Food in the Philippines is incredible, it’s as simple as that.One thing that shocked me, however, was the choice of breakfast food.
Having left Britain some time ago and having now been with Kach for over a year, I thought I’d reflect on some of the things I’ve learned being in a relationship with a Filipina and how I may have changed in the process. ‘They must want something from me,’ you would think, or even more sadly, ‘What? Not only that, but quite literally out of nowhere, there will appear enough food to feed a small village for a week.For Kach, everything is a potential discount, matter how small.She will quite happily spend half an hour trying to negotiate 5 cents off the price of an apple and then perform a victory dance on upon completion of the deal! The mysterious truth It’s a well-trodden stereotype in the West that Asian women are exceptionally loving, loyal and generous to their men and this is certainly true of Filipino women (though I’ve only known one! However, let it be crystal clear that this is not the same as subservient; personally I want a relationship, an equal partner.I instantly felt she was different from all of the girls I met while backpacking, and we hit it off straight away.Although we went our separate ways shortly after, we kept in touch.I decided it was time for a serious change in my life, so I saved for a year, sold my car and anything else that could be sold, bought a one-way ticket and left the UK with nothing but my backpack.
It was whilst travelling through Laos by motorbike with my best friend that I stumbled across this young Filipino backpacker.
After two months, Kach came to visit me in Hanoi for two weeks, where I had set myself up as an English teacher.
Well, two weeks has since turned into almost two years, 7 countries, many random jobs and countless stories to tell!
British traveler Jon Howe recalls his experience dating a fellow long-term adventurer, Filipino Kach Medina.
What was supposed to be a two-week visit for them has since turned into almost two years together Back in 2005 and for about 10 years before, I was living in the UK, studying architecture and working 9-to-5s in different architectural practices.
No, seriously it’s awesome, Filipina grandmas have magic food powers!