5 Reasons You Should Visit Philippines Once in Your Life

The Philippines is located in the South-East Asia and is called as “Perla del Mar de Oriente” which means ‘Pearl of the Orient Sea.’ The term was from a Spanish Jesuit Missionary Father Juan J. Delgado and was popularized by Jose Rizal – the country’s national hero – with his last poem titled “Mi Ultimo Adios” before he died.

According to the Department of Tourism, the country was visited by over 6 million tourists last 2016. From the past years, the number has been rising with more tourists being attracted to visit the country. Here are some of the reasons why you should visit the Philippines:

  1. The hospitality of the Filipinos

Filipinos are known for their hospitality even with strangers. So even if you visit the Philippines for the first time and you are alone, you won’t even feel like you are a stranger. Everyone will welcome you and treat you like a friend or a family member. The Department of Tourism showed this culture for their 2017 campaign. You can watch the family-themed TVC here.

  1. The 7,641 islands that you can explore

Unlike in other places that are connected with other countries, the Philippines is an archipelago – composed of 7,641 islands. The country has rich natural resources so you can find different bodies of water and types of landform. Thus, you can enjoy various activities like mountain climbing, scuba diving, trekking, surfing, biking, kayaking, and much more.

  1. The diverse culture

Based on the country’s history, the Philippines was colonized by several countries before they became independent. Spain has the largest influence in Philippines culture even up to this day. However, it can be argued that the U.S.A. developed the country into a better one by providing education to everyone, free trade and improvement of the agricultural sector, and democracy in the government. During the World War 2, Japan occupied the Philippines. Nowadays, the country loves adapting and learning culture from their neighboring countries like South Korea.

  1. The delectable foods

Like any other country, Philippines has their own pride in terms of food. Tourists who are familiar with the country know that their main dish is “adobo.” Its origin was from Mexico but they have a unique way of cooking this dish. The meat (usually chicken or pork) is cooked using several spices like garlic, pepper, salt, soy sauce, and vinegar. The best thing is you don’t have to store it in the refrigerator. Other famous Filipino cuisines are Lechon, sisig, crispy pata, chicken inasal, pancit palabok, bulalo, kare-kare, and much more.

  1. No language barrier

Another distinct factor of Philippines from its neighboring Asian countries is their knowledge in speaking English. Their main language is Tagalog and they have thousands of different dialects all over the country. However, their secondary language is English. Thus, you don’t really have to study basic Tagalog language (or you can since its’ fun). You won’t have to worry about getting lost or be afraid of exploring the country alone.

These are just five out of the million reasons why you should visit the Philippines. To give you an idea how it will feel or look like, here are some of the videos from travelers that visited the country including Lost LeBlanc, Janick Møllerud, JacksGap, and Waldemar Spetany. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and discover the beauty of the Philippines!


Easy Recipes to Prepare For College Students

Some high school students were lucky enough to have their parents making meals for them. When they arrive from school, they go straight to their room to rest a bit then start with their school works. After a while, their mom will knock on the door and have a snack prepared for them. This kind of gesture is really helpful from the stress and pressure that they experience due to school works and other extracurricular activities. Meal times are also part of family bonding. After a long day, the dinner table is where families share their daily experiences and exchange ideas. This kind of moments is what most freshmen students really missed the most, especially the healthy food that they are able to eat.

Most college students start off their semester by making ‘real’ and eating healthy meals for themselves. But due to school work piling up with classes and study sessions, extracurricular activities that they need to commit, and they might also have part-time jobs; eating a healthy food or let alone just eat can be forgotten by most students. College students are very busy, stressed, and sometimes broke that they have to choose fast foods, canned goods, easy-to-cook meals, or take-outs. They opt to buy food that they can easily eat anytime and anywhere, without any regards to its nutritional content. Students just wanted to make sure that they are able to eat. For a student like you, the word ‘cooking’ for your meal may give you a negative reaction. The first thing that will come to your mind is that it is time-consuming and expensive. But if you think about it, cooking can be a way to take a break from your activities and let your mind relax for a bit. In addition, it will be beneficial to your body because you will be able to eat healthy food that will keep yourself nourished and full of energy to make it through your day as a college student.

Here are some of the easy, filling, totally tasty, and healthy dishes that can be added to a college student’s weekly meal plan.

  • Yogurt and Granola bar: This two can be easily purchased in the grocery store. But to make this breakfast meal healthier, you can add some berries and bananas. This meal contains lots of vitamins and minerals that are good for your body.
  • Chicken Pasta: All you need to have is chicken breast, noodles, and a sauce. The sauce can be purchased in the market, but you can choose to make your own. All you have to do is cook the noodles with hot water, then boil the chicken, and blend together with the sauce. You can choose to include spinach or other vegetables. This is ideal for a lunch meal, and if you made a bit more then you can simply put it in the fridge. You can microwave it then serve for dinner.
  • Omelet: This is a famous meal, especially for breakfast because it is so easy and fast to make. Another plus is because omelet is considered as a healthy meal. You can cook a plain omelet, but it is better if you add some vegetables that you like. To finish, add some fruit or a slice of toast to the side. Viola! You have a quick and healthy meal to eat.
  • Chicken or Veggie Quesadilla: This is prepared just like a grilled cheese sandwich except for its ingredients. You just have to put to heat the flour tortilla flipped and sprinkle with grated melting cheese. After the cheese melts, add the cooked chicken, peppers, onion, or other vegetables that you prefer.
  • Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese: Grilled cheese is not a healthy food but everyone loves it. Good thing that you can make the dish to be a healthy one. You just have to add some frozen spinach, a bit of garlic, red pepper flakes, and feta.
  • Dragon Noodles: Want some Chinese take-outs? No need to order because you can easily do your own dish. You can do this in just 30 minutes, the same time that you have to wait for your order but sometimes it takes longer. All you need is the pasta, a simple sauce that you can easily make (combination of brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha), butter, egg, red pepper, cilantro, and green onion.

These recipes are only a simple suggestion so that you can have a healthy meal. You can also try doing your own recipe, where you can use some leftover from your previous meals and common ingredients that can be found in the kitchen. You can also try to turn every dish into a healthy one.

College can be very stressful for every student but this is not a valid excuse to neglect your own health. It is really important to monitor your eating habits and meals. Remember that you cannot do your task if you don’t have the right amount of energy, especially if you are sick. You also need to take a break once in a while. Make cooking a fun and relaxing activity, while being able to achieve a healthy diet.