The Last Day + Reflections

Sorry for not posting the past couple of days. Nothing too out of the ordinary happened, and I was extremely tired. However, if there was one thing that stood out the most the past couple days is that we had a Cebu lechon, roast pig from the province of Cebu, and it was quite honestly the best thing I have ever had the pleasure to eat. (With all the times that I've mentioned food throughout this trip, you'd think I'm a food pilgrim of some sort.) 

Right now, I am writing about my last day as I await to leave my hotel and go back home to the United States. We will be making another stop in Japan, and then back to Minneapolis we go. It's crazy to think how fast this trip went. I was able to reconnect with family I had not seen in years, and, most of all, I was able to reconnect with my cultural heritage. Living in Neillsville has been a rollercoaster of an experience, but sometimes I just want to feel like I'm a part of somewhere, and this is it. In addition, I must add, yes, it was nice to live in luxury in the Philippines, but once you step out of your bubble, you are reminded that you're in the Philippines after all. Would I want to go back again someday? Of course, is that even a question that needs to be asked? Overall, I had the adventure of a lifetime in the past couple of weeks, and I will treasure this experience for the rest of my life. I would also like to take this time to thank my parents for providing this amazing opportunity to not only myself, but for the entire family. It's a shame my brother MIchael couldn't make it, but we'll make it up to him sometime. 

Today, we visited the institution that has educated members of every generation of my family, ranging from my grandparents to my siblings — University of Santo Tomas. UST is an extremely old institution, with it being the oldest in Asia. However, it's still not as old as Harvard. It was an especially hot day, and it was a miracle that my camera managed to stay on. 

Quick dim sum break

Quick dim sum break

Oh, jeepney, you silly goose

Oh, jeepney, you silly goose

Roar

Roar

Jose Rizal, I believe

Jose Rizal, I believe

Only walk under the arch after you graduate. My dad learned the hard way.

Only walk under the arch after you graduate. My dad learned the hard way.

Nursing building, I believe

Nursing building, I believe

After visiting UST, we returned to our hotel to freshen up before we went on our way to SM Aura in Fort Bonifacio. I will admit that it might be one of the nicest malls I've ever been in. I find it quite surprising that some of the best malls that I've ever experienced have been in the Philippines. At the mall, we at my brother's favorite restaurant, Todd English. I must say it was the perfect meal to end the night, and to end the trip. Good food and good people are all you need for a good time. 

Rooftop terrace

Rooftop terrace

Ohohoho, yes please.

Ohohoho, yes please.

A macaron ferris wheel?! Dreams do come true!

A macaron ferris wheel?! Dreams do come true!

Note the spectacular architecture

Note the spectacular architecture

Well, folks, that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed my mini journey, and I can't wait to take you along on my next one. I've got a flight to catch!

See you in America, 

-Kristen