streets travel haiku poem

narrow streets bustling
garish color, low laughter
sad tourism this

inspired by a haiku poem at think haiku

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  1. Nice you have created a picture of movement, colour, sound and feelings!

  2. Love it kouji! :D

    Thank you very much for putting me on your blogroll as well :)

    Can I ask why your english is so good?

  3. thanks, winter moth. :)

    no problem. my parents speak excellent english, so i learned what i know from them when i was a kid. they speak excellent english because my grandparents speak or spoke excellent english as well, mostly because my country was an american colony in the early part of the 20th century.

    as a result, our education system ran along american lines, and our pop culture was also predominantly american. so for example, much of the television programming on free local channels when i was younger was in english. and that's why just about every filipino is at least bilingual, able to speak at least one local language, as well as speak or at least understand english.

    also, i went to some great schools. i especially loved the fact that back in high school, we all had to not just read shakespeare, but perform it in front of the class as well. i can still quite fondly recall a few of my favorite passages from julius caesar and hamlet to this day.

    also, we all had to write poetry, both in our local tongue and in english.

    which is why i was surprised and rather saddened by the realization that in some developed countries, the price of a good education has become prohibitive. and that it's reached the point where a college degree has become optional, or no longer even an option, for some.

    we're big believers in education over here, as for many of us, it's a way to move up in the world. i'm not saying that all filipinos can afford to go to college, but a good education here is generally affordable. for example, a friend of mine was able to put herself through law school by working at a nearby call center, which isn't exactly a terribly high paying job (maybe a bit average or above average paying). no student loans were involved at all.

    i could go on and on, especially about a certain political party's call for more affordable college education, as well as the treatment of a certain presidential candidate as elitist, based partly on his advanced ivy league degrees (which i doubt would happen here, as higher learning tends to be treated with respect, not suspicion), and my frustration with all the spin related thereto, but i'm trying to keep this particular blog apolitical. :)

  4. Wow kouji, I didn't expect all that! :D

    Very interesting to hear about things in the Philippines. One of my friends is half filipino, half american, but only speaks English and has spent all his life in England and America.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed Shakespeare. In England most kids hate his plays, but I think that's partly down to the way it's taught. I always enjoyed them. I, like you, also have my favourite quotes which I know by heart. :)

    Anyway, you've certainly opened my eyes to what I believed the Philippines to be like, so thanks for that. :)

    As always, I look forward to your future posts. ;)

    Take care.

  5. I really like all of your haikus :) They are all very vivid & creative!

  6. thanks for the kind words, chelle. :)

  7. I love this haiku --
    evocative with a bit
    of a suprise end.



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