My Interesting Experiences In The Philippines
|February 2, 2013||Posted by under People, Places|
Growing up as a full Filipino without any knowledge regarding the country was always quite strange for me. Just last year when I turned 22 I decided to visit the country for the first time. I only knew how to say a couple words, but I knew that I would be fine. After I landed, there a bunch of relative waiting to drive me to my grandparents’ farm. I honestly had no idea on who those relatives were exactly, but they were so welcoming. The moment I arrived to the farm, there were these festival flags and a roasted pig surrounded by a bunch of Filipino dishes such as adobo, kare-kare, sinigang, and lots of kakanin (rice desserts).
My Interesting Experiences In The Philippines - Taal Volcano
I came to the Philippines during the Summer and traveled all over the cool tourist spots that I never even knew existed. The first place I visited was the Taal volcano which I heard so much about back home. This volcano erupted a long time ago killing a bunch of Filipinos, and I was able to go on the very top of the volcano by riding on a horse. The view from the top of that volcano was so magical, and the best part was that there were fresh coconuts being sold for tourists. From the top of the volcano it was as if you could see the entire country. It definitely was an amazing experience.
My Interesting Experiences In The Philippines - Villa Escudero
After visiting the Taal volcano, my relatives brought me to Villa Escudero which is a nice resort that is popular for its restaurant that involves people eating near a waterfall. As you eat your feet will be relaxing inside of the water. The food was all seafood made in the traditional Filipino way. Although the weather was terribly hot, the water was cold so it wasn’t all that bad. The best part was that we were all eating with our hands, which was quite tough for me at first.
My Interesting Experiences In The Philippines - Boracay
Back home in California, I would always hear amazing stories about how gorgeous Boracay was. Everyone would always say that the beaches there were nothing compared to it, so I made sure to visit it when I got there. What really amazed me was the super white sand, and the vendors selling such strange things on the way there. I realized while on the road in the Philippines that you will never go hungry, as there will always be vendors selling you peanuts, bananas, and even chips on the streets. Boracay was paradise, and had such fresh in polluted air like the cities of the country. Aside from the beautiful tourist spots I visited in the Philippines, the greatest experience was getting to meet so many long distance relatives. Filipinos really have an act of being so close to each other, which was really something that was rare in America. I met third and even fourth cousins when I visited the country and have grown to be quite close to all of them.
The culture of the Philippines is very interestingly different compared to America and the United Kingdom, but the culture is what makes the country so beautiful and unique.
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