When we arrived in Manila on a Friday evening, we were welcomed and assisted by an airport pickup agent, a Filipino man of middle age who was very accommodating, warm and friendly.

"So you're going on a tour," he asked and we started a small talk. "Yes kuya, we're touring Manila, Palawan and Cebu this week." "Wow, you're tourists in your own land! Have you ever been to Manila before?"  Excuse me?!



Let me just get this straight: I was once a Manila girl. I could iterate through Makati seamlessly — although not without getting lost because you cannot not get lost in its busy avenues — and commute like a total pro. So when we were called "tourists in our own land" I was pretty taken aback. But on the lighter side of things, since we're already there, touring our own hometown, why don't just we live the moment because why the hell not. Experiencing familiar places, even the local supermarkets and neighbouring locales, as if we haven't been there before, is also travelling anyway. 

And as if we need more rationale to convince ourselves, here are four reasons why you should be a tourist in your own town for once:

1. Reglance at your history
Touring your hometown will give you a real good look at its past and will get you to take the familiar streets with new eyes.

2. Photo opportunities
Dust off your camera and see your hometown through the lens of the camera. Go to all the major landmarks and historical sites in your town. Feel all touristy and take all the cheesy photos you can —  no one's gonna judge you.

3. Getting to dress the part
Although this is optional, why not take the fun to the next level and dress like a tourist. Hang your camera around your neck, put on your backpack, accessorize yourself — specifically with a city guide book. The idea is not to blend in.

4. Discovering new things
Step outside your bubble and try something new. Go on a food tasting adventure, look for hidden gems, find out some things about your town that you never knew. Look at your town in a different perspective and ignite a newfound appreciation.

WHAT I WORE: 
H&M top;
Garage bandeau;
black shorts (similar here);
vintage messenger bag (similar here);
Keds sneakers;
Mango eyewear


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