We don’t have the four seasons in the Philippines. What we have are strong typhoons, which usually occur in the second semester of the year (July – December), and the dry season. With the scorching heat of summer I am praying for the rainy season to come ahead of time (June – August).
I love to indulge half-naked in the rain but it looks like I will not be able to do that this year. We will experience another climate change phenomenon, “El Niñ0”, which was predicted by PAGASA (the Phil. weather bureau) to come in June and lasts until end of this year.
My greatest fear though is not the absence of rain but the effect that “El Niño” can do to agriculture and the farmers. With respect to the economy, “El Niño” will have more far-reaching effects than super typhoon Yolanda.
Anyway, whatever climate change there may be in the way, I share with you some of my photos in Tokyo when I was there in January 2004.
At the background is the JICA Training Center in Hyogo. I stayed here for three days as part of my two-week study tour in Japan. I was toured to selected places where I had a good view of partnerships among government, the community and stakeholders in terms of project planning and implementation.
This is the beautiful and majestic Hai Gian Temple, my favorite postcard photo, in the old historic city of Kyoto. Winter is almost over and spring is about to set in but for me the 18 degrees centigrade temperature is quite cold still for me.