Author: iamrichcowriter

Explore from Home via These Virtual Tours

For most of us, going out and about has been restricted to going out for essential purposes only, such as going to the grocery store, the bank, or maybe the pharmacy. Many countries have imposed travel bans or even required taking a CoViD-19 test with “Negative” as a result. For some, two negative results are needed. You might be thinking, “Why even travel out of the US at all right now?” and you’re right! There are lots to see around the United States of America! However, that doesn’t change the fact that travel is still restricted, even for domestic travel. In addition, you can’t argue that staying at home will always be safer. Still, if you need to scratch that travel itch, you can do so from the comfort of your own homes! I am not talking about high-level imagination here, I am talking about virtual tours! That’s right, there are museums, landmarks, theme parks, hotels, and even outer space venues that you can visit via the internet. It only takes a few clicks to …

This US Territory has Zero COVID-19 Cases!

COVID-19 cases in the United States have reached about 5.74M cases already. If you Google “COVID-19 cases in the USA,” the first thing that turns up in the results is a tabulated summary. This summary has an interactive filter, enabling a drop-down search so you can check any area of choice. I noticed that the tally of cases was done from the highest count. So, I wondered, what is the lowest number for an American territory? As I scrolled to the bottom of the list, the numbers decreased from six digits to three. Then, for the second to the last entry, there were only 54 cases.  I thought, “Hey, that’s a good number!” That is until I saw the last entry. It says, “American Samoa: ZERO cases, ZERO deaths!” I was so impressed and amazed at the same time! Not to be confused with Samoa, American Samoa is an unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US, and is located way off the coast of the United States —I’m just messing with you, it actually is …

The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: Wa for Walis

Souvenirs can be items that bear the unwritten trademark of a place. It’s a little bit like remembering Japan when you see sushi or Russia when you see fur hats. Nearing the finish line for our A Ba Ka of the Philippine Souvenirs series, let’s look at Walis. Wa for Walis It doesn’t matter where you are in the Philippines, as long as you are in one of the handicraft areas or dry goods part of the market, you are sure to find a store selling some walis. In English, “walis”  translates to “broom.” Yes, the thing we use to sweep the floor is a souvenir. The popularity of brooms as souvenirs from the Philippines can be seen throughout social media and documented in many news reports. There are two types of common brooms in the Philippines. One is made of a bundle of sturdy palm leaf ribs, known to locals as “walis ting-ting,” and the other is a fan-shaped soft broom made of common reed, known as “walis tambo.” The latter makes a perfect …

The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: U for Ukay-Ukay

The idea behind taking home souvenirs is somewhat similar to commemorating a special event. In the case of traveling and exploration, we, as tourists, tend to go about shopping for something that would remind us of our latest adventure. Of course, sometimes, we plan our travels according to a certain purpose. For example, we visit a place because they are famous for something that we are currently interested in. Let’s take a closer look at this topic as we continue with the “U” issue of the A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs series. U for Ukay-Ukay We know it all too well, the joy of finding a treasure at an affordable price. Yes, I am talking about thrift shops. In the Philippines, thrift shops are known to the locals as “Ukay-ukay” or sometimes just “ukay.” It came from the Filipino word “hukay” or “halukay,” which means “to dig,” and is somewhat similar to “to rummage.” Ukay-ukay is also known to the locals as “wag-wag,” which means “to vigorously shake the dust off of an item.” …

The A Ba Ka of Philippine Souvenirs: Pa for Perlas

It was 2006 when the biggest natural clam pearl in the world was found in the Philippines. For 10 years, it lay quiet under the bed of the fisherman who found it until he decided it was time to have the 34kg pearl checked out. The Pa article for the A Ba Ka of the Philippine Souvenirs series is all about pearls. Pa for Perlas “Perlas,” the Filipino term for “pearl,” is one of the most valuable natural resources of the country. In essence, the Philippines has long been known as the Pearl of the Orient or Pearl of the Orient Seas. While news such as finding the biggest pearl in the Philippines could either be a little intimidating or very exciting for pearl-loving tourists, there are many ways that we can take home pearls from the Philippines. If you are looking for pearl souvenirs in the Philippines, malls and specialty stores can provide you with a wide variety of authentic natural or cultured pearl items.  Of course, jewelry tops the long list of pearl …