Up to now I have been blessed by daily grace, in that writing my daily posts have come fairly smoothly. Today, somehow I lost the entire post, photos and all. Just one of those days where certain things can go wrong. I am still thankful about something: that I don’t have the flu after all. And that the symptoms that I had yesterday were most likely, as one friend said, just the normal transition of my body to a new season, a different weather pattern. I’ve tried to recover the file but failed.
I am sharing some photos of that post, which focuses on the Philippines’ most northerly islands — the Batanes. I shall try and recreate the post at some point, as it was during my visit there that I became truly and fully aware of that rarest of divine blessings — grace.
The Batanes Islands and the people who live there — the Ivatans — have an amazing culture, so radically different from that of the rest of the Philippines. And their cuisine is also surprisingly different — deliciously prepared from the most unexpected of ingredients — coconut crab, banana corms, dried taro stalks — partnered with rice dyed yellow with turmeric root, a locally grown spice.
Have a lovely day, my friends, and this teaches me a salient lesson, for which I am also thankful.