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Monday, November 30, 2020

Koh Samui's Private Villa Beachfront Chai Talay Estate Unveils New Look and Enhanced Health and Wellness Experiences

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Chai Talay’s beach front private villas and 4,000 sq. ft. fitness centre now at the forefront of luxury on this idyllic tropical island

Koh Samui’s exceptional private villa estate ‘Chai Talay’, located on the island’s peaceful and stunningly picturesque Lipa Noi on the west coast, is ready to welcome back visitors following an extensive upgrade across all aspects of its luxury private villa experiences.

Baan Kilee is the larger (8 BR) of the two expansive villas which make up this exclusive 5-acre beachfront estate which, along with adjacent smaller villa Baan Ora Chon (5BR), has undergone extensive renovation of bedrooms and living areas giving them both a lighter and more natural contemporary look, using up-cycling and sustainable materials throughout.

One of Samui’s larger private villa resorts, Chai Talay is highly sought after for extended families and group of friends, corporate getaways, wellness retreats, and for glamorous beachfront weddings and events. 

Villas are fully staffed with a staff to guest ratio of 1:3 with resident chefs and private butlers on request, and offer a combined 12 deluxe bedrooms and suites which can sleep up to 30 people, and accommodate events of up to 150+ people. Villas can also be booked separately for smaller groups of 4+ with other 5 star villas nearby for weddings and events.

Chai Talay has also enhanced its position as Samui’s best private villa health and wellness venue, with extensive training grounds, a world class indoor – outdoor gym, new spa menus and bespoke fitness packages which are tailored to clients’ specific requirements, whether it’s a family holiday with a wellness orientation, a corporate group or specialized fitness retreat.

What sets Chai Talay Estate apart in Samui, is its world-class, fully-equipped indoor-outdoor 4,000 sq. ft. training gym which is set amid 3-acres of manicured yoga lawns, and organic gardens. Here, top wellbeing professionals conduct fitness groups, team training, yoga, Pilates and other activities.

A decade of hosting their own 2-3 annual fitness retreats has also enabled Chai Talay to perfect its popular programmes for up to 40 people - the only time the rooms are rented on an individual basis.

Chai Talay also enjoys a close relationship with nearby “Anahata Welless and Orion Retreat Centre” wherein guests can join yoga or mediation classes, juicing or healing retreats, or visit their specialist practitioners such as acupuncturists, or else book them to train In the privacy of their villa at Chai Talay.

The estate’s extensive lawns and gardens filled with tropical plants and fruit trees, lily ponds, and manicured lawns sloping gently down to the white sand beach, provide an exquisite backdrop to this exceptional health and wellness experience, and make a great playground for kids of all ages.

Two beachfront swimming pools, a 22m lapping pool, feature submerged sun loungers, kids pools, swim-up bars and an abundance of inviting spots to relax and enjoy the mesmerizing views of Five Islands or watch one of Samui’s spectacular sunsets, before enjoying a movie under the stars.

Health and well-being extends well beyond the gym at Chai Talay: its own abundant organic gardens now enable resident chefs to deliver delicious healthy, farm-to-table menus with more than 20 varieties of home-grown fruit and vegetables and to offer In-Villa cooking experiences for all ages.

As travellers turn their focus to health and safety, the villas of Chai Talay Estate promise a supremely peaceful, private and safe environment in which to embrace a healthy, outdoor lifestyle. The expansive private villa estate with its 50-metre absolute beachfront is self-contained, offering everything that a guest could want on site with little need to venture from the villa unless perhaps for a beach walk, bike ride or boating trip.

Both Chai Talay Villas have won SHA accreditation - and guests can determine the level of service they prefer. Upon arrival, staff ensure social distancing protocols and will sit with you to agree on the level of service with which you feel comfortable. Maids are dedicated to individual rooms and each villa has its own van and driver.

A strong commitment to sustainability is at the heart of everything that happens at Chai Talay Estate. From the outset, owners have sought to lead by example in ensuring a sustainable environment in Koh Samui. Efforts to reduce its negative footprint from early on, introduced a zero tolerance ‘single-use plastic’ free policy and guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles and be conscious of their environmental impact during their stay. Chai Talay Estate is a committed member of the local Samui community, working with many local charities involved in feeding the people of Samui during these difficult times, as well as supporting a number of ethical elephant sanctuaries suffering through the lack of tourists since Covid.

For images of Chai Talay Estate:

Baan Kilee Dropbox

Baan Ora Chon Dropbox

Chai Talay Estate Dropbox

Booking Information | Rates | Offers | Contact Details:

Sample Rates 2021( with Max discounts applied)

Baan Kilee – USD1600 ( 4 BR – low season) up to USD 5,400 (8BR- high season) for 2 nights

Baan Ora Chon – USD800 ( 2 BR- low season) and USD2,400 for ( 5 BR-high season) for 2 nights

Chai Talay Estate – USD 2,400 ( 6 BR – low season) to USD7,800 ( 13 BR – high season) for 2 nights. Long stay deals apply.

Booking Chai Talay Estate


Chai Talay website

Weddings & Events

Weddings, private gatherings, events, and retreats start at USD 1,200 (subject to 7% tax) for up to 80 guests and USD 1,500 (subject to 7% tax) for up to 150 guests.

For more information, contact Chai Talay Estate.

Special Offers (Please enquire. Conditions apply)

First Right of Refusal – we don’t take your money until we know you can travel

30% off on all rates, for all bookings until 01 July 2021( conditions apply)

45% off for all last minute local bookings (within a month of travel)

Return Guests – we have free nights programmes for all return guests during this period.

Refer a Friend – Stay with us anytime until July 1, Refer a Friend, earn free nights.

Address: Lipa Noi, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

Tel: +85290992016 | +85290992016

Contact: Tina Atkinson

Tel: +852 9099 2016 [Whatsapp]

Thursday, January 23, 2020

7 Tips to Manage Your Finances While Traveling

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Whether you are traveling solo, going for honeymoon vacation, or going for a family holiday, any kind of overseas vacation involves heavy planning especially when it comes to your finances. It is essential to have a plan for managing your money, as it ensures safety while traveling and saves you a huge amount of trouble. We’ve put together 7 tips that will ensure better management of your finances while traveling overseas.

Set a Spending Budget

Once you have decided on the destination you want to visit, the next important step is preparing a spending budget. When you prepare a financial spending budget, you can observe where your money is going. This helps in avoiding overspending which can lead to you running out of finances halfway and returning with heavy financial burdens such as heavy travel credit cards bill.

Your budget should take into consideration the expenses of accommodation, meals, activities, souvenirs, transportation, gratuities, etc. You should ensure that your budget has a certain flexibility in case of occasional splurges so that you enjoy your journey to the fullest.

Use a Bank Account with Low International Charges

One of the easiest way to access funds while abroad is through withdrawing money from ATM machines using your travel cards. ATMs are present almost everywhere and are an easy way to access funds as you do not have to carry large amounts of cash.

The common problem that occurs while withdrawing cash is that banks charge a high cash withdrawal fee for international transactions. It is best to always find out the fee charged by your bank beforehand. If the fee charged is high, it is advisable to change to a different bank account as it could lead to a great amount of savings.

Inform Your Bank or Credit Card Company

When you plan to head for your vacation, it is important to inform your bank or the credit card company about the travel including the duration and reason for the travel. This is important as it helps to prevent your travel credit cards from being blocked when they detect unusual foreign activities. You should also keep in handy the assistance helpline number for any service required when you are traveling.

