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!

Sign reads, “Largest and Only Grizzly Bear in the Philippines”. Well, doesn’t it follow that if it’s the only bear in the Philippines it’d also be the largest?

CD-R King, the compact ‘techie’ version of Walmart. Minus the food, and everything was made in China. Find anything from blank CDs to LCD monitors and security cameras, to memory cards and foot massagers to ¬†even large safes and filing cabinets.

The ‘tiangge’, or flea market. A common sight in Manila. This aisle sells bags of all kinds – sometimes, including fake brands.

Filipino cuisine Рnot for the fainthearted, or the vegetarian / vegan.  Most of the meals found here are made from various pig parts (brains, tripe, ears, etc.)

roasting chickens on a spit, from a popular chicken stall called Chooks-to-Go (I understand Chooks is Australian slang for chicken, but am uncertain whether a connection exists in this case.)