As you may or may not have noticed, things have been a bit slow around the blog lately. That’s because for the last two weeks, I’ve been in the Philippines and Thailand! The picture above is the view from the front of the International Rice Research Institute, which I visited for about one week to do research with some collaborators. It was very hot (100F and felt like 113F one day!) and very humid, but incredibly beautiful.
The food was all delicious, especially the sisig (top left) and the dragon fruit (bottom left). I also had a great time at a conference in Thailand where I met researchers who’ve written some of the best papers in my field. I got to do some shopping in both Bangkok and Manila. Guess what I bought for souvenirs? Books of course! Apparently most modern Filipino authors write in English, so I had a wealth of choices in the Philippines and had a hard time narrowing it down. In Bangkok, I was surprised by how few books were available by Thai authors in any language but I was able to find two very different books I’m excited about there as well.