Sometimes we need a little bit of inspiration to keep on writing. Based on my experiences, they usually come from the oddest of places. Living in a small third-world archipelago in Asia, where the laws are sometimes suggested rather than enforced, and where Asian and Western influences are seen in very strange and creative ways, there’s always something unusual to see. So for every 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month, I’ll be posting five pictures I’ve taken of random places, people, and things here in the Philippines. Hope you guys can find a little bit of inspiration from these!

Stalls selling jewelry from Mindanao, the southern part of the Philippines. There are dozens, almost a hundred stalls selling different south sea pearls here.

Typical garbage bags, waiting for the garbage collectors. Signs like these are also frequent, as a lot of people here have a difficult time remembering not to otherwise.

An old abandoned house in my neighborhood that has not been lived in for years.

A little humor from a Yellow Cab (a local pizza parlor) advertisement

sweet cakes from Dolcelli