Friday, January 27, 2017

A renewed appreciation for that bowl of rice

A film by Alexander Baumgartner
As someone who eats rice 3x a day, not much thought goes into reflecting on where that rice comes from. This is a video of a typical day in a rice farmer's life in the southern Philippines. This is small scale (human scale) farming, in an ecosystem where very little goes to waste. The rice is grown without the use of chemicals and pesticides.
There are so many places in the Philippines similar in atmosphere and tranquility... in the quiet of the night, this is where my thoughts go to.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017's first blog post

December 2016 came and went, and while I was able to post quite a few photos on to Instagram, I haven't had the time (read: suitable mood) to post anything here. I wanted to start 2017 with a hopeful spirit, far from the bad news of 2016. I want 2017 to be uncluttered, minimal, focused only on what is essential: at home, at work, and at play.
It came as a very pleasant surprise when I came across the music of a kababayan (almost 2 generations younger), on Instagram. His video on Youtube is elegant in it's simplicity, and yet bursting with hope and goodwill, expressed in that most primal of activities: two people dancing!