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Tips for Making Your Money Last Longer in Europe

Dublin Castle, Ireland

A holiday to Europe is most people’s idea of heaven – but in a continent as economically powerful as the Eurozone, prices are sure to test your bank. Here are five useful tips for making your money last longer in Europe. Research There are plenty of useful tools out there which will help to give […]

Where to go in Havana Cuba (Where we went, and what we saw)

Where to Go in Havana

As a brief background, we cubicle dwellers decided to make use of our President’s Day holiday weekend to go somewhere new. At the same time, we had a few JetBlue points to use, and they had a deal for Cuba – so that’s why we (Peter, me, and a friend named Anthony) decided to book […]

Welcome – Start Here

If you are new to our website or just browsing around and want to know more about how this website works, here’s a sentence to sum it all up: Reaching Financial Independence & Experiencing the World You can read more about us on this link — but to sum it up: We both are working […]

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.