Friday, September 27, 2013

A Guide to Valencia

Valencia, Spain

The city of Valencia is located on the Mediterranean coast, in the east of Spain. This historical city has many cultural attractions and several beaches.

Explore the City of Arts and Sciences.

The recently built City of Arts and Sciences is one of the city's main attractions. This set of white buildings has an aquarium, an event hall, an IMAX and several museums, including the Principe Felipe Science Museum which has several interactive galleries and a hall with the skeleton of a whale.

The Oceanografic is a large aquarium where visitors will be able to see many sea creatures. There are more than 45,000 fish and visitors will be able to interact with belugas, rays and sea lions. The large white aquarium building has nine underwater towers, and each tower has fish from one habitat. Near the surface there is a mangrove area where there are 80 species of plants.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

See New York City in One Day

There is one common question that is said to stump New Yorkers more than any others: What should I do in New York City?

In recent years, New York City has set new visitation records with an increase of 52 percent since 2006, reports NYC & Company. Hotels, cultural institutions, restaurants, Broadway and all types of entertainment venues have experienced exponential growth.

There are seemingly an endless amount of things to see and do in the Big Apple, but for visitors who have just one day, there are certain experiences that really should not be missed.

Central Park

Locals enjoy taking a break from the concrete jungle in Central Park. It provides a scenic oasis with numerous picturesque settings that include weeping willows, cascading falls and lush, grassy banks. This is a unique experience that provides the opportunity for outstanding people-watching and the chance to experience the great outdoors right in the middle of one of the world's biggest cities.

You might even catch a glimpse of a celebrity during their afternoon stroll or jog through the park.

Image by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, September 23, 2013

Postcard: Dream of Para, Para, Parasailing


Yet another postcard photo taken somewhere in Davao Gulf last year.

On our way to Babu Santa Resort in Talikud Island, we spotted this group who were obviously enjoying their parasailing activity. I immediately changed my lens (from kit lens to telephoto lens) and took some snapshots. It was pretty evident that they were enjoying it because we could hear their screams even if they were a hundred meters away from us!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Beauty and Sheer Madness

Zamboanga sunset.

As of this writing, the Zamboanga crisis is already on its ninth day. I was at the Manila Area Control Center, delivering ATC clearances to Manila Approach when I heard my seniors talking about the security situation of the city. At around 7:40 in the morning, they informed us not to give clearances to all Zamboanga bound flights; we still have to verify the situation of Zamboanga through Mactan Control. Ten minutes before nine, we were informed that all commercial flights to Zamboanga were suspended and only the military flights were allowed to fly in and out of Zamboanga. And at that very moment, I realized that the situation is worse than I have imagined.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Getting back to nature in beautiful Florida

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Everyone knows that Florida is full of world-class theme parks, but you might be missing out on some equally fantastic wildlife and nature parks. If you're jetting off to the sunshine state this season, take a look at this pick of the four best parks in Florida.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Tour Around Barcelona

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The city of Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean coast in Spain. The city's architecture is one of it's main attractions, and the city is known for its parks and urban beaches.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Throwback Thursday: First Travel Experience

I miss college!

While reading some posts of this blog, I came across with some of my field trip photos back in college. I couldn't help but smile. Awwww.

For those who are still unaware about my "awesome" life, I am a BS Biology graduate and I took Ecology as my major but took a few elective subjects from the field of Cell and Molecular Bio. One of the mandatory things that a Bio major should comply is to conduct field works, especially in selected Ecology subjects. Despite the fact that my current work is not related to my college degree (Air Traffic Service and Biology? How's that!), I still did not regret of spending my four years in college just to study all aspects of life - from Virology to the entire Biosphere. Biology had indeed brought me to different places in Mindanao. It was one of the best days of my life.