Camera Familia #9 — John Dyer Writes

Manila, Philippines. February, 1956. Our first couple of weeks were spent at the Bay View Hotel. Mom snapped a photo from the room. I remember a trundle bed, and an instance of lunch in the restaurant, where I ate frozen dairy for the first time in my life.

I don’t know how long they let me call it ‘Manila ice cream’. Until the novelty wore off, I guess. If my parents were in any way intimidated by the changes going on in our lives, I sure didn’t pick up on it.

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  1. Have you thought about turning these memories into a novel? Or an autobiography? I’ve just stopped by here for the first time and I find these snippets fascinating.


    1. Thanks for the encouragement! The first few chapters in my novel Silken Thread are semi-autobiographical, but I hadn’t planned to write a memoir. This photo-essay feature appears to be doing pretty well. I might have to consider it.

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  2. John,

    Great images and memories. I was born in Manila in ‘52 and lived there until ‘66. Along with my parents and 3 older brothers, I thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful spot during a magical time. – Bill Boni

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  3. This is a beautiful post! I visited Manila in 2019, just before Covid-19 took over the world. I loved the city and its friendly people. If I go back to Manila now, I’ll be able to see it with a new pair of eyes thanks to this blog ❤️

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