Enjoy and explore the wonderful places in Australia

One of the best tourist spot in the whole world, also known to be as the Kangaroos land. Famous because it is one of the continents and also because of its natural wonders. You can find everything in Australia,  it goes in one package. From the natural wonders to the latest trend of technology, name it and you will find it here in Australia.

Let the kangaroos and koala bears welcome you  in their  fabulous  place. Australia will be the best place for your vacation.  Want to know why? Here are some reasons why you should choose Australia.

  • Great Barrier Reef – included in the seven natural wonders of the world. You will surely enjoy the amazing numbers of the largest coral reef in the whole world. It is composed of 900 island and 2, 900 coral reefs…amazing isn’t it?  Because of the clear water, you can also enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving in this area. Other than the amazing large coral you will surely love to see unique fishes that you will not find anywhere.
  • Sydney Harbor – Sydney is the one of the best place to visit in Australia. Considered to be the best tourist spot of  the country.  There are so many attractions that you can find in Sydney, but the Sydney Harbor Bridge and The Sydney Opera House is the most famous of them all.

Sydney Opera house – Even if  you haven’t seen Australia,  I am pretty sure that you have seen this Opera house in photographs especially on some postcards. With its unique design “white shell domed” you will definitely remember it. Most of the grand tours, concerts and theatre productions are held in this place.

Sydney harbor bridge – known as “ the Coathanger”, a steel arch structure that can accommodate 2 railways tracks, 7 lanes of traffic, 1 cycle lane and a footpath.

  • Melbourne – one of populated city in Australia, Melbourne is known to be the largest city of Victoria. In this city you can find the State library, The parliament house, the Melbourne town hall and so much more. And if you want to go for shopping, Melbourne is the best place which can satisfy your desire. Simply because it is the shopping capital of the country.
  • Uluru – well known by its previous name the Ayres rock, also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. But take note that there is a curfew for this place! You can also visit at around 7 in the morning till 6 in the evening and you should be above 16 years old.
  • Great Ocean Road – your vacation will be incomplete if you will not see the fabulous view of the the ocean road.  This is built in respect of the soldiers who fought during the World War I. Another important thing to see is the “ twelve apostles” characterized by 12 stones.

Be sure to see these amazing places in Australia! Have fun!

 

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Discover the heaven located on earth: Amanpulo

People do easily get tired because of their hectic schedules and stressful events. And we all know that once we get tired and stress, our mind and body will suffer a lot. Once were stress our mind can’t function normally, our immunity will decrease resulting  in sickness and depression. Thus it is imperative that once in a while we must pause and relax.

Give me a break!! Your mind and body is shouting already! Even cars and machine need to stop so as much for human. Recreation and getaways can surely help you forget your stress even for a while. Looking for a paradise which you can hide and be away temporarily from your busy schedule? Want to relax and have a complete peace of mind? Then Amanpulo,Philippines will be the best place where you can find inner peace for your mind and soul.

Peaceful place which is located in the island of  Pamalican, a private island near Palawan.  An hour away from the city of Manila, considered to be the most private resort in the Island of the Philippines. Because of its exclusiveness, don’t be surprised that your stay will be luxurious. Still don’t have enough idea for Amanpulo? See and believe!

Accommodation –  you will be surely amazed with those Bahay Kubo inspired little houses also known as “Casitas”. Designed with large bedrooms and wood floors. Never worry because the bathroom is made up of marble stones, to top it all, a comfortable sun deck is provided to make you relax and think for a while.

If you’re worrying that you may not be able to explore the whole island, don’t you worry they have this golf cart that you can use to discover the amazing island.

Clubhouse – you will surely love the clubhouse which has an overview of the swimming pool and the sea. It will not be a problem if you’re a foreigner and you’re looking for a certain food, they offers  a wide range of dishes from all over the world. Because the place is near the sea, expect that they will offer you a lot of seafood dishes.

In case that you want your body to be pampered, they’re also offering a great spa which is done in an open air. It is technically designed to be in an open air so that people can be relaxed and enjoy the amazing view of the island.

Sports- if you’re a sport minded person, your vacation will never be dull while you’re in Amanpulo.  You will surely enjoy water sports such as snorkeling and diving. And don’t worry for the diving equipments, there is a dive shop which offers equipments for diving , they do also offer diving courses and trips. Windsurfing can also be done on the eastern part of the island.

These are only a few of the amazing things that you can find and enjoy while in Amanpulo, Palawan. So better see it for yourself and enjoy!!

