Our month long adventure started in the Philippines at Dennis' parents place. Honestly, starting off in a home made adjusting to the time change WAY easier! Plus I got to eat some authentic home cooked philippino food! Yum! His parents live in an area called Ayala Greenfield. It's a gated community at the base of Mount Makiling, where all the security officers salute you as you drive by. It was a little bit of a "Really?! I can't believe they just saluted" kind of moment. They took us to Tagaytay for lunch at a hotel with an amazing view. We had a backyard barbeque at the house with his dad's golfing buddies and I taught his dad how to cook steaks medium-rare.
Interesting fact: Philippines is such a polite country! At every store, hotel and restaurant, everyone greets you with a "Hello ma'am", "Hello sir" or, if you're a couple, they shorten it to be "Hello ma'amsir". It makes me laugh every time I think about it!
After 4 or 5 days with his parents, we took off for the white beaches of Boracay. It's amazing there! We stayed in Station 3 which was awesome. It was a little bit cheaper and more laid back than the other stations. Station 2 was definitely where the party was at, and Station 1 was where the luxury hotels can be found. We went on a snorkeling trip around the island, we walked the length of the beach to a secluded little beach close to Manny Pacquiao's house and we spent hours lounging on the beach, listening to the guy in front of our hotel call out "Coconut Icecream!" to every passerby.