This story is told by the author, who spent time in the Philippines. She took classes to learn the language and learn about the culture in the country, just in preparation for the trip. She used great imagery, word choice, and syntax in her story, and it really helped dive in to the story. You could imagine and see her in classes and feeling her emotions of being in her dream destination with her.
Personally, I had a lot of fun learning about my country and finding out about the culture and traditions they have. Like, while you’re drinking at a bar, you aren’t aloud to look at your elders. Very weird, and really don’t get how that’s disrespectful, but maybe that’s how they’ve lived for thousands of years. I won’t ever do it though because I don’t drink.