Meandering Thoughts on Wordless Wednesday



Sorry I haven’t been reading your blogs.  I’m busy doing some spring – cleaning chores, and you know, I can only do these tasks in the morning, which is my blog reading time.   There’s really not much to talk about anyway. All is quiet on the western front.  After the events of the past weeks, I guess that’s a good thing, right ?


So, with nothing on my mind at the moment, what do I do?  Post random pictures, of course. Photos below were taken in the Philippines.



Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral


Statue of King Charles, right across from the Cathedral

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The gentleman in the photo wears an old policeman uniform  of  Spanish era.  * stares at my pic….. whoa ! That’s proof right there !  I really did pack in 15 lbs. during my vacation in the Philippines !  ( too much eating at eat-all you can buffets ) *





Old , well – preserved buildings, Spanish era Philippine architecture




Entrance, Fort Santiago


Fort Santiago….. oh,look ! There’s a moat! Cool!

It’s a pity there’s very little left of the old, Spanish colonial city of Manila.  The city used to be the  most beautiful in Asia , (  called the Paris of Asia ) , with wide , cobbled stone avenues and streets,   European style fountains everywhere,  beautiful bridges


It was for that reason that Gen. Douglas McArthur declared Manila an Open City, allowing Japanese invaders to come in without bombing the city while the US Army retreated to somewhere outside of Manila.  Ironically, it was American planes that flattened the city in 1945. Street to street fighting and tanks and artillery  blew up the rest that were still standing. Manila was the second most destroyed city during WW2 , next to Warsaw which was # 1.  ( of course, Hiroshima and Nagasaki  are excluded…. that’s a different level )

Whoa !  Japanese soldiers were already walking around peacefully in this pic.



Destroyed  16th century  old Fort Santiago. That was an American tank right there. Well, that’s war.  Not blaming anyone. The fact is, real World War 2  action in Asia happened in Manila, Philippines, and nowhere else. The Japanese bombed the country 8 hours after Pearl Harbor. Well, the Philippines was an American territory then,  so, invading it was like invading the US.


* pondering*


Where was I ? Didn’t I just say my mind was blank and I had nothing to talk about ?


I better stop here before my thoughts meander from Manila to ancient Mesopotamia. 6_6


Thank you for reading and putting up with my ramblings.  Bye and peace !


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31 responses to this post.

  1. Nice pictures, Ren! It’s cool to see some of these remnants of the old Spanish architecture.

    I’m a fan of war history and I agree that what happened to Manila is tragic but it’s not something people hear much about in the greater WW2 saga. I actually didn’t know that MacArthur declared the city open way back in 1941 to signal the Japanese not to bomb it. Fascinating stuff.


    • Same here ! I’m a war history fan . I even bought a dvd of World War 2 in Color . And love to watch Military and History Channels when war shows are on. With so much violence and deaths , I cannot comprehend why wars continue on to this day.


  2. Nice pics, though I was hoping to see a photo of you atop Corregidor. 🙂


  3. Cool photos of Manila and your vacation there. It breaks my heart that the Americans and Japanese destroyed the city (the photo after the bombing is intense). And I can’t help but think of the lives lost. Thanks for sharing some of the old architecture that is still around. 🙂


  4. I love your photos of our country. Manila Cathedral is so beautiful.


    • I didn’t get to see the interior. It was closed when we got there .

      Those are photos seen from a Filipino-American tourist’s perspective, Tita Arlene. I’ve seen the poor areas of Manila on You Tube. Is that the real Manila , or for that matter, the real Philippines, I ask myself. Sometimes I feel guilty ignoring what real life in the Philippines is. But that’s true anywhere in the world, right? People don’t go to a place just to see the slum areas.


  5. Love the old architecture. Very atmospheric 🙂


  6. Posted by Serene on May 11, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Beautiful pictures ! 🙂


  7. Nice update.

    . . . most of the places that were bombed got rebuilt . . . including Nagasaki. Still, it would be nice to go a few centuries without a war.

    . . . still waiting, unfortunately . . .


    • Japan was rebuilt so much faster than the Philippines. It is the nature of the Japanese. They are a very disciplined people, unlike Filipinos , sadly.


  8. I like to see people interested in the history, not just the ‘tourist traps.’


    • That’s true. I’ve been doing that from Day one, especially the Philippines, the country where I was born. People don’t even know its location.


  9. Amazing pictures , of amazing country.l JUst came back from My trip to the Holy Land..Regards


    • Thank you. I also want to see the Holy Land. It’s in my short list of places I want to visit in the not so distant future.


      • Life time experience .l feel so lucky been able to see where Jesus walked was crucified and resurrected.Thanks God.Hope you will fulfill your plans. Regards,


  10. Great photo essay. It was very enlightening to me. Thank you for posting it, Rich


  11. It was nice to read that historic reminders of Manila’s greatness survived after the horrors of the World War II bombings. Thanks for continuing to read my blog in your busy times.


  12. It’s nice to listen to your meandering thoughts 🙂


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