Marching On to Summer

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thunderbird resort poro point la union

An unusually cold and windy January had some people entertain the hope for the Philippines to have snow in the future. I’d say be very careful what you wish for, people. Having spent one Christmas season in northeast USA, with little snow at that, I wouldn’t want to experience that again. I’d much rather have this tropical country’s dry season and rainy season, instead of the extremely hot and extremely cold seasons of the US.

February is such a short month. Save for much hullabaloo about Valentine’s Day, one would hardly notice the second month of the year.

And suddenly, it’s March!

Are you ready for summer?

In the Philippines, March means the start of the summer season. End of school and start of summer vacation for the students by the end of the month.

Known for its 7,101 islands, the Philippines is popular for its many beaches.

I have to admit I’m not really a beach person, and I’ve only gone to a few beaches. I remember the popular ones like Boracay in Aklan, Mactan in Cebu, Sabang in Palawan, Samal Island in Davao, Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte, Panglao Island in Bohol. The others are the nameless ones in Batangas, Quezon, Ilocos Sur, and Marinduque. The photo above is in Thunderbird Resorts in Poro Point, San Fernando, La Union. I went there for a seminar, and I didn’t go swimming.

Hot, endless summers in the city means children being bored to death, watching replays of their favorite cartoon shows day in and day out. Or playing the latest games on their tablets. Teens with money get to go malling with friends, those without are stuck at home, moping, and watching endless telenovelas. Families with karaoke systems would bring their neighbors to tears (and invoke murderous rage) with their loud impromptu sing-along sessions at all times of the day and night. 

I remember fun summers spent in once cool Baguio. We never got tired going to the same places. Like Burnham Park, Wright Park, Mines View Park, Botanical Garden. Now everywhere in Baguio is crowded, there’s not much fun going there anymore. And I don’t understand why people from Manila would still go to SM there.

Right now I’m making a list of places to go in the summer. Actually, Baguio’s on my list because I haven’t been there for a long time now.

So, what are your plans for the summer?

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