I would like to share some of my experiences outside my official work as a delegate to attend YSEALI Youth Summit, ASEAN Youth Forum and Human Rights training in the Philippines. I have never thought that the Philippines has developed this much based on my experience to travel to 10 ASEAN countries until I have experienced it by myself.
There are four international airports in Manila, wowww! From the airport to my destination (Napocor Village in Quezon City), taxi passed several big cities such as Manila, Quezon City, Makati City, and Pasay. Along the way from those cities, the area that I am living as well as the province that I went, the roads are clean which meant the litters management is very good. I am very impressed about it.
There are many skyscrapers which reminds me about my time in New York. I have taken several pictures, but they are not in good quality so I have decided to get a few pictures from Google to show you.
Skyscrapers in Makati city. It was taken by me when I was on the way to Tayabas City which is several hours by car.
Bonifacio Global City
Photo credited: Google
Skyline of Makati at night ( pic. google)
University campus are huge not only in the cities, but also at the province. I am so blessed to get chance to see some parts of the countries during my traveling.
I have learned many things by staying with my mom. Live, eat, do what the local are doing. There are plenty of things to learn. That is one of the main reasons that people are suggested to home-stayed.
My favorite room ever at my mom’s house. My second home sweet home.
Breakfast time with mom and brother
One of the most popular local transportation in the Philippines. We can find Jeepney only here. It was invented by the Filipinos.
Jeepney in front of City Hall
Work out time (Zumba) at the The Quezon Memorial: It is a good attitude to have. Many senior citizens gather for Zumba where they met friends as well as they can hear good words about on how to live healthily from their friends and instructors. If it is Sunday, Mass will be conducted there which make life easy for people as well as people will not miss the time to pray.
The majority of people here are Catholic Christian. So people are going to church every Sunday. At the same time, they can attend MASS outside the church too. My mom and I attend this MASS too after our work out time.
MASS: Praying Time on Sunday
Boodle fight food is eaten by hands. It recalls me about Khmer at the old time. We also used hands to eat.
Traditional Filipino cuisine: Boodle fight food during YSEALI Summit
Local food and desserts, taken in Tayabas City
This is a birthday party of Kuya. The different practice from Cambodia and other countries is we will wear the color according to the color of Kuya likes. For example, Kuya like orange color so all the quest and family members will wear orange. It is not compulsory, but we are encourage to do so. It also happens happen in at the wedding party. The best thing, I have learned from my mom’s family is they love and support each other very much. They are friendly and respectful. Normally, Kuya speaks his local language, but in this occasion he speak English. Ate asked him, why does he speak English, he said Sinet is here and I cannot understand the local language. I am so impressed by him. It really shows that he is so thoughtful and respectful.
Floating restaurant on the hill where we can get very good local food.
Born, sick and die, this is a circle of life. But the important thing is what have we contributed to our society and family. The way of practices here are completely different from Khmer-Chinese people in Cambodia. Khmer-Chinese visit the grave before Khmer New Year (sometime in March) with food, drink, paper clothing, money and gold to burn for the ancestors. And another big program to worship ancestors at the pagoda is in the mid October every year. Whereas in the Philippines, they visit the grave at the end of October or in the beginning of November. They brought flowers and candles and they pray there. The tombs design are completely different. It is sad to see these pictures, but no one can live forever so we have to accept it. In one grave can accommodate many bodies. I saw five people’s name in one grave.
Oh! Most Cambodian people who are Buddhist, they go to temple every holly day while people here go to church on Sunday.