A must to remember before going to KSA

KSA short of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an Arab Islamic country which is located in the Middle East. Most of the people either man nor woman, once they reached the land of KSA definitely they will have a bit of culture shock especially if that will be the the first time for them to travel. Like a person who have a unique personality, almost all of the countries have their own culture and beliefs that needs to be followed.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has their own beliefs, customs, religions, practices and traditions, and every one of should respect those factors. Unlike other countries, Saudi Arabia is considered the most strict and conservative place. Thus, the foreign national should follow their rules and regulations otherwise they will be in Jail. So if you’re planning to go for a visit or for a work to Saudi Arabia you should always keep in mind the following rules.

Never ever carry or eat pork –  carrying and eating  pork is strictly prohibited in an Islamic country. It was clearly stated in their holy book or the Qu’ran that pork should not be eaten as it is harmful for a person’s body. So before leaving your country and traveling to Saudi Arabia or other part of the middle east be sure that you have enjoyed the pork already.

Alcohol – in other countries alcohol consumption is very much allowed, then not in Saudi Arabia. Any kind of beverage which has alcoholic contents is strictly prohibited in the country. Harm to the Islam religion. So if you’re a drinker then leave it and don’t bring that attitude in KSA.

Religion – in Saudi Arabia it is not allowed to practice your own religion. There is a certain place in KSA that there is a Catholic Church and you can find it in Aramco Company Dammam. But technically there should be only one religion to be practiced in KSA and this is ISLAM.

Illegal drugs – as the word stated it is “illegal”. Not only in Saudi Arabia but in every part of the world. But because KSA is a strict country if you were caught to have this type of drug surely the cost will be your life.

PDA- if you’re in a relationship or married, displaying of affection in public is certainly not allowed in this country. Don’t worry you can still do it privately J

Censored materials – avoid bringing pornographic materials, surely you will be in jailed if you will be caught.

Proper dress code – remember females you’re not in your  own country, for females in Saudi Arabia they are required to wear an ABAYA and a Hijab. It is again stated in the holy qu’ran that women should not reveal any parts of their body to avoid temptation for men.

These are just simple reminders, never forget these and your travel to Saudi Arabia will be meaningful!

 

Traveling and Thrifty I

The best things in life are free—well, not really because whether we like it or not, traveling requires MONEY. However, leisure does not really have to come extravagantly, especially since we can travel around the globe without breaking a piggy bank. Although society dictates that we need this and that when traveling, the primary factor you need to consider when traveling is knowing the huge difference between needs and wants.

travel_tips-300x189Various Internet sites give viewers crazy tips about travel essentials, but in reality, most of what they post on the Internet are just a form of advertisement, so before you get hooked by fancy tags and colourful passport books, ask yourself if you really need these items, or if you are just going to throw away your money. Also, one thing that can aid you in traveling conveniently and making the most of your trip is packing light. A heavy luggage is a burden when traveling and believe it or not, half of what you pack, you don’t really need.

The Peak of Spending

Traveling during peak seasons will assure you that regular prices will skyrocket. To avoid this, traveling off peak is your best option. Also, there are deals on varying Internet sites that will help you avail discounts, especially for accommodation. However, be very careful with the sites you pick as some may promise more than what they can deliver.

Extravagantly Popular

Cities definitely have their own specialties and delicacies. However, some popular restaurants may offer these dishes at a very high price. Picnics and pica-picas will surely help you save more and it will promote family bonding.

Walk

Fares take a huge portion of your budget and if you really want to make the most out of your traveling experience, walking will not only let you save but it will also let you savour the country you are exploring. Furthermore, it will give you the chance to experience the culture more and to meet locals.

No to Expensive Souvenirs

When traveling, you’re not really there to shop till you drop unless you are a millionaire or you’re traveling to shop for business purposes. There are department stores where you can buy items at a relatively cheaper price. Usually, souvenir shops sell items at very expensive prices since they think that travellers are worth a million bucks.

Tip Me Minimal

Giving tips is an effort to make workers feel that they are appreciated, but if you’re really trying to cut down your expenses, avoid giving out too much tip. It’s the thought that counts anyway.

Art and Zero Fees

In the early days, museums may be the most boring place you can ever be. However, with the latest technological spin-offs, museums have now evolved to become not only places for education, but for entertainment as well. When you are in a particular country, visiting a museum would not only be a great way for you to know more about the country you have visited, but there are also exhibitions you can definitely enjoy. The best thing about museums is that most of them do not require an entrance fee.

