Hello, all:) Well I am back in Sapporo after having traveled to the Philippines for a short vacation last week. Have you ever been to the Philippines? My cousin lives in Manila with her husband, so we spent several days in the city. I couldn`t believe how dirty the air was! I had a sore throat for days…However, the people are really nice and the food is excellent. I was also able to escape with my cousin to the beach for a few days. The water was clear blue and green and there were plenty of tropical fish to see. Hopefully, next year I can return to get my diving license. But for now, I have to start thinking about the snow!