Photography # 37/ Poetry, “I Will Be Tough” – Baler, Aurora, Philippines

by : Bacardi Gold
27/Oct/2020


I feel the hurt
Deep inside me
I feel the burn
My heart going crazy

I have no choice
To be free but lonely
Then your heart rejoiced
Forgetting me, your one and only

Free as the colors of rainbows
See how it vanished in he sky
Leaving me with all the sorrows
When you finally said goodbye

Tiny and bigger rocks
Littered on the sandy shore
Just like lives here on earth
You stepped on them then you ignored

Gone for another love
In the arms of someone else
My love you’ve felt was not enough
Losing me, I will be tough…



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Wings of Time…

by : Bacardi Gold
26/Oct/2020

Photo by Engin Akyurt on Pexels.com



let me stay on your wings
cradle me to safety
lift me up from the floods of time
from the evils of crime, wrap me

let me sleep on your comfort
and dream the impossible
nurture my futile thoughts
on your wings, we’ll make it real

with you we can make it happen
together we’ll leave the fantasy
we will make a way out
’cause I’m riding on the wings of time

let me share your wings
let us soar the sky
together we’ll make our own time
let me wish, let me hope for the wings of time

it’s not magic
i’ll strive for it
to let it grow
my own pair of wings…


Night Owl …

by : Bacardi Gold
24/Oct/2020




night of life
after the days of glory
it comes unexpectedly
dark times defame

honor and prestige
once they were strengths
if tainted with negatives
they drown in the gutters

hold high your self esteem
treat it with high regard
for no one will hold it dear
the value of respect to one’s self

night owl dressed in white
you are awake during the night
while everyone go asleep
it’s your moment the dark respects …

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Travel – Biggest Catholic Church Bell in Asia

by : Bacardi Gold
22/Oct/2020

Pan-ay, Capiz :

Old churches in the Philippines have grand and impressive structures made of stones built by the Spaniards. Many has been rebuilt numerous times over the centuries because of wars and natural disasters. They stand as the muted witnesses of the places’ culture and history. Majority of them have been declared as national treasures as they represent the Philippines as the only Catholic nation in Asia.

Along with these old churches, bells have been instruments for spiritual purposes. They were rang to call the faithful to worship, to highlight the climax of a particular stage of a church service, to remind them of God’s presence in their daily lives. Church bells were also used for practical purposes of alerting the faithful of important events and emergencies, such as, fire, end of war, disseminating information over far distances.

During the People Power Revolution of 1986, church bells were rang when President Marcos escaped and departed from the Palace.


The biggest bell in the Philippines measures 7 feet in diameter, 5 feet in height and weighs 10,400 kilos… It is housed at the belfry of Sta. Monica Parish church in Pan-ay, Roxas, Capiz together with the other olden church bells. It is considered as the “Biggest Catholic Church Bell in Asia”.



Through its powerful sound and simplicity in communication, they have become one of the most important influential percussion instruments in the world.


Haiku # 15 – Ghostly Kisses

by : Bacardi Gold
20/Oct/2020

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Ghostly kisses for

Loving a corpse-like lady

Pale, vampiric love

In response to :

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Photography # 33 – String beans

by : Bacardi Gold
19/Oct/2020


I was in a supermarket when I took this photo. I like the way it was displayed just like small snakes curling several times and tied with scotch tape.

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To make this post more rewarding than just looking at it at face value, let me touch some interesting information about this veggies.

String beans are good for the heart. They are great sources of antioxidants which eliminate free radicals in our body which can cause illnesses and can damage our body tissues. They are also rich in fiber which are good for constipation, hemorrhoids, ulcers and acid reflux diseases.


Thank you, followers !

by : Bacardi Gold
19/Oct/2020

Thank you so much, readers, for giving me the opportunity to reach this number of followers in a span of three and a half months since I resume writing again. Please allow me to continue this achievement in attaining this huge chance of returning in my pastime that I love. You are my inspiration my followers. You motivate me to continue my writing as far as my health permits me to. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You Very Much !

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Travel – Wat Intharawihan Temple, Bangkok, Thailand

by : Bacardi Gold
15/Oct/2020

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This is the lone standing Buddha in Bangkok which rises at 32 meters high and 10 meters wide. The Buddha itself is known as Luang Pho To or Phrasiariyametri which was built in the Ayutthaya period, is adorned with 24-carat gold and glass mosaics. Its location in the Nakhon District of the city, near the Rama VIII bridge over the Chao Phraya river, makes it accessible to several restaurants for visitors to dine in after visiting this place.


