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Old 11-20-2014, 06:50 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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The Phillipine appetite for (illegal) ivory is one reason I wouldn't want to have fun there. Just to make some religious paraphanalia, they are happy to support the killing of thousands of elephants yearly. Probably only China is worse. And ivory is only the tip of the iceberg, I wouldn't want to tour Manila and see countless examples of cruelty towards animals.
The ivory used in Taiwan in Hong Kong is mammoth ivory from Russia. Russian officials have studied it and traced it back to the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), and other areas. I don't know where the illegal ivory goes, maybe the Philippines and other SE Asian countries. I've bought ivory jewelry in Taiwan and it was, indeed, mammoth ivory. I brought it back to the US legally.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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Wow talking about exagerrating. It's the Philippines, not Mexico or South Africa
In March 2014, I spent three gloriously stupendous weeks vacationing in The Philippines. Prior to that, the last time I was in The Philippines was in the 80's as a young U.S. Serviceman.

Of the many places I visited, I fell in love with Palawan, its people, way of life, and the relatively virginal topography of the island.

The one and only dissatisfying experience I had came by way of an idiotic American ex-pat who unsuccessfully tried to elicit personal information from me at an airport. Realizing he wasn't going to succeed, he left my side as per my stern demand.

Aside from that one distasteful incident, I never felt insecure about my surroundings. Of course, I was always vigilant of my surroundings and kept a low profile. Not being Caucasian gave me the freedom of not standing out amongst the crowds. I walked, dressed and extended courtesies to others just as one should when visiting any country.

To all those who made my visit unforgettable say I . . . Maraming, maraming Salamat Po!

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Old 11-21-2014, 03:38 PM
 
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In March 2014, I spent three gloriously stupendous weeks vacationing in The Philippines. Prior to that, the last time I was in The Philippines was in the 80's as a young U.S. Serviceman.

Of the many places I visited, I fell in love with Palawan, its people, way of life, and the relatively virginal topography of the island.

The one and only dissatisfying experience I had came by way of an idiotic American ex-pat who unsuccessfully tried to elicit personal information from me at an airport. Realizing he wasn't going to succeed, he left my side as per my stern demand.

Aside from that one distasteful incident, I never felt insecure about my surroundings. Of course, I was always vigilant of my surroundings and kept a low profile. Not being Caucasian gave me the freedom of not standing out amongst the crowds. I walked, dressed and extended courtesies to others just as one should when visiting any country.

To all those who made my visit unforgettable say I . . . Maraming, maraming Salamat Po!

Just wondering, what ethnicity are you that allowed you to blend in?
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:29 PM
 
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Just wondering, what ethnicity are you that allowed you to blend in?
He's Puerto Rican.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:32 PM
 
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He's Puerto Rican.
Shhhh! Don't tell anyone!

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Old 11-22-2014, 12:34 PM
 
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Shhhh! Don't tell anyone!

Hahaha hey it's ok, I am too lol
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:42 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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what ethnicity is puerto rican? ive seen white and black puerto ricans. never seen one that would blend in in the PI tho.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:55 PM
 
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what ethnicity is puerto rican?
We can be anything. Chinese, Filipino, European, African, etc. are all Puerto Rican if they were born on the island. Anyway, starting to get off topic
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:32 PM
 
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what ethnicity is puerto rican? ive seen white and black puerto ricans. never seen one that would blend in in the PI tho.
I blended in well enough to have been approached and spoken to in Tagalog several times during my vacation. The same often happens to me in Mainland USA. I've also been spoken to in Arabic.

More recently (like 2 weeks ago), a person of North African descent asked if I was from Mumbai. Upon answering NO, the person said the following in a questioning tone, "salam alaikum?" Said I, "Nope! Not that either! I'll leave you guessing."

Like Unbrainwashed implied, we come is all races, colors . . . and flavors!

But getting back to The Philippines, there's so much to see and enjoy in the many islands. Boracay's white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and fugitive thin sea grass (which I referred to as Mermaid hair) marvel the eye. It resembles a magandang babae's silky hair blowing in the wind.

Palawan's Underground River is only one of its many wonders. And on, and on . . .
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Old 11-22-2014, 02:43 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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So you're a chameleon who can blend in pretty much anywhere? That's cewl. I actually prefer standing out in the PI. I'm Mexican but white so stick out like a sore thumb in the country lol.
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