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Taking a bath in the Philippines

Nowhere is the positive Filipino spirit more demonstrated than when there is interruption of basic services. Like for example: water disruption. A service that’s basic as that can drive many people insane if its availability is intermittent and unannounced—it certainly would on me. But my family here has taught me to be resilient—to deal with it—and not get stressed out about things not going according my way; for example, like wanting to take a bath after a very hot and humid day and finding out that there’s no water flowing out from the faucets. Read More…
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Sunset in Cebu

Is it just me or are sunsets much more vivid and intense the closer it is to the equator? Because the interplay of colors that is on display in the horizon every afternoon is just breathtaking. They say that our town San Remigio is the best place to watch sunset in Cebu. Well, I’m not surprised. When the conditions are such, sunsets here are almost like the Aurora Borealis - Polar lights that appear in the sky. Maybe we take this as a sign for our upcoming Arctic adventure next year. Read More…
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Firefly watching in Palawan

Before we travel to new destinations, explore new countries or islands, or visit new places, I enjoy doing research beforehand. Call it a German thing if you want, but I enjoy reading travel guides, studying maps, and getting as much information as possible of our newest travel destination. But as it turns out, most of the times, it’s exactly those places that were not mentioned in any travel guide and not shown on any map that amazes us the most; they’re the ones that brings us the nicest memories. It’s those times that make travelling so much fun because of the unexpected— just like this time at our firefly river tour in Palawan. Read More…
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El Nino in the Philippines

We’re in mid August, which means, we’re right in the middle of the rainy and typhoon season. True enough, the past weeks and months have been rainy, stormy, and even brought a devastating typhoon. Then suddenly, as if somebody flicked a switch (a la The Truman Show), the tumultuous weather ceased. Suddenly we’re experiencing dry, burning, extreme heat! The same kind of heat we were suffering from in April and May. So this is the “El Niño” that I’ve always heard about, and it has arrived. Read More…
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Roaches, ants, and bugs in the Philippines

This is probably what has given me the hardest time so far: the daily struggle with these little pests. They are everywhere! They’re outside the house, inside the house, in the bathroom, inside our shoes and clothes, and who knows where else. It’s not a secret that rats, cockroaches, and many other insects flourish in the tropics. But still, I think not everybody visiting the tropics is really prepared for the ubiquitousness of these creatures. Read More…
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My first Bogo Fiesta

Bogo City celebrates its city fiesta every May. When they celebrate, they pull out all the stops! The city was turned on its head for an entire week; with street parties, concerts, discos, parades. We were right in the middle of it all, taking all of them in. I must say, having experienced it for the very first time: the festive atmosphere, the excitement in the air, the infectious mood was so palpable and I like it! Read More…
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