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The Great Blog Train: Spotlight On Manila, PhilippinesI am excited to be co-hosting this month’s Great Blog Train, a special travel-themed monthly linkup. This month, the Great Blog Train is stopping in my adopted city: Manila, Philippines!

Scroll down to see my spotlight feature on Manila, along with the Blog Train link-up and a giveaway!


The Great Blog Train
A monthly blog hop departing from your online train station on the first Wednesday of every month!

 Great Blog Train

The Great Blog Train has 7 Engineers
plus a “Destination Co-host”!!
If you link up that means your blog will be seen on 8 different blogs!!!
Please meet our Destination Co-host:
Shellie from “The FABulous JOURNEY
This month we will be travelling to Manila, PHILIPPINES
Also, remember to visit the DINING CAR on one of the Engineer’s blogs!
If you are interested in being a Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

The Great Blog Train’s Great Giveaway!!!

1 Lucky winner will win the following:

– $10 Amazon Gift Card from Laura
– 1 Insulated Travel Case for a Flat Iron/Curling Iron by “Thirty-One” from Lisa
– 1 Monthly Ad Space ($15 value) from Angie
– 1 ebook “My Cookie Creation Countdown” by Angie
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 Image - Manila skyline


  My family and I have lived as expats in the Philippines for six years. For the last four years we’ve called Manila home. The Philippines is actually an archipelago of 7,107 islands. Manila is the capital city located on the northern island of Luzon.   The metro Manila area, comprised of 12 defined metropolitan areas, has a population of around 12 million people within a 244 square mile area. To put this in perspective, my home state of Florida has just short of 20 million people in an area that covers  3,794,083 square miles.   Image - Filipino kids   Not surprisingly, the crowds are a prominent feature in the city as it is one of the most densely populated places on the planet! People are everywhere and typically they see to be traveling from one place to another.   Manila is infamous for it’s traffic, which is a conglomeration of cars, trucks, tricycles, motorcycles, buses and, of course, jeepneys. This is a far cry from the small home town I grew up in.   Image - Jeepneys and Tricycles   Jeepneys are the people-movers of the Philippines. The first jeepneys were actually repurposed American military jeeps left over after WWII.

  Filipinos love to be together and they love family. In fact, the word for home in Image - Filipino PrideTagalog is “sa amin”; which means our place. The people have a fierce determination to overcome even in the midst of considerable hardship, an inspiring national pride and a fun-loving spirit that makes every day a party.   The official tourism logo is “It’s More Fun In The Philippines!” Check out their website to learn more about the exciting destinations there.   I live as an expat in Manila, Philippines and I love my adopted country and it’s people…Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! 





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  1. Barbara says:

    I love your blog. That’s me, over 40 and truly blessed too. Thanks for the link up.

    • shelliebowdoin21@gmail.com says:

      Thanks so much, Barbara! So glad to be able to share a little about my not-so-little city. I appreciate you stopping by.

  2. Glenda Cates says:

    Thank you for sharing the pictures with us as I enjoyed seeing them all. It looks like a fun place to visit.

    • shelliebowdoin21@gmail.com says:

      Hi Glenda, it was fun to share a little bit about the “big” city I call home! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Angie says:

    What a fantastic destination post! Thank you so much! Your pictures are lovely & the Jeepney is so funny – it looks so wobbly but fun.
    Have a great week!
    PS – I sent you an email about the “Linky” code not working – thanks

  4. LuAnn Braley says:

    Thanks for this wonderful introduction to the Philippines!

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