Sunday Song and Photographs: What A Wonderful World

Lettuce Field at Strawberry Farm
I see fields of green... red berries too... and i see them bloom... for me and you... and i think to myself… what a wonderful world.
Sigh… I made up those lyrics referring to the song “What A Wonderful World”.  The words I used were inspired by the fields of lettuce and strawberries at La Trinidad, Benguet in Baguio City where my family spent the Christmas holiday.

I was in a sad and uneasy mood actually while I was writing this.  It was after being awaken by a strong earthquake at past 3AM on a Sunday.  I’m sure people from huge part of the Philippines specifically from Luzon felt the same uneasiness that I was into. It was one hell of a shake!  The kind of the most unwanted feeling that anyone would want to wake up with specially on a Sunday.  That kind of shake takes me back to the horrific memory of the July 16, 1990 earthquake, one of the most horrifying experience in my life.

It also immediately took me back to the horror it brought to Baguio City, one among the hardest hit by that horrific 1990 earthquake.  That thought gave me a shudder because it was just some two weeks ago that my family was in Baguio, City.  It is just sad that while I’m still savoring the still-fresh happy thoughts from that family vacation then it was suddenly replaced by a shivering  thought.  It was a will power to positively hope and pray that no one’s got hurt.

The electricity didn’t go off and the phone lines and cellular signals were still up = all’s good so far.  Thanks to technology the bits of news came automatically on the social media feeds.  Unlike before that you still have to wait for hours to hear the details from radio or television.  It was immediately reported as a 5.7 magnitude but later confirmed as 6.0 with epicenter in San Antonio, Zambales, Luzon, Philippines.  And thank God as I’m writing this there was no casualty reported. (By the way I remember posting an article on "What to do during an earthquake" which I think is advisable to read from time to time.)
The photos were taken at Strawberry Field in La Trinidad Benguet, Baguio City Philippines which I initially posted on my Instagram account.

The song “What A Wonderful World” has a lot of versions and covers but nothing beats the original version by Louis Armstrong which was released in 1967.  I realized I haven’t heard an unlikeable cover so far but in spite of the hundreds of version, it conveys no other message other than "what a wonderful world God has created for us”.  All what we need to do is to take care and appreciate it while enjoying every moment of our existence to this wonderful world.

I also wanted to share the original lyrics of this beautiful song.

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and for you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue and clouds of white

The bright blessed the day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by

I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
But what they're really saying is I love you.

I hear baby's crying and I watched them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
Yes, I think to myself what a wonderful world.



  1. Good to know that nothing bad happened to you all. Wonderful pictures!

  2. It was my first time to visit a strawberry field last winter break and it was an awesome experience. The weather and the scenery were fab. Speaking of earthquakes, I finally decided to quit my job in a small Chinese school back in Manila because of an earthquake. Taking the children, aged three and four, out of the classroom while the ground was shaking was utterly scary. The cracks from the four walls of our school's building scared me more. God is good, He can keep us away from harm.

  3. I remember I woke up when I felt that shake. Then I went back to sleep. For me, it'd hard rains that puts me to uneasiness.


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