“One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ~ Henry Miller

Hi there!

Welcome to my blog, Lakwatserang Paruparo.

Lakwatsa [lak wat´sa] comes from the Spanish lacuacha meaning to loiter, to go around aimlessly with truancy in mind. Lakwatsera/o is the person. This is  common among young people who spend all their parents’ hard earned money loitering around instead of attending classes. But the term is evolving into something less flippant like traveling or exploring one's surroundings which are not necessarily for the young. Paruparo is a Filipino word which means butterfly. 

About the Blog:

This blog is a hodgepodge of lakwatsa ideas.

For one, it can be a travel guide for the lakwatsero/a with itchy feet because it is mostly about places we've been to as a family, a lot of them found in the Philippine countryside, especially in Davao Region and in Mindanao.

Some are lakwatsa musings of real life, that is, when the feet are not doing the lakwatsa, it's the mind which does. You can find here my thoughts on many things not related to travel or photography  such as the life journey of a stay-at-home-mom-in-her-golden-years.

The photos which I sign as "Blue Butterfly" and those taken by my husband somehow comprise a virtual gallery and an exhibit of the fruits of our shared hobby, photography. As much as possible, I use my own photos otherwise I give credit where it is due. (And I hope those who will be grabbing my photos do that, too.)

Thanks for fluttering by!


  1. Tess!!!! Been wondering about you since you closed your FB account. Kumusta na?

    Hope to hear from you, and that everything is going well with you and family.

    1. Hi Mark!

      So sorry, I just saw this comment of yours. Thanks for taking time to write here. Haha. Nahuli din ang paruparo ano?

      I'm good, thank you. Hope you and your handsome boys are well just as my family is. Merry CHRISTmas in advance to you! God bless!



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