going back to where everything started

tacloban maternity clinic and puericulture center

This is where I spent the first 6 months of my existence in this world.  Being the fifth child in a family of 6 children, I could very well understand what life was like for my parents – taking care of 4 kids and me in the nursery, and then taking care of business.  I am not complaining, in fact I am thankful that I was well taken care of, and I was well provided for.  Not many people are as fortunate as I am.

I still remember the smooth wooden floor running the length of the narrow corridor and the large viewing windows when my brother was born 3 years later.  That was decades ago.  Much has changed during my visit earlier today.  I came too late.  14 years late.

in memory of Mrs Felisa Yap

This stood at the front entrance of the building.  She must have been a very important person.  I’d like to find out.

a little girl standing in front of a coca cola advertisement

Just when I was about to head home this morning, I saw this little girl by the street corner.  This will be the first and the last time I’ll ever see this scene, and I don’t want to regret not taking a snap.  My second photo with Coca Cola in the background.  I think I found the magic; it’s the free advertisement.

crabs being sorted and sold by weight

This is Eddie (that’s what the signboard says) and he sells mud crabs.  From P250 to a kilogram to P750, depending on how fat the crab is.  The fatter the crab, the thinner the wallet becomes.

two crabs on a scale

3 of these crabs went home with me and they’re now on the lunch menu.


17 thoughts on “going back to where everything started

  1. Pingback: random | A walk with my camera

      • Hi Orlando! India was as incredible as ever! Massive extremes of everything, and in August……….Hot!
        I was there with my family and small kids so perhaps going back around Christmas alone to really get out with a camera!!

      • I bet you’re counting the days, Peter. One of these days I’ll do just that – travel to India just for photography. The monsoon season should be very interesting.

    • I’ve had my share of regrets for being too lazy to take a snap; just because I have seen the same scene many times doesn’t guarantee that I’ll ever come across one again. I’ve been looking around for those photos I haven’t taken, and so far I haven’t found any yet.

  2. love the little girl, I remember the Coca Cola ad. It must have been nostalgic for you to revisit the past. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing:)

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