Wednesday, July 4, 2012


In my hometown of Manila, Philippines, it’s the monsoon season right now but over here in China and the rest of the northern hemisphere, summer is in full swing…the heat is on! The sun is shining, the pavements are sizzling, and the humidity levels are rising. In times like this, one can’t help but think of turquoise waters, white sands, salty air and beautiful beaches.

It just isn’t summer without the beach, and here in China, finding a beach can be a chore, as most are just not as accessible unless you live in perpetually sunny Hainan in the south.

So in celebration of the beginning of summer, I'd like to share some past photographs I took in Vietnam and the Philippines that inspire me not to give up the hunt for the perfect summer destination in China (no matter how hot it gets here!). To me, that would be the perfect combination of blue skies, tropical trees, summer sunsets and the beach. 

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

My friends Angela and Emma entering
the pristine waters of
Boracay, Philippines

Blue skies and 19th century architecture
at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Bataan, Philippines

Tropical trees in front of Casa Unisan
Bataan, Philippines

A little shade beneath the summer sun
Bataan, Philippines
Manila Bay summertime sunset
Manila, Philippines