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There Goes The Neighborhood

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Pentax MZ3 + SMCP FA 80-320/4.5-5.6 + Ilford XP2 Super
Ever since I moved into Quezon City in 1994, the immediate neighborhood I lived in was notoriously known for power outages (FWIW: that area is from the where National Bookstore along Quezon Ave., crossing Times St. towards where I live in Bulletin St., West Triangle).  Even without any apparent reason--weather disturbances or known power supply problems--the lights go off.  It is especially annoying, because when it happens at night, it becomes apparent that a block away in all directions, the lights are still on.

So you call and you complain; but it has been that way ever since.  Then a neighbor becomes the president of the Philippines and stubbornly insist on not moving in to MalacaƱang Palace.  Within a week after his inauguration in the end of June 2010, the lights went off again.  I consoled myself with the fact that the new president of the Philippines is also in darkness--a fact he conveniently makes known in the next press …

15 Years

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My Old Room
PENTAX MZ3 + SMCP FA 20-35/4 AL + ILFORD XP2 SUPER
I moved out of my parent's house late 1994 almost 15 years since we moved there in the 1980s. When we left the house where I spent my childhood, it was a clean break because it was a company house assigned to my dad until he retired in October 1980 and everybody moved out. When I moved out in 1994 with my own family, my brother and his wife and my parents stayed behind. While I no longer live there, it was in a sense an ancestral home where somehow there was someone you can go back to.

Then my mom passed away early this year freeing my brother to respond to a call to teach in a city up north in the island of Luzon (my dad passed away a decade earlier). I took this photo as I was helping my brother on his last day before moving out. The faux shoji wall is slid open to reveal a now empty room