Living in the UK for almost a decade now, missing home (the Philippines) is inevitable. I normally feel homesick most of all in winter time.
This is the time when people celebrate the holidays and yuletide cheer!
I can’t think of any other country that can beat Christmas in the Philippines.
If you are an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) or a Filipino who migrated to another country, I’m sure you can relate to the homesickness blues!
Here are some of the things that I personally miss from the Philippines.
The tropical weather
Oh! The gorgeous tropical weather. Funnily enough, when I was living in the Philippines, We, Filipinos normally curse scorching hot weather. And now that I live here in the UK, I’ve learned to appreciate more how beautiful it is to have the sunshine and feel the warmth of the tropical heat.
How can you resist the beautiful beaches and islands of the Philippines, with amazing spots for diving and snorkelling!
Christmas and New Year celebrations
It’s the most wonderful time of the year around the globe!
However, I think nothing will beat the upbeat Christmas spirit in the Philippines.
The yuletide cheers start in September! Seriously, you will see all the Christmas decorations, parols (Filipino Christmas lantern) and carols on the radio once the 100th day before Christmas arrives.
Can other countries beat that! New Year celebrations in the Philippines is pretty crazy as well.
Non- stop street parties and lighting firecrackers as early as the 30th December! We don’t have any designated areas where you can only light your fireworks, just light it with caution. The holiday season in the Philippines finishes on the 3rd day of January after the country has celebrated the Three Kings day.
Filipinos love to give praise and celebrate their patron saints in their own locale. Fiestas or festivals in the Philippines are worth visiting because of the great street party’s, mardi gras, parade and overflowing food in every household.
Growing up in Tondo, Manila, Sto. Nino is the patron in our locale. We celebrate the “Fiesta ng Tondo” every 3rd Sunday of January. The whole community prepares for the celebration after the New Year! It’s absolutely fun!
There are different festivals in the Philippines that you should look out for when you are planning your visit: Moriones festival, Pahiyas and Ati-atihan to name but a few.
Delicious Filipino food
Food is the highlight of every Filipino gathering! A three or five-course meal won’t be enough in a Filipino party. We typically have a buffet of delicious Filipino dishes served for everyone to share.
Filipino’s loves eating! Who doesn’t!
Some of my all-time Filipino food favourites are adobo, asado, menudo and lechon with Mang Tomas sauce!
The list of delicious Filipino food goes on and on! Of course, this includes the abundance of fresh seafood! Living in the UK for quite some time now, I have tried some handy alternative recipe’s to cook my favourite Filipino food using the ingredients that I can buy at the local shops here in the UK.
Filipino food definitely makes me feel closer to home! Special mention to my favourite – Jollibee that will soon open up their first branch here in the UK. I also love British food.
Beautiful beaches and landscapes
The Philippines is the home of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
Philippines archipelago has 7000+ islands with gorgeous beaches, beautiful waterfalls and stunning landscapes. I’m sure there’s one Philippine island that will definitely captivate your heart.
My personal favourite is Palawan and Camiguin! I bet most people would agree why. Another great place to visit in the Philippines is the island of Cebu. Here is a Cebu itinerary that will surely help you.
Buzzing city streets
Growing up in the concrete jungle of Manila, my ears got used to the chaos and buzz of the megacity. The lively energy of the city gives me an upbeat vibe and enthusiasm! Here are some safety tips when travelling to the Philippines.
The king of the Philippine streets, the Jeepney. It is rooted since the American troops left the Philippines for good.
Since Filipinos have a resourceful nature, they turned these abandoned jeepneys into something more useful for the public.
You can not definitely miss the colourful jeepneys of the Philippines!
Warm Filipino hospitality
Mabuhay, Kabayan! How I miss the lovely cheerful vibes in the Philippines!
It feels so nice every time I bump into a fellow Filipino here in the UK who is cheerful enough to say Hello. Filipinos are known for their resilience, cheerfulness and hospitality. It’s part of the Filipino culture that people really love. You will always feel the warm welcome in each Filipino homes.