- Filipinos really like donuts. I therefore really like Filipinos.
- The writers I work with do a difficult and grueling job.
- If rich, lonely American men want to marry beautiful, willing Filipino women, maybe it's OK. We had many interesting conversations on this, as old white dudes with young beautiful Filipinos were quite a common sight. My feeling was that the men were taking advantage of women in a disadvantaged situation. The Filipinos gut reaction seemed to be that these poor lonely men were being taken advantage of by wily women. So maybe everyone's just getting what they want.
- The culture in the Philippines feels the least foreign of any country I've traveled to other than England, due to America's occupation and the Westernization of the Philippines. The culture seemed so laid back and friendly and open. I really enjoyed the people. If I were a rich dude, I'd probably move here and marry a beautiful Filipino woman.
- Koreans are as polite as they are reputed to be. "Kamsahamnida" (Korean for "thank you") keeps running through my head.
- Seoul is the most all-round modern city I've ever been to. At the Compassion office there, you get in with your fingerprint. I suspect they are all actually CIA (or the Korean equivalent).
- I love Korean food. It's like light Chinese food. I even liked kimchi.
- Korean women don't eat enough Korean food. They apparently aren't just naturally skinny, but were all on diets while I was there. I ate my meals with them, and I think they ate 30 calories in a given day. They look great, but man, how depressing. I'll keep my extra 20 pounds. One of the women I spent most my time with was keenly aware of her extra weight and is considered fat in her culture. She's basically my size. That could get to me after awhile, so I'm glad to be back where I'm OK eating a donut occasionally.
- Wherever I go, people are always wonderful. There are so many beautiful, interesting, and different places in the world. Traveling is like a drug; you just want more of it. But I'm happy to stay at home with my sweetheart for a good long while now... At least until September.
And as a last remembrance, here is a short video of the tide in the Philippines - I just love the sound.