So what have I done in the past five weeks here?
First, I got to experience the intense Philippine heat again. It's hot and humid and a strong mix of these two elements. I took a shower about three times a day, and it is still incomplete. I miss the winter, and I find it fascinating for the people to complain about how cold winter is, when deep inside my head, I just remember how it would be way better if it were cold as in winter, than hot and humid like the Philippine weather.
I also went to the US Embassy and had my student visa renewed. That was a painless affair, and after a week of my appointment, I got my passport back with a shiny new visa sticker on it.
I also explored the Philippines as a backpacker for the first time. I have traveled to 18 different countries and yet until now I could not say that I have explored my own. Now I can. I went north, to the mountains, and saw the rice terraces of the Philippines, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I also explored the old city of Manila. I also went caving in Sagada, and resulted in a bruised and cut body. And finally, together with my parents, we visited the historical island of Corregidor, which provided not only historical thrills but also adventure activities, such as exploring ancient tunnels and ruins, and riding an awesome zip-line.
In the meantime, I also finished several academic obligations. I finished the revisions of a paper that I am publishing, and I also finished together with some of my collaborations an abstract for a conference, which we submitted. Hopefully we hear a favorable response in the near future.
So yeah, my time to return is fast approaching, and all I need to do is pack up and board a plane. I suppose the next time I will be seeing you guys will be on a different time zone. In the meantime, it's time to earn some miles. Oh, and enjoy the new series I am featuring, which is a collection of photos from Moray, which is an ancient Inca experiment.