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8/5/18

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Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for all the support on EPISODE 1 of my brand new spin-off series, “Your Time With Thomas: The Experience” titled “Destination Philippines.”

Each of the 8-episodes is going to have a different vibe to it and highlight different parts of my experience while traveling in the Philippines. 

The show is shot completely in order so you’ll be able to feel like you’re with me the whole time. 

In the premiere episode, I really wanted to capture our arrival to the airport so that you could feel part of the journey with my dad from the very start. 

The TSA line at LAX International Airport went really well for us so that was a relief. 

We flew on Asiana Airlines and the people on the plane were pleasant. They gave complimentary wine and we had several meals during the duration of the flight.

We actually had a layover in South Korea during the time the Winter Olympics was going on but I decide for purposes of giving this show a very Philippines driven concept not to film there. It was however shown on my Instagram story and Snapchat posts.

Once we arrived to the Philippines, I pretty much mentally prepared myself for blazing hot weather but to my surprise, it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I’m use to hot temperatures especially being someone who loves Las Vegas so going to the Philippines in February is ideal if you don’t want to deal with major heat. It’s been known that the months of May and June often produce the worst conditions there, so I recommend avoiding traveling to the country those months.

Once my dad and I got into my relatives car, we were driving around the city and it hit me looking around the atmosphere that we were officially in the Philippines for the next 14 days.

The atmosphere was really mind blowing especially not having been there before. We spent the day walking around the various neighborhoods and I ended up treating myself to a massage for $5 for 1 hour. Yes, you read that correctly. It was wild to know how inexpensive things were there.

After that we went to go exchange our American money and had a wonderful bonding experience throughout our first day with our relatives. That night we slept really early because we had to go back to the airport to fly to the next destination in the Philippines on our itinerary. 

The episode concludes with me getting on a tricycle which cost 50 cents to ride. That’s a common transportation for people in Manila and across the Philippines. I loved riding on it.

Next Sunday, August 12 at 8 PM make sure to watch EPISODE 2 where I take you on an adventure on a tropical island called Boracay! 

If you love tropical islands, you won’t want to miss the brand new episode.

As I mentioned, this spin-off series will be bi-weekly so you guys have time to watch the episode first and also have a bi-weekly routine visit to my website thomasorlina.com for the full blog recap! 

It’s great for me to have all these blogs written down to share my experience more in depth with you.

Make sure to please follow me everywhere online @thomasorlina and subscribe to my YouTube channel Your Time With Thomas.

Special thanks to The Advocate Magazine for writing up a brand new article about me and all my efforts in building this brand for their August 2018 issue. Make sure to read it on Google news or the Advocate.com.

Till next time, 

Love,
Thomas