Mestiza-American Ayvee Verzonilla travels back to her homeland and discovers a life she never imagined possible. This raw collection of short poems documents her balikbayan journey and shares the musings of a young woman's growth and exposure to new cultures and experiences. Whether asking questions such as, "e;What is your religion?"e; or enjoying the peace of "e;Solariega,"e; or commenting on the blunt reality of "e;Blood and Mangosteen,"e; Verzonilla passionately describes a re-discovered Philippines through the lens of an under exposed eye. The simple joys of eating lush native fruits and observing colorful artwork painted on jeepneys provokes a sense of wonderment for her, as do hints of a heated, long distance romance "e;In Firelight."e; Air Con Rich seamlessly blends stark descriptions of an impoverished third world country set to the tune of Verzonilla's hopeful and introspective observations.