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Follow her as she prepares and partakes the "bread for the stomach" in http://beforesixdiet.blogspot.com/ . And while you are full at it, she offers you the "bread for the soul" in her travels by foot and by thoughts in http://footandfire.blogspot.com/ Happy Reading!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Why Foot and Fire?



The Terracotta Army of Xi'an China (at my back) represents our quest for immortality
but it quickly reminded me of our mortality. Hence, I shall give life to Life. 

Dear Friends,

Next to my cooking blog, Before Six Diet, which houses my recipes and some kitchen (mis)adventures, I wished to maintain my Foot and Fire blog which I originally apportioned for my itchy feet and sharp-eyed shots. 

However, aside from my travels and travel photos which stand for the word FOOT, I decided to house here my poems and essays which may or may not revolve around travelling but as to other aspects of my daily life that likewise fire me up. Hence, FIRE.  

I always wanted this blog to celebrate what I am (a sister, a daughter and a friend) and what I do everyday (from buying curtains to cooking to lawyering) because I love what I do and it gives me some sense of purpose and understanding on what Life is all about and How it should be lived. Given these reasons, I could not maintain many blog sites, and so I merged my foot and fire in one blog. So, please expect, poems, essays on life and travels, travel notes, photos and tips like sporadic raindrops.

And the foremost reason why I also merged these two opposite sides of life -- work and vacation, stress and relaxation, busy and rest -- is because that is the Reality of Life. We work hard for a sure good reason and we relax because we are humans. I read a lot of bloggers who introduce themselves as job quitters because they want to travel and blog about it. That's not the only way there is. Actually, we can love our work and travel too; we just need to be passionate about it. What matters for me is not in number of miles I can fly but the number of times each travel inspires or changes me. Each travel is enough for me to get through another quarter of taxing work. So stop envying those job quitters as their full time job now is to get Travels just because it is their job to travel and blog (sounds not exciting to me) and plan your destination, local or international. Just be sure, it is not just a travel just because you have nothing to do BUT it  is a travel within. Breathe in the air, gently and with gusto!

On the last note, I meant this blog to be organized but just like Life itself, even how much you try to plan ahead, you get random gifts and worries all the time! So bear with me as you see some footprints here and remnants of fire there. 

Hugs,

Gerlie

Postscript:
And why today? I just feel inspired to introduce this baby of mine today.
An for that, I am posting my first Fire of poem here.


If
(One Fruitful Experience)
by Gerlie M. Uy

If you have looked
at the symmetry in a ball of durian
and opened the same discounting the thorns all around it,

If you have smelled
a pineapple and anticipated its inside
and grabbed the same ignoring its annoying ugly thick peel,

If you have felt
the seeds of lanzones in your tongue and wished it be seedless
and yet continued to feel in your mouth its sweet flesh,

If you have heard
and lingered on the sound of your bite on a pear
and munched its crunchy pieces with both patience and gusto,

If you have tasted
the sweetness of a perennial banana
and chewed the same with delight despite its over-familiarity,

you know

deep

in

your

senses

despite the ugliness It has

you have loved 

Life

and you have lived 

Love.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One Summer Noon In Baguio







BAGUIO CITY, Philippines. In April this year, I chanced to visit Baguio City for a very short time and it happens that it was noon time when my friend and I got there. The heat hit me like I am not in the Summer capital of the Philippines. What can I expect, given that it was summer and it was noon time.

My friend and I went to the Mine's View Park and the Lourdes Grotto. The Mine's View was over crowded with stalls that tourists can hardly enjoy the view in the small viewing area. It was such a disappointment because the souvenir and pasalabong shops were mushrooming side by side each other with no air to breathe in between. When I get back, I shall prioritize in visiting Camp John Hay rather than this touristy area which is not that crowded eight summers ago.


I was just happy that I was able to climb the Lourdes Grotto despite the direct sunlight...


Here are my photos of the Mines's View:


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The allure of Mine's View is actually during night time
when the houses flicker against the darkness.

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The everlasting flower kissed by a bumblebee...

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The mushrooming houses and hotels and other structures...

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The Igorots before the entering the path leading to the Mine's View

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Passing by the UP campus.

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The popular soft brooms.

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The crowd at the Mine's View

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Costumes for Rent

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Plants for sale

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Here are my photos on my way and at the Lourdes grotto:


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The Lourdes Grotto

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The Lourdes Grotto

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Jesus Christ lifesize image...

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on top of the hill leading to the grotto.

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The Lourdes Grotto.
This is the first time I visited the grotto
 and it was such a climb but it pays as this is a new
experience for me...
And the Baguio flowers are just so alluring:


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Baby's breath



Monday, October 15, 2012

The Royal Palace in Pnomh Penh, Cambodia




Welcome to Cambodia's Royal Palace
From Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, we took a 6-hour bus trip heading to Pnomh Penh, Cambodia. While it is not a clean city, we had a great time shopping in the Russian, Old Market and Night Market in this capital city of Cambodia. We visited the Royal Palace and we loved the structures found therein and the small museums housing different pieces. While it is not as grand and as vast as Thailand's, it is still a recommended place to visit. Monks and tourists abound in this place. It is also a place to rest for a while.


Smiling behind a pretty gate.

Having photo shoot all around... 

Indigenous instruments played by Cambodian Youth...

Some sculpted images and jars with mural at the back

Trimmed shrubs and roaming monks...

Taken inside one of the museums...

This is a Royal Seat... behind is a mural.

Life-size elephant image

Like our indigenous weaving machine.

Wall images..

We stayed here in KING GUESTHOUSE & SPA.
The night market is just a walking distance from here.
Not grand rooms but it's clean and spacious.
Posing here with Mr. Jerry who is the managing director.
Mobile: (855) 11 93 00 11.

The tuk tuk driver who toured us the whole day.
He slept while we roamed around the Russian Market.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Solemn moments in the "Killing Field"





Cambodia, while welcoming of tourists, still has land mines in some areas and there are foundations even that commit itself to safely remove the same which is considered as remnants of a painful past. However, the areas are all identified areas so there is nothing to worry about except to thank the Cambodian government for the opportunity to visit their culturally rich place. But this does not mean that as tourists, we are just chose or prepared or came to see the happy side. Hence, while it is not a happy place to visit, we started our day trip in Pnomh Penh, capital of Cambodia, with a visit to the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. For 3$, the ticket says that the proceed goes to the preservation of the center and scholarship of poor students.

They erected a glass obelisk (or it is aptly a tower) on the site and the glass encases layers of skulls of those who died in the so-called killing fields. From there, various signboards telling about the place where the Cambodians were unloaded until they meet their end can be followed through. We offered candles and prayer.

On the far side just near the entrance is a museum of history containing some skulls and bones, clothes, weapons and photos.

We are just happy that Cambodians are freed from violence and oppression. And that, we were privileged to visit their historically rich country.
The obelisk/tower that I am describing above.
I have no horizontal photo of it , so i apologize for this post.

One of the signboards telling a story...
At my back are the layered glass encasement
of the tower of the Center
where the skulls of those who died during the Polpot regime
and in this particular "killing field" where the genocide happened.
another shot. sorry for this post as I cannot make it right.
Way to the museum.


Inside the museum.

Some relics displayed inside the museum.



The City of Angkor




When we went to Cambodia (Siem Reap) in November 2010, all that was in my mind was Angkor Wat and all I can blurt was Angkor Wat as I retained such in my Social Studies way back in high school. No wonder, the Cambodians we talked to in the market insisted that in the Angkor City we cannot only see the Angkor Wat. Wat means temple, and the Angkor Wat is the most popular of all temples in the city. We took advantage of the sunrise in Angkor Wat and since I just bought my camera, I have a few pretty good shots given the ephemeral color the sun gave us.

There are a lot of tourists taking this sunrise and I must agree that it was a must as watching the sun slowly waking up behind the temple is a breathtaking experience. Here are my photos of the sunrise.





It was a great luck when my friend sat beside an English-speaking Cambodian in the bus. He suggested that after the sunrise in the Angkor Wat, we take the farthest temple called Ban Tey Srei as it is about 20km according to him, then we go to Ta Prum Temple (also Ta Prohm) and after noontime, we go back to Angkor Wat and to the Bak Kheng Mountain.

We are happy that we heeded his advice as the Angkor City is vast as in it was really a city with many temples apart. Unlike the temples we are now familiar with, the temples in this city were built not for the people to go to but for the gods to dwell on. We went on famous and pretty ones. We instantly loved the Ban Tey Srei because its roofing structures and engraves are still intact and color of the earth there is red and so do the temple. We were the first ones to arrive first so we had about 20 minutes of privacy before the other tourists who must have passed by other places or roamed the Angkor Wat arrived. Here are our photos....










We passed by Bak Kheng or Phnom Bak Kheng is also known as Central mountain. Here are our photos (I am not sure if this is Bak Kheng indeed or Ta Keo as both has same structure and upon my review of the map, it is nearer Ta Prohm.) At any rate, this is my third favorite spot next to the Wat and the Ban Tey Srei:





Then we headed to Ta Prum Temple, the famed one because it is the setting of the Tombraider of Angelina Jolie and the familiar big tree associated with Angkor photos. Here are our photos:

Sorry, I have vertical photos of the tree
and I could not adjust the photo here.
Just to make you see the legendary tree the grew by the structures.



The Apsaras... 

We passed by Bayon before heading back to the Angkor wat. We supposedly wait for sunset there but it was drizzling at the time so we decided to end the day with a little tuk tuk tour outside of the Angkor Wat to end the day.





Our diligent and always smiling tuk tuk driver is Mr. Meth a.k.a Mr. Monk (he was a former monk and we teased him as Mr. Monk may be a short for Mr. Monkey) he left his email: samethangkor@yahoo.com and tel no. (855) 12660944.