Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Feeling lost in the Philippines? all you need is a little faith!


Are you Catholic (Filipinos favorite question to foreigners) or even a Christian ? should be easy for you to find your way home.

May you ride a taxi, a jeepney or a bus, you should feel safe and protected:




Lost in the crowd? free inspirational words right in front of you:



Need a bit more ? you ll get so many chances to attend masses, without even changing your daily routine : I had never seen people praying in an airport before (I know there are rooms in most airports where people can pray. But it was definitely the first time I saw a mass in an open space). You can also attend masses in malls here. One place fits all !


Even in those high moments of stress – when you finally decided to go for this rejuvenating hair cut in a salon where no one speaks your language… you ll find those reassuring signs :


For my non religious peeps, there are signs for you too ! The other day, as I was heading to my yoga class, my thoughts were wandering on my obsession with productivity :  Should I start looking for a job ? should I study more ? should I seriously learn Visayas ?or just spend all my time the Attila instead ?

I took a deep breath and stopped the flow of questions just for the time of a jeepney ride. Hardly took 5mn to get the signs I needed, to remind me what life is all about :


look up left.. where our home is actually!

I have it all then!


and what life is about 🙂


One comment on “Feeling lost in the Philippines? all you need is a little faith!

  1. sassycare
    February 24, 2015

    LOL! No, I’m not a Catholic but yes, I agree you would need to have faith to find your way home in the Philippines. It’s actually better if you’re commuting ’cause there’ll always be a lot of friendly strangers who’d be more than happy to tell you how to get to where you’re heading (and they’ll do their best to answer you whether you speak in the local tongue or in English, and they’ll even go as far as using sign language if you ask them in French). Just imagine how much more difficult it is to drive in the Philippines with very little helpful signs and such chaotic traffic. I find myself saying a lot more prayers when I’m behind the wheels on the streets of Manila than anywhere else! But yeah, as they say, there’s no place like home and you’ll always find home in the Philippines! By faith or by wit, I’ve always found my way around there. But yes, it helps that I’m a Christian too. 🙂

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