I greeted 2011 surrounded by a riot of color, taste, and sound. From the rainbow-hued wet market, the tartness of green mangoes, to the fiery scent of exploding firecrackers, the new year began with an overwhelming sense of abundance.
So much beauty surrounds us. With that, three glimpses of New Year's from the Philippines:
Mahogany Market, Tagaytay City. An edible forest of bananas tower in green, gold, and orange-yellow.
My spirit is fed in returning to roots. In Pangasinan, my mother's home province, the land shimmers with emerald rice fields, fish ponds jumping with bangus, salt fields, and a hundred family stories.
Nasugbu, Batangas. I love the quiet invitation of the table - a place to gather, share food, and build rhythm at the beginning and end of the day.