Category: Tourism

Palawan : An Escape to Always Remember

Palawan : An Escape to Always Remember

Palawan has always been included on the best islands in the world for years now and just recently it landed on the second spot behind Boracay island. It’s a dream paradise for locales and foreigners alike. 

Palawan
Palawan

Aside from its famous top of the line white sand beaches and pristine turquoise water, one of the new seven natural wonders of the world is located here The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.
Palawan can be reached by plane and ferries from neighboring cities that is traveling alternately on a daily basis. It will take you an hour and 20 minutes by plane from Metro Manila to Puerto Princesa the capital of Palawan.
So what made Palawan then one of the best islands in the world? One of our family friends who is now living in The Netherlands who recently visited the Beautiful island of Palawan made a 7 minute compilation video of their getaways and escapades in the island.

Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family
Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family

The video has all it takes to prove why Palawan deserves the title and included in the list. Jerry and Lhanie showed in the video everything they experienced even the smallest details that would make Palawan a memorable place to visit. From freshly caught seafoods to snorkeling. From Riding a motorcycle to gliding down thru the longest zip line in the country you will be awe of what you will see on your side, a creator’s masterpiece ,a spectacular sight to behold.

Please click the link below to view the video :

https://www.facebook.com/mrexpatstravel/videos/388958938161748/

Thus, It’s really more fun in the Philippines with its more than 7 thousand islands to choose from, Every tourists won’t be run out of place and adventures for every island has its unique and distinct things to offer.  

Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family
Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family

Just like Jerry and Lhanie Abad and their beautiful daughter Alexa, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this island paradise as much as they did and would keep on coming back to discover more of this haven as each visit would be an escape to always remember.

Best Christmas Destinations in the Philippines

Best Christmas Destinations in the Philippines

The Philippines is a country well known for its long Christmas celebration.

Filipinos have the tradition of the so-called “BER months” wherein September marks the long celebration of Christmas Season. The country literally transforms into a spectacular place of lights and sounds where Christmas decorations are all over the street. You will be amazed of the decors you can find in every house. You can hear Christmas carols everywhere. What makes it more exciting are the famous Bibingka and Puto Bumbong.

Love is also all over during this season. Families gather together to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Some choose to stay home for Noche Buena while others go to different beautiful places in the country. More than any other celebration, what matters most during this season is the bond of each family.

If you are planning to have an extraordinary Christmas season this year with your family, then here are just some of the beautiful places you can visit.

1. San Fernando, Pampanga

Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival

You will surely be amazed with the lights and sounds, which you can see in every corner of the city, which is also the Lantern Capital of the Philippines. If you are asking for more, then you can visit the city during its annual lantern festival. This event exhibits massive lanterns, which will make you dance to sounds and lights. The place is perfect for sightseeing, not to mention the cold breeze of the wind during the season. Your family can surely enjoy the beautiful lights of the city.

2. Baguio City

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Well, it does not snow in the Philippines. Everyone knows that but if you want to wear your jackets and boots then Baguio city is the perfect place for you. The city is popular for its cold weather. In fact, it is the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”. Enjoy the cold weather with your family while roaming around the city. Baguio has many tourist destinations to offer. Mines View and Burnham Park are just some to mention. You can also visit night markets where you can find affordable items. Do not forget to try their popular products like peanut brittle and strawberry.

3. Zambales

Anawangin Cove Zambales
Anawangin Cove Zambales

If you want to move out from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and want to do something extraordinary then you can visit the province of Zambales. I am sure you will have a celebration out of the usual in this place. Your family can go to the beautiful beaches of the province and enjoy the peaceful surrounding. Camp with your family beside the beach and celebrate Noche Buena.       

4. Cebu

Cebu
Cebu

When it comes to tourist spots, the Queen City of the South surely has a lot to offer. Cebu City is popular for its historical churches, which are perfect to visit with your family during the Christmas Season. The City is not only known for its truly amazing sceneries, it also offers unique and delicious foods you and your family can surely enjoy.

5. Palawan

Amanpulo, Palawan
 Palawan

No doubt, this place will be on the list. In fact, Palawan is a great escape during holiday seasons. Not only ordinary people visit the place but as well as celebrities do. It is a place away from the noisy sound of the city. Palawan is a perfect place to visit with your family. It is popular for its beautiful beaches where you can enjoy different activities. You can also celebrate Noche Buena in the popular restaurants in the place.

