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The Wonders of Rainy Season

Instead of merely posting my travel photos, I’ve gone back to my production roots and created a series of videos from them. Each will focus on a particular aspect of the journey. This first one is from my trip to the Philippines, and it features the country’s glorious greenery. Thanks for watching!

“Chinito”: A Tagalog Pop Song Makes a Home in My Brain

Every time I return from a trip to the Philippines my head is practically exploding with memorable experiences. I’ll be creating a video series to share what is fascinating, beautiful and bewildering about my birthplace. So stay tuned! They’re coming soon!

In the meantime, I have to share this sweet pop song called Chinito by Yeng Constantino. I heard it everywhere: on the car radio and in the malls. I even heard it blaring out of a bar at 8 a.m. when I was walking along the Legazpi waterfront. Like all good pop songs, it’s about romantic stirrings, has a bouncy melody and great song structure, and is maddeningly infectious. My understanding of Tagalog is weak so my cousin translated that the song is about a girl who is attracted to a Chinese boy, endearingly referred to as “Chinito.” She’s hoping that he’ll notice her. The video is super cute, too. See for yourself.



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