Wednesday, March 11, 2015

An Adventure Trail Down South

Davao City RM Bulseco

Nestled on the foot of the tallest peak of the Philippines, surrounded by azure waters and white sand beaches, lies a city with varied cultures. From its quaint provincial lifestyle, Davao City has grown into a center of commerce, industry, and trade. Despite this, it has preserved its rich culture, giving it a balance between progressive and traditional.

Here are things not to miss when in Davao:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Travel Tips: What is Air Traffic Congestion?

Mr. Delay will see you.

John can no longer contain his excitement. It will be his first time to ride an airplane. It will also be his first time in Manila and ultimately his final destination, Baguio City together with his college friends. They had already planned this trip for a very long time. For two years, they haven’t seen that much due to their busy work schedule, even if they were all assigned in Davao.

After completing their security check-in, they made their way to the pre departure area and waited for their flight. It was almost eleven in the morning and their flight, Philippine Airlines PR 1814 was scheduled to depart on time as their turnaround aircraft arrived 10 minutes ahead of their scheduled arrival. He had already pictured himself inside the bus en route to Baguio, enjoying the picturesque landscape of Central Luzon.

Then came their boarding announcement. Once inside the plane, John religiously followed the safety protocols of the aircraft: seatbelt is securely fastened, window shades up, and tray tables stowed. Several minutes after, the cabin crew closed the door, and they are now ready for departure, or so he thought. For the next fifteen minutes, they were still stationary. Then, the pilot gave an announcement, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We are now fully ready for departure, however due to air traffic congestion in Manila, we are given a departure clearance time of 1:40PM. This is beyond our control. We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences brought about by this delay.”

More than an hour of delay spells a total disaster on their tight itinerary. John and his friends can’t really believe that this is actually happening.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Luxury living made easy at Dusit Thani Residences in Davao

There's a new project in Davao!

The property developer of Davao’s first township project, Ciudades, announces its plans to construct a luxury residential hub set to become a spectacular new landmark at the heart of the city. Dusit Thani Residences is the latest project of Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (Torre Lorenzo) in partnership with the Asian hospitality brand Dusit International.

Dusit Thani Residences distinctively creates a haven for refined elegance and style, transforming 1.2 hectares of land into a sprawling full-services development. The project is comprised of 168 luxury serviced suites with varying studio to three-bedroom dimensions. Each unit is thoughtfully appointed and designed with attractive fittings and furnishings to offer residents and guests the ideal ambience for sophisticated urban dwelling.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Chinese Photowalk

Belated Gong Xi Fat Cai, everyone! It's that time of the year again when everyone wears red, buys tikoy for the family, Chinese or not, and gives money (placed inside a red envelope called ang pao) to their godchildren pero yung totoo, papel lang ang laman ng ang pao with the following short message: mahal na mahal ka ni ninong/ninang. LOL. Anyway, a few days ago, I decided to have a quick respite in Davao. It's been a while since I went home. I almost forgot that it was a declared national holiday on the 19th, so I joined the rest of the gang for a photowalk, to make my short vacation an interesting one.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Travel Playlist VOL.1

Traveling is not complete without your favorite tunes. We all have that one particular song that will always remind us the day we got lost in the urban jungles of Singapore, the one when we just chilled at the beach, the one when we explored the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat complex, or the one that would take us back to the beautiful sceneries landscapes of Southeast Asia.

And with that, I would like to share my personal travel playlist. These are the songs that I always play whenever I travel. Although, these songs aren't available for download due to copyright issues. You may search it through Spotify (hurray for that awesome app!)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Day in Life as an Air Traffic Controller

It all started in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. 

The cool breeze of December had already been felt by the people living on this quaint town of the eastern seaboard. Folks from different walks of life were busy preparing for Christmas. But for Wilbur and Orville, they were about to make history.

The world had since changed after the Wright Brothers proved to humankind that we can fly. In this day and age, flying is the fastest and still the safest way to get around from one point to the other, all thanks to the current technologies installed in modern aircraft, the skilled pilots who control it, and to the Air Traffic Controllers, the guiding voices of the sky.

Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 and Beyond

Before January ends, I just want to say that my 2014 was truly a blast. It was a year worth remembering: first time to visit Indochina (Vietnam and Cambodia), first time to ride an ATV, first time to cross a border, my first year of work as a licensed air traffic controller, and my first legit airshow experience in a first world country.

2015 is going to be awesome. More awesome, I suppose and I am owning it, just what I did to 2014.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Florida's Best Beaches

Florida beach. Photo by Melody Harrison Hanson | Flickr

You may think that beaches everywhere are composed of sea and sand, with some sun thrown in for good measure; so what makes Florida’s beaches so special, apart from the fact that Florida is known as The Sunshine State? The answer, like the devil, is in the detail: in Florida you will find some of the clearest and most sparkling blue and aquamarine seas, the finest white sands and the most warming rays of sunshine.

However, there are also other important ingredients when it comes to a great beach holiday. For example, Florida borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and therefore has an abundance of coastline that offers different kinds of experiences. Here are three Florida beaches that are special and unique.

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