Life as I Knew It
I moved to the Philippines in the year 2002. One of the first places I lived in was a small town in the mountain region of Rizal called Tanay. I lived in a low-lying house in a property with many tall trees and lots of grass. Because of the many monsoons in that area of the Philippines, some of the trees were bent and slanted towards the ground. I used to play on these trees every day. There were also a small barbecue area in the back of the property and a small red toolshed.
Our house was situated in a quiet neighborhood, with no cars and many small farms and rice plantations. Once, when we went exploring, we came across a very large property. It had an enormous wooden gate and seemed impossible to enter. But then, a friend of ours led us to a small side entrance and let us in.
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