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[September 2006]

It's been almost a month since I arrived in the Philippines. I found an apartment just a few blocks away from the office, and (perhaps more importantly) right in front of the Bikram Yoga studio! As this condo has everthing from laundry service and spa to gym and restaurant inside the building, my life is literally completed within this neighborhood called Makati, the central business district in Manila.

Office of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is located on the 31st floor of one of the newest buildings in town. I've been assigned an office of my own with large windows, overlooking the city and Manila Bay. But we should never forget that amongst these modern buildings are the homes to thousands of street children and their families. Welcome to the Philippines - the country of hospitality, beautiful nature, and extreme poverty. More soon.