Waiting for my flight to San Francisco last night I caught this new ad series on CNN for the Philippines and just had to share. First of all, in the sea of tourism promotion adds I think it really stands out for the quality of its content. And for its allure – I mean, don’t you want to go there pretty much immediately? And eat halo-halo? pretty much immediately? Just becuase you like to say “halo-halo”?
And second, the Philippines always has had a special place in my heart ever since I worked there for three months after college. Probably one of the most challenging jobs I’ve ever had but hand down, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Professionally it was one thing, but personally, it was an eye-opener. I had several internships to choose from and I picked the gamble: far away, not in my field, in a region I really didn’t know much about. One day I’ll see if I can share some photos from the trip (they’re on film! gah – does that date me?) but in the meantime, this little video should give you a good idea. Oh, and the smiling thing? Totally true. And the scuba diving instructors? They might just give you something to smile about – not that I would know anything about that…Ahhh, to be 21 again. I’d love to go back one day – it’s been ten years and I’m convinced it would at once a different world, and at once nearly the same. Which is to say, more fun.
Check out all the “it’s more fun” pics here .