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In The Shadows of Giants

I am somewhere else again. Metro Manila, this time. I’m here on yet another “visa run” (though in truth I need no visa), fulfilling my obligations to Taiwan 台灣 to leave the country every 90 days. Previously I have visited Hong Kong 香港, Chiang Mai, Okinawa, and Osaka on such trips, so now it’s time to experience something of the Philippines, a place I don’t know very much about.

I begin somewhere completely out of the ordinary, nestled between some of the tallest buildings in the nation. There’s no room between these buildings so the streets are cast in shadows by early afternoon. Strange, then, to walk around and not have the tropical sun beating down on me.

At any rate, I wanted to send this postcard out while I’m still on the ground. This might be the most uncharacteristic picture of the Philippines I could possibly lead with… but it’s good to start somewhere.

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