6. Misamis Occidental

Christmas Symbols
Christmas Symbols

This province may not be as popular compare to the other mentioned above but you will definitely love the place especially if you are more inclined to Mother Nature. The Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines is located here. If you love spending your Noche Buena  thousand feet above sea level you can experience it here and staring at the dark night sky lit by thousand of stars while waiting for fireworks display  in the city .

More than the celebrations, we must always remember the true spirit of Christmas, giving and sharing. Let us also do not forget to give thanks for all the blessings we received.

Misamis Occidental : A Breathtaking Countryside

Misamis Occidental : A Breathtaking Countryside

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In my years of living abroad there had been no time that i forgot my hometown. A place where I grew up and molded me to become the best person that I can be. It is where I find solitude and serenity by simply walking along the countryside of this magnificent province. 

Misamis Occidental is a province situated in the northern part of Mindanao. Oroquieta City is the capital and Ozamis City is the business hub of the province because it is where the airport located and mostly business establishments are there. It’s just an hour and 15 minutes away by plane from Metro Manila and there are two flights daily either by CebuPac or PAL.
As a person it is important not to take for granted the place that saw all your endeavors and achievements in life. As the famous line ” ang Hindi marunong lumingon ay di makakarating sa kanyang paroroonan” so it is with great pride and honor to take you to a place that will make you fall in love again.

Taboc Hanging Bridge
Taboc Hanging Bridge
City Plaza
City Plaza

First, Oroquieta City, my birth place. It’s just an hour away from the airport by land travel. If you love Mother Nature then this is the best place for you. Upon reaching the City, it won’t be hard to find a place to stay coz there are cheap yet nice hotels around the area. One famous destination in the city is their Boulevard or “the city plaza” as the locals call it. The Boulevard is facing the sea and the best spot to experience the best sunrise you’ll ever witness. A breathe of fresh and crisp air, sound of the waves that rushing thru the shores and a peaceful surrounding will make everyone’s soul ameliorate from stress. Taboc Hanging Bridge is another spot that you shouldn’t missed when you’re in the city. The bridge is made up of woods and been there for decades and still stand thru the test of time.

Sunrise Beach
Sunrise Beach
The Cove
The Cove

Next is the Municipality of Baliangao. The place is famous for its white powdery sand beaches, fresh seafoods and fruits. The beaches here are untouched and clean. It’s a haven for couples or even those singles who just want to have a private moments in their life as the place is quiet and placid. And try their freshly catch seafoods and fresh fruits lined on the street in a very cheap price.

Christmas Symbols
Christmas Symbols
Hoyohoy highland Park
Hoyohoy highland Park

And then visit The Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines, Tangub City. As the tag line itself i need not explain to you what the City is famous of. The tradition usually starts on the 1st of December until first week of January. Every year the City has different themes for its symbols. Afterwards you can visit Hoyohoy highland Park. It is believe to be the highest and the longest zip line in Asia. Whilst in the Park you can try horseback riding or simply staring at the sea of clouds that are covering some parts of the Province.

Dolphin Rescue Center
Dolphin Rescue Center

In the Municipality of Sinacaban where MOAP is located that stands as Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park. The Park is also a sanctuary for different and some endangered species that can only be found in the Philippines. Another thing that the Park is famous of is the Dolphin Rescue center where you can have the chance to feed some rescued dolphins and turtles and can even play with them. A motorboat or bangka will take you to the island coz it is situated in the middle of the sea, a manmade island.

Baga Falls
Baga Falls

Meanwhile in the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga where you can find the hidden waterfalls known Baga Falls believe to be homed of some fairies because of its stunning beauty and calm place. On the highest peak of the area prepared to be taken away of the view of the whole municipality, it’s simply amazing and indescribable.
And if you are hungry and looking for some native and sweet delicacies then the Municipality of Clarin will satisfy your cravings. It is where you can find the best delicacies in a very reasonable price.

St John the Baptist
St John the Baptist

And for the historically inclined and buffs people you must visit Jimenez for it’s also named as the little Vigan in the Province where you can glimpse a touched of Spanish inspired houses and the oldest church is also located there St. John the Baptist and declared as one of the national treasures by the NCCA. Or visit Ozamis Cotta and behold this old Spanish Fort after which you can drop by at the miraculous “Birhen ng Cotta”.

Ozamis Cotta
Ozamis Cotta

These are just a few of what the Province of Misamis Occidental has to offer to its visitors. I’ve already fall in love with the place and will never be tired of loving this beautiful place. I hope you will include this on your next travel adventures and experience a different kind of hospitality that you can only find here.