Some credit card companies do not allow overseas transactions unless the cardholder puts in a request. It is advisable to check with your company for the procedure.

Use Travel Credit Cards for Your Purchases

You should always keep some cash in hand while you are traveling. However, it is advisable to use your travel credit cards for the majority of your spending. This is because you don’t have to go through the hassle of converting your currency. It also helps in getting you an economical exchange fee charges. It helps avoid dealing with the risks of carrying a huge pile of cash, in case of theft of your card you can simply report your card without losing any money.

Set Up Online Banking

While you’re overseas, it is essential to keep track of the financial transactions on your card for better management of your expenses. It is important to have access to internet banking with your travel cards. Online banking helps in keeping a track of the transactions occurring on your travel credit cards and managing other financial tasks.

However, you should avoid accessing your internet banking on public computers at the hotel or internet café. In case there is no option, you should ensure that you sign out of the secure sites and close the browser. Public WiFi should only be used if a safe connection is ensured.

Carry Multiple Travel Credit Cards and Debit Cards

It is always recommended to carry more than one travel credit cards and debit cards. It is possible that your travel cards are stolen or blocked by the bank, or they simply may not be acceptable at some ATMs or merchants. In such cases, you do not want to be stuck with no funds to carry out your payments and therefore, it is essential to have backup travel cards.

Don’t Keep All Your Valuables in One Place

It is not the best idea to keep all your valuables such as cash, travel credit cards, passport, and other important documents gathered in one place. This is because, in case of theft, you end up losing everything at once. It is best to spread out your valuables across your pouch, bags, hotel safes, pockets, etc.

The Bottom Line

If you are planning your dream vacation, make sure to add these tips to your financial to-do list. It is important to keep into account the financial spending and plan for it well in advance. This not only ensures a hassle-free trip but also allows you to step into your daily life comfortably without any financial burdens. Nobody likes to kill the post-vacation buzz with heavy bills to pay off.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Solo Travel Tips For Egypt

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Egypt is one of those countries that most people wish to visit at least once. It's a classic 'bucket list' vacation choice. There aren't many places left on the planet where you can see one of the seven wonders of the ancient world with your own eyes, but the Great Pyramid of Giza is still standing tall and attracts millions of visitors every year. The land of Egypt has played a vital role in the history of our whole civilization, and you owe it to yourself to find out what it has to offer.

Some solo travelers are put off the idea of visiting Egypt because of the misconception that it isn’t safe. This isn’t particularly fair. As with many countries in the region it occupies, Egypt has seen some trouble and strife in recent years, but it’s currently considered to be safe to visit. Not only that, but it relies on tourism as a major contributor to the well-being of its economy. Egypt doesn’t just want tourists - it needs them.

With flights to Egypt available once again, and a tourism industry waiting to welcome you with open arms, it's time to think about planning your trip. Egypt is a beautiful country, and one with a character and history so significant that it's seeped into every area of our mainstream culture. It was the lore of Egyptian mythology that persuaded movie-goers to head out to see 'The Mummy' in their thousands. It's the lore of Egypt today that has people flocking to play Egyptian-themed games on mobile slots websites like Late Casino. From the traditionalism of 'Ancient Egypt' to the more modern style of 'Cleo's Wish,' the iconography of Egypt has proven to be a great draw for mobile slots designers. Why let mobile slots players have all the fun, though? Why not go and see what all the fuss is about for yourself?

We appreciate that if you're a solo traveler, you'll still have a few concerns about safety and practicality even if your tour operator reassures you that everything is safe, so here's a few basic tips that we've been able to compile based on experience.

Always Use Uber

Uber might sometimes get bad press in other parts of the world, but in Egypt, they're a lifesaver. Without wanting to be disrespectful, the standards of driving in Egypt can be a little erratic, and that goes for the local taxi operators as much as the everyday civilians. Uber has been expanding its operations within the country to try and make things a little easier for travelers. There are several benefits to using Uber while you're there - not least that you'll get an estimate of your fare before you set off, which means less haggling while you're on the road. It also means it's less likely you'll be taken 'the long way round' in order to maximize your fare. On top of that, from a security point of view, both you and Uber know who your driver is, and where you're supposed to be headed. That can be particularly comforting for single female travelers.

Wear Sunglasses Outdoors

This isn’t just because of the weather, and nor is it because we want you to look like a celebrity while you’re there. If you’re headed to a tourist-heavy part of Egypt, you’ll encounter dozens of traders, market-stall owners, and other people trying to part you from your money. They keep a particularly keen eye out for people on their own, because they make for an easier target. Making eye contact with you is the first stage of trying to lure you into a conversation. If you’re wearing a pair of reflective sunglasses, they can’t make eye contact with you. It won’t be one hundred percent effective, but it will reduce the amount of hassle you’ll encounter.

Book Tours Through Your Hotel

For reasons we've never been able to explain adequately, it's more expensive to book tours before you arrive in Egypt than it is once you've reached your hotel. You'll save money by doing it all once you're in the country. Don't believe your package operator when they tell you everything will sell out - it never does! If you're staying with a reputable hotel, part of their service to you will include arranging tours to popular locations - and they'll undertake vetting of the people and companies they work with. That means you'll get a better quality of tour and guide, and you'll have the security of knowing you can take it up with the hotel if something isn't to your liking.

Research Each Area Before You Visit It

Some parts of Egypt are deeply conservative. Other areas are accustomed to seeing high numbers of western tourists, and are therefore more relaxed about what they expect from you. That means in some places you'll be free to drink alcohol, and in others, it will be strictly off-limits. Expectations of dress code will vary from location to location, too. You don't want to offend your hosts by doing the wrong thing in the wrong place. If you're in doubt, ask your hotel or your tour operator. In general, consider dressing more conservatively than you do at home. Your hosts will appreciate your politeness and consideration.

Learn A Few Basic Words

Unless you already have a good grasp of it, learning Arabic before your trip isn't going to be possible! Here's a handy phrase which will help you immeasurably:- "Shoukran." It's pronounced "shock-ran," and it means "thank you." Whenever you receive a service of any kind from any person, make sure to thank them. On the other hand, if you're being hassled or pestered about something you're not interested in, say "la shoukran." As you've probably guessed, that means "no thank you," and it will have the desired effect. "Salam-Alaikum" is also a helpful phrase to have in your vocabulary; it means "peace be with you," and is a standard greeting within the country.

Aside from all of the above, just relax and have fun. The Egyptian people are broadly friendly, and happy to see you. If they can speak a little English, they'll probably try to engage you in polite conversation. If they do, don't be nervous of them - they probably just want to thank you for visiting their country!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA Soon to Operate

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On the night of July 31, we attended the launch of the newest hotel in the North operated by Radisson hotels and to soon add to the many luxury accommodations available in the Philippines.

The night was led by Nils Rorhbarth, General Manager of the hotel, giving the welcome remarks, with an opening remarks by Peggy Angeles, EVP of SM Hotels and Convention Center. Also in attendance were Elizabeth Sy, President of SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation, and Hon. Joy Belmonte, Mayor of Quezon City, who came in later after the launching ceremonies so she was initially represented by her local tourism officer.

Awesome entertainment numbers were provided by Michael Barry Que & DanceRs and Talahib People's Music, The Nightingales, and Gian Magdangal.

Hopefully, we would be able to visit the hotel again when it is finally operational be so we could show you the rooms and amenities.

