When I first got to Manila, another expat said it was about 6 months before he was invited into a Filipino’s house. HA only took me 3. I work on the local economy, which means I have become friends Filipinos. This is something that, from my understanding, is not the norm. The athletes at Primal Ape CrossFit work in a variety of fields, including as a chef at People’s Palace (whoops, still haven’t made it there, gotta get on that). The Chef was discussing the cheat meals he likes with a coach and decided best to share in the meal. So, he invited a group of us over for the perfect cheat meal.
The meal was amazing, I’d never had Korean Fried Chicken, but I would like to have it again. I think I laughed so much during the night that it almost offset my overly full stomach. Some wigs were even busted out, I’m thinking maybe I should chop off my hair and dye it green?
As I get to know everyone here, it makes the new country feel a bit more like home. Everyone has been very welcoming, regardless of the fact that they know we won’t be here permanently. So here’s to many more fun nights (and cheat meals!) I’ll close with a picture of Xena just because.