Saturday, September 25, 2010

Like a fire in the distance

Like a fire in the distance

Yes, let's take a break from the city. Despite living in an archipelago, it's been a couple years since I've been to the beach or on a real hike. Every so often, one needs a break from the smokey air, grime, and heat of this concrete-filled urban jungle.

Come to think of it, if there is anything good about the pollution in Metro Manila, it's probably the sunsets. This is of small comfort, I suppose, as the sunset in this photo makes me think of a fire in the distance -- which, in this city, is usually the suspicious fires that devastate informal settler communities being demolished.

This daily cruelty wrecked upon the poor and powerless is a mark upon Philippine society that cannot be washed away, no matter how lovely our beaches and sunsets may be.


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