 

Road Trip Fun: Foods To Take on The Road

Planning  a roda trip can be extremely exhausting. You will have to plan which route to take, what things to bring and of course, you must carry out some maintenance procedures on your chosen vehicle. One of the most common problem of road trip travelers are the foods that they should bring. Since not all routes will have a diner or any establishment along the way, food is one big priority. This is why I have enumerated some of the best road trip snacks that you can prepare for your trip.

* Nuts. This is a healthy alternative for your usual salty chips. In the event that you will be craving for something salty, skip the chips and grab a bag of nuts instead. You can opt to bring different types of nuts. Walnuts, pistachios, almonds, walnuts and the likes. You name it, you can bring it! You can also opt to bring edible seeds such as sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. These snacks will provide you with the right combination of healthy fats and proteins. This treat will surely make you feel full without increasing your sodium levels. If you are craving for something crunchy, then you can opt for pop corn or a rice cake.

* Healthy Beverages. Most of the time, people will tend to bring lots of soda with them for a long drive. Although this may sound extremely delicious, this is really not highly recommended. After all, you would not want to get sick along the way, right? Drinking sodas can actually spike your blood sugar levels. If you want something that will quench your thirst while you are on the road, then it is recommended that you bring along some fruit drinks, sports drink as well as water with you. Place this in a cooler so it won’t get warm.

* Energy bars. If you will be travelling with the kids, leave the candy bars behind and bring the energy bars with you. With a granola bar, you can easily get the fiber and protein intake that your body needs without the excessive sugar levels.

* Chopped and packed veggies. If you want something to munch on, then it is best that you opt for pre-washed and pre-packed vegetables. Road trip friendly vegetables may include cherry tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, celery sticks as well as snap peas. To make this snack a lot more flavorful, opt for a tasty dip such as peanut butter or hummus.

* Cheese and crackers. Cheese and crackers is one snack combination that will never go wrong. This will keep your hunger intact for a very long time. You can prepare some cheese slices and put it on a chiller. Also, you can try and buy this snack in a convenience store along the way. If you wish to make some alterations on this usual cheese and crackers combo, you can replace cheese with peanut butter spread.

* Yogurt. Yogurt is a perfect snack for both adults and children. It is best that you opt for one that is packed in a travel friendly tube. If you wish to have  tastier travel snack, you can add some berries and granola on it. This will surely be  a great dessert while you are on the road.

 

Redefining Your Palette: Best Places To Eat When Visiting Manila

The Philippines is indeed a beautiful country. Aside from its fabulous beaches sceneries and culture, Filipinos are also famous for their flavorful cooking. Based on a 400 year old tradition, Filipino cuisine has exceeded expectations to fulfill every palette that visits it’s country and continues to impress anyone who visits it. Manila, the state capital of the Philippines, is among the best places to visit and sink your teeth into. It offers a mix of Spanish and Chinese cooking plus a majority of Filipino made dishes.

Below are the best places to eat when visiting Manila. They may not be found in a five star hotel, but they surely exceed a five star rating when it comes to experience and taste.

 

Balut Restaurants

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Adventurous tourists should try Pateros’ famous delicacy, a food that is considered taboo among many, yet satisfies a vast majority of people, and this is the balut. Originally from China, a Balut egg is a  45 day old duck embryo that is slowly steamed or boiled and is eaten whole together with vinegar and salt as its condiments and beer as a beverage. It is believed that it increases the libido of the person who will eat it and regenerate his lost strength. Though its appearance seems to come out of a horror movie, the balut has satisfied countless Filipino and chines tummies for centuries.

Pansit ng mga taga-Malabon

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Pansit, or sautéed noodles is a traditional and common delicacy in the Philippines. it comes in different varieties and is also prepared in different ways. But perhaps one of the best versions of Pansit is that of the people of Malabon. They use Palabok or rice noodles and is sautéed with shrimp, pork skin, and peanut sauce. Both local and foreign tourists flock this place and fulfill their cravings for something special.

 

The Singing Cooks And Waiters Restaurant

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What’s eating without some entertainment right? Well the Singing Cooks and Waiters Restaurant offers an eating experience like non other. Be serenaded by singing waiters and cooks with traditional modern Filipino and foreign songs while being served with traditional Filipino food like Sinigang, Kare – Kare, Sisig, Adobo, and Bopiz. This is indeed a very amusing experience since only a few restaurants in the world offer such entertainment.

MamonLuk Noodle House

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Though it is Chinese in nature, MamonLuk Noodle house which is located in Quezon city, is definitely something Filipinos should be proud of. The owner, R. MamonLuk came to the Philippines to sell noodles in order to marry his wife back home in China. And thanks to hard work, R. MamonLuk became one of Manila’s premiere restaurants serving one of the best noodle soups and dumplings in the Philippines. He loved the Philippines so much that he decided to live here and expand his business and 10 years after his stay, he became number one in the heart of Filipino Noodle Soup lovers.

