In Mindanao, I didn't have time to learn snorkelling or diving. The place, gear, and people to teach me were there available at anytime. It was just me, or time. Or, could I use busyness at work as justification? This time, though, having recently realized that, my god, why haven't I seen it before, I'm... Continue Reading →
Something educational and relevant to pass away time at home on the weekend, https://youtu.be/FMx5NeGTXfk
The mangga tree keeps on dropping it's fruits, even well into the night, like a bird with diarrhea shitting all over the roof and yard. The fallen fruits have attracted from nowhere an army of big red ants that I'm tempted to set on fire but then I think they're only just alsondoing their thing.... Continue Reading →
My volunteer work in the Muslim South (Mindanao) opened to me a whole new world, of fisheries and marine ecosystems. In the midst of martial law and the military's search for the elusive Mautes, I was studying life on the coast and understanding the ways the sector is impacted by policies and their implementation. More... Continue Reading →
On a weekend in January the kids and I spent a night with an aunt at her farm where the main attraction is the huge nipa hut that occupies the center of the lot. I've been there once before so I was past the oohs and aahs. The kids did that though. They wondered aloud... Continue Reading →
Saw a shooting star today. The kids and I were outside, relishing the cool air, at around 5 AM. We were looking at the heavens and had just located the Big Dipper (Maui's Hook, the kids call it, from the movie Moana) when a meteor streaked across the sky. Like the good things in life,... Continue Reading →
The gate opens eastward to a bounded driveway lined on either side with mature mahogany trees.
I was on my last leg of community research, down to just two villages. We had begun the countdown earlier as a fun way to keep track of our increasingly blurred days as well as to keep our energy levels up. On this day after having set up a makeshift meeting place - at the... Continue Reading →