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A Virgin in the Philippines Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1420 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LGYG56
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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This is a warm and personal diary of an Englishman's first trip to the Philippines with his Filipina wife. Mr. Johnson captures the charm and grace of the Filipinos, with their dedication to family, food, and church. As a veteran of three years in the Philippines with the U.S. Navy, I was transported back to the happy times I spent there. I came away from this book feeling that I knew the family members he describes in such loving detail. This was a truly "happy" read for me, reminding me of the jeepneys, the sari-sari stores, the overwhelming hospitality of the Filipinos, the town fiestas, and the delicious and always abundant food. If you haven't had the privilege of spending time in the Philippines, this book will give you personal insights you can never get from traditional travel books. I can't wait for Mr. Johnson's sequel as I'm sure he and his wife will be making more trips to the Philippines.
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Thru his book, I've had a chance to visit the town of Papaya and see our people from his eyes. His honesty and childlike curiosity left me entranced, if not cringing at the thought of what a foreigner will think of some of our less-enchanting qualities. The author pokes fun at himself a lot and tells a great story of his travels and relationships forged.

There's a lot of nostalgia here as well. Aside from the stories, the illustrations had reminded me of old school books and Tagalog comic strips that I grew up with. They were a nice touch and adds to its Filipino-esque appeal.

I do wish a lot more visitors to our country would come in with such an open mind. Maybe it helped that there were no island paradise expectations and that this trip was a lot more than the requisite holiday to Boracay. He has immersed himself in the culture and treated it as a learning experience. He was not dismissive nor over-critical of some of our 'backward' or unmodern ways. And how he sees and tries to understand his wife and the townsfolk has actually given me, a Filipino, a different perspective about our people.

Recommended to Filipinos - we're travelling through our home, recognising our families, recalling our own excursions and family outings and reliving our times in the Philippines - nostalgia from a fresh pair of eyes.

Recommended to non-Filipinos - this ebook will help prepare you to see the Philippines as more than the coconut trees, beach and sand.

(as reviewed in AdoboRice.com)
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I have to be honest, it was the title of this book that grabbed my attention when I was browsing through the hundreds of titles in my search for a good travel story!

The Philippines is such a remarkable country, every Filipino I've ever met has been so unbelievably kind and polite, so when I saw this book about a man's first visit to the country I was keen to learn more.

Johnnie Johnson recounts his two month stay in the Philippines, documenting his often hilarious encounters with the locals as he visits several towns around the Luzon island of the country. The reader gets a real feel for a culture so different to what we know back home. The Filipino people have so much respect for everyone, and this shines through in often heartwarming stories of Johnson's time spent there.

We could all learn a lot from the people of the Philippines. For a country so frequently blighted by extremely harsh weather that would see most Western countries thown into chaos, we see through this book what makes it such a strong country - the way in which the people work together and help everyone out no matter how small the task.

Reading this book I really felt like I was there in the Philippines with Johnson - I only hope one day I get to see this country for myself!
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What a wonderful way to learn about the Philippines. Johnnie Johnson takes us on his first eye-opening six week trip in 2011 and we share his learning experiences right along with him.

Johnnie married a Filipina, Fay, late in life. This relationship is where Johnnie opens up his heart as well as his life to a new way of living and learning.

Being an educated man, Johnnie is able to articulate to his readers all the wonders of the Philippines with ease. We get to walk the colorful countryside and visit the rice fields. We ride on Lorries and Jeepneys on our way to family get-togethers. His wife has a large extended family and Johnnie learns to fit right in.

We share Filipino culture in the preparation of delicious meals shared and the honest conversation spoken freely representing the culture. We go to church with Johnnie and Fay where his inner most thoughts are expressed to the reader.

ohnnie enjoys his visit as any reader can tell. However, he doesn't sugar coat the problems in the Philippines. The government is in need of major improvement. We see this as Johnnie describes the ordeal Fay goes through trying to renew her driving license.

The people are optimistic, but Johnnie can't help wondering why at times. For such hard working people, he thinks they should be better off than they are. He finds it mind-boggling that services offered are so inexpensive. He knows this first hand because he had to visit the dentist.

My daughter-in-law is Filipino and I feel I understand her better from reading A Virgin in the Philippines. Her extended family resembles Fay's family in many ways.

Thank you to Johnnie Johnson for such a beautiful insight to daily life in the Philippines! I wish you and Fay much happiness and many more visits back to enjoy the Philippines.
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