It’s a Jungle out there – Sabang, Palawan, Philippines

Mangrove Paddle Tour

I promise this is my final (delayed) post covering our trip to the Philippines, then I’ll get back to reality here in southern Texas.  To view my previous Philippines stories, check out: The wonderful people and places of the Philippines Quality time with family in my hometown – Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines Days filled with outdoor fun – Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines A slice […]

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A slice of “2014’s Most Beautiful Island in the World” – Palawan Island

Palawan Island

My country is an archipelago of 7,107 islands brimming with wondrous natural treasures and beauties – both in nature and in the people.  Among many other things, white sand beaches, beautiful jagged mountains and amazing scuba diving locations can be found there.  Unfortunately, some islands are overdeveloped and others overrun by tourist and entrepreneurs, but many remained unspoiled. One island that is […]

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Days filled with outdoor fun – Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines

This is the 3rd in our series of posts about our trip to the Philippines.  Check out #1 here and #2 here if you’re interested in the first two installments. Aside from spending quality time with family, we also sneaked out to have some outdoor fun with my longtime hometown friends.  A favorite pastime during our visit was to show up at a friend’s house where we would […]

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The wonderful people and places of the Philippines

[This is Steve’s post about his experiences in the Philippines] My third trip to the Philippines during the past 12 years has inspired me to think about all the good times I’ve enjoyed during my visits, while also reflecting on what I’ve learned about the good people there.  I’ve also found that I get somewhat depressed about the hardships that folks have to deal with in their day-to-day lives on the many beautiful islands (7,107 to be exact). I want to stress that this post is a very general comparison of life in the Philippines, in contrast to living in the good old USA.  Like any place in the world, there are many exceptions to the following characterizations, but I thought it might be worthwhile to offer my insights into what I observed while there. My recent trip reminded me how upbeat, tough, resilient and flexible the Filipino people are.  These folks generally work hard for extremely low wages, and there are no pensions, retirement plans or medical benefits in sight.  There’s no “attitude” here as there is with many young people in the USA, and these are non-violent people.  Their biggest joys are spending time with family and chatting comfortably with complete strangers.  They are friendly, helpful and respectful with anyone they meet.  Life is much more leisurely, and it’s almost as if time is not a factor when trying to get their jobs done (ie. a very low-stress lifestyle). […]

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