I am somewhere else again. Metro Manila, this time. I’m here on yet another side trip to fulfill my immigration agency obligations to leave the country every 90 days. Previously I have visited Hong Kong 香港, Chiang Mai, Okinawa 沖縄, and Ōsaka 大阪 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. This might be the most uncharacteristic picture of the Philippines I could possibly lead with… but it’s good to start somewhere.