It’s fun in the Philippines!
Many Pinoys admit they have not been around the Philippines, yet they have travelled around the world, in Europe, US, Africa and around Asia. I always tell them how beautiful our countryside is, the rural life, the melody of different dialects and accents, the different cultures in every provinces. Instead of choosing an international flight, why not book for an hour flight to discover a local destination here in Philippines.
Listed below are some of the things to do in Philippines or when you visit Philippines.
1. Visit Baguio and pick strawberries.
2. Go spelunking in Sagada.
3. Try surfing in Surigao and Baler, Aurora.
4. Go horseback riding in Tagaytay.
5. Visit the shrine of the blood compact in Bohol.
6. Watch Sinulog festival in Cebu.
7. Watch Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo.
8. See the Maskara Festival in Bacolod.
9. Decorate a house for the Pahiyas in Lucban, Quezon.
10. Dance the atiatihan in Aklan.
11. Go on a day trip to Corregidor.
12. Go to pottery workshop at Ugo Binyan, Quezon.
13. See the windmills of Ilocos Norte.
14. Tour Malacanang Palace.
15. Visit Barasoain Church.
16. Explore the Coconut Palace.
17. See the Rizal Home in Calamba, Laguna.
18. Visit the Pineapple plantations in Bukidnon.
19. Go on a Calesa ride on wlking tour of the streets in Intramuros.
20. Tour Fort Santiago.
21. See Magellan Cross and the Sto. Nino Shrine in Cebu.
22. Visit the McArthur’s landing site in Leyte.
23. See the Spolarium at the National Museum.
24. Meet the Igorots of the Cordillera.
25. See the Lights and Sounds Show at Rizal Park.
26. See the Petroglyphs in Angono Rizal.
27. Eat Lechon in Cebu.
28. Eat Balot in Pateros.
29. Try the original sisig in Pampanga.
30. Gallery trip in Antipolo and Rizal.
31. Visit cobblestones street of Vigan.
32. Ride the old locomotives in the sugar plantations in Negros.
33. Trek Mt. Pinatubo for a day.
34. Get behind All Terrain Vehicle and embark on a wild off-road adventure through lava beds and river crossings in Albay.
35. Visit the Undergroud river in Palawan.
36. Explore the diving sites in Coron, Palawa.
37. Swim with the Butanting in Sorsogon.
38. Visit Bangui Windmills in Ilocos.
Tips To Prepare For Your Trip.
I love to travel. Though I cannot do it more often due to my schedule and depending on the budget, I see to it that once in a while I can visit places where I have never been. And preparing for your trip can be stressful at times. As what my father said, always try to think of the most likely and unlikely scenarios that might happen. And because I am a paranoid traveler I bought this book I saw from a bookstore. And I am sharing a few tips I learned from this little book: The Paranoid Traveler by Elizabeth P. Ong.
(excerpts from the Paranoid Traveler of Elizabeth P.Ong available in National bookstore.)
1. Get a reputable, tried and tested travel agent.
2. Ask your travel agent on what to do during worst-case scenarios-lost passport, lost tickets, missed flights, etc.
3. Store your travel gent’s contact information on your mobile phone.
4. Check the refund policy of your travel agency, hotel and tour operators.
5. Verify your ticket and boarding pass information.
6. Apply for frequent flyers/cruisers program.
7. Check if your health insurance covers accident and hospital bills abroad.
8. Inform the airline/cruise/hot of any strict diet requirements.
9. Double check your visa entry and expiry dates.
10. Have the travel agent fill up your visa application for you and photocopy it.
11. Have three photocopies of all your documents: passports, tickets, visa, flight information, room reservation etc.
12. Bring the copy of your US visa even if you are not planning to go there.
13. Keep a separate list of your document numbers like your credit cards, passport, visas, confirmation numbers etc.
14. Leave a photocopy of all your documents at home.
15. Get a sketch and detailed address of your hotel. (Today you can search in the internet and use google map.)
16. Check what your hotel actually looks like.
17. Check out special event.
18. Check the weather condition of your destination.
19. Check the time difference. I f travelling abroad.
20. Let your family know of the time difference.
21. Check for travel advisories.
22. Check the news.
23. Find out about the culture on what is considered appropriate.
24.Learn common phrases.
