Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Lav Diaz, “the godfather” of the Philippine New Wave – an unfettered and vibrant movement that rejects the commercial impulses of Philippine cinema for a more self-aware and socially critical one – has made a masterpiece with NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY. A study of morality, justice, religion, and family, NORTE reinvents Crime and Punishment, alludes to works by Jose Rizal, and is an allegory for Ferdinand Marcos, who grew up in Ilocos Norte and at 21 years old was prosecuted for murder.

Cassava Cake

Visting my Tita Remy, dad’s eldest sister, in Manila, I bought a cassava cake from the house across the street. This neighbor sold the dessert from a little window in their kitchen, complete with a cash register, along with other convenience store items.

This was my first time meeting my niece and nephew where my auntie lived so they were a little shy. Watch as they figure out how to eat this cake properly. The only way to eat cassava cake.


Marvel Unveils New Ms. Marvel: A Muslim Pakistani-American Teenager

By Andrew Wheeler

The New York Times broke news today of a new solo superhero title launching from Marvel early next year — and this one comes as a welcome change of pace for readers who want to see more diversity in their super-books.

Ms Marvel #1, from writer G. Willow Wilson (Cairo) and artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways), introduces the world to the young Muslim woman who takes on the mantle of Ms. Marvel formerly held by Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel. The new Ms. Marvel will be the first Muslim character to get her own ongoing solo series at Marvel, one of a growing number of female solo leads, and the only person of color headlining a solo book.


(via richiety)

Lani on Flickr.

Lani would be content if she could hang out of a car window all day. She can usually be found in the back seat, ears flapping happily in the wind.

Although I don’t like hanging out of car windows, I did on this day, four years ago, to capture Lani in her element. The window is usually rolled up higher. She’s 10 years old now but is as rascally and playful as she was back then.

“Be brave, right through, and leave for the unknown.”
Rabindranath Tagore

A Travel Blog turns 6 this week!

From the staff at the travel blog, we thank you for following along on our journeys.

Here’s to wandering the world, as well as your own towns, via train trips, bus rides, photography, movies, books, dance, music, poetry and anything else that inspires you to seek and explore.

imageRithy Panh’s The Missing Picture, winner of the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, is playing this week at the AFI Fest.


Once the entertainment epicenter of Los Angeles, Broadway was home to dozens of major retail and clothing stores, as well as twelve movie palaces built between 1910 and 1931.

Still a vibrant shopping street, the area is also a hub of adaptive reuse projects that have turned office buildings and department stores into loft-style apartments and condos.

Subject to availabilty, the tour visits the interior of either the Los Angeles Theatre or the Palace Theatre, and (if available) the Orpheum Theatre. Also included are interiors of other historic commerical buildings, including The Chocolate Shop.

View the different items that traditionally make up Day of the Dead altars as part of a Mexican holiday to honor and celebrate loved ones who have died. Here is an ofrenda to Barry White and all the basic elements for Dia de los Muertos.There are also examples of more traditional altars.

Because every day is dia de los muertos.