“Everyone in the Philippines is happy” said a Filipino politician. Obviously he is wrong in some levels, but this was definitely one of the happiest people I’ve ever met. The Orient in general found a recipe for happiness that is far beyond us always in a hurry Occidentals. We have our share of natural wonders in our side of the world (even so, the Philippines probably tops most of them combined), so let’s not say that’s the secret for joy. No. In fact, I doubt most of you reading this know half the wonderful spots nearby your town/state/country. My guess in why that happens is simple: we are so worried about the next place, the next adventure, the next pose, the next EVERYTHING, that we forget the current. We miss what’s happening right in front of us, and automatically compare it with some imaginary perfect vision of the future best thing. And that was the biggest cultural chock I had: It is possible to live, and therefore truly live, only in the present moment. NOW is all we have. And as I had to constantly remind myself of it, I looked around and saw careless smiles all around me. So yes, maybe everyone in the Philippines is happy. .
About this place: this is the lunch destination for El Nido’s tour A. If you ask me were should you run to after the quarantine, here is your answer: EL NIDO. .
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