Being born and bred in third world-concrete jungle-pollution infested-Manila could just be the best thing that ever happened to me. As my fellow travel enthusiast Lissa once said, “Forget New York! If kaya mong hindi maligaw at magsurvive sa Maynila, you can make it anywhere. FUCK NEW YORK, eww.”
Okay, I exaggerated on that last bit. She’s a real nice person and wouldn’t say such a thing.
Anyway, if you’re a traveler looking for freebies and ways to cut down your spending on a trip, these special powers might come in handy as they did for me.
1) Having a street food-trained tummy
2) Mental “free loading” telepathy
3) Deep focus sleeping on any terrain
4) High levels of appreciation for almost anything
5) Crowded commuting tolerance
6) Going “Commando”
7) Calmness during ‘Rush Hour’
8) Adaptability to airport-living
9) A great sense of anti-fashion
Find a good bargain. Buy it. Take care of it. Wear it as often as possible. Spending on different swim wear every time you visit the beach is like spending on different bed sheets everytime you sleep.
10) Immunity to bad vibes
The fact is, coming from the Philippines really equipped me with a whole lot more and I’m just beginning. Do you have other powers you think should be added on the list? Feel free to share it at the comments below or email me at email@example.com. Also, you can see more of my travel pics and learnings at my IG thirdworldtourist.