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My Top 30 Travel Experiences

  1. I went up the Eiffel Tower
  2. I saw a bullfight in Madrid
  3. I saw Charlton Heston in the stage version of “A Man For All Seasons” at The Savoy in London
  4. I saw Farrah Fawcett in “Extremities”, an off-Broadway play in New York
  5. I saw Yul Brynner in the “King and I” on Broadway in New York
  6. I saw The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in New York
  7. I bumped into Gianni Versace along Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami. I got his autograph and had my photo taken with him
  8. I took three Mediterranean cruises and saw some of the world’s most beautiful places like Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Florence, Pisa, The Cinque Terre, Positano, Amalfi Town, Sorrento, Capri, Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, and Istanbul
  9. I saw Epcot Center at Disneyworld in Florida when it first opened in the 80s
  10. I saw the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London
  11. I saw Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park and one of Europe’s oldest
  12. I went to the top of the Swiss Alps twice
  13. I had a most memorable vacation in Thailand – I was entertained by a friend in Bangkok who took me to all the adult entertainment spots. In Phuket, my tricycle driver took me to his home to meet his wife who showed me their photos. They treated me like family and I joined them for dinner
  14. I was deported from Taiwan due to a lack of visa and sent to Hong Kong instead with my family. It was the travel agency’s fault and they put us up in a five-star hotel for three days for the inconvenience
  15. I took boat rides along the canals and waterways of Venice and Amsterdam
  16. I saw Italian porn star Cicciolina flash her breasts in front of a crowd at the Spanish Steps in Rome. She later became a member of Parliament
  17. I got lost at a shopping mall in Honolulu. My parents went to the police and later found me at the hotel room of my grandparents
  18. I was an audience member of a sitcom taping with Don Rickles and saw a stand-up show at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles
  19. I saw President Joseph Estrada outside Prada along Via Condotti in Rome. He engaged me in a conversation and thought I was living in Italy
  20. I saw the amazing Niagara Falls twice
  21. I saw Tokyo Disneyland when it first opened in the 80s
  22. I saw the world’s largest and most amazing museum – The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
  23. I saw the fantastic changing coloured lights and laser beams at the Magic Fountains of Montjuic in Barcelona
  24. I saw Romeo and Juliet’s Balcony in Verona
  25. I saw the birthplace of the Olympics in Olympia, Greece
  26. I took a cruise along the beautiful Rhine River and saw the Lorelei Rock in Rhineland, Germany
  27. I had the sweetest, most delicious tomatoes that tasted like watermelons in Santorini
  28. I got to really enjoy living in San Francisco and the Bay Area as a college student in the 80s and 90s
  29. I had a new passport issued to me by the Philippine Embassy in London after it was stolen. I then fell in line at the American Embassy to get my U.S. visa and flew to New York
  30. I met a guy at a club in Barcelona who later came to Manila to visit me. We had a romantic dinner and promised to keep in touch
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