Things to do in Manila – Experiences from A Westerner

Things to do in Manila

We never know where we end up in life.  Sometimes you wander into a bar looking for a drink. Sometimes you stumble into a country on the other side of the world. The two events are different, but not unrelated. I grew up in Europe (Slovakia, to be more precise), lived most of my adult life in the United States, and, last year, married a Filipina.  That’s not a trajectory that I could have predicted when I threw rocks into ditches as a 9-year old in Slovakia.
I’ve visited the Philippines a few times now as a westernized adult, and it is quite an interesting place.  It is marketed as a tropical paradise to those with money, a view that is reinforced by looking at its 7,000 islands and marveling at the natural splendor. It has also been marked in the American consciousness as a piece of tropical hell, due to its important role in World War II’s Pacific Asian Theatre, as well as being the site of Francis Ford Coppola’s mad masterpiece Apocalypse Now. Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is neither paradise nor tropical hell: it’s a dense, huge metropolis with a proud and friendly populace.  And so this piece brings me to my overall impression of Manila and general observations. 

What to Do When I Retire Early?

What to do When I Retire Early

People are scared of retiring. Why? Because they think that they’re going to get bored and lose their sense of being. They’re so used to being waken up by an alarm clock and having a purpose: taking a shower, eating, going to work for 9+ hours, going back home, decompressing, eating, chores, sleep and doing it all over again.

The cyclical nature of our working lives becomes a habit, which becomes harder to break. I think that’s why people have a hard time going back to their routine of working when they go back from vacation: their entire cycle has been broken.

But what if you break it for good? What if you have enough money generating more money for you that you don’t have to succumb yourself to that cycle? What if you’re free? Then what would you do?

Three Faces of Canada: Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Vancouver

Three Faces of Canada: Toronto, Niagara Falls & Vancouver

  Oh, Canada! The first thing I think of when I imagine Canada is the vastness of it.  It’s the second biggest country in the world by total area, behind only Russia.  If you wanted to drive across the whole of Canada, it would take you 2 full weeks!  I also think of hockey rinks, …

What is your anti-frugal guilty pleasure?

Our anti-frugal guilty pleasure

Here in A Journey We Love, we aim to be frugal, but not so extremely that we can’t enjoy the little things in life. We refuse to deprive ourselves of experiences that we like (i.e. travel), nor would we deprive ourselves by not buying our own home. However, we are sometimes a bit anti-frugal in …

4 Day Niagara Falls and Toronto Canada Itinerary

Toronto and Niagara Fall Four Day Itinerary

If you are going to Niagara Falls, the more ‘fun’ side is the Canadian side. There’s so many places to see and do in the Canada side, but after a while the falls can get boring. Two whole days is enough in Niagara Falls if you want to see both the American and the Canadian side. Other people just do this on a day trip, so it is perfect if you are looking for a quick weekend destination. Toronto is just 1 1/2 hours drive away from Niagara Falls, and Buffalo is 20-30 minutes away from the US side.

And so, we also provide more tips on where to go and what to do during your short long weekend getaway to Niagara Falls and Toronto in Canada. Here’s also a chance to tick off a bucket list item: standing between two countries at once.