[Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Story Challenge] X is for Xtraordinary Xcapade



It’s Tuesday in our part of the world. Time for Frizztext’s A-Z Photo Story Challenge. Letter this week is X and so I cheat a bit by sharing you my Xtraordinary Xcapade in Manila just two weeks back. I was invited to be one of the speakers for the National Book Development Board’s Little Lit Festival, so it was truly a whirlwind since the event happened right after the Asian Festival of Children’s Content here in Singapore.

Since I was only staying for three days and two nights, I needed to make sure that I meet up with lovely people who are truly close to my heart. I was very fortunate that one of my best friends and her family was able to make it for a quickie road trip to Tagaytay to visit one of our favorite places: Sonia’s Garden. My friend also happens to be my family now since she married my husband’s first cousin – so our children are kin! Very cool, really.

These photographs are my tribute to her husband, my husband’s cousin also a very dear friend of mine, Bheb, for driving almost six hours in total for us to taste Sonia’s Garden goodness. And yes, they drove me directly to the airport after for my evening flight. Talk about whirlwind indeed. Here’s to xtraordinary xcapades and family and friends!

Xtraordinary Xcapades


“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
― George Bernard ShawMan and Superman


“I sustain myself with the love of family.” 
― Maya Angelou


“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough” 
― Walt Whitman


“This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It’s knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.” 
― Mitch AlbomTuesdays With Morrie


“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.” 
― Rumi

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[Photo Journal/ A-Z Photo Story Challenge] X is for Xtraordinary Xcapade

  1. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field.
    I’ll meet you there.


  2. Pingback: [Monday Reading] Elephants, Paw Prints, and Blue Kangaroos |

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