Shopping with Santa: A Filipino Christmas Story

Filipino Christmas

Today was your not to typical day, but then again, maybe no day is a typical day when you are working on a Filipino Christmas project. No – today was a bit different, as I went on a 3 hour journey from the sweet little island of Boracay in the Philippines to the hectic metropolis of Panay Island, Kalibo with Jolly Saint Nick himself. Well – actually he is not really very jolly to be honest, but after dealing with other people’s children for years upon years who can blame the guy.

Anyway, the video above has the highlights from shopping with the big guy, but incase you aren’t into the whole video thing, here are some pictures you can check to see what the Philippines is like, and what Santa looks like when he is rolling incognito in street attire.

On the Island of Boracay

On the Island of Boracay

Like many great stories involving the Philippines, it starts on an epic beach.

Venturing off the Island

Venturing off the Island

A 5 minute boat ride gets you off the Island Paradise of Boracay, and onto the bigger main island of Panay.

A very special bus ride

A very special bus ride

Despite being on the road for 7 years, 100 countries later, I have never seen a bus with a 3 person row. Never.

Santa rocks the moto in the Philippines

Santa rocks the moto in the Philippines

Santa in his street clothes

Santa in his street clothes

Kids don’t recognize the man, the myth, and the legend without his red jump suit. And all these years  I thought it was bullshit how Superman just had to put on glasses and ditch the cape to walk amongst us undetected. I was wrong.

Who needs elves nowadays when the Chinese produce everything faster and cheaper

Who needs elves nowadays when the Chinese produce everything faster and cheaper

Basketball is BIG in the Philippines

Basketball is BIG in the Philippines

Big sport in the Philippines hands down basketball, but to my knowledge, there is no Filipino NBA star. But we are going to change that. You can help change that by DONATING HERE. Ever ball purchased at least triples the odds of a future NBA star being made here. Or maybe I just made that up, either way, a little sport for fitness never hurt no one. I am looking you America.

um which ball to choose

um which ball to choose

Kids in the Philippines need all kinds of gifts, so to help with the 50 kilos of candy we bought, I thought tooth brushes might be in order.

This was like 1/4 of all the tooth brushes we bought

Since we bought over 40 kilos of candy, I thought I would try to roll back some of the damage with some brushes. Sounds like a counter productive process, but hey, what are you gunna do. Give the kids what they want: sugar.

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Turner barr
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Hi, my name is Turner. I travel the world, hustle to find interesting jobs, and write about what happens when you read too many self-help books.

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