Friday, June 12, 2015

The things that only Davaoeños understand

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Disclaimer: First of all, this is not a paid political post, but I wish the otherwise so as to fund my future trips. Kidding aside, I am getting sick and tired of hearing and reading comments about my hometown and the kind of leadership that our mayor possessed. Read on, outsider.

Moving to Metro Manila three years ago was the toughest decision I made in my life. What choice did I have? It was the only way that I could achieve my lifelong dream of becoming an air traffic controller. It is not new to me when I get various reactions from people when they learn that I am from Davao. Some were curious on how we celebrate Christmas and New Year without fireworks, or how we party at night even if we have a citywide liquor ban at 1AM. Most of them however were curious about our mayor.

For more than twenty years of living in Davao, I have witnessed how my hometown grew and progressed - from a sleepy, lackluster town filled with unwanted elements to a bustling metropolis with investments pouring from both public and private sectors. It is no question on why Davao rose to one of the best performing cities in the country as it had reaped numerous awards both here and abroad.

Duterte became a household name, all thanks to the exposure made by the media, and his recent tirades with CHR Etta Rosales and DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima. I have voted for him twice and it hadn't gone to waste. Thus, I have the right to at least defend him from all those bandwagon critics. Simply put, they know nothing.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Last of Summer

Marabut, Samar
Caluwayan Palm Beach Resort
For most of us, summer is about to conclude unless if you're one of the victims of the academic calendar shift. Just last week, my mom and my grandmom flew all the way from Davao to Barugo, Leyte, my grandmom's hometown.

Here are some snapshots of my quick summer escapade in Leyte and Samar. And yep, #SummerSaSamar and #SamarOutThere are the two official hashtags of my last minute summer adventure because mapaso hinduro (it's sooo hot like OMG). Hurray! My Waray language skill is three pedestals higher than last year!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Six budget tips and tricks for traveling like a pro

We are already midway into the summer season but planning for travels abroad remains a favorite pastime for many. The demand for affordable airfares, accommodations and destinations continues to increase as more Filipinos are looking to reward themselves with an out-of-the-country trip with friends or family. Traveling offers a complete sensory experience: from authentic food, the sights and sounds, all the way to shopping and discovering great finds to remind you how wonderful your trip was.

All these experiences, however, entail budget. It takes patience and skill to know how to manage your expenses abroad, especially for the more luxurious destinations in Europe or North America. It might be challenging for some, but knowing how to get the best value for your hard-earned money will make your vacation more enjoyable, with a few more to spare for trinkets and souvenirs you can take home. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your travel budgets go a long way while you’re out of the country.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Scenic Delights and Activity Highlights on a Jamaican Cruise

Image by maxwelld [photo] used under the Creative Commons license

The Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations for those looking to vacation on the high seas, and the island of Jamaica is one of this region’s major attractions. Sailing along the white-sand coastline with its lush green backdrop is a sight to behold but the beaches aren’t the only place worth exploring on this island.

From the seductive beauty of Montego Bay, to the dance-hall parties of Kingston and waterfalls hidden amidst tropical forests – Jamaica is everything you ask for from a Caribbean Island.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Davao Skycycle Challenge

You only live once.

Almost everyone knows how to ride a bicycle, but only a few people dare to ride a bicycle 60 feet high and traversing 200 feet on a cable. Eden Nature Park currently offers Skycycle and thrill seekers shouldn't miss this newest attraction in Davao.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Five Travel Apps You Need

Apps that made traveling easier.

Most travelers these days are equipped with at least one app-enabled device, whether it be a smartphone or a tablet. Not only can you take pictures with these devices, but they can also make it a piece of cake to quickly figure out all the logistics of traveling such as flights, accommodation, sightseeing, and dining. Because there are so many apps out there, though, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to choosing which to use—and no one likes to have too many apps to flip through! 

Rather than leaving you to try out each app and decide which works for you, we’ve gone ahead and done the grunt work so that you can be prepared for a fun, fantastic, and frustration-free vacation. Here are my picks: 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Five Things to Remember Before Traveling Abroad

Traveling abroad is essential to one's life. It allows us to experience new culture, learn new things, and know ourselves better by getting out of our comfort zones. Thus, it is a great life investment because you buy experiences that last for a lifetime.

Here are the five essential things to remember before embarking on your international trip. If it's your first time to travel outside the country (Philippines), read on, my friend.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Outdoor San Francisco: 5 Activities Other than Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay

If you're lucky enough to enjoy a sunny day in San Francisco, head with the locals to one of these perfect outdoor settings. That said, pack a sweatshirt and jeans and plan your itinerary, so when the fog rolls in and the wind howls across the bay, you're still ready to enjoy these worthwhile attractions.

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