If the buffet spread is an indication of the dushes available at their restaurants, then we are positive about the sumptuous food soon to be served at the hotel.


Cebu Pacific Launches Three New Flights from Clark

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Cebu Pacific (CEB) new flights from Clark are now operational. August 9 was the inaugural flights going 4 times weekly to and from Narita (Tokyo, Japan), and daily to Iloilo and Bacolod, all direct from Clark. By October 16, it will also add Clark to Puerto Princesa, and back, among its new routes.

CEB is the first Philippine carrier to mount direct flights between Clark and Tokyo, largest in terms of capacity by end 2019, capturing 28% of total number of seats offered by all carriers operating in Clark.

Cebu Pacific President Lance Gokongwei led the media launch together with DOTr Secretary Art Tugade and other executives from different government and private organizations, including Alexander Lao, VP for Corporate Planning of Cebu Pacific.

The aim is to fly 200 million passengers vy 2020, and 300 million by 2022, enabling more Juans to travel conveniently and affordably through year-round low fares. The airline also expects to receive over 60 more aircrafts in the next eight years.

DOTr Secretary Art Tugade has praised the airline for its support to the transport industry, specifically to his agency, and also mentioned additional good news in terms of transportation developments within the country.

There were also statements of increased tourism activities for both Philippines and Japan residents.

The airline also announced the opening of its cadet pilot program with "study now, pay later, zero interest" especially for residents of Clark and nearby areas. Application will run from August 9 to 18.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Best Destinations to Travel with Your Friends in the US

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Traveling with a group of friends, even your closest ones, can be daunting.

Most often, picking a destination can be extra challenging, because let's admit it, we all have one friend or a group of friends that makes the entire planning stage a bit of a hassle.

Despite the challenge that comes with different personalities, at the end of the day, you still want to travel to a place that everyone in the group will enjoy.

So, we've scoured the globe (well, the internet ‒ that is) to search for the perfect places in the US that everyone, even the hard to please bunch, will enjoy.

For the Foodie Friend: Houston

If eating delectable tasting dishes is a priority for everyone in your group, then Houston perfectly fits the bill. From food trucks to fusion cuisine, Houston gives foodies a lot of opportunities to indulge their taste buds. While you're at it, take your group for a Tex-Mex tour, and indulge yourselves at Midtown or the heights afterward.

On the other hand, if food isn't everyone's top priority, but you still need an unforgettable food experience then check out UB Preserve. What's great about this restaurant is that it offers dishes that were inspired by the city's most popular eateries in the area. If you want to have a taste of Houston's culinary and cultural diversity, then it's definitely worth checking out.

For Your Friends Who Won't Drive: New York

Not everyone from your group of friends will love a good ol' road trip. For others, it's their worst nightmare to be all cramped up in a car just to get to their next destination. To avoid being in this kind of scenario, book yourselves on a trip to New York.

New York has one of the most extensive transportation systems in the entire country, so you can spend an entire trip there, without having to be behind the wheel. All of the city's airports can be accessible via public transport, so as soon as you land, you can easily catch a bus or a train to go to wherever you need to go.

The great thing about the city is that all its main attractions are conveniently reachable, thanks to its substantial public transit system. You can easily take the subway going to Central Park, Yankee Stadium, Empire State Building, and so on.

If the weather's excellent, you can even ride the Staten Island Ferry to get breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty as well the skyline. After a long day of exploring the city, take the subway back to your accommodation even in the wee hours of the morning.

When the trip ends, not only will you realize that you've saved up a lot of cash to car rentals and parking fees, but it also saves you from the headache of being stuck in traffic, and whining friends asking you impatiently, "are we there yet?"

For Your Friends Who are on a Budget: St. Loius

If some of your friends have a limited budget to spend on their vacation, go to a place that has plenty of things to see, but with a lower price tag. St. Loius is the perfect destination to go to.

Filled with free attractions and appetizing restaurants that are just within your price range, St. Louis is excellent if you want to plan a budget-friendly getaway.

Culture seekers will love the History Museum, Art Museum and Science Center. The best part is that all of these facilities are free of admission. Nature lovers will appreciate the 1,300 acre Forest Park, which is also where the Saint Louis Zoo is located.

Drop by St. Louis Walk of Fame as you browse some shops in the area before eating at the iconic Blueberry Hill or the local favorite Salt + Smoke. Before you leave, get an up close and personal at the Gateway Arch for free.

For Your Friends Who Want to Unwind: Miami

Miami is excellent for your friends who want to escape from work commitments, have gone through a recent breakup, or just anyone who wants to have plenty of good vibes on your upcoming trip. Check-in and book a spa treatment at the Standard, Miami Beach. While you're there, you can also participate in the stand-up paddleboarding.

Embark on a walking tour, and go sight-seeing at the Ocean Drive, and grab something in the area's most notable restaurants. After you're done with your daytime activities, take the time to recharge on the city's vibrant nightlife. Most clubs and bars open until 5 am.

For Your Friend Who Doesn't Have a Passport: Hawaii

If one of your friends doesn't have a passport, yet still want to enjoy a far-away getaway, then we recommend Hawaii. There's no other state like it, thanks to Hawaii's unparalleled climate, and unique, one-of-a-kind culture that has been passed down for generations.

Going here is a five or six-hour flight from the nearest state. Get your adrenaline rush as you go see an active volcano on the Big Island and hike a waterfall in the beautiful rainforests of Kauai. Swim with the sea turtles of Maui, or enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Oahu.

For Your Friends That Are Itching for a Road Trip

If going for long road trips isn't on everyone's vocabulary, don't compromise your vacation by being in a car for too long. The Southwestern United States has wide stretches of desserts with a number of cities and national parks.

Visit the bustling city of Phoenix, and drop by the Grand Canyon. Take a sunrise tour at Monument Valley, before venturing to Antelope Canyon. Then, work your way to Zion National Parks before you head to your final stop ‒ Vegas.

When it comes to making the most of your United States vacation and spending your precious day-offs with your closest friends, picking the ideal location is essential. Also, spending some days, weeks, or months time traveling will give you a deep sense of appreciation of what the country has to offer.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

4 Reasons Why the Philippines Is the Most Underrated Travel Destination in Southeast Asia

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Asia is a big hit with tourists. Every kind of traveler can find something they’d love in this huge continent. Southeast Asia, in particular, has a plethora of beautiful beaches, delicious food, and rich ecosystems filled with unique flora and fauna. It’s certainly an appealing travel destination, with hidden gems just waiting to be explored.

Most first-time travelers in Southeast Asia would choose countries like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, or Vietnam, but it’s also worth considering the Philippines. This archipelago, composed of more than 7,600 islands, is located in the West Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by water, the country has the world’s fifth longest coastline of 36,289 kilometers (22,549 miles). As such, the Philippines has plenty of gorgeous beaches and island destination, including Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan.

However, the Philippines is more than just about beaches and island hopping. In fact, when you look beyond the sparkling waters, you’ll realize that the country is one of Southeast Asia’s more underrated destinations. If you need some more convincing, here are a few reasons to visit the Philippines.

Cheap but Accessible Hotels

If you’re the kind of traveler who doesn’t need five-star accommodations but needs to be in the center of the action, you’re in luck. There are a lot of clean, comfortable, and affordable hotels in and around Metro Manila, and even in the farther provinces. In fact, if you’re planning to stay in Metro Manila and explore the city, you can find plenty of hotels near NAIA Terminal 2, which is where many international flights land. Filipinos are also arguably the most hospitable people in the world, so no matter how small the hotel, you can expect a warm welcome and good service.

