Meet you at the Esplanade

I'm fortunate to live in a city that has an incredible view of a mangrove lined river that undulates into bright horizons and spectacular sunsets. With the pandemic turning us into outdoorsy kind of people, we look forward to leisurely strolls around the nose shaped river (Irong-Irong is  Iloilo City's old name) every weekend. There's nothing like open air and warm sunshine to soothe a pandemic weary soul. 

On a carefree weekend, I would go for brisk walks along the 1.2 kilometer promenade that ends at Carpenter Bridge that connects Molo and Mandurriao districts. Iron park benches at the foot of the bridge invite one to sit and linger while watching a lonesome tiny banca glide through the river, its surface scintillating in the early morning sun. 

The warm, heady fragrance of flowering trees (fire trees and ylang ylang)  that line the side of the the brick paved road is a tropical olfactory sensation. 

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