A few times in May and June, an insect known as a flying termite or “gamu-gamo” gather on street and house lights. It is also during these times when the rainy season begins in the Philippines. While studies on the relationship of winged termites and the start of the wet season are limited, large evidence links the two together. There are two conditions needed for … Continue reading DO FLYING TERMITES SIGNIFY THE START OF THE RAINY SEASON?
I went to Hong Kong on January 12 to attend a 2-month research project. Other than the news about a new coronavirus in Wuhan, everyone in HK was living at a usual pace. On January 23, just before the Lunar New Year celebration, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the region. The few weeks that followed were the scariest weeks for me. A … Continue reading How I Beat Anxiety in the Midst of Pandemic
It has been more than two years since we wrote an article on Philippine geography mistakes and there was an overwhelming feedback among the readers. Speaking of geography errors, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority or NAMRIA recently confirmed there are 7,641 islands in the Philippines instead of the known 7,107, citing advanced counting techniques and new islet formation for the increase. These motivated … Continue reading Traveling the Philippines: More Common Geography Mistakes!
Thesis, long essays, lack of sleep – these are some of the things that come to mind whenever we think of a master’s degree. They all sound convincing enough not to pursue one, don’t they? But two years ago, I was given a rare opportunity: a scholarship grant to take a master’s degree (or Masters, henceforth) in the UK. Despite the thought of how difficult … Continue reading 10 Things to Expect in a Master’s Degree
It’s summertime again in the Philippines – a perfect time to bond with friends and loved ones. It’s also a time when we get hyped with all the expectations of summer that we tend to overlook the reality (that is, summer is not all bright and sunny). Here are some tips and tricks for a hassle-free trip this summer: Want clear skies? Go out in … Continue reading 8 Really Obvious but Often Ignored Tips this Summer
Oookay. So here we are again this time of the year when Pinoys dripping in sweat are eager to know one thing: “‘Di pa ba summer? Ang init na kaya!” And honestly, if I were to answer that question, I would simply say no. Never. As a tropical country, the Philippines has only two seasons: the wet and the dry season. Wet season usually occurs … Continue reading Is there such thing as “summer” in the Philippines?
I’m Ben, a Filipino postgraduate student in the United Kingdom. I got my sponsorship from a non-government organisation which offers scholarships for their partner agencies every year. I began studying in the UK in September 2017, taking up a degree in applied meteorology and climate. By the time I finish the one-year programme, I’ll be going back to the Philippines and will resume my duties … Continue reading My Scholarship in the UK and How It is Helping Me Achieve My Travel Goals
I have been to Thailand only twice but it felt like I’ve been there several times. The place has so much to offer that it inspired me to share some insider tips and hacks that may help you while backpacking in Thailand. 1. ON CONVERTING YOUR PESO INTO BAHT: Before travelling to Thailand, change your bulk Philippine Peso into US Dollars in a BANK or … Continue reading Backpacking THAILAND: 10 Tips and Tricks for a Hassle-free Trip
So how were you doing in the past couple of days? Are you getting #summerfeels with the hot April weather? You’re maybe wondering but the Philippines is indeed in the middle of the rainy season; it just so happens that southwest monsoon or habagat is taking a good break. Here’s what happened thus far in August: A high pressure area (HPA) eased up over the … Continue reading CAUTION: The Remaining Days of August Could Get Really (Really) Wet
Did you ever wish you’d get to see the Northern Lights one day? Have you ever dreamed it would snow outside so you could snowball-fight with your friends? Unfortunately for a tropical country like the Philippines, chances are you will have to pack your bags and fly elsewhere north. Nonetheless, these don’t mean we are all just rains and drizzles here. Prepare to get awestruck … Continue reading 10 of the Strangest Weather Phenomena in the Philippines