Foggy wonderland: Yay or Nay?
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Foggy wonderland: Yay or Nay?

Romar Fernando

August 18, 2021

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    Photo Credit: SM City Baguio

    A Turkish writer and novelist named Mehmet Murat İldan once said “If you want to see what the fog hides in itself, don’t wait for the fog to disperse! Instead of waiting for something to happen in this short life, do something immediately!”

    Most of the times, when we wake up in the morning and being welcomed by a thick fog in front of you, we often think and reflect of something, reminisce beautiful things, just like that of İldan’s. We combine it with a cup of coffee to make it perfect.

    Imagine how Baguio residents spend most of their mornings being welcomed by fog. For non-residents, it is sometimes romantic, hopeful, and relaxing.

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    Photo Credit: SM City Baguio

    And that’s how more than 68,000 netizens reacted on a Facebook post of a media organization and of the mall itself showing their place in Baguio City being covered by fog in and out of their premises.

    In this time of pandemic, photos of fog-covered areas in Baguio will once again ignite our desire to travel and take a break. But these areas covered with fog can’t just be seen up there in the north but somewhere else in the country.

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    Marilaque Highway, Baras, Rizal / Caliraya Lake, Laguna / San Remigio, Antique

    Residents of San Remigio, Antique and Barotac Viejo, Iloilo enjoyed the foggy days in the past months. Foggy mornings were also experienced near Caliraya Lake in Lumban and Cavinti towns in Laguna. Motorcycle riders and cycling enthusiasts traverse Marilaque Highway in Rizal to relish the scenic Sierra Madre covered with fog in the morning.

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    Barotac Viejo, Iloilo

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    Cavinti, Laguna

    But not all people are appreciating foggy days all the time. Some residents in the upper parts of Quezon City thought of thick clouds as smog because of pollution in the metro. Vegetable farmers in La Trinidad, Benguet were not feeling wonderful about fog because cold weather contributes to the destruction of their farms and products.

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    Photo Credit: Philippine Star

    Well, we all know that fog is not always terrific as it looks like. It can be hazardous to drivers, mariners, and aviators for it can restrict visibility when dense. It can be dangerous to a person’s health, not the fog itself, but the pollutants entangled within it that causes asthma and other respiratory diseases.

    So, whenever you travel where fog is present, it is normal to be amazed but with caution and care for others as well.

    Keep safe and sound!

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