Abu Dhabi : Be Fascinated with Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld

Abu Dhabi : Be Fascinated with Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld

Abu Dhabi constitutes one of the seven Emirates and the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It’s just almost 2 hours away drive from Dubai by public bus which will cost you like 20 dirhams because up to this writing there has been no train yet that will take you to Abu Dhabi from Dubai. The biggest oil reserves in the country is said to be located here. Aside from petroleum Abu Dhabi is trying their best to become an International Aviation Hub like that of Dubai by putting extra effort to make its flag carrier Etihad Airways one of the bests or be the best Airline in the future.

Aside from other tourist destinations that Abu Dhabi can offer to its visitors like the Emirates Palace and the Grand Mosque. There are two attractions that I’ve been to that would make your Abu Dhabi escapades a memorable one and that when you heard the place Abu Dhabi these two theme parks will come to your mind first.

Ferrari World
Ferrari World

The first theme park that opened its Door to tourists and locales last November of 2010 is the ever famous Ferrari World. Ferrari World is said to be the First and Only Ferrari theme Park in the world and has the record of the largest space frame built. Formula Rossa which is still the holder of the fastest roller coaster ever built is a ride of your life that no one should ever missed. You may be terrified by the looks of it’s loop much more of its speed when it started to maneuver but there’s a feeling of fulfillment when you finished the course of the rides. It’s unexplainable.

Fiorano Duo Challenge
Fiorano Duo Challenge

But if you don’t want to torture your mind and heart with Formula Rossa, you can try Fiorano GT Challenge it’s a duel roller coaster but a bit slower than Rossa but the adrenaline rush is still present. The park has also rides available for children when you’re bringing them with you. Thus the park is not only made available for adults but for the entire Family.
My Ferrari World Adventure was just one of the best memories I had in Abu Dhabi. It is something I’m looking forward to experience it once again as I heard that the Park is adding new attractions that will make you enjoy your visit there. The Park ,by any means, has a lot to offer aside from those two being mentioned it’s just that those two were the first to popped out in my mind when I say Ferrari World but rest assured that the other attractions were fair enough to give it a try and equivalent hair raising experience.

Speed of Magic
Speed of Magic

Speed of magic too is something to watch out for and it will let you experience a 4D thrill like you’ve never done before. And the ticket price for a day access is 360 dirhams per person.

Yas Waterworld
Yas Waterworld

Another attraction that is just beside Ferrari World is the mega waterpark Yas Waterworld. Anyway both attractions are located in Yas Island. Yas Waterworld offers different kinds of rides and some of which are said to be one of its kind. Having said that because 5 of which can only be found in Yas and you won’t experience it in other water theme parks.
Bandit bomber is one attraction that you should not missed. Actually it’s a suspended roller coaster with water onboard that you can splash to all those people below and the ride itself was pretty exciting.

Dawwama
Dawwama

Me and my friends enjoyed so much with Dawwama. It’s a 20 meter like funnel tube where you and your friends ride in one raft upon release you will be twisted down like you’re inside a tornado. The ride was intoxicating though.

Nurses @ Yas Waterworld
Nurses @ Yas Waterworld

For the Price of 325 dirhams you will have the chance to ride all 40 plus rides but I doubt one day would be enough unless you will be there earlier as possible.
These two attraction promise to give you the most exciting ride of your life. A kind of ride that is worth keeping for. Its something no one would want not to come back to experience it once again coz every now and then they are adding new and exciting rides that is nowhere to be found but only in these theme parks.

