just a 12 hour difference…

The Philippines is a tropical country of 7,000+ islands with both fascinating and contradicting landscapes:

It has the usual trappings that are frequented by the many tourist visiting each year, including white, pristine beaches that seem to stretch out – uncluttered – forever:

There are friendly people all around, with many found in places you wouldn’t think to look:

The country has a culture rich with history that still is evident in many of the areas I’ve traveled over the years; their religious faith can be seen everywhere you go:

And contrary to statements I’ve often heard by people who don’t know any better, they don’t all live in trees….but they can still make a house out of bamboo:

I am on my way to the other side of the planet to see more of this beautiful Asian land, so, until next time...

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