Wistful Thinking

Aurora Park

“The bees learn where they live by landmarks. If they’re moved within their home range, they get confused.”

Los Angeles is not Los Angeles without palm trees. And so is Japan not the same without sakura trees. The tall trees in and around Aurora Park are getting fewer and fewer. The old shady bougainvilleas are starkly missing from the plaza landscape. What have replaced them are mini’d ornamental plants.

Laoag City

A year or so ago, big supermarkets have become part of Laoag’s landscape. Some walls have been torn down to create open spaces as part of one huge urban development plan. In a city like Laoag, we are so accustomed to walking around the centro. Laoag has been a relatively safe place to live in ever since I can remember. In grade school, I was allowed to walk from the Holy Spirit Academy to our store near the public market. Needless to say, it was our forefathers who have passed it on to us — they mastered the art of connectivity (panagkakarruba).

Rizal St., LaoagLaoag Central Elementary SchoolThe Hood
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2014

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