Saturday, March 26, 2005

This is a picture of the Malinta Tunnel, also on Corregidor Island in Manila Bay. Dug into a hill, there's something like 100 ft of rock protecting it from bombardments, and is therefore the place where both the Americans and the Japanese held out until the very end in protecting the Philippines. Now there's a multimedia sound and light experience inside which was pretty unique. They have this one part where they play what sounds like a bombing really loudly over the speakers and the whole place is shaking from the sound. I can't imagine what it was like being in there for bombardment after bombardment!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

This is a picture of a statue of MacArthur saying "I shall return," his "last words" before leaving Corregidor Island, the US's last stronghold against the Japanese in the Phillipines during WWII.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Interestingly enough, I had to go to a polo match in Manila in order to see my first live Chinese Lion Dance... it was cool though!

Friday, March 11, 2005

Here's a picture from the first polo match that I've ever seen live and in person. It was actually a really good match, although one of the players fell off his horse and was walked on by it. That's never any good!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Chesa lighting a goodluck candle thing in Manila. It actually comes from tranditional Filipino animalistic religious traditions, but it was conveniently right next to one of the main churches in town. Unfortunately, I can't remember what red stands for...

Monday, March 07, 2005

We were in Thailand just before their national election, so political ads were...ubiquitous. They were cool though! They all had pics of the people in uniform and whatnot. Much more interesting to look at than American political ads. And plus, their main party is called Thai Rhak Thai (or Thai Love Thai) Party.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

This is me in front of (well, actually within the compound of) Angkor Wat. We're talking the real deal here. This is what everybody is really referring to when they speak of Angkor Wat. In case you're wondering (I'm sure you were), that tee (which cost me $1.25) has the Khmer alphabet on it. Neato desu ka?