Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines


Welcome, welcome 'o weary traveler... from where do you cometh? Are you seeking new lands to conquer, perhaps planning a visit to the Philippines? Or are you simply feeling home-sick and hungry for photographs of home? Whatever, feel free to look or share. An adventure awaits.

I try to post new images weekly from my travels across this beautiful land. If you like what you see, please leave a comment or two. Or write me a note, I'd love to hear from where you cometh. Enjoy. Bobby (bobbyw59@yahoo.com) Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.


Monday, June 23, 2014

#284 Patupat Cook


In today's postcard, an old man tends a boiling cauldron with spent cane stalks as fuel, cooking a sugared sticky rice delicacy called "patupat." We drove 9 hours to photograph someone cooking sweets? Err... no... not really... there's a story... but here's a gist...

We had planned to visit a truly remote sea-side village along the Pacific coast, accessible only by a tiny plane or a rugged 7 hour sea voyage along a violent coast. But at the last minute, bad weather intervened, and we eventually ended up in this quaint little village called Banawag Norte in Santiago, Isabela. The folks here make all types of native delicacies. It wasn't as exotic a place... but it had its charms... and nonetheless enthralled our cameras even just for a moment. 

But did we wish we had made it to that remote sea-side village instead? Absolutely. But when destiny hands you lemons... you just have to kick back and enjoy the lemonade. Enjoy. 

(Pixel-peepers: It's NOT all about the light. Find your story first before you find your composition. Only then does dramatic light help. And as the story unfolds, even if it's someone else's story, tell it as only you can.)

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