Why is it that vacations go by so quickly? You plan way in advance, you have the anticipation and the build-up for weeks or even months and then they are gone in the blink of an eye. All that build-up deflated as quickly as a popped balloon. You are left with a lovely tan, perfect panorama pictures, unforgettable memories and hilarious stories! These are things that happen, things that should happen. However, once it’s over the details start fading away. After a little longer the stories that you retell to your family and friends are told in a slightly different order of sequence. If you’re like me you almost immediately forget the name of that cute little restaurant you vowed you would always remember. Or the name of that one tour guide who you felt like you had “a moment” with after he gave you the discounted price and told you all about a locals spot to visit.
Even though my trip to the Philippines felt like it happened such a long time ago, there was so much that I got from it. I gained another stamp on my passport, conquered my fear of jellyfish, and had a whole lot of adventure (which you can read about here); I also gained extended family and friends!
I was lucky enough to be traveling with my Filipino friends because one of the hardest things while traveling to a new country is getting past the language barrier; so not only did I not have to worry about that part, I also got what I felt was the star treatment; the best way to ever explore a new place! I can assure you it’s not through the overrated tourist attractions or high-end fancy luxuries…
…it’s the awesome things you experience like enjoying your first “boodle fight” for dinner! Where you set food on a banana leaf and use only your hands to grab delicious homemade food and chow down together.
…it’s getting a personal guided tour of Manila, exploring the historic sites, and even getting a lesson about the state of euphoria the entire country goes through whenever there is a Manny Pacquiao fight. Continue reading