Murals

In Dartmouth and Halifax we have some stunning murals, and I am capturing some as I spot them. It’s so easy to overlook things we pass every day, but I’m trying to see these with fresh eyes.

Gottingen Sights

Coming back to my home city after being away for five weeks has me looking around with fresh eyes. I want to be a bit more proactive in capturing some of the unusual things surrounding me and as I walked near my home today down Gottingen Street I made sure to take shots of two spots I appreciate.

Magikarp Capsule

While in Makati I got one other Pokémon capsule from a vending machine. This one was a licensed Magikarp charm.

Pokeball Capsules

On Marikina I spotted a coin vending machine that had Pokéball capsules for 5 pisos. They’re almost certainly unauthorized, and held toys and stickers that were close to the real thing.

A Brief Stop in Guangzhou

We had a short layover in Guangzhou, with enough time to sit down for a nice meal at Jardin De Jade. We each ordered a combo of vegetable salad, boiled veggie and buns stuffed with black mushrooms and vegetables. The descriptions and even menu photos didn’t do justice to the quality and quantity that arrived. The meal was delicious and filling. The Longjing (dragon well) tea was also excellent.

Saying Goodbye to Marikina

We have enjoyed our time in Marikina, and have seen many beautiful things. It has been nice getting to know Tonet’s family better. I’ll miss the many cats that wander the streets here. I’ll miss the wonderful weather and the surprising sights. It’s sad to be leaving the Philippines, and I’ll carry the good memories with me.

A Long Walk in Marikina

Today I took a last long walk through Marikina. We fly out early Sunday morning and likely will have a full day tomorrow, so it was nice to spend a few hours wandering and seeing a few new places before I go.

Highlights included a statue of former mayor Gil Fernando and the looming Disneyified campus of the OLOPSC Preschool.

Back in Marikina

Last night we arrived back in Marikina and this morning I went out to run and walk around. There are always new side streets and surprising spots to find. I learned there is a House of Unicorns Cafe here!

I had to do some searching, but I did find one more Pokémon straw, this time of Froakie, but I may never have Chespin to be able to slurp through each of the gen 6 starters.

One Last Run in Guiuan

On my last full day in Guiuan, I visited a beach and did some running along it. The view was so beautiful that it was distracting, but it felt so good to be running though lovely scenery. The cliffs and gentle waves made for a refreshing and exhilarating experience.