After a horrendous case of the stomach flu for the past few days ( I still have remnants of it now), I am finally able to recollect my thoughts on my trip to the Philippines. This trip has been nothing short of amazing.
Several observations i’ve made while I was here:
- Bargaining is key
- You are served in whatever you do, from trying on shoes to holding doors
- There are security guards in every facility, from 7-elevens to restaurants to even restrooms
- Restaurants are napkin-conscious (literally one napkin is given)
- There is a spray-gun near the toilet
- Filippos love ice breakers
- Whenever you enter a store, know that an employee will be following you…wherever you go.
- At family parties, food is surplus
- All kinds of officers, as well as security guards, have a range of firearms, from handguns to shotguns.
- I found that up to 20 people can fit in a Toyota Tundra
- Pickpocketing is common (Luckily, I wasn’t a victim)
- Jeepney (look it up)
These are just several that I could name off the top of my head. One of the things I will miss the most is being able to be around nature and seeing a different cultural landscape. I remember when I got picked up from the airport in my uncle’s van and had a two hour trip to his house, all I did was look out the window. With my headphones on, I zoned out for those two hours, paying attentional to all of nature’s detail.
This trip has been a learning experience for me. In terms of motivation and inspiration, this trip was perfect timing to compliment the new year. Two weeks was a good length for this trip. I was already beginning to feel homesick. Although I know once I get home, work needs to get done from the get-go. I’m going to miss being able to sit outside my uncle’s porch and write in my journal, or watch anime with my cousin, or sleep without worrying what needs to be done the next day.
Thank you again for the wonderful trip, Philippines. Oh, and for feeding me. The food is deliciously delicious. Not going to lie though, been missing American food as well. I know once I’m in California, I’m getting me a double double, animal style.
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