Someone, It’s me…

by : Bacardi Gold
14/Oct/2020

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There were lots of people
As I entered the wimpy scene
All in mask costumes, no one to converse
Images borrowed from the looks of others

This is not an alchemy of illusion
How the crowd changed their looks
One to the other, a transformation
Lost in the galaxy of people

In one extent of my breadth of view
A familiar look greeted my eyes
Someone as tall as me
My features I saw, in silhouette, it’s me

Wonder of all wonders
As he unmasked to face the crowd of patrons
The mob faced me in confusion
Puzzled, which is the true me in person

As I sat alone on a rickety chair
Morning has caught me in despair
Haven’t drafted more for this ordeal
As my imagination ran free and wild

As this stretch of fancy is somehow excessive
My mind’s eye began to ebb
The intriguing tide of free flowing scenes
Began to close and retreated as I retired…

The Fix

by : Bacardi Gold
13/Oct/2020

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when you’re down
you always look up
but when you’re up
you feel all has no end

when you’re down
healing must come in
it takes considerable time
to get through the struggle

it maybe a slow or speedy process
in fixing one’s ruined self
no matter how strong or rich you are
you’ll pass through a painful and drained state

the power to eagerly overcome it
is measured by your conviction
the struggles willfully become your twin
trials will be beaten by your resolute strength

challenges are embedded in life
but they will ultimately pass away
if regaining one’s self will be a long process
there’s always an end and triumph will give you peace of mind…


Photography # 30 – Municipality of Banay-banay, Davao Oriental, Philippines

by : Bacardi Gold
12/Oct/2020

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This giant statue stands at the border of Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro (Compostela Valley) passing through the Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Nat’l. Highway in Southern Philippines. There’s a souvenir shop at this boundary line which I bought several items to take home. More than twice my height, this titan lady will catch your attention as you go the highway going to Mati City from Davao Oriental.

“I saw the plane that crashed into the restaurant” – ( Tour of Davao City, Mati City, Davao Oriental, Philippines )

With the pandemic still going on, I really miss travelling again. But I can’t do it at this time of the year. I think it is still unsafe to wander in other places , be it abroad or locally. If I may, I’ll reblog my work from a different site. I hope you’ll like it.

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The first time I saw this, I insisted to drop by. I was really curious about the airplane crashing into the roof of the establishment. Visitors passing will surely take a glimpse of this “come on” publicity stunt of this watering hole in Davao city, south of the Philippines.

I just came from a tour with a rented car and a driver in the province of Davao Oriental, specifically the city of Mati. They have fine white sand beaches there comparable with the known ones today. It was a tiring but a very pleasant and enjoyable travel I had. Beautiful and green sceneries along the way were awesomely inviting. Spending a short time in every locale that I visited  was a temporary option as some need a little longer time to stay. And as such, we will be returning to Davao in the later hours of the afternoon.  All…

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Castle…

by : Bacardi Gold
11/Oct/2020

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take your wings and fly
to the summit of a cloudy sky
lift your spirit and together you must try
the showers will hide an imminent cry
take your words in flight
when your dreams deny
when the limits of asking is too high
then realization will bring light
it’s time for a change
pick the perfect shade of rays
not the overcast or somber
the one just suited for your sight
not the one that’s very bright
for your dreams will go blind
build your castle on the ground
you can never build it in the air…



A vital part of your identity…

by: Bacardi Gold
10/Oct/2020

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if i’ll braid your tongue
could you speak a little bit formal
a little bit nicer
if i’ll clip it with a hairpin
could your pitch be a little bit low
a little bit sweet
if i’ll sew it with a thread and needle
could you talk to me like a priest
delivering his sermon
and not a sergeant
giving commands to his soldiers
can’t we have a discourse without
the subject of philosophy and you acting like a lawyer
can’t we talk in simple manner
without reciting a declamation like my mother
can’t we exchange views
without giving a lecture like my father
can’t we talk seriously and honestly
without acting a spiel like my brother or sister
can’t we plainly talk like a true friend

the way you talk can point the kind of circles you have
the job that you have
and how you see the world
it’s your window into who you are
which can be a vital part of your identity…



Photography #27 – Orange rose flower

by: Bacardi Gold
09/Oct/2020

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I didn’t think that there exist an orange colored rose. But one day my sister brought along with her this plant, an orange colored rose. She said she bought it for Php 100.00 per pot which was already bearing some flowers. I only know the red and white colored kinds of roses.

