June 12 is Independence Day here in the Philippines. It is celebrated every year to celebrate the Philippines independence from Spain in 1898. So there was no work on this day due to it being a National holiday.
Then we decided to visit the Venice Grand Canal Mall. It was very pretty and there were many places to take pictures. There were lots of people in costumes. There were boxes out so you could pay them after taking pictures with them. We explored the mall a bit then fought a movie theater and decided to watch Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. It was so so good. 10/10 recommend. Then we went to eat and went back to the apartment.
June 13, 2023
June 14, 2023
Today all of the FNRI interns went an orientation for the 2023 national nutrition survey. I couldn’t understand much of what was being said because it was in Tagalog but I was able to read some of the slides from the slideshow.
June 15, 2023
These are pictures I took when the office was evacuated because there was a earthquake nearby. We didn’t feel anything but we were evacuated just in case to keep us all safe. 🙂
June 16, 2023
Had a Friday cool down at the movies after our internship to see Elemental.
Second weekend in the Philippines!
June 17, 2023
Me and Chrishana went to the SM Aura Premier Mall. One of my advisors from my internship Ms.Lhea told us that this mall is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and I 100% agree with her.
Thanks for reading and looking my cute little collages. Stay tuned for week 3 I’ll be going to La Union!
Hello everyone. This week’s blog will mostly be about my travel adventure to the Philippines.
It all started in New Orleans, Louisiana where I’m from on June 4, 2023. I had to wake up at 3:00 AM to get to my flight at MSY for 5:48 AM. I made it to the airport at around 4:30 AM and bordered my flight at 5:30 AM with Chrishana.
Once we landed in Tampa, Florida we only had a 40-minute layover so we rushed to find our next gate but to my surprise, it was right next to the gate we just exited from. So it was an easy and quick layover! We bored our next flight and headed to Chicago’s O’hare International Airport!
When I landed in the ORD airport I went on a mission to see how to retrieve my luggage from Southwest Airlines and transfer them to Etihad Airways. This was a very stressful process because Southwest told Etihad that my luggage could not be located so I ended up having to leave my luggage in Chicago, Illinois so I wouldn’t miss my international flight. But the journey must continue!
Our layover in Abu Dhabi was about 16 hours so when we got to the hotel we decided to explore it and found the pool area where we attempted to take the jump picture above in the collage at the bottom left.
We also discover a rooftop restaurant but it was closed so we took some pictures like the one with me and the curved building in the background and the picture in the top right of the college.
While others were taking a nap like all of us should have done. Some of us decided to go to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It was pretty easy to get there by cab and it wasn’t far from the hotel. When we got dropped off at the Mosque we were confused because the entrance was so far from the Mosque. To our surprise, we entered and went down an escalator that took us underground where there were lots of clothing shops and food. We bought the appropriate garments to enter the Mosque and it was a long journey with lots of flat escalator platforms to help us get closer to the Mosque quicker. I thought it was pretty cool that we had to travel underground to get to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Once we arrived I was in shock by how beautiful the Mosque looked at night. There we lots of lights, pathways, and photo-stopping points. The glasswork in the big windows was something that continue to catch my eye as we journey through the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
June 6, 2023
June 7, 2023
June 9, 2023
First Weekend in the Philippines
June 10, 2023
The following pictures were taken on Saturday as me and Chrishana explored SM City Bicutan became it’s only a 5-minute walk from our apartment.
That’s all for week one in the Philippines! See you all for week two!!
Hello, my name is Semaj Young and this is my first blog post! I’m a double major in Environmental Studies and Theater Arts. This summer I will attend Illinois Wesleyan University’s Freeman Asia internship at the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) in the Philippines! I will be in the Philippines interning at FNRI for the full months of both June and July. I will do a weekly blog post to record the amazing things I will learn and experience during this internship. I can’t wait to see what this journey will hold and I’m even more excited to share it!