Hi! I am Jennifer Nakpil, age 50, and been living here in the United States for 35 years. I was originally born and raised in one of the most beautiful countries in Southeast Asia, the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines.
Just like any other Filipino story here in the United States, our family migrated immediately as the opportunity for greener pasture arise for both of my parents. I was 15 years old then. Although we have lived a simple life in the Philippines, I remember having rich childhood memories back home. We lived in a small town we call “barrio” in the province of Pangasinan located at the northern part of the Philippines. I experienced the fun, playing under the sun, having siesta after a sumptuous lunch, and back to playing again with my friends until we were being yelled at to come home for dinner time. Almost every summer, I also had the chance to go to other places in our country to enjoy the beaches and good food around with my family. It was all fun and games for me until we left for the United States.
As a teenager, moving to another country, especially to the United States, has not been so difficult since I have my parents with me. Although I realized that we’ve become more busy and less fun than we used to before. At a young age, I was able to get myself a part-time job where I get to be exposed to more people other than in school and home. After finishing college, I successfully got a job that also made me connect to more Filipino families here in the United States.
A lot has changed since then that there’s only few chances of our family to come back to the Philippines. I only remembered coming back when my grandparents died and did not really had the chance to have a vacation in the country.
With the advent of technology, especially with the Internet, I managed myself to get in touch and updated to the country where I came from. Our Filipino friends who have better chances of coming back home were also my sources of the stories about the changes I’ve missed about the Philippines. They all make me want to come back home more each and every time I hear their stories. Soon as I got more money in my pocket (haha!), I promised to myself that I will travel and have a vacation in the Philippines.
Until I came to see the tourism campaign of the Philippines last 2014, the Visit the Philippines. It was an initiative by the Philippines’ Department of Tourism that aims to sustain the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” successful campaign vibe. The department has also released a list of 15 Ways to have More Fun in the Philippines with a video courtesy of the Department of Tourism of the Philippines which I find very exciting to do and experience when I get the chance to travel back to the country. Having the 15 ways to have more fun in the Philippines in mind, I have set myself to go to the Philippines this year, 2016, and experience the surprises and wonders of the Philippines have to offer.
In this blog site, come and journey with me as I fulfill my promise to myself to travel and explore, the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines. Allow me to share with you all the experiences I will be having during my vacation in the Philippines using 15 ways to have more fun in the Philippines list as my official Philippine tour guide. I am really excited for this. And I hope you are, too.
Just to be clear, I know I can only do much during the time I will be permitted to have a vacation. But this is really something special to me that I wish it to be shared to everyone.
P.S. Yes, I know, I am already 50 years old. But it is never too late, isn’t it? I also hope to inspire everyone who will be reading and sharing my blog to be excited on fulfilling their long-time dreams.