On the last morning of the year, we woke up to a dark sky and drove up a mountain in search of the sunrise. There were five of us in the Ford Everest: me, John, Jess and her two friends from grade school, Jap and Arielle. We approached a PNP checkpoint cautiously, hoping that a sleepy guard would … More The Last Morning of 2016
It’s nothing short of a miracle, watching the sun rise. Think of all the factors, all the moving parts of the universe that click like the cogs and wheels of a clock to bring you to this moment, to witness this spectacle. Think of the slow drift of stars, the constant revolution of planets, the way they shift and … More Miracle in Myanmar
The hangover woke me up. The night before we had the quickest round of shots (electricity in Culion runs out after midnight, so drink up unless you want to drink in the dark). Afterwards, we clambered to our room and stared out the window, searching for the Big Dipper. The sky seemed to have misplaced it, so we … More Waking Up
We left Manila at its most quiet time, before the din and chaos of traffic, before the swell of harried commuters shoving and pushing against endless waves of people. We watched the city disappear behind us, just as deep hues of orange and pink crept into the edges of the landscape, revealing silhouettes of objects and living things previously cloaked … More La Union Photo Diary
Around this time last year I was feeling dazed, confused, and scared. I had just gotten out of work and I was going over my plan for 2013 thinking, “Holy crap, you’re crazy! What are you going to do?” I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do, a few trips booked for … More Hello 2014!