25. Find out the tipping culture or procedure.
26. Get the address of the Philippine embassy of your destination if traveling abroad.
On the homefront
27. Leave the contact information of your destination.
28. Leave the contact information of your companion(s) at home.
29. Leave a copy of your itinerary at home.
30. Delegate somebody back home or at the office to take care of your bills and other urgent mater.
31. Apply for roaming services for your mobile phone.
32. Store your mobile service’s international hotline.
33. Activate a vacation response to your mail.
34. Inform pertinent people through text and email about your upcoming trip.
35. Keep a separate list of the contact information of important people in case you lose your mobile phone or battery is low.
36. Check your credit card expiry date.
37. Check your credit card limit.
38. verify if you have already used a portion of your limit.
39. Check if you can use your ATM abroad.
40. Check your cash advance limit in dollars if traveling abroad. ( And I think you should bring enough cash maybe you are traveling locally or abroad. Some places don’t have ATMs and don’t accept credit cards.)
41. Monitor the foreign exchange for at least a week before your departure.
42. Prepare at least 3 days before your departure.
43. Take a picture of your check-in luggage.
44. Put distinguishing stickers or tags on them.
45. Include your mobile number or email address on you baggage tags.
46. Double-lock your luggage.
47. Bring an extra lock.
48. make a stencil of your luggage keys.
49. Write down your combination number.
50. Make a checklist of all your stuff including where the most important items and documents are stored and kept.
51. Bring an extra suitcase.
52. Bring an overnight bag.
53. Check what attire is needed during your trip.
54. Play it safe by bringing modest clothes.
55. Bring-free clothes.
56. Bring clothes that can easily be mixed and matched.
57. Bring clothes that are next to your favorite.
58. Bring a light jacket or sweater even when going to a warm destination.
59. Bring a light jacket and a heavy coat when going to a cold destination.
60. Bring open-toes, open-heeled shoes.
61. Include a day’s clothes in your hand-carry.
Miscellaneous things to bring
62. Bring plastic bags.
63. Bring a traveling iron.
65. Bring a box of medical plastic strip and cotton.
66. Bring an umbrella for hot and rainy day.
67. Bring a small pad and pen unless you have a PDA. ( Now you can use smartphones.)
68. Bring extra batteries, memory card perhaps even a small camera.
69. Bring two watches. ( Travel abroad)
70. Bring a pouch bag or container to store your films/flash card.
71. Bring an extra battery for your mobile phone.
72. Bring medicine for aches, stomach problems and colds. ( for allergies too)
73. Bring travel adapter.
74. Bring laundry soap.
75. Bring your own lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and other toiletries.
76. Bring your own towel and amenities if you are just staying in a private house.
77. Bring blood type ID card.
78. Bring at least two IDs.
79. If breakfast is not included, bring something for your first morning.
80. Bring snack.
81. Prepare some loos change and small denomination bills for tips and bus rides.
82. Bring a gift for your host.
83. Bring an extra pair of prescription pads.
84. Bring a calculator.
85. Bring peso. (Travel abroad)
86. Set aside an emergency budget.
87. Bring your business cards and company brochures if you are going on a business conference or convention.
Miscellaneous things to do
88. Get a haircut.
89. Check the condition of your car.
90. List down the people you need to bring pasalubong.
91. Have a road map.
92. Confirm that your flight or cruise is pushing through.
93. Bring your toiletries with you.
94. Bring sanitary napkins, panty liners or extra underwear.
95. Wear something omfortable.
96. Bring a light jacket.
97. Don’t wear leather shoes.
98. Bring a pair of slippers
99. Bring a pair of socks.
100. Bring a medicine and barf bag for motion sickness.
101. Bring a water bottle.
When you’re there
102. Confirm your trip back on your first day.
103. Store the emergency hotline number of your destination on your mobile phone.
104.Lock your luggage whenever you leave the hotel .
105. Leave a forwarding address in case you forget something.
106. Keep your loved ones back home informed on where you are.
107. Keep your cash separately.
108. Bring your mobile phone with you all the time.
It’s that time of the year – time to wish Rafa a very Happy Birthday! Rafa turns 27 on June 3rd!
We at Rafael Nadal Fans have started a yearly tradition, to celebrate Rafa’s birthday along with all of YOU, his loving fans! Since we can’t meet Rafa in person, we send him a video of our photographs wishing him a happy birthday. We change the assignment just a little bit each year, to keep it different and interesting
This year’s assignment was to hold up a sign wishing Rafa a happy birthday. We asked you to get creative, or keep it simple – your choice. We got some fun and creative photos from you folks, from all over the world! We even got a photograph from the folks at the Australian Open. What an honor!
So fans, this is your chance! Post your wishes to Rafa HERE. You never know who might be reading them
One way ticket to ride.
We walk together through thick and thin. Spike & Deden.