Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan

My Philippines, the Beautiful

MY HEART IS BROKEN in the wake of the incredible devastation in my home country, the Philippines, caused by monstrous typhoon Haiyan. I’m deeply anguished  every time I see the news coverage and photos of the devastation on TV, newspaper and the internet. I feel helpless witnessing it from afar, wishing that there’s something I can physically do to help and to ease the victims’ pain. For now all I... Read more
Sunset on Manila Bay, Philippines

The Beautiful Sunset on Manila Bay

It has been 22 years since I left the Philippines for New York City. A lot of things has changed since then.  But I’m thankful that some of the things that I cherished most remain unchanged and are always there to make me feel at home every time I return, like the uplifting smile and warmth... Read more
Boats in Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay Island: At Home in Paradise – Part 2

Although sad that my family left Boracay early, Keith and I were glad that our last two days In Boracay were all sunshine after some overcast days! They were perfect days to explore other parts of the island and to soak in the sun. Read more
Boats in Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay Island: At Home in Paradise – Part 1

Boracay is only one of the 7,000 plus exotic islands in the Philippines.  But this tiny island is one of the country’s gems.  Its picture-perfect white sand beaches have earned Boracay numerous acclaims as “one of the best islands in the world.”  For Keith’s very first visit to the Philippines, I thought Boracay would be... Read more
White Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines

Photo Pick: Boracay Island, Philippines

People strolling on the beautiful White Beach of Boracay Island in late afternoon as threatening stormy clouds were looming above. Please see Boracay Island: At home in Paradise to see more of Boracay. Read more