On today’s show This episode, we're going off the usual path - actually, quite a ways off from my studio in Toronto, back to where it all begins: the Philippines. We can't really Explore Filipino Kitchens, without going to the motherland, right? So today, no interviews - just some raw thoughts from my trip, instead - and you'll hear horns rise above the traffic of Manila, tricycles speeding by, the calm of the countryside and the best joke about a caterpillar. Let's go! Show notes 02:05 A walk through the old walled city 05:15 Why "the middles" matter 11:45 At the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm 12:35 Growing SEED (The School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development) 15:30 Why I love the countryside 18:30 "What song does a centipede hate?" 20:05 Walang iwanan, or no one is left behind 21:50 The stories that get to the heart of me 29:00 A journey to ancestral lands 34:25 Planting black-eyed peas in a nursery in a valley 36:55 The Yangil Tribe 37:50 The importance of a light switch 38:55 On tourism that gives back Links for this episode * Visit MAD Travel online for information about upcoming trips and the amazing partners they work with, like the super chill Circle Hostel in Zambales. Also follow MAD Travel on Facebook and Instagram. * Check out Where to Next, you will love this feed! SUBSCRIBE TO EXPLORING FILIPINO KITCHENS ON ITUNES AND SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW!