the Tagaytay Tribune

Sojourn in The Philippines, 2019-2020

Volume 8, Tagaytay, December 22

The week is rushing towards Christmas and I don’t feel the same anticipation, the same mood, the same anxiety. I haven’t seen a ’normal’ Christmas for years now.
But this year is different, very different.

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Volume 6.1, Weekend in Manila, December 8

I wanted Sandi to experience as much of The Philippines as we could reasonably manage in the eight days available. That had to include Manila. And what better excuse than her visit to check off items on my own ‘bucket list’, much as I loathe that expression. I had done a quick tour of Manila the first time I was here last year, but what did I really see?

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Volume 6, The Visit, December 6

The storm wailed all through the night into Wednesday then gradually abated. By noon the sun broke out and you’d hardly know there had been a storm at all, except for the downed trees and power lines and bits of peoples’ huts scattered in the fields and ditches. We could still salvage something of our day but not our trip Lake Taal Island and volcano. Maybe Thursday.

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