Sally Sunshine has a quote of Mark Twain 's on her profile that states you will regret the thongs you haven't done more than the things you have when you look back twenty years. I embrace that philosophy. When it comes to experiencing other cultures, we embrace them. We use local hotels and restaurants over Four Seasons and McDonalds (though we had McD 's in Dumaguete for breakfast lol). When we travel on vacation we do not lie on the beach and drink cocktails but ask a local where they go for fun. It works out cheaper, more educational and loads more fun. We have our issues. Life is never perfect but the school of hard knocks is a great educator. We just try to brush off failures and move on.