You don’t have to spend much or travel far to get some air. The Pasig City RAVE: Rainforest Adventure Experience is for families, friends, and couples looking for a great place to chill, walk around, and bond — away from the hustle and bustle of the polluted metro. The park is well-maintained and the animals look well. The plants are thriving and the paths are clean.
I have finally been to The Happiest Place On Earth — Hong Kong Disneyland Park. There’s nothing better than to roam around Disneyland with your parents and siblings. I love the fact that our over-50-year-old parents were able to match (and sometimes surpass) our energy. We really had a wonderful and magical time.
Elephant Nature Park is a rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand that provides a natural sanctuary for dozens of elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes, and many other animals, where you can walk with, feed, pet, and bathe the elephants. Since the 1990s, the organization has strived to cater to these animals’ welfare and development.
Bahay Na Bato Open Art Gallery is located in the municipality of Luna, The Pebble Capital of the North, in La Union. Inside the two-storey stone house are various World War II items, carved stones, and wooden adornments. Stepping out onto the second-floor balcony offers you a panoramic view of the pebbled beach and uniquely-landscaped lawn.
We don’t usually stay at fancy hotels, but we found a voucher on Metrodeal and we thought it was a good deal. I’ve read some bad reviews about Cebu’s Crown Regency, but I personally have nothing to complain about. We enjoyed their amenities and freebies, and the complimentary meals were delicious!
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a heritage park pioneered by Jose Rizalino “Jerry” Acuzar of the New San Jose Builders. Each house was dismantled brick by brick and relocated to the 400-hectare lot in Bagac, where they were carefully reassembled in the same fashion and then restored. Missing parts were replicated to resemble the original structure.
As much as I would like to be travelling all the time, months can go by without me actually going anywhere — mostly due to insufficient funds, but also due to the fact that I like to be lazy during summer. For most people, summer is the best time to go to the beach, but for me, this time of year is all about rest and being lax.
The San Luis Del Mar resort is approximately a two-hour drive from Baguio City. There is a side road to Baccuit Norte along the Bauang highway that leads to the seaside. The resort is a 1.1 hectare beachfront property with beautiful landscaping and a spacious parking lot. We decided to go there for a family outing.
When we were planning our trip to Thailand, my sister and I decided that aside from the elephants, we definitely had to see the ladyboys. Watching a performance in Bangkok was out of the question because we were only there for a day, then we had to fly to Chiang Mai; The alternative we found was the Anusarn Market Cabaret.
During our 5D4N Bali adventure, we stopped at Laksmi Bali Agro Tourism to look at the luwak and coffee plantation. A guide met us at the parking lot and offered a tour for free. The tour guide was very patient and answered all our questions about the plantation and the luwak. Luwak is an Asian palm civet — a nocturnal animal.
The Kecak Dance is set in a breathtaking environment. The amphitheater overlooks the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, the gorgeous sunset, and the striking silhouette of Uluwatu Temple on the edge of a cliff. As the sun dips into the horizon, the dancers begin their trance-like chanting, which leaves almost every person in the packed arena mesmerized.
Padang Padang is one of the “hidden” beaches in Bali. After the movie Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts came out, it became one of the not-so-hidden beaches in Bali. To get to the beach, one must walk down a narrow and steep flight of stone steps, through a rock tunnel, while looking out for monkeys who have a tendency to steal items from visitors.
After seeing Gunung Kawi, our temple thirst had been satiated, but we continued to Tirta Empul, which is nearby, to complete our Bali experience. Once there, we opted to walk around the area as there were a lot of people in the pool area and visitors wandering inside the complex. The temple is built around a spring with clean, running water.