Nikki Brust

Nationality: Dutch/American

Occupation/Location: Int’l Conflict Analysis and Resolution Student.

How did you find about the Philippines?

Traveling is one of my passions; it is something I love to do so obviously I am always studying the world map and different countries where I could plan my next trip to!

What Philippine locations have you visited?

I was able to visit a wide range of locations: Smokey Mountain, right outside of Manila; Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, Davao; waterfalls/environmental organizations, outside of Davao; (Lake) Taal Volcano, Luzon; Dumaguete; Apo Island; Cebu; Chocolate Hills, Bohol.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?


Anywhere in the Philippines.


Rice, rice and riiiice…with every meal! The food is definitely delicious – I was worried before my trip to SE Asia because I’m a vegetarian and much of the country’s cuisine consists out of meat and fish. However, because I also lived with some of the locals, I ate some fish. And although there is a ton of western cuisine options, I highly recommend eating Filipino food. For vegetarians: Pinakbet, (Fresh) Lumpia, Suman, or look on: For you carnivores there are plenty of options; and for the brave I definitely suggest Balut!! :-D.


The Philippines has an extremely rich culture! The country has been under Spanish, Japanese, and American occupation and it is amazing to still see each of the country’s influences.


Without a doubt, THE friendliest group of people I have ever met. They are always smiling, and willing to help another out. They are curious and love asking questions.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

The poverty; as of June 2008, the Filipino population is slightly over 96 million, of which over 80% live on less than $2 a day! A must see is Smokey Mountain, located right outside (+/- 10 min) of the country’s capital, Manila. It is a landfill and is home to over 1,000 families! Long story short, it’s awful and unacceptable. For more info, look on my travel blog and please do not hesitate to contact me to see how you can help!

What do you like about the Philippines?

Amazing diving! Definitely go scuba diving if you get the chance; you can’t beat the prices. Also, just word of advice for any of your traveling destinations: Get off the beaten path! I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s so worth it. Get to know the locals, get the “real” experience. It can be done with just one question: “Where do the locals go?”

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

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