There is Sadness in Saudade

The closest equivalent of this Portuguese word saudade in English can be “melancholy” or “yearning”. We’ve heard of so-called “untranslatable” words. Well, there’s no exact English equivalent for saudade. Portuguese themselves are unable to easily describe the word. One writer defines it as a constant vague desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist.

Beaver – my intellectual companion

My tiny companion’s name is Simone Lucie Marie Ernestine Bertrand de Beauvoir Fiel Prima. It’s my feminist daughter who baptized her that not very short name inspired by her idolized French philosopher. But, we all dearly call our Shorkie just Beaver. It’s the same nickname of Simone de Beauvoir as fondly called by her long time companion, the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sarthe.


In the book The Photography of William T. Vollmann, it says that, “‘When doing research and when taking documentary photographs, it is essential “to capture candid moments of reality.’ Therefore, a significant ethical guideline within the field is to never intentionally influence the scene or involve oneself with the subjects at hand.”

A Whimsical Farce In A Dystopian Hollywood Flick

“How many prisoners are there going to be, fifteen years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based about asking what percentage of ten- and eleven-year-olds couldn’t read. And certainly couldn’t read for pleasure.” – Neil Gaiman in a beautiful piece titled “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming.”

The Postcard Charm of Iriga Fondly Called The City of Crystal Springs

It is one of the interconnected volcanic “breathers” in Bicol region comprised of at least 12 volcanic vent structures and complexes referred to as the “The Bicol Volcanic Arc”. Mt. Iriga is one of the three historically active, the other two being Mayon and Bulusan, and is considered the least active center of the arc having only two known recorded eruptions in historic times.

The Itbog Twin Falls in Lake Buhi

There had been many places that stirred me to take endless shots trying different lenses in all possible perspectives with various camera settings. And, there are places wherein you just want to have few shots done so you can put your gadgets to rest beside you and get lost in your thoughts admiring the natural splendor.