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Iris Cecilia Gonzales
journalist (Quezon City, Philippines)

I work as a reporter for the Philippine Star, a Manila daily. At present, I cover the Department of Finance beat but I also write other stories here and there. I'm also a coffee and scotch drinker, a barefoot traveller and a collector of memories. I live in a parallel universe.

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The Soothing Powers of Water

Published 23rd January 2011 - 18 comments - 8165 views -

As with my fellow bloggers here, I am excited about the many, many things to write about water. In my country, the Philippines, the list of issues on water is endless. There's the problem of urban development as highlighted in World Water Day 2011, sanitation, migration, climate change, environmental degradation, supply and costs. Indeed, as TH!NK 5 editor Hanna Mclean noted in her TH!NKspiration post, there's also the issues of the politics of water. 

Then of course, there's also the soothing and healing powers of water. Who can deny this? Who can discount this? So allow me the pleasure of writing about the magical powers of water. I am sure that at one point in our lives all of us have turned into water as a refuge or oasis for our tired and weary souls. 

The music of a flowing river or the intensity of waterfalls is magical. The first drop of rain after a long drought or summer is heavenly, as heavenly perhaps as a warm bath after a tired and exhausting day. 

Water, oh water. Whose hearts can survive without experiencing its magical prowess?



(This is the view of Niagara Falls which is snuggled between Canada and New York. Photo from niagarafallsvacation.info)


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  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 23rd January 2011:

    Thank you very much for reminding us about the good related to water, Iris. We all have been blogging about water shortage, polluted water, disasters, and we forget about its beauty.
    I am a sea lover… I have always lived next to the sea, and this is where I go to think and relax, and find out how small we are in comparison to that immense quantity of water.
    Perfect picture, by the way.

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 23rd January 2011:


    Thank you for your comment. Yes, water is very magical. If you know how to love it, it will love you back. I did not grow up near the sea but I really like staring at the waves, watching the waves touch the sand or watching the sunset while on an afternoon cruise. I also like listening to the sound of waterfalls. You are right. It is indeed very relaxing and a good place to think. So you must love water sports too?

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 23rd January 2011:

    The featured image, by the way, is a photo by me, taken in Kazakhstan. Thank you.

  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 23rd January 2011:

    Yes, I love riding jetski and I also do diving sometimes. I really tried to surf, but it is not for me. You are right, the waterfalls are amazing… just like Niagara’s.
    I am passionate about taking pictures of the nature, and the mix of water and sky is the image I most love, this is why I said that one is perfect.

  • Andrea Arzaba on 23rd January 2011:

    I am a big waterfalls lover :) Thank you Iris!

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 23rd January 2011:

    @Diego, totally agree. I also like the mix of water and sky. It really is very serene. Thank you!
    @Andrea, same here but we don’t have a lot of big waterfalls here like Niagara. How about in Mexico?

  • Andrea Arzaba on 24th January 2011:

    Yes we do have a few :) Check this ones out:

    1. My personal favourite, which forms a pine (Xmas Tree) shape in Chiapas, South of Mexico: http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/10840415.jpg

    2. Well I ALSO LOVE THIS ONE (in Chiapas too, Cascadas de Agua Azul)
    http://www.ideasmx.com.mx/blog/wp-content/gallery/chiapas/Tumbala, Cascadas de agua azul.jpg

    2. South of Mexico as well, it is called Misol Ha


  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 25th January 2011:

    @Iris and @Andrea, I could not let my waterfalls out of this.
    As there are a lot, I could not choose which to post here, so here a list of the most beautiful.
    Highlight for the Fumaça’s Waterfall, which is located in my state… and is one of the highest in the world… it is wonderful.

    http://www.festanailha.com/fique por dentro/cachoeiras.htm
    Sorry, the texts are in portuguese… but it is worth it…

  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 25th January 2011:

    Sorry, wrong link: http://www.festanailha.com/fiquepordentro/cachoeiras.htm

  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 25th January 2011:

    Sorry again, I wish I could delete my comments… but I could not find how…

    try this link: http://migre.me/3JTYP

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 25th January 2011:

    @Diego, it’s okay. The photos are magnificent. The text is in Portuguese but the photos say it all.

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 25th January 2011:

    @Diego, it’s okay. The photos are magnificent. The text is in Portuguese but the photos say it all. Thank you!

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 25th January 2011:


    This is my favorite here in the Philippines.


    From the links you shared, I also liked the Christmas tree falls. Thanks for sharing Diego and Andrea!

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 25th January 2011:

    Thanks for your comment Radka. May I ask where this lake is? And I totally agree, water brings energy and takes away worries and stress that life brings. A quiet lake is especially very serene and soothing.

  • Larisa Rankovic on 28th January 2011:

    Hi Iris,
    which one is photo from Kazakhstan?
    I agree with your point of view: Love, along with need, should be reason for protecting water in all its forms

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 29th January 2011:

    Hi Larisa,

    The Kazakhstan photo is the one on the featured image. Since the article is no longer on the featured posts, the photo is also no longer there but will post it again here. It’s a nice view of Kazakhstan mountains and a river flowing. You can also see here:


  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 29th January 2011:

    Oh and yes, you said it well: love and need.

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