The Philippines is blessed with many beautiful places to explore and it is difficult to pick a favourite as each location has its own unique appeal. However, there are certain places that we do hear about from other travellers but they are not mentioned in travel itineraries as frequently as other places.
There are places around the country that only a few have gone to and they end up with wonderful memories from their trip. Here are 5 locations that are not in the popular list of travel destinations in the country but are worth a spot in your travel bucket list.
Climbing Mt. Pulag was my first joiner experience. A joiner is when an individual or group organises a tour that a fixed number of people can join for a fee. The fee usually includes meals as well as the transportation expenses and the services of a travel guide. I don’t consider myself the sociable type but when a workmate, who is also a friend, invited me to join the trip with her friends, I decided to give it a try and I enjoyed the whole experience.
As a first timer, I did my best to prepare for the climb. The climb was scheduled for February, the time of Hanging Amihan, so I was trying to figure out how to survive in such cold weather. Here are some of the things I did to get ready for my first mountain climb.
We all want a vacation now and then to be able to relax and re-energize but sometimes, our busy lives just doesn’t allow for a luxurious getaway. Us girls also wanted to go on a vacation but our schedules never seem to match and we always had something to do on weekends. But we were all determined and constantly excited to discuss our plans for a weekend getaway.
Finally, we settled on just going on a road trip to a small resort in Atimonan, Quezon. It was a 6-hour ride, far enough from the city but still near enough not to exhaust us from the travel time. Picking a date to go was tricky at first, but I guess our determination and positive thinking paid off because a couple of days before the weekend, all our schedules synced. So, we met early morning, on a weekend, (despite some mishaps and a sleepless night of packing our bags) for our quick adventure. It was a very quick one indeed but it was all worth it as we came back with more than just fun memories of our trip.
On April 15, 2019, millions of people around the world watched in helpless horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed with flames. It was undergoing a restoration work when the fire broke out. Although the Cathedral was not totally destroyed, its wooden roof was totally burned together with much of its interiors. After the fire, unprecedented amount of donations poured in not just from France but from around the world to help reconstruct the Cathedral.
For Christians, Holy week is supposed to be a time to reconnect with God by reflecting on the life and sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity. Unfortunately in the Philippines, Holy Week had become synonymous to a chance to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life because of the long holiday. Well, there is nothing wrong with having fun as long as we remember the essence of Holy Week.
The Forty-five minute plane from Manila to Bicol was my first flying experience in the Philippines. I thought I would only see clouds and the real life Philippine map, but flying above the Philippine islands was more breathtaking than what I have expected. My first “wow”-experience was seeing Mayon Volcano’s top view and the Earth’s beautiful land formations. I thought it was just a visit, but I knew it was a journey I have to be excited for.
Carved in the mountains of Ifugao, the Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras is one of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in the Philippines. The rice fields were planted by Ifugaos, the indigenous people of the mountainous region in northern Philippines some 2,000 years ago.
Hong Kong is not just an ordinary city. It is a fusion of two worlds with the territory’s Chinese roots mixed with the influences of more than one hundred fifty years of British colonization. This East meets West culture is quite evident in the city’s food, architecture, tradition and fashion.
If you value quality over quantity and have the money to spare, do shop for designer items. More often than not, they are made of high quality materials. They are more expensive compared to regular items but expect these items to stay in your closet for much longer than ordinary items. Designer items are made to last. In addition, some designer merchandise such as watches and handbags can be a form of investment too.