Melissa in Manila

Philippines: Sunsets and Blood in Batangas

Flecks of gold glimmer across the open ocean; the yawning orange sun burns brilliantly in the sky. A little way from shore, beneath hovering cirrus clouds of lilac, a bamboo raft floats at sea, beckoning us to watch dusk fall from its wooden cylinders. We have no choice but to yield to its irresistible call. 

Philippines: Sunsets and Blood in Batangas

Philippines: I Made it To Manila

The breeze is warm. I can hear the metallic honks and whistles of the Manila traffic several stories below. Palm trees rustle in the hot wind, silhouetted against tall, reflective skyscrapers. The pool water shimmers with the breeze.  I made it to Manila.

Philippines: I Made it To Manila