Barkada Road Trip: Punta Fuego

A barkada is a Filipino term for a group of friends. Usually the composition is pretty static (with the addition of people’s significant others) and there is a certain implied closeness and intimacy. So, this is not your Tuesday trivia meetup group nor your work colleagues, though you may have some colleagues in a barkada along with other people.

The first weekend of my visit to the Philippines, my high school barkada went on a day trip to Punta Fuego.

On Crossing the Same River Again

You can’t go home again. –Thomas Wolfe I just got back from a week in the Philippines. It’s the first time I’ve been back in five years, and boy was it interesting. For someone who was born and raised there, and left when I was already 20, I’m not actually that attached to the country.…