Wednesday, May 23, 2018

resurrecting deep forests

wonder | wander | women are currently working on a project close to our hearts and our homeland roots - the long lost mystical babaylans of Negros Island.

Concept Art by Mahala Urra

Native precolonial history is hard to confirm as the land was ancient and isolated. Original oral traditions practiced and handed down through generations by its inhabitants were systematically eradicated by a succession of colonizers.

Of particular interest to us are the Pintados and Negritos of our island home. The origins of these people is a much debated topic. The Malay term for them is orang asli, or original people.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

home sweet boondocks

American soldiers, fed up with struggling through hostile jungle in the Philippine highlands, coined the term boondocks in the dawn of the 20th century to denote a backward rural area with 'connotations of bewilderment and confusion', according to Wikipedia. The English word comes from the Tagalog word bundok, or mountain - a word with very different meanings to the wonder | wander | women.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Day

It's May and we can finally celebrate spring on May Day!

With temperatures soaring in the high 70s here in the East Coast it feels like we've bypassed spring and gone straight to summer.

Although May Day originated as a pagan practice it has long been Christianized with various May devotions dedicated to Mary the mother of Christ.

Most secular practices include dancing around a May pole and crowning a May queen.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

nature in the city: beloved garden birds

Every day back in our room in the Philippines, wonder | wander | women would look out our first floor window at the bamboo thicket and foxtail palms outside, and there would always be at least one or two birds in the branches. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

sakura season

wonder | wonder | women are ecstatic to finally have the cherry blossoms making their appearance in our neighborhoods.

Whether in the UK, the US, or in Asia we love being embraced in their profusion of silky soft petals and sweet subtle scents wafting in soft clouds surrounding us on our strolls.

Wherever in the world we are their appearance bring us back home to ourselves however early or late they come and however long or short they stay.