Historical and Natural Wonders

The Philippines has a rich history, being a country of mix of native Philippine, Asian, Spanish, and American heritages. In almost every province, you’ll find historical sites and landmarks that have borne witness to the various events that shaped the Philippines’ current cultural landscape. The Philippines is also home to hundreds of indigenous peoples who have been living in the islands even before the Spanish set foot in 1521. Many of them occupy their original ancestral lands, which, in themselves, have become tourist destinations. Just remember to be respectful of the various traditions and local laws when you visit these places.

The Philippines is also a gem if you’re a nature lover. While its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire makes it prone to typhoons and earthquakes, it’s also the reason why the country has a rich biodiversity and varied and abundant natural resources. Lush forests, marine sanctuaries, mountains and rivers, rock formations and cave networks, you can find almost everything in the Philippines. If you want a slice of paradise, visit Batanes in the northernmost part of the country. Filled with sprawling fields of green, stunning beaches, and awe-inspiring views from the hilltops, Batanes is also home to traditional villages and age-old cultures. It’s quite tricky to get to, but once you’re there, you’ll realize that the effort is truly worth it.

Food, Food, Food
Filipino cuisine is as diverse as the nation’s hundreds of ethnic groups, further flavored by the influences of both Western and Asian spheres. Dish complexity range from very simple (fried salted fish) to the intricate (kare-kare and variations of adobo). Regional specialties are common, as are unique delicacies that might make some weaker stomachs turn (balut, anyone?). Many Filipino foods are also cooked with soups like sinigang and bulalo, or with sauces like menudo or pochero.

Going to the Philippines means experiencing this wide variety of dishes. Go beyond adobo, the unofficial national dish. Take a bite of dinuguan, dinakdakan, pinakbet, laing, various pancits (noodles), chicharron, chicken inasal, lechon, estofado, sambal, and many, many, many more. You also have a wide selection of kakanins (desserts and pastries made from sticky rice) and unique desserts like halo-halo, leche flan, buko salad, and “dirty” ice cream or sorbetes. What’s great is that whenever you visit the Philippines, you’re sure to find yet another version of these dishes and desserts for a whole new experience.

English is Common

If you’re an English-speaker, you don’t have to worry about language barriers. A huge majority of Filipinos speak and understand the language. This might not be a deal-breaker for most, but it can certainly make your life easier. From asking for directions to ordering in restaurants, knowing that you’ll be understood can help take a load off your shoulders and help you enjoy your vacation even more.

Of course, reading all about the destination is a lot different than actually going there. So the next time you get some time off, book a flight to Southeast Asia and visit the Philippines. Once you’ve been there, you’ll probably ask yourself why you haven’t gone before or visited more often.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

10 Amazing US Cities for Nature Lovers

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Everyone loves the excitement and electric energy of America’s big cities. From world-class art galleries to offbeat bars, US cities offer a smorgasbord of fun-filled and mind-blowing experiences. Amazingly, there are also plenty of cities in the USA that will satisfy your nature-loving soul. Whether you’re into hiking or beaching, America has a host of nature-friendly cities to appease your wanderlust.

Planning on exploring a nature-friendly city in the US, but don’t know where to go? Guess what? We’ve rounded some of America’s best and most fascinating urban destinations for nature lovers.

San Francisco, California

They don’t call San Francisco as one of the top places to visit in the US for nothing. For
decades, this SoCal city has been luring travelers worldwide with its iconic man-made wonders, such as the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge. But, the city also has a plethora of delights and surprises to offer to nature lovers. With over 200 parks in close proximity, San Francisco is
truly an urban destination hardwired for nature lovers. And, did we mention that it is home to an array of fabulous beaches, like Baker Beach, China Beach and Clipper Cove Beach?

Portland, Oregon

Portland is, hands down, one of the most diverse US urban destinations for nature lovers. After all, it offers skiing in winter as well as hiking, surfing and camping throughout the year. What’s more, it’s pretty close to the Columbia River George, the Oregon coast and snowy Cascades.
On a clear day, you can savor stunning views from Mount Saint Helens. As an added bonus, Portland is also deemed as one of the world’s top bike-friendly cities. Not bad, right?

Jacksonville, Florida

Home to more than 400 urban parks, Jacksonville is one of America’s greenest big cities. A must-visit spot here is the Big Talbot Island State Park – a nature preserve that’s great for bird-watching and wildlife photography. And, don’t forget to check out Little Talbot Island where you’llfind untouched beaches perfect for surfing and beachcombing. Make sure to drop by Timucan Ecological and Historic Preserve when visiting the city since it’s a rare chance to see one of the few remaining unspoiled and pristine coastal wetlands along the Atlantic Ocean.

Phoenix, Arizona

There’s no shortage of majestic and jaw-dropping sunsets in Phoenix, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers. And, that’s not all! The city also has a bunch of new community gardens and modern green spaces. To make things even better, the city has nature-friendly initiatives to make it a booming green mecca in the heart of the magnificent Sonoran Desert. A
great way to kick start an outdoor escape in this city is to visit the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, which is a sprawling ecosystem of breathtaking desert animals as well as flora that you won’t find elsewhere.

Then, head to the country’s largest municipal park – South Mountain Park – to enjoy incredible views of Phoenix as well as the state’s famed sunsets.

San Jose, California

Like most of the cities mentioned on this list, San Jose boasts a wealth of natural parks. Furthermore, the city appeals to travelers of all ages. Kids, for instance, will have a blast running around as well as visiting Happy Hollow Park and Zoo’s petting farms. In addition, those who
are looking for cultural attractions will find their bliss at the Japanese Friendship Garden. On top of it all, the garden turns into a pink wonderland during spring, thanks to the budding Japanese
Cherry blossoms.

Seattle, Washington

No list of the best nature-friendly cities in the US is complete without the inclusion of Seattle, Washington. Sure, it rains in Seattle sometimes, but still it offers plenty of outdoor activities, regardless of the season. In summer, the city offers a whirlwind of experiences, including the Olympic National Park’s rainforest, hiking Mount Rainier and kayaking in the San Juan Islands.

When winter sets in, you can go on a couple of runs on Crystal Mountain’s slopes or gaze at the thousands of snow geese gliding into the Skagit Valley.

Jacksonville, Florida

Fond of national parks? Trust us, you won’t regret paying a visit to the “River City by the Sea”. Green and incredibly clean, Jacksonville has over 80,000 acres of park, including a national preserve, 10 national and state parks, an arboretum as well as a handful of city gardens and

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is, without a doubt, every nature lover’s dream destination. With its awe-inspiring red-rock scenery, Sedona, AZ will give you the urge to snap countless of photographs. Trust us, there’s a beautiful sight at every turn at this desert town. Of course, the city offers a plethora of
exciting and magnificent trail, making it the ultimate destination for hikers in the United States.

On top of it all, it has plenty of healing vortexes that are believed to be therapeutic. Not a bad city to explore, right?

New York, New York

Surprised? Well, don’t be. Just because it’s an urban jungle, it doesn’t mean there are no nature spots in the city that never sleeps. As a matter of fact, New York is home to one of America’s largest and most visited urban parks - Central Park. Even better, there are tons of other awesome nature spots in and near the Big Apple, including the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Bronx Zoo, the Adirondacks and Lake George. Still think New York is just one big concrete jungle? Think again!

