WHEN LAUREL FANTAUZZO moved to the Philippines, she thought it’d be easy: it was her mother’s home country, and she expected it to be a “magical, instant embrace.” But she had a tough time with adjusting to the country and retreated into herself. This all changed when she met and fell in love with another visitor to the country: she began to see the Philippines through new eyes.

This video is an animation of Laurel Fantauzzo’s wonderful column for the Modern Love series in the New York Times, which goes into further detail about the relationship and what happened.