Photography #26 – Look, they have found their home !

by : Bacardi Gold
08/Oct/2020

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This is our old TV console which we already disposed and stopped using. We didn’t realize that this could be of use for these felines. I think my father bought this in 1960’s. It was in black and white. This was our first TV and the first in our community. The neighbors’ children used to watch with us in our favorite shows.

I don’t know why the insides of this console, the TV per se, wasn’t here anymore. It might be one of my brothers remove the TV and sold it. We transferred this at the back of the house and it’s been wet there by rains and dried by the sun. It’s good for the stray cats, they have found their modest home.

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Look, they are good and exceptional models !

Travel, Photography – Osaka, Japan

by : Bacardi Gold
07/Oct/2020

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We were scouting for a Japanese restaurant that ‘s not full. About 30 meters from this location we found one that’s half-full so , we dig in. Our Air BnB rented house was still far from here. We turned left, crossed a bridge and its home.

We danced with the memories

by : Bacardi Gold
07/Oct/2020

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I heard the music played just now
The song we used to dance
She’s fond of holding my gentle hands
And taking me to the dance floor

We couldn’t finish the music
Because she got tired easily then
She begged me to have our seats
Only to massage her aching feet

Oh how we danced away with our pains
Troubles and quarrels depleted our gains
Sometimes our words collided while our dancing song was being played
But we struggled to dance before the music faded

An instance, an issue we couldn’t agree
A heated argument which program to watch on TV
The host announced a Tango music to be played
Our eyes met, she grabbed my hands, to the music we danced

And our story further continues
From the dance floor we advanced to the altar
As we strutted with our two little kids along
Our love we found in dancing to be blessed and strong …

Times have passed, two little kids have families of their own
As we become a grandpa and grandma their kids have known
We still dance to the music where our love has grown
While our grandchildren dance along, to each his own…


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Travel – Kiyomizudera Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine – Kyoto, Japan

by: Bacardi Gold
06/Oct/2020

a) Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple or Kiyomizu-dera Temple , both spellings are right. We alighted from the train and walked up to the middle portion of Mt. Otowa. It was an easy walk up the mount by flight of concrete stairs. This temple stands on one of Kyoto’s Higashiyama mountain range.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is also known as the “Kannon Reijo” or Holy Place of Kannon. Being a worshipper of Kannon is understood that you have already examined yourself as a true self – believer, which means that you are thankful that you have come into this world having a safe life as well as the lives of your loved ones and friends and other acquaintances.

We offered lighted candles to Kannon as what other visitors were doing. We silently counted and thanked ourselves as Kannon’s believers.

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

b) Fushimi Inari Shrine


The Shinto god of rice and sake, Fushimi Inari, is one of the favored shrines to visit by the locals and foreigners visiting Japan. It was built in his honor by the Hata clan in the 8th century.

Being the lead shrine, the area consists of five smaller shrines that spread on the slopes of Inari-San woods. With its four-kilometer ascending pathways, be ready with your legs as you stroll up the mountain without seeing the end of the route, if you decide to go back instead. There are signages which directs visitors to the exit.

As you wander along the pathways, you’ll notice stone figures of foxes scattered onward as you go. Graveyards of foxes are noticeable which exudes creepy moods. It is best to go along with the crowd.


I remember your name…

by : Bacardi Gold
05/Oct/2020

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the rain fell on my lap
it burned my skin
it was colored red
breathing…

sleepless nights came
caressing my dreams
like the hammock of eternity
swaying…

morning sighs of echoes
dropped in my ears
rocking my heart
listening…

i shut my eyes up
my mind was awakened
the place where we met
special memories were set

when i left for home
i carried your shadow
but when the morning came
you left your smiles becoming the past

yet i see you in my coffee cup
gently smiling as i picked it up
you slowly walked back in my memory
when i remember your name…

i remember, i remember
the day you walked out of my life
your lovely smiles returned when
i remembered your name…





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Sarah’s Plant…

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though not eternal
it’s large as life can be
not synthetic but natural
its existence relevant in high degree

it behaves in different ways
but has no powers of locomotion
lacks the nervous system and sense organs
but manufactures its own food like humans

if only it has mouth to speak
a hundred words may not be enough
giving you thanks for caring throughout its life
happy in a pot like you, it now behaves as a wife…




Struggling…

by : Bacardi Gold
02/Oct/2020

floating on the water
moving but getting nowhere
shadow of a man
littered by fire
a shadow coping for a breath
arms struggling
rallying for changes
day should be a day
night should be a night
freeing himself from the aridity of existence
to enjoy life’s abundance
triumph is not a chance
it is in hard work that triggers success…




Haiku # 14 – Crystal Ball

by : Bacardi Gold
02/Oct/2020

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Imprisoned visions

Crystal ball of floating dreams

It’s yours. . . . . look within !