Los Angeles

Like New York, Los Angeles, California isn’t exactly the first place that comes into mind when you think of nature-friendly cities in the United States. For the most part, people associate Los Angeles with America’s worst traffic jams and the glitzy Hollywood. But, there are also tons of big and stunning beaches that are pleasant to visit year-round in Los Angeles. On top of that,
there are quite a few state parks nearby that offer a wondrous escape when you have enough sun. Sweet, right?

Jacksonville, Florida

Fond of national parks? Trust us, you won’t regret paying a visit to the “River City by the Sea”. Green and incredibly clean, Jacksonville has over 80,000 acres of park, including a national preserve, 10 national and state parks, an arboretum as well as a handful of city gardens and parks.

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is, without a doubt, every nature lover’s dream destination. With its awe-inspiring red-rock scenery, Sedona, AZ will give you the urge to snap countless of photographs. Trust us, there’s a beautiful sight at every turn at this desert town. Of course, the city offers a plethora of
exciting and magnificent trail, making it the ultimate destination for hikers in the United States.

On top of it all, it has plenty of healing vortexes that are believed to be therapeutic. Not a bad city to explore, right?

Did we miss anything? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions to us, using the comments section below.

Out of the Way Places to Visit in the Philippines

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The Philippine Islands are renowned as one of the top destinations for tourists, travelers, adventurers and water sports enthusiasts. But there are still many parts of these islands that remain off the beaten track, hidden gems that have yet to be discovered by mass tourism. It's always a good idea to research the current situation before you travel, just to make sure it's safe to go beyond the proscribed resort areas. But if you do get a chance to head out on your own initiative, here are some of the most rewarding locations that most visitors never get around to seeing. Depending on where you set off from, the journey may take you up to nine hours even from within the country, so make sure you have everything you’ll need – water, snacks, and a charged phone – and sort some entertainment too. (These Betfair promo codes NJ might help.)

Isla de Gigantes Sur

This is one of the most incredible islands in the whole of the Philippines, but at the time of writing it has yet to be colonized by hotels and resorts. This means it is still largely un-spoilt and is not overrun by tourists. If you want to stay over you'll probably need to make arrangements with a local family, but once you're on the island you should definitely head for Antonia Beach.

On one side this faces right onto the ocean, but on the other there are permanently calm waters for stress-free swimming and bathing. This is an ideal snorkeling location too, and lies just half an hour from the island's main port. You can get there by ferry from Estancia, or hire your own boat to come and go as you please.

Calayan Island

Calayan Island isn't the easiest of the Philippine Islands to get to, but it's definitely worth it. The island's relative inaccessibility, guarded as it is by high waves and a number of different ports you'll need to pass through, is what ensures that its beauty remains un-spoilt and mostly undiscovered. If you want peace and quiet in a remote, stunning landscape, Calayan Island is the place to go.

Once you arrive you'll be rewarded with amazing secluded beaches, friendly locals and striking rock formations. Be sure to check out the white sandy beaches of Cibang Cove and, if you're feeling fit, to climb the Nagudungan Hills, where the views from the top are simply breath-taking.

Dumog Sandbar

There is remote and then there is remote: and then there is this isolated sandbar in the middle of the ocean, only fully exposed at low tide. At one end it actually stays submerged just beneath the surface of the sea for several hundred meters. Walk out along it and you'll feel like you're walking on water!

Located between the islands of Bohol and Cebu, the sandbar has one permanent resident, a caretaker who guards it against the environmentally destructive practice of dynamite fishing. Otherwise it can only be visited for a few hours every day, so plan carefully.

Malawi Island

Although there is a tourist resort on Malawi Beach, the island is usually pretty quiet as it is located in the province of Basilan. While Malawi Island is considered to be completely safe, the province itself has a lingering reputation for crime and military violence that keeps many away. As always, check before you travel, but Malawi Island is just five minutes from Isabella City, the Basilan capital, and away from the resort you'll find a secluded island paradise.

Camiguin Island

Just off the northern coast of Mindanao in the Southern Philippines, "the island born of fire" is one of the archipelago's best-kept secrets. This volcanic island is scattered with unearthly mountain-peaks and spectacular free-flowing waterfalls. For absolute relaxation, just off the island's coast is the pure soft sandbar known as White Island, surrounded by perfect blue seas on all sides.

Abak Beach

Capul Island has several active resorts, but for those who want to go off the beaten track the abandoned resort at Abak Beach has a distinctly eerie charm. The white sands, perfect blue waters and coconut trees should satisfy anyone's beach requirements, but the desolate empty beach huts and derelict resort building add a certain extra frisson.

These are just a few of the amazing out of the way locations to be found in the Philippines. Sometimes it's best to follow your nose instead of following the crowds. With a bit of research and planning, creating your own itinerary can lead to the most memorable vacation you'll ever experience.

The Philippine Paradise: An Attractive Retirement Destination

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The number of foreign retirees in the Philippines is currently 53, 355, according to Bienvenido Chy, the general manager of Philippine Retirement Authority. Many foreign retirees are interested to retire in the Philippines because of low living costs, tropical climate, and friendly locals who speak English fluently. For most individuals, the decision to retire abroad is a difficult one, and it is more difficult to choose where to settle down. Here are some issues you need to think about if you are considering Philippines as a retirement location.

Low cost of living

The cost of living in the Philippines is significantly lower compared to the United States. Consider the fact that rental rates in the Philippines is 79.16% lower than in the US. International Living reported that expats can live a comfortable life in the Philippines spending only $800 to $1200 per month. With the low cost of living in the Philippines, you can also plan for an early retirement. You just need to be disciplined in terms of expenses. In a matter of a few years, you’ll be enjoying the retired life in a tropical paradise.

Lots of adventures

If you have a bucket list, you can be sure to tick things off of it while in the Philippines. You can go diving in the sky or in the sea or go on top of a mountain. The Philippines has a lot of beautiful beaches to offer like Boracay in Aklan or El Nido and Coron in Palawan. If you imagine your retirement life to having drinks and listening to the waves of the beach, then you will surely enjoy living in this country.

Friendly and English-speaking locals

One of the most popular traits of Filipinos is hospitality. They are warm and friendly to everyone who’s visiting their country. They are truly a welcoming bunch of people. You can also communicate easily with the locals because they speak English, as the language is the second official language of the country.

Lack of infrastructure

The Philippines is a developing country which is why the infrastructure like transportation and public utilities might not be as efficient or dependable in your home country. These are all available in the Philippines, except in the remote islands, but they do not function consistently. For example, the trains would sometimes break down due to glitches in the trains’ electrical components. However, there are alternative transportation methods such as cabs or Grab cars, which is similar to Uber and Lyft.

Poor internet connection

From checking our e-mails for work or chatting with family and friends on online messaging applications, it seems that the majority of people’s lives revolve around using the Internet. Surfing the web in the Philippines may be something that needs some getting used to as the global average internet speed is 7.2 Mpbs, while the average internet speed in the country is only 5.5 Mbps. This would mean slow internet speed for people using it, but you can still do your basic surfing activities. In recent months, the government and telecommunications company are working together to significantly improve the speed of internet connection in the country.

The Philippines is a country where you can retire if you want lower cost of living and experiencing new things. If you want a trial, you can opt for a short vacation so that you can determine whether you can spend the rest of your life in the country. It’s up to you to decide whether the pros outweigh the cons of retiring in the Philippines.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Why Should Ajmer Be Your Next travel Destination?

