The clear water reminded me of the clear water in some islands in the Caribbean and some islands in Thailand.
I took fun jumping pics in nearly every country I visited – check out the ones I’ve posted so far.
There’s nothing quite like experiencing a breathtaking sunset, and it makes for some awesome sunset silhouettes.
- Boracay at 1:14 PM:
- This photo may look like it was taken of a private beach, but it’s actually beautiful Boracay in the Philippines. It didn’t get much more crowded than this…
Boracay at 6:08 AM / 6:08:
While the Philippines certainly aren’t known for their food, below are 7 Pinoy dishes that stand out from my month in the country, and one that I absolutely would not try (it’s a duck fetus – scroll the bottom to see Bourdain eat it).
1. Halo-halo! – it’s #1 not for the taste but for the joy people get just saying the name. It might be impossible to pronounce it properly without smiling. I’m serious – I heard it spoken dozens of times in my month in the Philippines, and each time I’d see a wider smile than the last. I really wanted to like it! Despite the welcomed enthusiasm, I found it to be disappointingly not that tasty.
What’s in halo-halo? The name translates in english to “mix-mix” and it’s fitting. It’s always made of shaved ice, evaporated milk, and sugar, and then it appears to be whatever they have to throw in. Red beans, coconut gel, jackfruit, tapioca, corn flakes, jelly beans, yams, plantains caramelized in sugar…yeah throw it in!
You may remember Halo-halo! from Top Chef:
When asking about visiting the Philippines, I kept receiving the same ominous warning each time. ”Don’t go to the Philippines – you’ll die!” Based on that advice, and considering that it’s not really near anywhere I was going, I was planning on avoiding the entire country. But is it true? Is the entire Philippines country dangerous? I kept hearing about the crime, that tourists actually get kidnapped (OMG!), and between that and how far it was from everywhere else I was planning to go, I initially wasn’t even considering going.
Spoiler Alert – I lived, and I’m glad I went! The Philippines ended up being one of my favorite countries I visited. They weren’t even on my initial Asia trip plan, but there was so much I wanted to see and do that I stay there an entire month! That’s longer than anywhere else on my trip. I give a special thanks to Amanda (from Canada) – when I was diving in Sipadan, Borneo, she raved about her experiences there. Then I met Jesper and Louise (from Denmark), and they loved it there too, specifically Bohol. And on and on. So are the Philippines really dangerous? Here’s what you need to know: