Isabelle

Nationality: French

Occupation/Location: QA Manager in a web agency in Makati City

How did you find about the Philippines?

Following my husband for his work.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

Anilao, Taal, Mactan, Boracay, Mindoro.

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

     Places

These are the most beautiful beaches and waters I’ve ever seen! I love Mindoro for her divers landscapes and I would definitely like to go to Banaue.

     Food

I don’t know well the pinay food but I appreciate the buko pie, the ube ice-cream, the sisig. Philippines are also great for sashimi and seafood lovers!

     Culture

I can feel in the Filipina culture the influence of Spain, US and Asia and it makes a nice melting pot! Having fun, having time with family and friends, praying are important parts of the daily life as well as eating! Boxing and basket-ball are the favorite sports. A stranger entertainment is the cock fight! Religion takes a great place in Filipina culture and it makes a big contrast with the approval of gays and transvestite. I like this open-mindedness.

     People

People are very nice and kind but it is difficult to be sure of what they really think (I am a foreigner so it might be normal!). They are deep worshippers, superstitious. What else? They like having fun, are not stressed, eat all the time (at least 5 times per day!). They are found of love stories and social networks like Facebook or Friendster! They really take care of their look and hang out at brushing teeth and hair. Having a mirror on your desk at the office is a must! They are also like big kids with their figurines and dolls everywhere! Well funny people, very nice!

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

I dislike the junk food which is really too present everywhere in the street (MacDonald’s, Jolibee, pizzas, 7/11 and Ministop).

What do you like about the Philippines?

I like the people, the crystal-clear waters, the submarine life, the luxuriant vegetation, the bangkas.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

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