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Ajmer is a famous city, thirteen km from the tourist heaven of Pushkar. It possesses the peaceful lake of Ana Sagar and is itself circled by the sturdy Aravalli Hills.  

Ajmer is the most significant place of Rajasthan in terms of Islamic history and heritage.  You can find amazing architectural spots, religious destinations, and much more at this place.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Vacationing in Thailand: Top Eight Amazing Activities to Try

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Among all travel destinations, which modern-day individuals visit nowadays, Thailand has acquired most popularity. Pristine beaches, tropical rainforests, glittering temples, blue toothy mountains, rough limestone cliffs peeping from cultivated landscape, and enchanting rural areas amidst cluttered cities are few of its impressive aspects. If you are planning on spending upcoming vacation in Thailand, make sure to try out all below-mentioned activities.


Skydiving can effectually contribute to adrenaline rush, and is ideal for people, who wish to break free from their comfort zone, and participate in something daring. Strap yourself tightly to a professional jump master, take a plunge, and relish a spine tingling adventure.

Eat Bugs

If you are feeling excessively audacious, eat some bugs sold across street stalls. Grasshoppers, giant water insects, crickets, bamboo worms, and silk worms are deep fried, and then served with salt and black pepper. Do not eat one by one but gulp a handful just like munching popcorn in movie theatre.

Indulge in Massage

Thai massages, which stretch entire body along with applying pressure on significant points, have acquired widespread recognition all across globe. This particular experience would rejuvenate your entire spirit, and leave you feeling invigorated as well as balanced. Every town has parlours where prices are low when compared to what you might have paid in your homeland.

Visit Ayutthaya

Declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO in the year 1991, Ayutthaya is certainly worth visiting. A glimpse of destructed historic temples, which somehow still managed to retain their grandeur, will enrich your overall trip. While most tourists do not stay, you can bag astonishingly cheap accommodations here.

Get Tattoo

A larger segment of enthusiasts have etched Sak yant motifs, or geometric designs mixed with Buddhist hymns, on their body, which is the said Southeast Asian nation’s ancient mystical tattooing style. You can do same provided you are not afraid of enduring little pain. From diverse options available, choose licensed and clean tattoo studio Thailand that charges reasonably.

Climb Sathorn Unique Tower

Located right at centre of Bangkok is a gigantic completely abandoned skyscraper called Sathorn Unique Tower. It was built during 90s but because of financial crisis, the establishment was never completed. If you are not faint hearted, try paying a small amount to security guard, and see sprawling views from above forty nine stories.

Dance at Full Moon Party

Celebrated on Koh Phangan every month, Full Moon Party was a former native ritual, which now have transformed into world’s biggest and most stunning raves. You would enjoy dancing to heart-pounding music, drinking different types of alcohol, skipping fire ropes, and applying neon paints all over your body.

Pamper with Fish Spa

One of most exclusive things to do in Thailand is letting your feet be nibbled by several tiny fish. This exceptional soothing activity would remove dead skin cells and impurities when they bathe in a specially fabricated tank.

Although you can surely opt for traveling independently, I personally believe seeking professional assistance to be best. Carry out thorough research, seek specialised recommendations, and schedule appointment with an agency, which has been operating since many years, thus, acquired a more or less credible reputation in market. It must be capable of fabricating affordable itineraries as per varying requirements, and promises to let each client enjoy activities stated above.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Exploring the Less Travelled Roads of Indore (Madhya Pradesh, India)

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This world is indeed a beautiful place. There are different places in this world that would offer enough exciting spots and areas to explore; it just depends on your own adventurous spirits and guts to explore the region. In this article, we are going to provide you details of the beautiful city of Indore.

The climate of the city

The city. Indore is located in Central India in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It comes into the Malwa plateau which gives it a very pleasing climate. If you have travelled different parts of India and of the world and you are accustomed with different kinds of climatic conditions and their adversities, then most of the travelers are going to find the climate of Malwa plateau very standard and acceptable. It would become hot and humid in summer, as per European and American standards, but overall, region has a very pleasing climate and is safe from any unexpected and unfortunate climatic calamities like floods, earthquake, cyclone etc.

How to reach Indore?

Indore is one of the popular cities of Madhya Pradesh and India and it is well connected with road, train and air. Depending on your present location, you can get direct flight to Indore and you can also easily reach it by road or train from different places of India. If you are a foreigner and landing in capital city or any other metro city, then you could get direct flight to Indore. Do remember to book your tickets in advance to avoid any price fluctuation in flight or train tickets.

When to visit Indore?

The temperature in the city can go quite hot and humid in summer that lasts from March to mid June. Winter is quite pleasing and it is recommended that you either visit the city wither in winter or during monsoon. In the later case, you would be able to enjoy the greenery and the natural places that are nearby the city as well. If you are fine with temperature of 40° and plus, then you can simply visit it at any time.

Places to visit

Some of the chief places to look out from Indore is the Khajrana temple, which is one of the Ancient temples, primarily made for Lord Ganesha, who is considered as an auspicious God in the Indian Mythology. The temple has expanded in recent years and has and if you're looking for a single temple, where you can greet and take blessing from most of the popular Indian gods and Goddesses, then this temple is going to be one such spot.

You got to beware of the beggars, that are always going to haunt you, especially, if you are a foreigner. Do not get persuaded by their misery because we are going to get hundreds of them across and around begging for alms at all the time. It would be better to play online roulette in a UK casino than to waste your money on them! So just avoid them and do your own deeds.

If you visit a city in rainy season, there are different interesting place that are within 50 km range from Indore from where you can enjoy the natural beauty. These includes, Pataal Paani, Tincha Fall, Mandu, and many more,

If you are more into spiritualism then you can visit Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain that is around 60 Km away from Indore and Omkareshwar that is within 100 Kms away from the city. Apart from it, if you are looking for meditation, then do you a visit to the Patanjali Vidyapeeth located at Dr. Verma Farm House at Annapurna road. It is one of the best places from where you can get an experience of real yoga and a taste of yogic lifestyle.

The city of Foodies!

If you are a foodie then Indore is the place to be in. You can find different varieties of food including snacks, sweets, beverages and much more. Indore is famous for its Poha Jalebi breakfast. You should taste as much as variety of food as possible as your digestive system permits. Do remember, that Indian food can get spicy at times and therefore if you are not that accustomed with spices, then either avoid it or order less spicy food separately.

You can always enjoy lots of other breakfast like Samosa, Kachori, Khaman, different kinds of sweets and much more. Places to visit to get the taste of Indore’s foodie lifestyle are 56 shop located in Palasia and Sarafa located in the traditional Indore city near Rajwada. Apart from it, you if you like to explore the history of the city, then simply visit Rajwada, which would give you enough insights in to the lifestyle of the Holkars, who mostly dominated Indore.

What else to do?

Apart from it, there are enough places from where you can shop including shopping malls as well as local street side shops. Do you remember to bargain smartly and be street smart because most of the foreigners are soft targets gate of roadside shops. If you like to avoid them, and simply shop at the malls and which have fixed price and an automated billing system which does not leave much scope for bargaining and being spoofed.

Apart from it, do remember to follow all normal safety norms of a Traveler and try to avoid Walking Alone or even with a group to an unknown place. Although, Indore is one of the safest cities of India and is also cleanest one around, yet, you are expected to follow the rules regulations and precautions of a Traveler to avoid any misfortune and minimize any chance of any kind of unfortunate incident to happen.

If you like to get something specific information regarding the hotels, flights, or Railways, then you always use internet and get exact details of the hotels as well as fight and trains timings.