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Feeling the grip…

by : Bacardi Gold
01/Oct/2020

Davao Oriental, Philippines

“As I opened my eyes this morning, I saw the first ray of sunshine pushing its way through the thin curtain of my room’s window. It was immaculately solemn as I felt the first wave of warmness when I turned off the electric fan as I stood up from my bed.

The merry Christmas climate is making a headway through, however, it’s not as very “christmasy” as we still have to fight the greatest battle we’re facing, the pandemic. Two months to go before the nativity, the Yuletide season is moving closer in a turtle’s pace. We are dragging a heavy weight pulling ourselves away from this struggle. A lot of people are feeling the grip of the virus. It’s like our feet are being tied in a corner and let other people feed us to survive.

I just hope that the first ray of sunshine that made a dramatic rush into my room will be a sign of hope for a lot of people around the world to survive and pass this pandemic wall with optimism and confidence to rise again and begin on mounting other episodes of the remaining chapters of our lives. “


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https://trianglewritesphil.wordpress.com/2020/07/11/im-caught-in-a-lockdown/

I Love You More…

by : Bacardi Gold
01/Oct/2020


I tread the byways with cold sweat
On a lonely foggy Monday night
To the place where my heart leads
To the tide where love never recedes

Thoughts of your smiles abound with sweets
Dreamy nights afloat even on dusty streets
You have more than a Mona Lisa can possess
More mysterious than her smile, no less

Lovely roses, pink and white
Fresh as the morning drops of dew
In my hand I held them tight
The scent leads me to your daring light

Your troubled nights can’t be dark again
In my arms you lay your worries to drain
Twilight will retreat with sudden burning pain
‘Cause I’ll bring the sunrise cheerfully to fame

As I promised you, I will comply
To deliver my words to your door
This heart will warm the cold ocean floor
You said you love me but, I love you more

The Survivor…

by : bacardi gold
29/09/2020



suffer the daily cries of stress
reactions to praise and hurting pressures
applauds and criticisms for my courage to grow
even on a near – death body
my parent mother craved for the mud below

managed to leaf on my mother’s node
despite her being unkindly strangled
together with other members of my kind
afloat all of our lives on the lake’s water
raft for humans, not knowing to evolve after

but what can leaves of an offspring can do
no soil to give rise of my maturing roots
dripping on the water which i hungered for a land
to see my future nodal buds of my own
giving life to another bamboo, humans have known …

strip us of the strings that bind us without mercy
bring us to the forest where we can thrive freely
or to a soil where a caretaker can keep us trimmed
control our growth, to be small in a pot, we could be decorative
in the forest we could be giants, in a home we could be petite…

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Priesthood…

28/09/2020
by: bacardi gold

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courage has seeped inside you

to know the world

many different vices around

mother has prayed for your safety

papa has words for you to bring along

your calling has been answered

look at you, your priesthood call

devils had been angered…


Prose / Haiku # 1 – Water

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Three fourths of the earth’s surface is water. The ocean is a body of water and it composes the earth’s hydrosphere. It is salt water on the surface of our earth. All elevated lands can be covered by the earth’s oceans. Humans need water for survival and so with other floras and faunas. Our body is 60 per cent water and our brain is 70 per cent. We need water to stay hydrated for the day. So we must drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water everyday. Rain can be a good source of drinking water if properly harvested. I drank two glasses of water last night before I sleep. It was a deep sleep that I swam the ocean in my dream. Under the droplets of rain, the dream went on. My ceiling had a leak and rain water was dripping on my crouch. In the middle of the sleep I was wet all over my hips and had to change my brief and pajamas while the roaring rain of dawn cursed.


