Tagaytay Escapade

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Tagaytay is one the nearest and most popular tourist destination with just two or three hours (considering traffic) from Metro Manila when you want to escape the humid temperature and noise of the city. With beautiful scenery and cool climate being on high altitude. It overlooks c with an excellent view of the famous Taal Volcano.

Taal Lake

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Places to visit in Tagaytay

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People’s Park

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Tagaytay Picnic Grove

An ideal vacation place for families and friends, it offers family-friendly amenities where not only adults will enjoy but kids as well. For kids there is the Reptiland adventure theme park to visit, where reptiles are operated by machine called animatronicsi for adults and adventurous, take the zipline or the roller-coaster ride over-looking Taal Lake. And taste the famous Bulalo (beef shank soup) and other local delicacies of the province. Shop for souvenirs and pasalubong (take home gift for those left at home), you might find woodwinds and brasswinds among them. Enjoy the holiday!

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Longest Christmas Celebration in the world

Philippines is known to have the longest Christmas celebration in the world, it starts with the the onset of the first ‘ber’ month which is September and all the way to December up to January for the New Year revelry, yup that’s 4 months plus celebration. 🙂

Christmas lantern (Parol) Photo credit: Youtube.com

Christmas lantern (Parol) Photo credit: Youtube.com

And now, the countdown begins with Christmas songs sometimes accompanied by selden ny guitars playing on the radio and Christmas decors/lanterns on display and carols being played in malls and department stores to entice costumers and buyers for an early Christmas shopping. We are naturally happy people who love festivities, that’s why is more fun in the Philippines during this holiday season that relatives and friends from other parts of the world make it a point to visit the country or come home to join us and be with the family for some sort of reunion.

Four Absolute Essentials for the First Time Backpacker

 

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Image courtesy of Yongkiet at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Travelling the world is becoming more and more affordable, and therefore more accessible to younger people now, more than ever before. One reason is because airplane tickets don’t cost nearly as much as they used to even just ten years ago. Another reason is because with the rising popularity there has been a demand for more affordable accommodations, and millennials have perfected the art of travelling on a shoestring budget. Now, you can work hard for a year or two, save up some money and backpack the world without much worry of work or paychecks at all. If you are thinking about embarking on your first backpacking trip, here are four pointers to get you started in the right direction.

  1. Know Your Destination
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There are a lot of popular destinations for backpackers right now. Three of the most popular regions would be South East Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, and Europe. Depending on your budget, what you want to experience and where you have already been before, picking a place shouldn’t be too hard with just a little research.

  1. Get the Right Gear
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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Probably the trickiest thing about backpacking is having the right amount of gear without forgetting anything or over packing. Since you have to carry it with you from destination to destination, you DO NOT want to over pack. This means you won’t be taking all of your favorite things with you. Instead, we recommend making a list, and buying everything fresh. Look for deals at JCPenney so if/when it gets ruined, you won’t be upset.

  1. Plan Your Itinerary

When you know where you are going, you can start planning where to stay and what you want to see/do. Allow a couple of days minimum in bigger areas with a lot to do. If it’s the trip of a lifetime, you don’t want to miss out on anything.

  1. Allow for the Unexpected
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No matter how much planning you do and how ready you are, something unexpected will always happen. Be really careful with your most important things like passport, bank cards etc. To be extra safe, you can scan copies of everything before you go and have someone available to email it to you if necessary. For minor setbacks, just go with it. You can’t control everything, so just think of them as stories to tell when you get home!

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