2010-04 (Apr2010)

Pictures of the Day

30 April 2010

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The raging Roya river with the Breil train station in the background

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The first purple wisteria
I recall from boyhood hung
on a wire outside the windows
of the breakfast room next door
at the home of Steve Pisaris………….Poem by Philip Levine

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Heavenly purple

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I love purple!

29 April 2010

IN VENTIMIGLIA TODAY:

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O Pizza Mio! (as this actor sings infront of the camera)

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The old town of Ventimiglia

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The hams and cheeses inside the shop are good photographic subjects…

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Seeing green…

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A recumbent biker on the street of Ventimiglia

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Sleeping swan

After a little shopping in Ventimiglia market, we went to the hilltop village of Apricale to have our picnic, and to discover the secret of this charming “village of the sun” .

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APRICALE is one of the most beautiful village of Italy.

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Spring tourists dining in the piazza

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three’s company

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attentive

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“Honey, I told you to bring the camera..”

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“Well, let’s just enjoy the sights of Apricale!”

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From cradle to grave…
28 April 2010

SAORGE, FRANCE

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It’s our first time to go hiking since we arrived from a 3-month winter-escaping holiday in the Philippines, and where else to go but to our next door neighbouring village of Saorge.

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The hills surrounding Saorge

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The bell tower of the Madonna del Poggio church (11th c)

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One of the many (7?) churches of the village

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A rosemary plant

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It may already be out of season but we were lucky to find a still-in-bloom mimosa flowers (flowering in February)

22 April 2010

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Our first sight of kayaks this year. Oh, they must have travelled all the way from Switzerland as seen on the plate no. of this van

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The hilltop village of Port Maurizio as seen from our moving train

GENOA, ITALY

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A tromphe l’oeil facade near the port of Genoa

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The Galleon of Neptune at Genoa’s harbor. This galleon was used by Roman Polanski in his adventure-comedy film “Pirates” (1986)

21 April 2010

MILAN, ITALY

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The central train station in Milan was empty because of the Icelandic volcanic ash that stranded thousands of passengers in all European airports except Italy which is less affected.

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Welcome to the land of coffee! This coffeemaker installed inside an airport shuttle bus reminds you that you are in Italy.

20 April 2010

After 3 months in the Philippines, we are finally flying back home to Europe

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Doha (Qatar) from the sky looks like a computer motherboard

MACTAN, CEBU

19 April 2010

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One of life’s little pleasures can be found in this Thai restaurant in Mactan

CARCAR, CEBU

18 April 2010

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17 April 2010

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The owner of this ladies’ boarding house has a reason to post this notice.

CEBU CITY

16 April 2010

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This is not a prison gate, just any ordinary residential gate in the city

15 April 2010

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This street seller uses watches as front to his seemingly more lucrative business of selling “enhancement” products (notice his left hand)

14 April 2010
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Cebu City Riviera

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The steps of the Riviera

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Brownout in a Mall cafe

13 April 2010

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Cebu City from our hotel rooftop


12 April 2010

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The “bottomless rice” lady is the most photographed staff in this restaurant in Lahug

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Looks like this old Chinese factory (connecting to a Chinese house via a metallic bridge) has its days numbered.  There is a huge construction boom now ongoing in Cebu City and I won’t be surprised if a high rise building will be standing on this place very soon. 

JAGNA, BOHOL

 11 April 2010
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“Cabinet for sale!”

10 April 2010

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Surely one cannot enrol if (it) died in birth…

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St Michael the Archangel church in Jagna

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The church interior

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A Jagna boy showing his talent 

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H finds this calamay (glutinous rice) as  sticky as a shoe glue so I had to take a souvenir shot before giving it away to the girl on the photo

 CAMIGUIN ISLAND

 09 April 2010

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Last chair standing.  it’s the comfort that counts, not the looks.

08 April 2010

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A very clean motorela…..if only all drivers are like him 

07 April 2010

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A long hair day!

06 April 2010

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Recycling wine bottles

 05 April 2010

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The Bagras tree (Eucalyptus Deglupta) is indigenous to Mindanao.  The leaves are medicinal and the timber is excellent as lumber.

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The bark is constantly peeling giving a perpetuating change of color!  It’s like a palette of dull green, greyish blue and rusty brown

04 Apil 2010

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The long-time closed Mambajao Airport is now a tarmac of ambulant fish vendors and so on…..

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….however, it opens up everytime the President comes to visit

03 April 2010

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Wild mushrooms of Camiguin

02 April 2010

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The Pinkie Club joins the Holy Week procession in Mambajao, capital of Camiguin

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The procession on Good Friday was attended by thousands of people

01 April 2010

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