Jullie Y. Daza

Desert or island

Dubai, in the middle of the desert, swimming and sinking in floods wrought by rain. Manila, in the middle of an archipelago of 7,600 islands floating on blue-green water, crying and praying for rain.


As the French would say it, enchanté!

Twinkle, twinkle

On a warm summer night, what nicer place to hold a party than under a starlit sky, on a terrace overlooking a slope of hill outlined in fairy lights?

Working cool

A long time ago T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month. Another person, perhaps also a poet, said that “April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” What promise? In these our tropical islands, please make that the promise of rain, but rain without typhoons and floods.  

Underwear, please

It’s summer, all right, and a sizzling, sweltering one. Should we chuck our underwear and remember to share the advice with all who’re trying to keep their cool?