Weather

In Cebu, it’s been so hot and dry…

In Cebu, it’s been so hot and dry…

…my father’s pomelo trees are cracking and leaking sap. When they catch the light in a certain way, they actually look kind of beautiful, like crystals, but I’m sure the poor trees don’t share my sentiment. A certain little boy’s been “helping” my father water the […]

The Long and Frantic Calm: Countdown to a Typhoon

The Long and Frantic Calm: Countdown to a Typhoon

The best kind of travel is one that allows you to dive deep into local life, to get to know not only the place but what it’s truly like to live there. My country, the Philippines, is genuinely beautiful and I hope everyone gets to […]

It’s coming.

It’s coming.

This is what the sky looked like this afternoon. No hint of a Category 5 supertyphoon coming. But it’s coming.

Too Hot or Too Cold?

Too Hot or Too Cold?

Which would you prefer? While other parts of the world are getting heavy snow this early, my part of the world is getting, well, the opposite. The Philippines is located above the equator; November to January are supposed to be our cooler months. However, the El Niño seems to have already […]

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Rain puddles reflected the somber sky as I stepped outside Centraal station. The giant Christmas tree in front was brightly lit, though the clock inside clearly said 9:30. Where I lived, the 9:30 sun would render Christmas lights irrelevant — it would be high in […]

Hot and Cold in Paris

Hot and Cold in Paris

My first visit to Paris was in the fall of October 2011. When my sister and I emerged from the Champ de Mars train station, we were still wearing wearing the clothes we had on for our 13-hour flight: in my case, a light dress, […]