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Timeline: Countdown of Typhoon Haiyan’s Arrival

I was there when Supertyphoon Yolanda wreaked havoc and destruction in November 2014. This is a countdown compilation footage of the event, hours before it was to land in our province, and during the height of the typhoon itself.

I was there when Supertyphoon Yolanda wreaked havoc and destruction in November 2014. This is a countdown compilation footage of the event, hours before it was to land in our province, and during the height of the typhoon itself. Read More…
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Dirty kitchen in the Philippines

Most of the household related tasks here in the Philippines seem to need so much more effort than in Europe. They are much more time consuming because so much is done by hand, as in it’s not automated—like for example: washing the laundry, doing the dishes, or cleaning the floor. But the one thing that surprised me the most were the kitchens. Read More…
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Summertime in the Philippines

Summertime in the Philippines. I have been warned many times. I was told that May is the hottest and driest month of the year. I was told the heat would be unbearable and I would wish for the rainy season to start. And I have heard of locals leaving the country in May in order to escape the insane heat. They were NOT exaggerating. Not one bit. Read More…
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Vappu: Celebrating May Day Finnish style

The Finns celebrate May Day differently. Instead of demonstrations in the streets, the Finns go to the parks and have outdoor picnics. The reason it is different is because it is more a celebration to mark the start of summer and “warmth” rather than labor related stuff. They call it Vappu. It is a tradition to celebrate Vappu with sparkling wines and balloons. In Helsinki, where we’re from, the park of choice is at Kaivopuisto. Read More…
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Coping with the darkness in the tropics

Coming from Helsinki, 700km from the arctic circle, I thought I knew what darkness is. I'm talking about the Finnish winter where there is no sun for up to 22 hours. But how wrong I was. Here in the Philippines--so close to the equator--it turns dark every day of the year. It stays dark starting around 6pm until around 5am. As soon as the sun sets, it’s like somebody switched off the light: boom, suddenly it’s dark. With dark, I mean, VERY dark. Read More…
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