Welcome . . .

. . . to my personal blog, A Balanced Diet.

I call it that because I write about anything that takes my fancy. There’s no single theme. Many of my stories are about plant sciences and international agricultural research, travel, even politics, and have regularly featured since I started the blog in January 2012. Just search the Recent Posts, or the various Tags and Categories, on the right-hand column. There’s the Search function as well.

My blog also allows me to combine two important hobbies: writing and photography.

Click on many of the images in the various blog posts to open a larger version. And even if images are included in a gallery, a slideshow will open if you click on any of these images. Most images in this blog are mine. Where I have used other images, the source and citation will appear if you place the cursor over the image; a box will appear with the details.

If you find that any broken links, please drop me a line in the comments box. Sometimes videos are removed on YouTube, or web sites moved or taken down. I find it almost impossible to keep track on so many links.

If you’d like to know a little more about me, just go to the next page (or listen to many stories in my own words).

I hope you enjoy your visit — keep coming back!

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The headquarters of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on the campus of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños in the Philippines, about 65 km south of Manila. I worked at IRRI between July 1991 and April 2010, first as Head of the Genetic Resources Center (1991-2001) and then as Director for Program Planning and Communications (DPPC) until my retirement in April 2010.