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Yesterday was my fifth anniversary with the Philippines.

On June 5, 2010, my plane landed in rainy, grey Philippines. Back then it was just one big strange place to me, until Manila taught me to say “Manila.” And in the years between then and now there has also been Sorsogon, Nigui, Tanay, Baguio and much more still to see. So now it’s Philippines again.

You’re mostly shitty, PH, but you can be great sometimes. You’ve given me libraries and mountains, you’ve given me music and people I don’t know how to live without anymore. It’s been a long ride. On this day every year, I realize just how long it’s been and how much I’ve been through since. You’ve done strange things to me. You’ve changed me for better or worse.

One day I hope to change you too. 🍎

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Apple Nocom

Apple is a witch, a writer, and a mental health advocate from the Philippines. She keeps a blog as a creative outlet and a self-care diary, so she writes about depression, self-improvement, art projects, spiritual practices and other things that help her cope.

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