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First Day in the Philippines!

Its officially 12 am in the airport and Daniel and I have to find his brother and his mother. My phone turns on and starts to work, thankfully, and we start emailing. Of course we didn’t have his moms number. Daniels brother was coming in on another flight sometime around 1am. We were able to find his mother, or she found us, a little after 12. We had already exited the airport so we just had to stand outside to wait. And wait we did. Daniel was able to show his passport and go in and look for him. We were getting kind of worried when his flight landed and he never came outside. Turns out they left his luggage in Beijing. Whoops. It took him over 2 hours to get through the line and fill out the paperwork.


Daniels mom, Maria, had a driver waiting for us. In the Philippines, everyone has a driver. We drove 30 minutes to get back to the house. We ate Red Ribbon empanadas, and quickly went to bed. So exhausted by the day that wouldn’t end.

We woke up sometime around 10am, got ready, and the cook had breakfast on the table for us. As soon as we started eating, lunch was being served. I managed to find an hour to catch up on the blog, while Daniel planned the trip to Mount Pinatubo tomorrow. Because most things in the Philippines revolve around malls, we walked to the closest one. Keep in mind this is considered a “small mall”. It was a mere 5-6 stories and definitely big enough to get lost. We went for a couple items. We forgot a usb charger for my phone, and I needed hair ties.


Have you ever read one of those choose your own destiny books, where you read a page and it forwards you on to another page based on your anwsers? I feel like our shopping experience was EXACTLY like that, except we were on a loop. We would go into an electronics store that looks like it would have the charger, and they would send us to the third floor. Daniel refers to this part of the day as “The Seven Levels of Hell,…. jk, no but seriously.” We would find that store, only for them to send us back. Someone told us to go the ground floor at Music City, another Ansons, and another Sony. Yet, none of them had it. They all sold my phone, but they don’t sell the chargers. A few people told us CDRK. We walked around looking for a “C.D.R.K.”. Keep in mind it took us over 2 hours to find this. Finally someone to us “City RK”… Whooops, they all mean City Arcade. We finally found it!


It was time for a treat. We first got tea (pictured above). I got this delicious berry tea that was quite refreshing. Daniel, on the other hand is quite more adventurous with his flavors. He had Oreos put in his tea. Who does that? He immediately regretted his sweet tooth. We ate Mocha flavored cake. Delicious. We bought half a roll to bring back to the house for a grand total of $3 USD, or like 129 PP. We got back to the house and it was nap time! For sure.


We woke up at 8pm, and it was time for dinner. Time to go out! Daniel made reservations for 8. We had a big family affair dinner. I was able to try some Kare Kare, lechon kawali, bagoong, catfish, bitter fruit, and pickled papaya. Yes, I was able to try quite a lot!


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Perriann Hodges

I am not an author. To be quite honest, I always hated English class. I write so I may share my experiences and remember the man I met on a bus who treated me to dinner with his family, paying and booking a hotel only to find out its out of business, fake crying in the Athens airport to get a ticket home, or remember the strangers who looked out for me on a bus. Some live, experience, and are fulfilled by what’s in their backyards. I find there is something truly exhilarating about cramming as many possessions into a bag as possible, only to complain you brought too many. This is my life out of a suitcase, hope you enjoy.

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