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The Philippines Experience

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The Philippines is a famous island archipelago with more than 7,100 islands. People also know it as the “Pearl of the Orient”. It boasts wonderful beaches, diverse wildlife, good climate and incredibly hospitable people. I have stayed in the Philippines for only 10 days and I left with extraordinary experiences and happy memories.


Being colonized by the Spanish, Americans, and Japanese, the country is a melting pot of many cultures. The East-West influences transcend to the people, their food, language, and belief.

I personally had no problem with conversing with the locals because the majority of them know how to speak English. This gave me an opportunity to have a proper conversation with them. Almost everything in the Philippines is also cheap. If you are looking for a decent place to stay, clean and affordable hotels can give you a competitive rate. Accommodation options such as AirBnB and some travel hostels are also available. Aside from lodging, the food is superb. I was able to choose from a lot of options. There are fresh seafood, organic vegetables and fruits and even Western cuisines if you are not into the local cookeries. The options are limitless.

The unpleasant experiences that I had are with transportation. The country is still developing. With that, transportation is not as expansive and efficient compared to Western standards. I experienced horrible traffic jams, particularly in EDSA. I saw extremely packed minivans – people sitting like sardines. For budget airlines, delays are a normal scenario. But the thing that bothered me the most is the drivers. I have never encountered drivers that are so rude and reckless. You have to be very mindful not to be run over by passing vehicles.

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I have noticed in my travels that some locals will take advantage of tourists or foreigners. The Philippines is not an exception. Some locals will charge you double or triple the price for souvenirs or other merchandise. There are also a lot of taxi drivers trying to rip off foreigners to pay exaggerated amounts in fare. Of course, this is avoidable if you are vigilant. I personally did my research on the price range for certain products and services before my trip. With proper preparation and good planning, you will not be a victim of those who wants to take advantage.

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Another thing I experience is the terrible diesel exhaust in the metro. Since transportation is mainly in the form of buses, cabs, and jeepneys, putrid smoke is unavoidable, especially in the cities. I personally think if you are going to the Philippines for a vacation, avoid urban areas. If not, wear a facemask to prevent inhaling all the fumes from the vehicles.

Petty crimes are rampant in the area. The number of security guards everywhere proves this. I had to blend in the crowd in order not to be a target of thieves aiming for valuables. The key is to be alert. Be mindful of your surroundings, avoid sketchy areas and people, finally, just be on guard.


The Philippines is such a great place to explore. You just have to find what suits you and your budget. Like many places, it has its pros and cons. Just make the most out of your trip and enjoy the moment. As they say, life is a journey, not a destination!

Did you enjoy my article? Have you already been in the philippines?:)

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Travel or How To Collect Moments Rather Than Things

Travelling is such a wonderful word which has the potential of providing an immense pleasure in the minds of those who experience it!

As many say, traveling is better experienced than said. Travelling does not merely mean bringing in souvenirs, it is more of a self-satisfying experience. Different people may have different perspectives towards traveling. Travelling is more of a passion rather than a time- pass. When one becomes passionate about traveling, it becomes more of creating moments rather than collecting souvenirs. Some may be interested in the landscape whereas some will be interested in the kind of people they meet whereas there may be some others who are traveling to experience the different cultures and so on! 😉

Travel Outside Your Confort Zone |
Travel Outside Your Confort Zone |

For me, traveling is a mixture of all the above said reasons and much more. I have seen many people traveling just for the sake of collecting some things and souvenirs. But I can’t agree with such people. I am a person who believes in experiencing the moment and considering it as a souvenir. What matters is how you create such moments. For me, it all started in Burma in 2012.

When you are going on a journey, just try to take a camera. Photographs are a reminder of some foregone past memory which we wish to cherish again and again. It may not be necessarily a professional camera, just a mobile camera might be enough. While seeing a picture, you are supposed to get the exact feeling that you experienced in the past provided your heart and mind was into that moment. Such a moment is the ultimate souvenir that any place can ever give you.

Travelling is all about life experience |
Travelling is all about life experience |

The companion for your travel is yet another important aspect of a memorable trip. Some people go on a solo trip due to this reason that they cannot find any better person to accompany other than oneself. Like-minded souls on the same journey emanate good vibes. It is more refreshing and soothing. When such a company is there with you, the likes of getting a beautiful moment is really high.

When you choose a place to travel into, make sure that there is some kind of positive energy that you can possess from that particular place. For some people, it may be a crowded tourist place whereas for some other it may be a yet uncovered calm and quiet place. I would personally prefer a serene travel into nature where one can be his true self. It is much more pleasing to both the mind and the body. Even while during such a journey you may come across a variety of people and culture, their food and customs. Grab such opportunities and see it as the perfect moment to experience the unknown.

I see a journey into nature as a journey into oneself. It is the time when we interact with our surroundings. The simple pleasure that we get from even very small things during such a travel may have long-term effects in our life. A well-enjoyed journey into nature is similar to yoga. Like yoga, it also provides peace to your mind and body. Travelling just takes the burden of busy lives off our head. Practically saying, it is a momentary getaway from all the buzz in our daily lives. So take leave from your routines once in a while, pack up your backpacks and get on a journey creating moments that you will cherish forever in your future life.

Tell me where have you traveled? What is your most cherished traveling memory? 🙂

Amanda 😉

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