Unbirthday Adventures


New Experience.

Roadtrip: Philadelphia

Betsy Ross Bridge to Central Phila.

The drive wasn’t all too bad, about 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive from NYC to Central Philadelphia. 

Now of course unbirthday adventures are all about the cheesy so here comes my rendition of the famous Rocky Run.

How’s that for some fine entertainment! Can’t go to Philly without getting a cheesesteak! For that we went to Pat’s…

Pat’s King of steaks – philly cheesesteak with marinara sauce

“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” ~ Rocky Balboa
Stay curious adventurers!


Rice fields, Community Settlements, Callao Caves, Boating and Kayaking on the Mororan River

Back to our regularly scheduled program before life was rudely interrupted by breaking phones, exploding phones, and confiscated phones. Where were we… oh yes the most exciting parts of our Philippines journey!!!

The first leg of the journey brought us to the “settlements” (at least thats what my mom told me). It looked like a community of people with their own learning center.

Next up is the mororan river. Mororan meaning continuous rain showers in Ybanag. You can see a mini water fall at the top right picture. The top left is the bat cave where every evening theres the flight of the bats. Like clockwork they fly out for…. I suppose their breakfast? Since they sleep all day… anywho we also went kayaking… fun fact (possible old wives tale -ala mom) – in the depths of this river is an underwater cave big enough to comfortably fit an airplane.  I was told to be very careful because the current is strong enough to drag me in… over-protective mom or true story?  Who knows. At least we got to go kayaking… with life vests of course.

Final destination is the 184 steps to the Callao caves.  Close to the entrance is the excavation site of callao man,  more specifically a 67,000 year old fossil of a man.  We also saw beautiful rock formations and a cave chapel. And in typical mommy dearest fashion,  we used the pews as a resting spot to sit and snack on Filipino sweet bread. 

It was a pretty sweet adventure!

Until next time, stay curious unbirthday adventurers!

Philippine Travels Intermission- The Filipino Way

We interrupt your daily dose of travel with us to the Philippines series with an all too important update of … “The Filipino Way”.

Why the interruption you may ask? Well it so happens a typhoon is in Isabella threatening the departure of our flight to Manila 😑, therefore I thought it prudent to relieve my boredom of just waiting around with tidbits we have observed during our stay here…enjoy!

• A packed car, is a packed car in the Philippines. How many Filipinos can you fit in a van. Answer 21.

• Long roadtrip… no problem! Relaxation during roadtrips are taken to a whole new level here. 

• Everything is also made a little smaller and shorter to accomodate for the average Filipino.

• Whitening of the skin is as popular here as tanning is, in the U.S. 

• Tricycles are as plentiful as taxis in NYC, if not moreso.
• Cost is adversely related to quality and customer service. Cheap price with great service and products! (I.e. facials for 4$, manicure + pedicure combo for 1$)
• Rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, eating with your hands is common place at the table. 

• Flip flops are perfectly acceptable footwear during a hike

  • Meet my fancy washing machine. Responds to voice commands, does delicates, and can use food scraps as fuel. 😂When in the Philippines, do as they do, which means to launder as they do too! 

  • Oh yea, sometimes there’s no “flush” for the toilet. No problem, Betty Crocker knows how it’s done… just add water.  

All this brought to you because that’s just how we do it in the Philippines.

Stay observant, and do like the locals do my unbirthday adventurers!

October 10 – Ulalahhhh!

Today the giant comes to the Philippines! 

She’s tall, she’s pale, she towers over the rest 🎶🎤 SHE’S ULA!!! The main attraction for the Filipinos but my best friend! 

So super excited to have her here, so naturally we take her to get…

It’s usually more fun to share your experiences with a friend.

Share the making of your memories my unbirthday adventurers!

 October 9- Silence of the Pig

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Finding a Filipina mom in the Philippines is akin to finding a slightly lighter green jelly bean in a sea of green jelly beans… it’s easier to just remember what clothes she’s wearing 😑

October 8- Supermarket Take 2 – FIGHT!(Literally) and Flan

Still humid and hot…

Mom: Go put makeup on

Me: I did… (looks in mirror)… apparently makeup slides right off…

So! I had the pleasure of joining my auntie in a shopping trip to the city,  which means more tricycles and Packets! This time the tricycle motorists showed us getting customers is a really big deal.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Well there’s a first time for everything, this time around it was my first Baseball game, which so happened to be Mets vs the Braves. Now I don’t have a favorite team, let alone know what’s going on in that field of dirt and grass, but I did come out of this venture with a new favorite player!

So here are some Highlights, Lowlights and definite learning experiences.bartolo-colon

  • Fat people can be agile AF! – This guy, honestly, like a frog catching a fly. He had some amazing plays, plucking a 100 mph baseball out of the air as if it was a rose on a bush. Then tossing it with minimal effort, as we watch the ball zoom to the bases. The opposing players trying to reach that white patch on the dirt, so sorry, YOU’RE OUT!yoenis
  • As much as I enjoyed watching Bartolo Colon (the frog pitcher), my favorite player award goes to Yoenis Cespedes. I mean his intro is from the Lion King!!! He’s also a badass hitter, I’d rock that neon green sleeve!
  • Now it’s no secret, food prices at a Baseball game are no joke. For the cost of one hotdog, you could probably buy a pack of buns and a pack of hotdogs!
    I’m only here for the food 🤓🌭⚾

    At least the fixings are free. Unfortunately, there is a myth…ballpark franks. These were no “ballpark” franks but skinny Nathan’s hotdogs, but still good nonetheless. (As long as the price tag didn’t make your mouth go sour).

  • You can have fun and your dog can too! It’s called Bark at the Park, where you get to bring your dog to a baseball game! From a Great Dane to a tiny Chihuahua dressed with a lion ‘s mane (and yes he “rose” to the occasion when Cespedes came out) all kinds of dogs were present. I might just take a page out of their book and bring my dogs to the game dressed in Lion King attire!
  • Now a baseball game wouldn’t be complete without a drunken breakout brawl. Luckily, they were escorted out before anything really could happen. I was actually sandwiched in between the action. To the left an irate, drunken guy upset at the heckler kids and the guardians in charge of them, who were sitting at my right. I actually had to get up to move because the buff (most likely part time muscle builders) guardians crossed over to confront the drunk guy. The kids at this point were silent onlookers. It was interesting to watch, a nice hiatus to the game continuing below.

A baseball game…something definitely worth experiencing!

So take yourselves out to the ball game my unbirthday adventurers!!

October 7- Rambutan,  Tricycle and Packets

First official day in the Philippines and its hot and humid af! 

Mom: Did you take a shower already?
Me: No… that’s sweat and oil sheen 😒


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