There are many beautiful places in the world. Some are obviously quite scenic and photogenic, like on my last trip in Florida; nearly everything is with a splash of color and vibrancy. The sun is always up, and it seems as if Disney World is as it says, another world. There are other places where, if you look with a shallow eye, it will cause you to remain uninterested because it doesn't seem as appealing. Metro Manila, at first glance, appears to be one of those places.
I stayed there for an entire month, and for the duration of the trip I got to know how everyday Filipinos lived their lives. I rode on their jeeps and tricycles and visited the air-conditioned malls. I dealt with the heavy humid sweat that feels sticky on the skin's surface. About half of the time the metropolis was doused in rain and gray clouds. It's not picture perfect pretty, but if you get past it, you can see what lies behind the surface: millions of faces with plenty of different stories.
What did I do on the trip? In a summarizing sentence, I ended up visiting for a family reunion and completing an internship for the Philippine's largest publishing company, Summit Media, so I can earn school credit. The things that I did and experienced are super cool.
Yes, I know "cool" can be overused, but it describes what I accomplished on my trip. You will both end up hearing about the reunion and the internship in two separate posts! I'm real excited for you all to read about it, especially something Minions related I was involved in.
It feels good to be back, but honestly, I don't have a lot photos to show you. It's not the easiest place to capture photos when camera shooting is extremely rare, but thievery on the streets is common, if you aren't careful. My camera has survived!
As for how I've been doing since I got back home, I've slowly been recovering, health and sleep wise. I didn't get the best amount of sleep on vacation, and, mingled in with the constant rain, I fell into a bad fever but got rid of all of the symptoms on the last day!
Note: This is not me. Sorry for the confusion.
I've also been working on some things, blog-wise. I have decided to relaunch my design shop newly branded Designs by Morning, which you can view here. I'm ready to take design orders; I already have two designs on my wait list! It's still slightly under construction so make sure to not into the miniature labyrinth there. Besides that, I am working on a brand new blog design for this blog. I just have to convince my brother to take photos of a few things.
Go wish my friend Christina a happy birthday. Even if it is a bit late.
Go send blog anniversary wishes to my friend Oakstar. First year blog anniversaries are important!