Travel Review: Philippines by Miss Foodie Problems
Dream Big: How 2017 Became A Year of Travel, First Stop: Philippines
This week's Travel Review was originally posted by blogger Corey Marshall on her blog, Miss Foodie Problems
If you’ve been following along on the Miss Foodie Problems journey from the beginning or even just in the last year, you’ve seen a lot of change. My Instagram account started out as nothing more than a feed full of food photos, lacking a true identity. I can’t remember the exact day I decided I wanted to change things up and start posting photos of myself, but I do remember consciously making that decision. I knew that if I wanted to differentiate myself from the crowd, I had to do something. I was nervous, and knew it was possible I could lose some of my audience, but the moment I realized it didn’t really matter, everything shifted. Don’t get me wrong, I do this for my audience because the continued support has helped get me to where I am. There’s also a point when I realized I needed to make certain decisions for yourself, because when it’s all boiled down, this is my life and if someone decides to stop following along, that’s their decision and out of my control. I mean this happens throughout life with people. We’re all working to transition into our most authentic selves and sometimes friends you used to see always being in your life no longer fit. Life is about change. In all honestly, this really isn’t about food. The thing that brings me the most joy is when someone says that I inspired them to do something or to change some aspect of their life. It’s quite funny how afraid of change we can be at times. I think, because the process is likely painful, but the joy that comes after is worth it. I personally think its worse to stay stagnant than mess up a bit in the process and figure it out along the way.
As I sit here typing this out, I’m thinking about how this was supposed to be my Philippines trip recap, which I’ve been putting off since I got back in March. For many reasons: overwhelmed at combing through all the beautiful content I shot over the 11 days we were there, trying to sum it all up into one post, and just life.
This is definitely turning into more of a cleansing experience for myself. Honestly the last year has been unlike anything I could have ever dreamed up, full of amazing experiences I’ve been able to take part in because of the brand I have created for myself. It also has been a struggle of actually being present in those moments, while thinking about all of the other things I need to finish, people I want to spend time with, and life I want to create for myself. I’m still working on the balance. Here’s to figuring out balance, saying YES to valuable experiences, and saying no when you can no longer say yes (and to all the things that do not serve you). It is all a process.
All of that aside, I have a lot to say about Instagram since the algorithm shift and how frustrating of a platform it has been since. I’ve shared bits and pieces on various instagram posts and had conversations with my fellow creatives, but alas social media is ever changing, just like us. I’m mostly frustrated by the people who want success so badly that they cheat the system, but that’s for a whole other post. Let’s keep on keeping on.
The purpose of even sharing any of the above was to say that before 2017 begun, I really only laid out one goal for myself. It was not much more formal than realizing it one day and throwing it out into the universe. This goal: TRAVEL MORE IN 2017. After throwing that out there, I got invited to Amelia Island in Florida to the opening of the Lobby Bar at the Ritz-Carlton. After the Amelia Island trip, I thanked the universe for the awesome trip but then informed it that I was thinking about more international travel. ?? Maybe 4 days later, I was in bed looking at emails before going to sleep (I know, I need to get rid of this habit) and I saw an email about a potential Philippines trip. Slightly skeptical, but with nothing to lose, I emailed the person back and then spoke to them on the phone soon after. It sounded legit and ended up being real life. Basically I was asked to be the only food blogger on a media trip with about 7 other influencers: from a photographer, to a couple youtubers, an ANTM model, producer of a show, and more. It was a really smart way to organize a well-rounded trip, getting content from so many different angles.
Basically I’m just saying, DREAM BIG. Throw all of it out into the universe, but be specific. Write those dreams down, revise them, keep them current. YOU are in control of what your life will become. YES, there are things that will happen that are out of your control and will throw you off track, but it is up to you to get back on track and work hard at it. On to the Philippines trip!
LAX to Manila
The flight to Manila was a long one, but thankfully we got to fly in business class on Philippine Airlines. The seats recline all the way down so you can sleep soundly for as much of the flight as you’d like. I killed some time by watching a movie and eating the inflight meals, but mostly sleeping, since I knew once we landed we were hitting the ground running with all of the activities Mango Tours had in store for us!
Once we landed in Manila, we took a bus to breakfast then did a brief city tour. Pictured below is a mode of public transportation in the Philippines called Jeepkneys. People pack into these things like a sardine can! They originated from American jeeps left over after WWII and the “knee” part is because people sit facing each other, knee-to-knee, as you can see below! Boy is traffic in Manila awful, maybe even worse than back home in Los Angeles.
We briefly explored the city of Manila before transferring to Puerto Princesa where we would stay for a couple days.