Another significant international trip of my life was when I went to the Philippines, which was the first time I visited my family there. The trip was 15 hours from SF, being the longest flight I have ever taken.
The main reason we were there was because it was my cousin's 18th birthday, which is the age where Filipinos celebrate a "debut". This is similar to a quinceañera, except it is celebrated when a woman turns 18.
That was the main reason, but of course we went touring the Philippines as well. We visited my uncle's place in Bacolod, and went island hopping there, where I went snorkeling again.
Going to Campuestohan, which is a highland resort, was another highlight of the vacation. They have a wave pool, a giant statue of a gorilla, parkour courses, sky bikes, and several amusement rides, all on the side of a mountain.
The term "Manilla Mangoes" derives from the yellow mangoes grown in the capital of the Philippines, which are known for being the sweetest in the world. This is not an exaggeration. The coconuts and mangoes I had in the Philippines made my head explode.
The last party I attended was my cousin's baptism party. I met many of my distant family members I didn't know existed for the first time there, and it was fun sharing a buffet with them.