I am a 56 year old writer with a background in Asian travel and multiple industries. I try to use my past as a motivation for my writing. I hope you enjoy my work.
Head First Into Philippine Culture
In order to experience the true culture of another country, I believe it is important to go there yourself. Also it is equally important to go places outside the typical tourist spots. The reason for this is that no matter how hard a country tries to keep its cultural integrity intact, visitors from foreign lands bring much-needed money into the economy. This creates a trade-off as the areas tend to become homogeneous with the foreigners that visit there.
Just a typical day in the Philippines
My morning in LaCarlota City, Philippines started out like most, waking up with the sun already heating up the day. While the wife went outside to start whatever she could find for breakfast, I got up and made the bed for her. She is near her ninth month of pregnancy and getting across the bed to put the fitted sheets back onto the corners was harder for her than it was me, so I tried to make sure it was done before I left the room in the mornings. I went out back to find her at the small two burner gas stove making pancakes and hot dogs. A couple of eggs sat sunny side up waiting for the rest of the food to finish up, so we could sit together for breakfast as I had since my arrival over a week ago. Instant coffee in the pouch pre-mixed with cream and sugar was my drink of choice with breakfast here in the Philippines. Brewed coffee was not something most households in the Providences have.