Exactly 2 years ago, I was beginning to rekindle my love for illustration, so I had an idea of going to my beloved Binondo to take a stab at urban sketching.
The day ended with 5 to 6 pages worth of decent doodles and a stomach filled with dim sum. Sadly, it was also the last time I had the courage to sit down and put on paper the world that was right in front of me. People would often ask why I don’t sketch during my trips and I just respond with a smile and say it’s not my thang.
Since I have another big journey up ahead, I’m thinking I should have another go at it. I should, definitely. This time around I know myself more than I did back in 2015. What have I got to lose?
BINONDO is just one of those places I won’t ever get tired of visiting each year. There is no suya factor whatsoever, even if I take my friends to Wai Ying for lunch (hakaw and nai cha for me) every single time I am there.
The chaotic and slightly crowded streets of Ongpin are perfect for sharpening my still amateur street photography skills. Pair that with the revival of former entertainment district, Escolta, and its art deco architecture and you have a day full of history, art, and food appreciation.
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The Philippine’s tropical climate is both a gift and a curse to us all. We rejoice once the summer sun calls us out to our beloved islands’ coasts, then suddenly thirst for a downpour once it gets a little too hot and humid for comfort. When the monsoons hit, people are peeved by wet socks and even worse traffic that we start longing for more than a pocketful of sunshine.
But that is the reality of our motherland’s mood swings. For anything beyond the choice of getting wet or staying dry, we take it outside. The biting cold of winter, the blooming colors of spring, and the fiery foliage of autumn. And for a dose of the latter, there’s no better region to explore in our continent than the far east.
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