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It has been one wild year for me so far. Personally and professionally I have tried to do something I haven't done in a long time. I am saying "Yes" to me. What does that mean exactly? It means not putting the brakes on my ambitions and my dreams. It means not allowing myself to succumb to my inner fears and doubts.
Happy Valentines Day to everyone back stateside. We had a great time here in Kalibo. We slept in, I got a pedicure (needed badly due to an ingrown nail) and then we spent the evening at this amazing restaurant near the beach where they catch your dinner in the local river and then cook it up and serve it to you. The fish was amazing! Here are some photos!
Driving through the province hasn't been all that different from driving through the urban areas of Manila. Everywhere you go the suffering of people who survive on next to nothing is very apparent. The shanty towns of Manila give way to the shanties in the fields. But the living conditions are the the same... appalling.
The IntelleXual on the Road is in the Philippines! David and Steve are on the journey of a lifetime as David visits his family in the Philippines for the first time in 30 years and Steve takes his first ever trip outside of the confines of the continental US. In this episode the boys try a bunch of Filipino foods they wouldn't have tried at home!
For my mom, Paco Park was truly an oasis within the city. A place of refuge. Her happy place. Within the walls, amongst the funeral niches of fallen Filipino heroes, she found hope and comfort. It is no wonder that when she was facing the choice of where to get married she chose Paco Park.
So far 2014 has become the year of firsts for me. First time getting a passport. First time traveling outside the country. First time going through customs, the first time setting foot on foreign soil, first time getting a mani-pedi, (clear polish if you were going to ask) And, first time eating balut.
David and Steve are truly global podcasters now. Their premiere episode of The IntelleXual On The Road has them discussing flying on the Hello Kitty plane, their first day in the Philippines and Steve's adventuresome spirit leading him to downing a balut. It's a very yummy podcast from the other side of the Pacific!
I'm going with my Mom and with one of my closest friends and co-host of my podcasts Steve Schwartz. He's nearly 50 years old and has never been outside of the U.S. for anything. Between my Mom being unpredictable because of her battle with liver cirrhosis and Steve's inexperience in traveling internationally this is going to be one interesting trip.
The IntelleXual was given an opportunity to speak with former American Idol contestant Allison Iraheta, and the legendary Martha Davis of The Motels. I was so excited to have the opportunity to get our first big celebrity interviews for the shows. But I was incredibly anxious about it.
In about two weeks I will be leaving the United States behind on a very long flight across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. I will be leaving behind most of my close family (Mom's coming with) and my friends and all of the things I've grown up with in Southern California.