English is Seoul: Part 1 — Signs on buildings

As an English speaker, when traveling abroad my eye often goes straight for written English. I found this to be especially true when traveling around South Korea last month. Even though some Chinese characters are used in Korea, and I know a few having lived in Japan in my youth, the Hangul writing system isContinue reading “English is Seoul: Part 1 — Signs on buildings”

Views of Agua Volcano, Antigua, Guatemala

Agua Volcano dominates the southern skyline from the city of Antigua, Guatemala. With the city’s streets on an easy to navigate grid, Agua serves as a constant reminder of which direction you’re headed in the city. So here are some views of Agua — sometimes behind clouds, sometimes from city streets, and most often fromContinue reading “Views of Agua Volcano, Antigua, Guatemala”

Colors of Antigua, Guatemala

What stands out when walking around Antigua, Guatemala, are the many colors on the sides of buildings and walls that line the city streets. Here are a few of them. What stands out when walking around Antigua, Guatemala, are the many colors on the sides of buildings and walls that line the city streets. HereContinue reading “Colors of Antigua, Guatemala”

My 2014, by the numbers

Some random metrics about my life in 2014. Blogging Number of blog posts on michaeljanairo.com: 73 Most read blog post: Readercon wrap-up: ‘You don’t look Filipino’ Work Number of jobs left: 1 Number of new jobs started: 1 Writing career Number of short stories published: 3 Number of writing conferences attended: 1 (Readercon) Music TopContinue reading “My 2014, by the numbers”

Photos: Travels in Guatemala: Lake Atitlán

One of the biggest tourist draws in Guatemala is in the highlands, Lake Atitlán, and the many towns that surround it. We stayed over night in Panajachel and then, led by a tour guide from Guatemala City, we took a boat to visit three towns: Santa Catarina, San Antonio and Santiago.

Travels in Guatemala: Chichicastenango

I spent most of my visit to Guatemala in Antigua, which you can see and read about here, but I also took trips to other parts of the country. All these trips were put together Walter, the owner of the Don Quijote Travel Agency in Antiuga Guatemala. Here’s Walter’s van to the right. Our tripContinue reading “Travels in Guatemala: Chichicastenango”