The Big Announcement!

Friday, October 22, 2010

After a few clues here and here - I'm very excited to share with you that early 2011, I'll be traveling to... Manila, Philippines!

Clue #1 was a manila envelope (get it? I think I'm hilarious!) and Clue #2 was a Sampaguita, the National Flower of the Philippines (in the Jasmine family)

I've known about this project for some time, and I am so excited to finally be able to talk about this trip!

The Philippines!!!! 

Okay, now that I got my initial excitement/freak-out out of the way - here is what I know.  Sometime in February, I'll head to Manila for about 3 months for work.  As I plan my trip, I'm excited to use my blog to document planning, preparing and packing for this trip, as well as writing about the trip itself.

So, I thought I'd kick off the Manila-talk with some information about Manila and the Philippines.

  • Manila is the most densely populated city in the world
  • The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands
  • The tropical weather keeps temperatures pretty consistent year round with lows in the 70s and highs in the low 90s.  The weather is also extremely humid.
  • Roman Catholic is the most common religion, representing almost 80% of the population
  • The two official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English

But before I leave for the Philippines, I need to
  • Finish my current trip in Augusta, Georgia
  • Spend three weeks working at home
  • Return to Augusta, Georgia
  • Travel home to see family for Thanksgiving
  • And take a small vacation for some much needed R&R

So this wraps up my exciting announcement - look for the new label "Philippines"!


  1. Wow! That is awesome, what a cool opportunity! I'm so jealous!

  2. Thanks, Randi! I'm super excited!!! You should come visit!

  3. I totally knew about this... mwahahaha!

  4. Bring me back one of these...

  5. Thanks for keeping my secret, Ali! :)

    James - Will do, remind me not to try to bring it back in my carry on...


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