A Philippine Retrospective

This week, my partner Lisa uploaded hundreds and hundreds of photos to Facebook about our Philippine adventure and I spent a couple of hours this morning going through them. It triggered a lot of happy memories and reminded me that I haven't really written about my time there. Given that I've been back since April, this post is obviously long overdue. But that time has given me some perspective, time to forget the things which bothered me (the traffic!) and to discern which things really mattered. I’ve come to realise that the most valuable thing about our experience was the people we met, the friends we made, and the wonderful community we were welcomed into. 

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First Impressions of Manila

I’ve been in the Philippines for about two weeks now and have had a few people ask what I think of it. I hadn’t intended to write much about my experiences, except as they relate to the pen community, but it’s going to be easier to have a public post than to write it all out in private emails. There will also be some followup to this post, looking at the local retail scene and my first pen meet-up, and maybe a little more about the Philippines. I’ll make sure to note in the intro when, like today’s post, there’s no FP content.

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