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"Touristy"

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I've never been to Boracay.

I've always wanted to go, I just can't afford it yet.

I just saw it in pictures and heard about it from family and friends. To me it sounds like paradise on Earth. The way it was described gave the impression of a place of wanton hedonistic pleasure and freedom. I surmise that soft powdery white sands and large bodies of transparent water gives that impression.

Over the course of our experiences with guests from other countries ranging from the US (NYC Manhattan), France, Greece and the Czech Republic, I was quite surprised and intrigued to have heard the word "touristy" about 100% of the time. And it's not just Boracay.

Yes, the Philippines in general is devolving into a superficial commercial culture with expertly concocted paradigms and plastic packaged "experiences".

Soul Searching

People don't just go to places to experience nature and different weather. People go to places to find themselves, to discover who the…