All and all, Indore is nice and clean city which has got all the necessary ingredients that a traveler would look out for. You can find great food, enough places to visit in and around the city and people of Indore are very friendly and jolly and they are always going to help you around as and when needed. If you can visit the city at the right time of the season, then you are most likely to enjoy the essence of the city.

The Best Things to See in Manila

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Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is a compactly colonized harborside city situated on the island of Luzon. It is an amalgamation of old Spanish colonial structural design and modern skyscrapers and is a lively but lesser appreciated city. Plan a trip to Manila and get ready for a new perspective the city is going to give you. The architecture of churches is Baroque inspired and the malls there are known to be the largest in the world which is planned with such great finesse and amazing magnitude which gives the feel of a proper cosmopolitan city.

You can also earn money by playing casinos. There are many casinos in Manila and so you must read a few online casino reviews before choosing the final one.

So while in Manila the best things that you can do are listed below.

1. The San Agustin Museum

San Agustin Museum will give you an understanding of the colonial years of Manila along with the history of how Catholic faith began to start in the Philippines. The museum was formerly known as a church which was destroyed during World War II and was reconstructed in the 1970s which included a library, sacristy, crypt, halls and its former refectory. There is a huge collection of pastoral artworks which consists of wooden sculptures, antique vestments, paintings, altars, etc. Furthermore, you will get to know of many other relevant historical facts such as how Manila was partly demolished in 1945.

2. Chinatown
Chinatown in the first visit, will not give much of a tourist spot feeling because it is a crowded and high traffic area. This place gives a very authentic feel of the Chinese trading existence that has been in the city since the 800s and the town of Binondo developed as an area for the community known as Hokkien Chinese. They were immigrants and along with their successors were oppressed during the Spanish colonial time span. There are many Buddhist temples and eateries which provide genuine Chinese food such as dim sum, etc.

3. Ayala Museum

The Ayala museum situated in Makati is extensively about the Philippines’ art and culture, archaeology, customs, folklore in a huge AC building that was earlier the stock exchange office. The six most highlighted exhibitions that deal with traditional Filipino materials including artworks from the 19th and 20th century’s renowned artists Juan Luna and Fernando Zóbel. In addition to this, you can also get to know of the country’s history at the Diorama Experience with sixty chronologically ordered models placed there.

4. Manila Bay walk

The riverside boulevard of Manila Bay is a must visit locale during the sunset as the lustrous waters were the witness to the Battle of Manila Bay between Spain and the United States Navy in 1898. The battle resulted in America’s significant victory which marked the end of the 300 years old Spanish rule. There are skyscrapers across the street which has many restaurants and bistros and with food vendors and amazing live music street performance.

5. Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago was the military base for the government of Spain, which was built in the year 1571 and the Battle of Manila had damaged few areas which were consequently renovated. The main gate of the architecture has a relief of known Spanish patron saint Santiago Matamoros and below this was the Spanish coat of arms and gives an idea of the independence movement of the Philippines that happened in 1896-1898. Additionally, there is a shrine of José Rizal, the national hero, which is built in his honour and replicates his familial home.

6. Manila Cathedral

The Manila Cathedral was established in the year 1571 and has endured natural calamities, war, fire, etc. and went through a complete renovation few years back. Meanwhile, the striking and impressive architecture in Plaza de Roma is actually the eighth rebuild and not long ago after it was reinstated, Pope Francis gave a mass in 2015. This 20th-century beautiful structure, is in itself a masterpiece, with mirror finished marble flooring, stained glass windows and high vaults in the center and has been designed by well known Filipino artist Galo Ocampo.

7. Rizal Park

The Rizal par is situated in the southern belt of Intramuros which is quite essential to Philippine history. In 1946, it was declared an independent state and the national hero, José Rizal was executed here in 1896 which brought the Philippine Revolution to its climax. The edifice was built in 1913, at the exact spot where he was killed and this was his 17th death anniversary of his which hold his relics and is under surveillance twenty-four into seven by the Marine Corps soldiers. As much as this place is of historical importance, this park is also an uncommon open area in the city and per say, a green island adjacent to some of the most crammed streets in the world.

8. National Museum of Fine Arts

The National Museum of Fine Arts accommodates many beautiful sculptures and paintings of the 19th and 20th century renowned Filipino artists such as Fernando Zóbel, Félix Hidalgo and Juan Luna. They were important artists of the epoch and they represented a movement that put Filipino art on the world art map. The magnum opus was Juan Luna’s the Spoliarium and it also won a gold medal in 1884 at the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in Madrid and the symbolism was meant for José Rizal.

9. Casa Manila

Intramuros has a museum in it which portrays the colonial way of life whilst the Spanish immigration in the Philippines known as Casa Manila. It was built sometime around the 1980s and is a nice replica of a mid-19th-century residence. The base is made of stone and the upper floor has painted wood which comprises of a passage that opens to a courtyard which has a fountain and palms. The interiors have opulently designed living room that makes way to the bedroom and kitchen plus the bathroom and each room has genuine and real objet d'art placed to enhance the beauty of the décor. Moreover, the bathroom has an unusual feature of twin lavatory made out of wood which gives an interesting look.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Top 5 Attractions In Delhi For Every Traveler

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If you are planning to visit India and are more interested in visiting cities with rich cultural history, Delhi, the country’s capital has to be on top of your list. The stark contrast between Old Delhi with its amazing architectural heritage from Mughal times; and New Delhi with its
modern architectural feats are nothing short of amazing to witness. But concrete wonders aren’t the only thing to enjoy in Delhi, the city has some of the world’s most beautiful gardens as well as many other sights worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. So, get your Bangalore to Delhi flights plan ready to start the memorable journey. If you wish to make your trip to
Delhi worthwhile, keep this article handy because I am about to share with you some of the best attractions the capital city has to offer.

1. Red Fort
The memorable monument stands as a reminder of the powerful Mughal era and a symbol of India’s fight for freedom. Built by Shah Jahan, the fifth ruler of the Mughal empire, to symbolize his shift of Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. The fort has a very rich history and runs a light and sound show each evening highlighting it.n

2. The Jama Masjid/Mosque
Another architectural marvel, the Jama Masjid is counted among the country’s largest mosques. The humongous structure can hold more than 25,000 people in its courtyard. Completed in the late 1650s, the mosque took 12 years to erect. Since it is a religious establishment, you need to be dressed appropriately to enter the premises. However, you need not worry about it as the attires are available on spot.

3. The Akshardham of Swaminarayan
After sharing two wonders form the Mughal era, it would be only fair to share with you some modern sights as well. Beginning with the Akshardham of Swaminarayan. Dedicated to showcasing the Indian culture, this behemoth temple structure opened its doors to the public in 2005. Enjoying the whole complex thoroughly requires a good amount of your day. However, remember that visitors aren’t allowed to bring cameras or phones inside the temple premises, so prepare accordingly.

4. The Gandhi Smriti
Another spot that does not connect with the Mughal era is the Gandhi Smriti. A museum
dedicated to India’s Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The place is filled with beautiful sculptures, paintings, photos and inscriptions. The room where Gandhi used to live is on display and has been kept in its original condition since his assassination. You can also visit the spot where he was shot as well the ground where Gandhi held congregations daily.
5. The India Gate
Perhaps one of the most popular sites in Delhi, for locals as well as tourists, the India Gate stands at the center of the New City. A war memorial built in the honor of the Indian soldiers who fought the British during World War I. Surrounded by a very widespread garden, it is the perfect place to hang out and relax during summers. But if you really wish to be amused by the structure and its surroundings, I would suggest you visit it during the late evening hours when it’s light with a warm glow. You will truly be amazed.

