Tag Archives: Manila

Backyard beauty ….

I live in what is nominally called a “bird sanctuary” but to be honest I see very few birds. A lot of sparrows and not a lot else. A few glimpses of something colourful in the distance and occasionally some pretty bird song. That was until this guy came along. Obviously I would have preferred to have met him while he was still alive – but I didn’t even know such beautiful little creatures existed ….


It really makes me wonder what else I just don’t see! Might be time to practice being more attentive? Less distracted? Open my eyes ….


Typhoons, floods and ferries …..


This week the news from our little part of the world (Manila) is all about the floods. Just like this time last year Manila is under water. Fortunately for us personally it isn’t a big deal. The pool is overflowing but the house is at no risk at all. We’ve stocked up on cash, water etc and making sure all of our batteries are charged before the power goes off. Sadly for most locals though it is a much more dire situation. I understand overcrowding and waterways clogged with rubbish contribute to any significant rain resulting in floods as the water simply can’t get away. And the rain in this instance is significant. It’s an awful example of how the disadvantaged just get more disadvantaged. We see so many examples of it. The terrible ferry disaster last week is another. The typhoon up north.

It all makes our regular complaints about rubbish phone, internet, power and supply of (non essential) food items seem totally petty. Amazing how something essential to life can also be so devastating.

If there is a flood  appeal set up for the Philippines please consider contributing. We will be. These guys really do need any help they can get.

By the beach ….


As Aussies living in Manila there are some things we miss. Easy access to fabulous beach is one of them. There really is nothing like a weekend of sand between your toes and a bit of splashing around. It may have taken a 3 hour drive but we got our fix! Our little cottage sat a mere 25 metres from the water under the shade of a beautiful tree. The kids dug. We read. Everyone swam, chased crabs etc. Bliss …..