urchin. The beach surrounding the small island is a stunning white and is made up entirely of coral.
Creatures in Eastern Samar
During my time in Eastern Samar, I've been enjoying spotting life all around. Hermit crabs crept along the beaches and crossed the road ahead of us, lizards scurried along walls catching ants, cats stalked about, farm animals were tied along roads, and there were beautiful fish to see swimming.
Canhugas Nature Park
Saturday a van load of us headed to Canhugas Nature Park in Hernani. The rock formations are magnificent and the strong waves made for beautiful displays. As high tide approached, there was rough surf and I ended up with a few scrapes, but it was a great trip.
We flew from Manila to Tacloban and then drove to Guiuan in the evening of New Year's Eve. As we traversed Eastern Samar at night it was striking how dark it was. When I travel to the rural part of Nova Scotia where I grew up it can be quite dark too, but here what lights there were shone lower to the ground. It was nice to spot celebrations taking shape as we passed.
Pintô Art Museum
Yesterday we traveled to Antipolo to visit the Pintô Art Museum. The museum grounds are beautiful on their own and the art pieces presented in the various galleries are stunning. The collection of contemporary Filipinx art is diverse and affecting; there are shocking, tender, heartbreaking and inspiring pieces throughout the museum.
Thursday we visited some of the national museums in Manila. We visited the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology and the National Museum of Natural History in a day, but there was enough in each to fill a full day.
We first visited the National Museum of Fine Arts, where we saw countless sculptures, carvings, paintings and other works. Among the highlig
The Wholesome Table
Today we met up with some of Tonet's friends in Makati and went for lunch at The Wholesome Table. The atmosphere was excellent, and I was thrilled to see some exciting vegan items on the menu. I started with vegan cheese, a ricotta made with tofu and topped with jam, served with sourdough bread and with roasted garlic spread alongside. It was a real treat. My main course was a fi
It was great to get out for a run through Marikina Heights again today. There's nothing quite like running through an unfamiliar place; being alert and wide eyed for new sights is such a great feeling.
Statues, murals and wall art continue to be delights. Near where I am staying is a piece featuring interesting characters I don't recognize. A little furth
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