Well as most of you are aware two weeks ago Eden, Reez and myself flew off into another world eight thousand eight hundred miles away. We have had a lot of questions concerning our location, the weather, earthquakes, typhoons, volcano activity etc. Therefore I thought it would interest some of you for me to answer the question where in the world are we.
We are in Roxas City, the province of Capiz on Panay Island in the Republic of the Philippines. Panay Island is one of 7107 islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. Panay Island is part of the Visayan region of the Philippines. Basically the middle of the archipelago with the region of Luzon north of us and Mindano to the south.
The Republic of the Philippines (RP) is located due east of Vietnam and northeast of Malaysia. We are surrounded by the South China Sea on the west and the Philippine Sea on the east. We are a four hour flight from South Korea or Japan which we have both been to and a one hour flight from Manila the capital of the RP.
Being just north of the equator our weather for the norm is tropical year round. However there are dry and rainy seasons, summer and winter (which yield an eight degree temp change) and then the mountains and seashore which can also give various tweaks on the weather. We are currently enjoying the best of both worlds right now. Living in Roxas City we are in the middle of winter and the dry seasons. Our temporary apartment is directly on the seashore therefore we have constant sea breezes that have kept our temps in the upper seventies. The first two nights we slept with air conditioning however since then just the breezes. It is wonderful.
Yes we are on the Ring of Fire. this means earthquakes and volcanoes. However there are no volcanoes on Panay (there is a big one south and north of us but no worry) and no recent earthquake activity. Just a side note our house will be built as one complete concrete pour not block or wood style.
Typhoons are a fact of life here in the tropics as hurricanes were on the Gulf Coast. The RP experiences on the average 26 per year and some of them can be pretty severe. As do hurricanes in the states they tend to track northwest up from the equator. The majority of storms track over the northern region of Luzon however to live by that is just like saying all hurricanes hit Florida and Texas. History shows we are fairly protected here as we are on the northern beach of Roxas City, Panay Island but we will see our share of tropical weather.
Roxas City is the “Seafood Capital of the RP” and we have certainly been enjoying that the last two weeks. You can view a map of the RP and finds us with this link: