Everything Moves with Time


By Apolinario Villalobos


Nothing stays in its place permanently as Time carries everything along its current. However, beings with consciousness and with deciding ability may metamorphose into a higher or better state. Some may just be contented with what they already are…it is a choice. Along this line, ambition can push a person to strive.


While some are in a hurry to move on or up, others who have not learned their lesson take their time which they later regret because they realized, though, too late, that indeed, they cannot move back the hands of time. With regret and envy, they gawk at others who enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice and labor. In this particular situation, I am referring to people who need to struggle in order to survive, not those who were born with silver spoon in their mouth, and who could live more than comfortably even without lifting a finger…they are not concerned in this dissertation.


Some people thought that they can forever be strutting around with a pretty face and physically fit body. They thought that they can invest those physical attributes in gaining friends, even if they will show abhorrent attitude. They forgot that in time, as leaves and flowers wilt, so do the face that gets crinkled with furrows and the body that gets to shrink become humped. Gluta treatments may help but only for as long the physical make up of a person can take them. Meanwhile, the face and some parts of the body have limited elasticity for stretching, and the Viagra can be of help only up to a certain level of ageing.


Finally, the tenacity of man is such that he practically makes use of science to virtually “perpetuate” life with the use of cloning. From a minute piece of man’s body, another of his kind is given life in a laboratory, and so are plants.  But, even if man and other creatures may live for thousands of years, the big question is, will Earth do?…considering the rate man is practically doing some kind of self-destruction due to pride, selfishness and wickedness?

Our Gang of Four and “Sharing 2016”


By Apolinario Villalobos


Our gang of four is not involved in any illegal activities, most especially, with drugs. We share blessings that we can afford. We just concluded our rounds of distribution of goodie bags, yesterday morning for the year 2016. We started sharing them as soon as the two in our group arrived from Canada and America earlier than expected which was the last week of November. We are consistent in our plan of concluding our activities within the first week of December. The other member of the group and I are based in the Philippines.


The banks of Pasig River and identified sidewalk-dwelling families in Recto Avenue were our beneficiaries. As mentioned in my earlier blogs, our group strictly follows the rules, such as not giving of our real names, wearing only of the simplest street clothes without jewelries not even wristwatch, and no taking of pictures. Mobile phones had to be turned off as we do our rounds. We talk less and if ever, only in whispers because most of the beneficiaries are still asleep, so we just had to put the bags beside them and leave immediately. We take our breakfast at an open-air carinderia in front of the Post Office (Lawton) where we park the van that we used. Several years before, we used to park the van in front of the Binondo church when it was not yet fenced.


While about 70% of the shared blessings were donated, the rest were shouldered by two members of our group from Canada and America. Without mentioning names, I would like to thank 6 donors from Philippine Airlines who unselfishly shared a portion of their bonus, 2 Philippine-based ex-PALers and 4 based in America also sent cash donations. The two grandchildren of the Fil-Canadian who joined us last year did not make it this time because of the current political condition.


Extra cash had been purposely set aside for the “kariton” (pushcart) project in my care. For this I would look for the nearest source of second-hand materials (wood and wheels) where the recipients dwell. While I have already found a junk shop at Bambang for the Recto recipients, I have yet to find one near Pritil in Tondo. As soon as the pushcarts are finished, the recipients pick them up. They eventually, become their home on the road and storage for junks that they pick up from garbage bins and dumps. Six families have already benefited from this project last September.


For the curious, while the three of us are past 60, the most senior being 64, the Fil-Canadian physician, the youngest in our group is 52. Despite our age, we are thankful that we could still endure the tedious walk from Lawton to the Pasig River, with the trek that starts from Sta. Cruz side towards the vicinity of Divisoria. The driver of the Fil-Canadian and the nephew of our Binondo-based colleague help us all along with the load on trolleys. Just before the sun is up, we trek back to Lawton.


I am sharing this information to show that anything for the good of others can be possibly done, most especially, by praying fervently for them…whoever you are. By the way, all of us in our group of four do not belong to any religious denomination, as we are all Free Thinkers, hence, with heart and mind open to all Faiths.

New Zealand: Auckland Volcano Walk

No Juan Is An Island

Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow. — Khalil Gibran

Auckland is known to many as the City of Sails. I, however, would like to think that it should also be given the moniker “City of Volcanoes”. With more or less 30 volcanoes within the city, Auckland can be best marveled atop one of these volcanoes by sauntering your way to their craters and summits. I am fortunate to have had an enjoyable, leisure walk to four of them. And as expected, the view above is spectacular and beyond amazing!


Walking around the vast volcanoes of Auckland is a way of gaining an understanding of the city’s opulent geology. It was a cloudy (and the bit of a rain) kind of day when I did this volcano walking tour, but the experience didn’t disappoint at all. The 4 volcanoes I got to…

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M n M’s~

Cindy Knoke

Look who dropped by The Holler today, M n M’s, Mother Nature’s Maids!
They keep things clean around here,

but don’t like me coming near.
They open their wings to seem imposing,
while Holler trash they are busy disposing!
Good birds, they keep the sunflower field tidy.
Yep, we have sunflowers in December!
The birds & the bees love em.
I couldn’t just leave you with photos of vultures could I?
Cheers to you from The Holler Housekeepers and some December sun~

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My 100 Days in Mobile Photography and Still Can’t Believe the Outcome of My Photos

The Wanderlust Keeper

My 100 Days in Mobile Photography and Still Can’t Believe the Outcome of My Photos

If you have been following me on my blog or other social media accounts, you may have noticed that my photos were mostly produced by DSLR or rather they were  images from my action camera. I have a smartphone, too,  but I was not enticed to  use it  for my travel photography because it was not able to produce photos that reached the level of my standard, the worthy to be uploaded-kind. But everything changed when I got my Huawei P9. Initially, I never believed smartphones could do what DSLR could,  but with the advent of technology and phone application nowadays, smartphones can  now produce good quality photos. Just like Huawei P9 which has a dual camera with superior lens partnered and co-engineered with Leica.  What could be better than this? Right?

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