BF Dampa Seafood Markets and Restaurants

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One of the best seafood places to go to, BF Dampang, located in Paranaque City, Manila, offers top of the line ocean delicacies from your favorite crabs to the elusive and luxurious lobster. The best part about this place is that you can buy the seafood that you want to it directly from the market and let them cook it for a small price. For once you get to control the menu and how it is cooked, right down to detail.

 

About the Author:

Jan Crhsitian Galang is a travel ambassador, aspiring musician, and blogger from DC Cruising. They offer p&o cruises from sydney and other services. Despite of her busy schedule, he never forgets to indulge in her wanderlust.

Exploring the Underground River of Puerto Princesa, Palawan

The Philippines is considered to have the most beautiful places in the world. It plays as a host for some of the most amazing sceneries and natural wonders ever known to man. With much of it still undiscovered, this archipelago offers more than just your ordinary summer holiday and will definitely bring a smile to your face. After seeing what it has to offer, a weekend plan can turn into two, a month and sometimes, forever.

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One of the Philippines best places is found in the city of Puerto Princesa in the island of Palawan. It is an underground river system that shows beauty and magnificence in different angles and is definitely a nature lover’s paradise. Located 76 km northwest of the city, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park provides a one of a kind travelling and adventurous experience. It is truly considered one of God’s Wonders.

 

Geography

Having a limestone karast mountainscape, the park provides an “amazon like” ambiance and a superb boating theme. Perfect for snappers and camera lovers, the 24 km long river continues to amaze tourists all over the world. A unique feature of the river is it’s8 km long underground cave that flows directly to the South China Sea. It features a vast array of rock and stalagmite formations and individual rock chambers. The Italian’s Room, which is 360 meters long and has a volume of 2.5 million square meters truly amazes tourists and local travelers and is considered to be one of the largest cave rooms in the world. With its lower part influenced by the tide, the cave room emphasizes tranquility and calmness during the tour.

The Stalagmites and stalactites in the underground river is also another famous feature of the park. They are arranged in numerous unique formations and sometimes give the tourists visions of scenes like grasslands, plantations of crops and even a city.  Also, 11 aesthetically and scientifically unique minerals have been discovered inside the cave as well as a 20 million year old Serenia that is embedded in the cave walls.

Also, the underground river has a second floor, giving way to small waterfalls inside. There is also a huge dome and a cave filled with large bats. The river itself is home to various marine life.

Wildlife

With vast biodiversity to its name, the park serves as home to several flora and fauna which includes over 200 species of animals and 800 species of plants. Majority of the vertebrate population is comprised of birds and mammals and much of the flora is dominated by trees like the Ipil, Dao, Bitaog, Apitong, Alimiga and Kamagong. Of the 252 species of birds in Palawan, 165 were recorded to be residing in the park. This will give bird watchers something to spend time for.

Regarded as a member of the prestigious 7 Wonders of Nature, the Undergorund River of Puerto Princesa continues to amaze people from all over the world. We need only to take care of our natural wonders in order to make sure that the future will still have something to look for.

About the Author:

Janella Giselle Domingo is a travel ambassador and blogger from Deck Chair Cruising. They offer princess cruises and other services. Aside from blogging, she is also currently employed as a Chief Pharmacist at Wesleyan University Hospital and Cardiovascular Center.Despite of her busy schedule as a Chief Pharmacist, she never forgets to indulge in her wanderlust. Connect with her at facebook or drop a line at janellagdomingo@gmail.com.

Fishing Escapade ( I wish!) at Pantabangan

Don’t Jump! 😀

Days like this, I always wear flats :p Anyway, no one will see how chubby my legs are. I’m wearing my grandma’s Maxi Dress

What the heck am I thinking here? haha (drama mode)

I am in love with blue skies ❤

Let’s Sail Away – Come with me! 😀

We rented a van which costs 1200 pesos (back and forth – including gasoline fees). We stayed for about 30 minutes in this lake which comprises the dam site at Pantabangan. I also notice that water continuously flows in the road side. They say, it’s like a spring. You will notice motorists will stop by to wash their tricycles.

I want to go back again, and this time, will bring some food and fishing equipments and probably will go back during afternoon or during early morning. I almost got blinded by the sun light! It was 3:00 pm when we got there. Anyway, we just visited this place because of our friend, August. He died in a motorcycle accident.

xoxo