Hongkong Disneyland & Universal Studios Singapore : From Fantasy to Reality

Hongkong Disneyland & Universal Studios Singapore : From Fantasy to Reality

imageIn every country or city I visited one of the few things I looked for is their themed parks. I am not only a traveler but an adventurer too. I am the type who loved to experience different kinds of thrill and would like to conquer my fears whatever it takes. And of course we all have that “kid in us” who just wanted to fulfill our long time fantasies and relive those moments when we were still young.
image imageIt may sound weird because I’m a guy but the first themed park I longed to visit is Hongkong Disneyland. Ever since I was a child and I know all of us was once dreamt of becoming a prince or a princess and since then I aspire to visit Hongkong Disneyland. And this dream became reality when I was bound to Dubai and had to stay in Hongkong for 2 days. The first thing that came to my mind was Disneyland. I was totally in awe when I finally set foot in this magical kingdom. What amazed me in my entire visit there that brought out the child in me is during the “Disneyland Flight of Fantasy Parade” it was totally awesome. I couldn’t explained or describe to you my feelings at that time when I saw all my favorite Disney characters walking in front of me. Up to now the experienced I had there made me smile whenever I think of it because you would never believe me when I say I sing along with those kids around me the theme song of Disneyland. I never felt ashamed or whatever you may call it coz I’m enjoying every moment of it until night time came. The highlight was Disney in the Star fireworks it was so grand that it leaves me speechless for a couple of minutes watching those projections in the castle.
Anyway, there are 2 kinds of tickets being sold here the Standard Day and the 2-Day tickets.For Standard Day it’s HK$539 for General admission and for 2-Day it’s HK$739 for General Admission. For further details regarding ticket ranges you may visit Hongkong Disneyland website.
imageTo young adult and those kids at heart whatever your gender may be I suggest to visit Hongkong Disneyland even once in your life and I guarantee you will cherish every moment of your stay there and you will be coming back to Disneyland. Like me it was like I’m living those fantasies of my childhood a dream that became a reality.
imageAnother theme park I was able to visit just recently is the Universal Studios in Singapore. If Disneyland is more of a fantasy animated type, Universal Studios for me is more like of a Sci-Fi attraction coz it’s mostly based on movies and offers a different kind of thrill. If you are a fan of Transformers, Jurassic park et al then Universal Studios is the best place for you. One of the many things I will never forget there is “The Museum” it’s as if you were really in ancient Egypt with all those structures that lined up going inside the Pyramid. As shown in the pictures you can tell how stunning the view really is. For sure you will be static when you were there living like an Egyptian.
imageAside from the Transformers, you can also try other intergalactic rides an out of this world ride that will make you scream like there’s no tomorrow. Though it was really scary I was still able to ride one of those and tried to conquer my fear coz in the first place that was one of my reasons why I travel to explore places, meet different people and conquer the fear of the unknown.
imageThe entrance fee or Standard One Day Pass is S$74. For more information regarding ticket details you may visit Universal studios Singapore website.
Universal studios in Singapore is something you won’t regret of going. The experience is priceless and it’s worth keeping for. Memories that you can be proud of sharing to your friends. My only advice is for you to have a VVIP access so you won’t waste your time queuing for a single attraction same as in Disneyland. Though it may cost you a little extra but it’s fine than losing your whole time queuing and not able to try all the rides.
I know not all of us have that once in a lifetime chance to travel places but don’t lose your hope in achieving your dreams. Life may not be a fairytale like those attractions present in those two parks but holding on to your childhood fantasies and striving hard who knows in the near future you will be living your own fantasies that everyone dream of.

Dubai : A Dream Destination

Dubai : A Dream Destination

                          In my life long journey of exploring and discovering new things around the world I would delineate Dubai as a place where modern and unique architectural designs are possible. Dubai may be a minute place in terms of land area compare to other progressive cities in the world but in other aspects Dubai may top of the lists like in tourism industry and just recently Emirates Airline topped the list of worlds best airline. That’s why every day thousands of tourists are arriving in the world’s largest and busiest airport to date. Because the city never stops in excogitating something new and fresh to its tourists.
                         

Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab

 In my experienced, the first thought that came to my mind about this place , Dubai, is desert, oil and camels but as soon as I stepped in to this magnificent City everything changed and my eyes were mesmerized of the things I saw. It was directly opposite to what I expected of this City, the skyline is stunning and everything is close to perfection.
                           

The Dancing Fountain
The Dancing Fountain

                                         

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

On my first day I went directly to the biggest mall in the world, The Dubai Mall,like every other malls I’ve been to there are some similarities with it, the thing is the mall houses also the worlds largest indoor aquarium the first of its kind in the Persian Gulf, The Dubai Mall Aquarium. The Aquarium has more than a thousand species of mammals lived in harmony with each other and it offers new attractions every now and then. After which I witnessed the ever famous “Dancing Fountain” just beside the majestic Burj Khalifa. Anyway Burj is an Arabic term for Tower. It was a picturesque view that I would love to keep forever. Before I ended my first day I stopped over to another mall, The Mall of the Emirates where you can find the first indoor ski attraction, The Ski Dubai. It’s also one of the many firsts that you can find here in Dubai.
                           

Dune Bashing
Dune Bashing

 Second Day I tried to experience the Arabian life through Dune Bashing, Belly Dancing and Camel Riding. I was kinda skeptical for a moment to try the 4×4 dune bashing I don’t really have so much trust for the driver then but when he started to drive all the fear in me squeezed me out and I just wanted to scream like there’s no tomorrow but unexpectedly I was liking it. I had so much fun the whole night through everything was new to me and I can assure you it’s a “must try”.
                             

@ Gold Souq
@ Gold Souq

                         On my 3rd Day I went to the Gold Souq. Souq is a Arabic term for “open market area”. When you want to buy gold in more affordable prices but with good qualities then that’s a perfect place for you. It’s also a place where you can find some Arabic goods and souvenirs for all your loved ones back home. You will never go wrong when you visit the Souq because everything there is made from authentic Arabic materials.
                           

The Atlantis Hotel
The Atlantis Hotel

On my last day in Dubai I went to the Atlantis Hotel and Aquaventure. The hotel is located on the tip of the Palm Jumeirah. It’s just one of the largest man made structure in the City. Largest in the sense that it is visible to the naked eye if you are in the moon or inside a satellite. The Atlantis Aquaventure is one of the largest water themed parks in Dubai because just a few kilometers away from it is the equally famed “Wild Wadi Adventure” themed park.
                              These are just few of the many things to explore in Dubai and I promised myself that time that I will be back to discover more of Dubai and the other Emirates. And everything fell perfectly in the right place as I was destined to work in Dubai after a few months I visited the beautiful City.
                                I will keep you posted about my life here in this grandiose City and my sweet escapades to relieve my feeling of homesickness back home. Please leave a comment below if you want to know more about this place. Shokran!

What Hong Kong Has To Offer For Tourists?

What Hong Kong Has To Offer For Tourists?

A lot of people would agree with me, particularly those who have been to Hong Kong, that it is one of the best tourist spots in the world. It is a good place to visit, but you must not take time to consider settling down. Hong Kong is a great travel spot, but you cannot enjoy living there for a long time because the cost of living is too high. However, if you wish to just visit the place, then by all means, go there.

Take a look at these reasons why you must consider going to Hong Kong if you want to experience what it has to offer. I listed the best reasons why Hong Kong is a must-visit place, and why you have to consider visiting it. See for yourself what this city has to offer and get the chance to enjoy being there.

Why It Is Important To Consider Going To Hong Kong?

imageThe Victoria harbor, need I say more? – If you are in Hong Kong, make sure to visit the majestic Victoria harbor. The ravishing light show at the Victoria harbor is a great sight to behold. It is paired with a synchronized sound sponsored by the best skyline Iin the world. This “symphony of lights” takes place every 8:00 pm.

Take a tram to see the Peak – If you want to get a good sight of the skyline of Hong Kong, take a tram. You will then be transported to the Peak. Don’t forget to take time and walk when you are on the mountain. Take your camera with you and remember the bring shots at home to make your trip more memorable.

Hiking trails – Tired of seeing tall skyscraper in the business district of Hong Kong? Why not go on a hiking trail? You can go on a hike at the so-called “dragon’s back” or the “Lion rock”. You will never go wrong when you go on a trail. Experience the beauty of the mountains, while you meet the sea. Truly, it is the best of both worlds.

A shopping haven – Hong Kong is popular for its shopping areas. You won’t go back home without buying anything from the shopping areas in Hong Kong. You can buy all sorts of stuff in Hong Kong. There are large malls, as well as shopping kiosks that will suit your budget. You don’t need to spend too much money if you want  to buy souvenirs. Hong Kong has it all for you.

The famous Mongkok – If you want to get it all in one place, then Mongkok is a great place to be. It has all kinds of items ranging from flower, sneaker and gadgets. Just be sure to keep track of your purse and bag, because this area is dense.

imageAmusement Parks – Every kid’s dream is to visit Disneyland. Well, there’s a Disneyland in Hong Kong, so you don’t have to go halfway in the world just to visit a Disneyland. Ocean Park is another hit theme park for the family. Even kids at heart can have the best experience that these amusement parks have to offer.

Experience the “Asian” Night Life – If you go visit Lan Kwai Fong, you will totally have a great experience. It’s not your average night life. It will going to be one of your best night life scenes, ever! This is a must-visit if you love partying, especially if you are already in Hong Kong.

These are the reasons why you must visit Hong Kong. Take a look at these, and consider the best possible Asian travel that Hong Kong can offer.

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