In the travel industry, just like in most industries, seasonality matters. There's a time for every place, and it's important to know when it's appropriate to visit a territory, so we can plan our vacations accordingly, when possible.
In southern Asia, the monsoon season kicked in last month, and through September it is to be considered off, even dangerous, season. This is due to the yearly storms and hurricanes that systematically hit and whip particularly the southeastern area of the continent.
The latest typhoon to make the headlines is the "Conson", that yesterday ripped through the main Philippine island, leaving a trail of wreckage in Manila and sweeping shacks into the sea.
The official civil defence office said 19 fishermen from the eastern island of Catanduanes had failed to return home and were missing at sea after the typhoon hit the area late Tuesday.
There were no immediate reports of fatalities but communication systems were down amid the chaos of the typhoon's aftermath, and disaster relief officials were still trying to determine the extent of the damage.
Electricity was knocked out throughout the main island of Luzon, including the country's capital where fallen tree branches and other debris littered the streets.
Manila's overhead railway system was also shut down due to the power outage. Knee-high floods and fallen trees were still blocking some roads in and around the capital, obstructing traffic.
Shanty towns erected by squatters on the coastal areas near Manila were swept away, leaving the shocked, drenched residents to scavenge scrap wood to build makeshift shelters, according to an AFP reporter there.
Several flights in and out of Manila were cancelled as Conson was passing but airport officials said their operations had returned to normal after the storm passed.
Conson, packing maximum gusts of 120 kilometres (74 miles) an hour, hit the eastern side of Luzon late Tuesday and crossed the island before exiting before dawn Wednesday, heading west into the South China Sea at 22 kilometres an hour.