February 20, 2018, 10:17 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01543 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.89866 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.37548 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14054 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9364 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14982 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45019 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11447 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21437 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.80326 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 259.67432 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06787 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23063 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.68199 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 709.84673 Iran Rial
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.39444 Jamaican Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.30544 Kyrgyzstan Som
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1 Philippine Peso = 17.24138 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.41552 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 25.42146 Myanmar Kyat
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.35467 Mexican Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.22274 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87739 Nigerian Naira
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.14901 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96697 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02593 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00737 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06225 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06025 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11398 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0642 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.68774 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06973 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07198 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.08044 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.10153 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07184 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14875 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25546 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34393 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15255 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02511 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01367 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4254 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.16858 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.76628 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 378.35439 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16762 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.86552 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22276 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59923 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04546 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04238 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07167 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12904 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.55669 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.02682 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51715 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.38697 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54521 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.47509 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 477.73945 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 434.75095 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01916 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04802 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05172 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.81628 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.78831 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22279 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.41571 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.93295 Zimbabwe dollar

Traveling young

Some of my classmates traveled young. They’d summer in South America or go country-hopping in Europe. Going to the States, for them, was like going to Davao or Cebu. Going to Tokyo or Hongkong was like going to Tagaytay. (Singapore wasn’t a go-to place then.) They were quite a peripatetic bunch. The funny part was, they didn’t talk much about their travels. It was just so ordinary for them, I guess. 

When one of us would ask, “Hey. So how was Pont du Gard? Is it really as pretty as they say it is?” The reply was, “Uhmmm. It was okay.” Nothing more was said after that. Apparently, my classmate who “summered” in southern France was more interested in eating her pancit canton, at the moment. It took me all of 13 years after that to go and see Vers-Pont du Gard myself. My classmate saw it when she was just 12! 

By the way, I found it so amusing when I bought this little book of Esquire Rules — “Only the very, very wealthy should use the words ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ as verbs.” 

That absolutely cracked me up!!! It still does, as you can see. 

Just to clarify, my classmates who traveled young were not at all jaded about traveling out of the country. They loved traveling. They just weren’t so impressed by it, I guess. Hence, they felt no need to impress others with their travelogues.

My goodness. So unlike us, these days — how blithely we flood Facebook with our travel pictures the minute we’re in the pre-departure area! No offense intended. We’re just extremely excited, I guess, to share about our travels! Because traveling abroad is a big deal to most of us. 

Well, maybe I have a provincial mentality, but I just love looking at other people’s travel and food pictures. Call it vicarious thrills or whatever. But the thing is, I like seeing the places people go to, especially places I’ve never been to. I’m not a foodie, but I like looking at what people eat in different countries — maybe because traveling was one of the things my husband and I heavily invested in when we were in our 30s and 40s. 

I started traveling quite late — already in my 20s. But on my first-ever trip to Europe, my best friend and I traveled for 35 days on a package tour that did 12 countries. Call that “making up for lost time”! We liked Paris so much that we stayed an extra week there. 

Subsequently, my husband and I loved doing package tours on these big, air-conditioned Mercedes Benz coaches that had small refs inside to keep the wine and bottled water chilled. They also had these huge windows which were perfect for the scenic, winding drives going and down up The Alps. 

Plus, we absolutely abhorred getting lost, so the package tour was perfect for us. We wanted to maximize our time. We wanted to go home still married — by avoiding arguments about which hotel to stay in, where to go next, which cab, train or bus to take, etc. And most importantly, we wanted good historical commentaries on the countries  we were going to visit. 

So, as much as possible, we chose tour directors who were educated, and steeped in folk knowledge. One time we hit the gold mine when, on a side trip, we took a 9-day tour of England, the Lake District, Scotland and Wales — and had a British history professor as our tour director! It was his “hobby” to do tours, in between his teaching schedules. Imagine that. 

So we hit the jackpot! We sure got way more than what we paid for. He was a cornucopia of British, Scottish, Welsh history and folklore, with occasional tidbits and amusing anecdotes about the Royals mixed in between. Scholars can also be very entertaining, we gleefully  discovered. (Think C.S. Lewis!) No wonder, when we went back to Edinburgh two years ago, after traumatizing our brain cells in Oxford, my husband was visibly excited. 

Thinking back, I guess 30-50 years old would be the best age to travel because you still have the strength and stamina to match your itinerary and appetite! Plus, you’re not traveling on a shoestring budget anymore because by then, you should be quite liquid already, and ought to be using your credit card for convenience — not to artificially stretch your income beyond its limits. 

The advantage of traveling young, though, is that it naturally gives you a global perspective. It makes you feel the pulse of the times. I noticed that my classmates who traveled young — like in highschool — had this edge over the rest of us who didn’t. 

Aside from the fact that some of them came from wealthy families, they were quite intuitive about many things foreign to us. Some had parents and grandparents who studied abroad for college or graduate school, so it was normal for them to go abroad for short or long vacations, and later on, for further studies. These investments have long-term advantages that are unquantifiable. 

So if you can afford it, let your children travel young. Accompanied by you, of course. And please add some art, education, and history to it. Not just eating, shopping and sightseeing. 

If you’re intentional about it, who knows? You could be one of the best tour directors your children will ever have!
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