Having lived in the Philippines for the last 14 years of my life, I’m certainly going to miss a few things — from the food, to the people, to the culture, to simple everyday things. Here they are.
10. My friends and family. I promise to always stay in touch. I hope you do too. #dontbeastranger #comevisitmeinBali
9. Dom – my car. You were lightning fast, always smelled good and got me to where I needed to go at all times. You will not be forgotten.
8. My doggies — Snowball and Dylan, 13 years old (74 in dog years). Wait until I come back, ok? In the meantime, behave yourselves and no peeing on the kitchen floor!
7. Cable TV with over 200 channels, most of which are in English. #sorryimnotsorry #keepingitreal
6. Filipino street food! Squid balls, chicken balls, fish balls, kikiam — you will always have a special place in my heart.
5. 99.50 Play FM. I’m sorry to all my deejay friends but c’mon! this station hardly ever played commercials and didn’t go on and on and on with all the yapping. #djplaymysong
4. English everywhere! Philippines has always been known to be ‘Asia without the language barrier’. Now it’s time to work on my Bahasa.
3. Cheese errthang! “Dirty” cheese ice cream (don’t knock it ’til you try it!), powdered cheese on corn kernels, Piattos, Nova, Lumpia Shanghai cheese rolls (Php1 each)… the list goes on an on.
2. “Bayanihan” culture. It’s something I’ve always been so proud of about us Filipinos. #walangiwanan (no one gets left behind)
1. Last but most certainly not the least, Jollibee! C3 to be exact — Filipino style spaghetti with crispy, yummy Chickenjoy.