Philippines: I Shall Return

To the Places I have Been Before

Almost two weeks after the typhoon disaster, the resilience of the Filipino people is being debated by the netizens. I will not go into that debate.  Nature has the capacity to repair itself, but one thing for sure: It will be a struggle for the victims of typhoon Haiyan to rebuild their lives, especially those who lost their loved ones. So let's not forget the victims when the news about this calamity starts to fade. I found the lyrics to Jason Mraz, "93 Thousand Miles" (background music to the video I created a year ago) somewhat serendipitous.
"Sometimes it may seem dark, but the absence of the light is a necessary part.
Just know, you're never alone, you can always come back home...
There is always a hand that you can hold on to.
Looking deeper through the telescope
You can see that your home’s inside of you
The Philippines is a part of the so-called "Ring of Fire" on the Pacific rim's western side where you can see the most breathtaking scenery. Not only typhoons, the Philippines is also vulnerable to earthquakes and volcano eruptions. Last year I had the fortune to visit Mt. Taal and the Taal Lake in Luzon, Mt. Mayon and Mt. Bulusan and Bulusan Lake in the Bicol Region. But the time I spent in Coron, Palawan was awe-inspiring. The fact that we experienced different bodies of water - lakes, lagoons, sea and hot springs - without getting off the boat was amazing. I consider myself very lucky to have enjoyed the calm and the beauty before the storm.

Here's a video of Coron, Palawan, Philippines I created from my visit last year.
If you can't see the video below, click HERE: CORON,PALAWAN  to watch it on YouTube.

Here's a video of Dimakya Island, Club Paradise. If you can't see the video below, click


  1. Thanks for joining the walk to raise funds for the Haiyan typhoon victims. You are a stud!!!


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