H A I K U


water in my dream
an ocean’s mists in the night
roaring rains of dawn


To tell a story…

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foggy mind, rainy thoughts
strolling the boulevard of emptiness
waiting for the dawning of vastness
that deals with the saturation of reflections

as they come and go in the realm of the senses
as they stream along inside the empty shell
words struggled to remain in a silver minute
have vanished and gone in a golden second

flight of fancy scouting for precious words
suited for the collective thoughts of ideas
weaving a story that your mind creates
is like making a bedding without cloth, needle and thread

in a moment wanted words came rushing
in the Sahara now flows water in a stream
clear minds have caught up with inspiration
to write a story needs a solitary isolation…








Photography # 20 – Betel Nut Palm Tree

We have this palm at home and when the fruits are ripe they fall down from the tree and grow just beside it. They need to be replanted because they grow a few inches from one another. They need distance to have a good fully grown tree.

Betel Nut or Areca Catechu, a native to India, Asia, Philippines, and other parts of Africa. Its benefits in consuming these nuts include, mental alertness, boost energy levels, euphoria, stamina, boost appetite and aids digestion. Studies show that there are side effects in the use of these nuts.

My Mind… I Function…

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i am a part of the body
of the conscious being
that thinks and perceives
i am reflected in your memory
emotions, choices, sensations, desires
i am involve in remembering
deciding, considering, evaluating

when i see and walk near you
when i hear you speak i listen
when i touch your hand and warms
when i see your eyes meet mine
when i smell the breath from your mouth
and when you smile sweetly at me
i function quick as a wink

sadness and tears defeat me
i give up the war
i surrender to your heartaches
to your anguish and grief
even in your gloominess
i function to offer you relief

this is my mind
together with my heart
i ‘ll conquer the world
just to be with you…
i love you !
i really do !









Travel – There are no witches in Capiz…

When we were on the road for a tour of nearby province of Capiz, in Panay Island, Philippines, after a seemingly fruitful plan of buying pineapples on the roadside, we decided to proceed to a beach resort where we could rest for a while after the long drive. We were not familiar with the place so we asked people from the street to direct us to a beach resort nearby. We drove and drove until we got to spot a resort. This was unplanned so, whatever it was, so be it. And these are what we got.

CAPIZ, is a province in the central section of Western Visayas. Its location at the northeastern portion of Panay island made it a top producer of seafood products such as, prawns, milkfish, blue marlin, squids, oysters, seaweeds, and angel wings. The wide expanse of swampy lands that were converted into fishponds plus its 80 kilometers of coastline are the sources of the aquamarine products making the province the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines”.

Capiz is always on the top list when people talk about witches, spirits, and ghosts of the local folklore. We don’t believe the stories about “aswangs” I guess our elders told stories about them just to scare the children, so they would be home earlier. It’s my opinion though, I was also scared driving in the middle of the night. So, in the afternoon of 2PM we made our exit from the scene. We would still drive in 5 to 6 hours home.

We ate our dinner at the Iloilo-Capiz border at a roadside restaurant. Home was still 2 hours drive.


I want to return to the city…

by : Bacardi Gold
17/Jul/2020

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It’s the rainy season again and the lockdown is sustaining its anchor in parts of the metropolis. Here in the province, its seems to manifest in the society about the dangers of being complacent about the virus. Strict measures were imposed during the pandemic and it paid off, so to speak.

Here I am, not being able to go back to the capital, squeezing the monotony of sleeping- late and waking-late habit to the limit. Watching TV programs on a bad reception was really a visual irritant to the eyes with only three channels to hatefully choose and accept as the remaining stations in the province. The better one was purposely chained to oblivion.

In time, I’ll be at the airport for the flight back to where I live with me, myself, and I. Passes are my only glitch that clog my system to grow my wings and quickly pack my things up for the flight anytime. This pandemic made our lives slow moving.

Listening to music on a Made in China bluetooth speaker makes me feel guilty of not honoring my membership to boycott Made In China products. Just yesterday, I went to the city to buy my medicines and paid my overdue bills. The thought of buying a small speaker for my laptop popped up. Choosing what brand to buy was effortless. Majority of the products they sell were china made. Can’t do anything, the price was cheap for a JBL bluetooth speaker.

I don’t mind quitting and throwing out my membership the next morning. It’s just a key away to make it happen. I should have kept it to get on the “heroic” act being waged worldwide in the internet. Anyways, no one knew about my membership in a hate post in FB but myself. The post now has one less minute voice shouting their slogan.

For now, anticipating a fresh rose-colored chance on finding some stimuli to make myself more active and lively in the days to come. Getting for my passes needed for the travel back to Manila where my yearning points, will be my triumph.


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