Have you been to Delhi? Do you have another favorite spot? Do share with us in the comments

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Top rated tourist attractions in Melbourne

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Melbourne is the Australia’s second largest city which is very vibrant, elegant and multicultural. Am convinced that these are the main reasons why this city tops our list of the best cities to visit in Australia. 

The city also features some of the best hidden lane ways and some of the oldest and historically significant buildings. This short brief will cover some of the best Melbourne attractions that you need to visit and see in 2019.

Federation square

Federation square was opened in 2001 to commemorate 100 years of federation. This means that most of the tourists today want to see what is happening and at the same time have a connection with it till the end of times. When the square was being opened, there were those people that hated it and those others that loved it. 

The square is located opposite of Flinders street station which is a major public transport hub. This means that you may not have a hard time to locate it in the city even if you are visiting the city for the first time.

Royal Botanic Gardens

This garden is located just next to Yarra River which is just two kilometers from the Central Business District. This garden is among the finest gardens in the whole world with a beautiful and an educative touch. The garden was established about 150 years ago and that’s why most of the tourists are coming to see and have some good time in the garden. 

The park covers an area of about 38 hectares and hosts over 8500 species of plants. Most rare species of plants that you don’t see out there are found in this garden. What this means is that visiting this garden is both educative and fun.

Royal exhibitions Building

This building is situated at the district of Cariton. It was constructed in 1880 and served as the meeting place for the Australian Federal Parliament. However, most of its parts are destroyed by fire but the main hall stands tall. You just have to spare two hours of your time to visit this building before you close your tour in Australia. 

This place is also a very common place for local events and even convictions. What this means is that you can actually attend any of the events here at any time you want.

Melbourne Zoo

Sometimes it gets very hard to go see world creatures in the forest. Though, there’s now hope because you can pay a visit to this zoo and you will see several wild creatures. Most of the people are used to seeing Kangaroos, 

Koalas and Emus but there are several others that you can see. There are some elephants and even Lemurs. The elephants here are sourced from Asia and Lemurs from Madagascar.

Now you don’t have to leave Australia before you got to the tallest building in the city. It gives you the best view of the city and at the same time affords the visitors the best bird watching point. The building is not only known as the tallest building in Australia but in the southern hemisphere.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Chill-axing at Bintan Lagoon Resort in Indonesia

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Indonesia, “The Emerald of the Equator” is a very popular country to visit as it is among the three countries easily accessible from each other. In our case, our gateway through one of its island resorts is from Singapore.

"Terimah Kasi", "hati hati", just some of the words that we learned when we visited for the first time the country Indonesia, meaning “thank you and take care” respectively.  It was my better half’s birthday present to me. I and my husband got married in the year 1995, so to be exact it was also our 23rd Wedding Anniversary. My feeling was melancholy because my children didn't come with us, however, glad because I enjoyed our out of the country getaway.

Sometimes, a husband and wife should also have moments of their own, temporarily away from their children. Besides my kids are already all grown-up.

This is to make their relationship grow fonder. According to Mingon McLaughlin, "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” I am fortunate having my family together through thick and thin which makes my life complete and meaningful.

Bintan Lagoon Resort is a five-star island resort in Indonesia. Our stay there for three days and two nights was so relaxing. I and my husband arrived there on November 11 at around five o’clock in the afternoon, coming from Singapore and travelled to the island via ferry from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.

Aside from a resort staff with the placard containing the name of my husband, and bringing a golf cart to exclusively fetch us, while the rest of the visitors rode the bus,
we were also welcomed by Indonesian cultural dancers at the hotel lobby, and followed by lemongrass welcome drinks and cold towels from the friendly resort staff. Truly a VIP welcome for borh of us.

The reception area is quite spacious and awesome. There is an elevated area where lots of sofa sets are being arranged and seem inviting every guest that arrives to sit down and relax for a while before checking in at their rooms. Later, we were given our spectacularly classy room that will be our temporary home for three days and two nights. I most especially loved the comfy bed plus the spacious and elegant bathroom.

I was surprised when my husband opened the room door, because I saw beautiful flowers scattered around the bed with a towel shaped like a well and an elephant. On the table was a slice of cake with the “Happy Birthday” written on it. My heart melt with joy with what I saw, it was really a surprise for me since it was a bit early for a birthday greeting. My birthday is still on the 13th. Because of this, I fell in love again with my better half, and would like to thank the resort for the warm gesture of greeting me in advance of my natal day.

In the evening of the same day, we had our dinner in Nelayan Restaurant, a Japanese restaurant inside the resort. We were treated as very important persons (VIP), pampered with recommendations of their best dishes for our budget enough to feed royalties. We will share the details on a separate blog post. For the meantime, look for the videos all over our official Wazzup Pilipinas Facebook account.

Our second day in Bintan Lagoon Resort was a lot more exciting, after a filling breakfast at Fiesta buffet restaurant, and a quick tour of the resort to see the different amenities and accommodation options, we got to visit different areas of the island through the guidance of a kind hearted driver and tour guide in one.

Our first visit of our Heritage and Eco Farm tour package sponsored by IndoBintan Tours and Travel was at Safari Lagoi, then followed by visits at a Chinese Temple, Muslim Temple, Public Beach, and culminating at a late seafood lunch feast at one of the restaurants located within Bintan Mangrove. We will share the detailed stories of our tour on a separate blog post.

Our tour guide brought us back to Bintan Lagoon Resort where we had late dinner of their best pizza, burger and coffee at Terrace Sports Bar. But that was only after we took a dip in the huge main pool of the resort which almost feels like we have it all for ourselves since there were only a few people also hanging out at the pool area.

Our third and last day in Bintan was equally awesome, since we got to try some if the activities included in our Chillax package - the chance to drive their All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) through a jungke path, ride on a Ninebot Segway at their Leisure Center, shoot arrows at the Archery area near where we also tried to hit golf balls at the Driving Range.

Honestly, we were already rushing the activities but unable to do the rest of the packaged activities like the water sports which includes the jet ski, and other complimentary activities including billiards, gym, and practically all other ball and board games available at the resort.

We ended the activities with another filling lunch at Haskell's restaurant beside the golf course. Got to catch them at a time when they were doing photo shoots of their dishes, so we had an opportunity to get a look of the other dishes, aside from those we ate.

The Chillax package we mentioned on Chapter 1 of this series was among the 2 To Go Packages - an all inclusive 3days and 2 nights Chill-axing time which starts from IDR 4,042, 500 per person, which includes a De Luxe room for two, the round-trip ferry service, complimentary breakfast at Fiesta, lunch and dinner credits for two at IDR 262,500 and IDR 420,000 respectively, complimentary cocktail or mocktail drinks for two every night, plus other discounted rates.

Do we still need to emphasize how pampered we were during our stay at Bintan Lagoon Resort?

Isn't it obvious that we enjoyed our stay and would definitely want to go back in The Emerald of the Equator – Indonesia, since Bintan Island is just a small part of the said country. But if given a choice of destinations in the country, I would always pick Bintan Lagoon Resort again, and highly recommend it to everyone. Not to exagerrate, but our stay at Bintan Lagoon Resort was undoubtedly a very memorable experience.

Contributed by Wilma Del Rosario

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