Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Zipline Adventures

People travel for many reasons: to experience something new, see the sights, and get a dose of adventure. One activity that meets all these needs is a ride along a zipline.
Ziplines are usually metal cables set up from high ground, slanting down to a lower area. Connected to the cable is a pulley with a harness meant to hold people as they zip down to lower ground. The ride is usually a scenic one, and it can feel like flying. Some ziplines will have you propped up in a sittingposition; others require you to lie on your stomach and zip down the line Superman-style; yet another variation involves the rider standing or sitting on a platform or cable car.
Ziplines are becoming more and more popular, not just with die-hard adventure-seekers, but with families and kids as well. Zip zones and adventure parks are cropping up all over the Philippines, and are becoming attractions in themselves. Below is a lost of different zip zones around the country. Click on the names of the establishments to view their contact details.

  • A new Tree Top Adventure facility has recently opened in Baguio City's Camp John Hay. Aside from the 60-meter Superman zipline, the facility features the Silver Surfer Ride, which allows guests to glide from tower to tower while standing on a see-saw-like device. (The Tree Top Adventure in Baguio does not yet have a direct line, but inquiries can be made through their Subic branch.)
  • If you find yourself in La Union post surfing season, Pugo Adventure (PUGAD) in Pugo, La Union has three ziplines of varying lengths (at 100, 150 and 380 meters) to satisfy your craving for adventure and an adrenaline rush. The ziplines cross over rice fields and a river through the village of Kagaling.
  • The Treetop Adventure facility in Subicoffers adventure packages for groups. A ride on their Superman zipline, spanning 130 meters, is a part of an adventure package that includes traveling through the treetops by crossing hanging bridges and motorized cable lines.

Pugo Adventure (PUGAD) Zipline
Photography: Lorela U. Sandoval

Tree Top Adventure Zipline in Subic
Photography: Dindo Apron Fortuno
Repost from travelbook.ph

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Destination - Albay

The Albay province is a paradise located in the Bicol Region of the Philippines, 460km (287mi) south of Manila. Albay is home to the spectacular Mayon Volcano, the region’s crown jewel and one of the great wonders of the world.

          Only one hour away is the natural habitat of the fascinating Whale Sharks in Donsol, an amazing interactive eco-experience for the whole family.

          Albay is filled with many natural wonders: waterfalls, caves, natural springs, beaches and marine life. The local cuisines are delectable, and for those who like to shop, there are plenty of the finest abaca handicrafts, cutleries and ceramics. The people are friendly and very hospitable.

          In Albay, you will experience a genuinely exotic adventure.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Dining - Desserts in the Philippines

Dining - Desserts in the Philippines


Tropical fruits abound in the Philippines. Most of the countryside produce finds its way to the metro areas and can be easily bought in supermarkets, such as:

* Green, ripe, and dried mangoes - Philippine mangoes are among the best in the world.
* 'Durian' - smells like hell but supposedly tastes of heaven, most common in Davao but can usually also be bought in some supermarkets in Manila.

Desserts/ Sweets:

* 'Sampaloc candy'- salted and sweetened tamarind fruit

* 'Mais con Hielo'- a dessert of fresh sweet corn served in a glass mixed with crushed ice and milk.

* 'Halo-Halo' - another refreshing dessert which is a mix of sweetened beans and fruits, such as sweetened bananas, red and white beans, sago, crushed ice and milk and topped off with leche flan and ube jam and/or ice cream

* 'Leche Flan' - custard flan made from eggs, milk and sugar

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Drinking and Nightlife in the Philippines

Drinking and Nightlife in the Philippines

Metro Manila is home to many bars, watering holes, and karaoke sites. Popular places include Makati (particularly the Glorietta and Greenbelt areas), Ortigas Metrowalk, and Eastwood in Libis. Other big cities such as Cebu City and Davao also have areas where the nightlife is centered. Establishments serve the usual hard and soft drinks typical of bars elsewhere. Note that Filipinos rarely consume alcohol by itself. They would normally have what is called as "pulutan" or bar chow alongside their drinks which is like the equivalent of tapas. At the least, this would consist of mixed nuts but selections of grilled meats and seafood are not uncommon food alongside the customary drinks. When having a party, Filipinos enjoy drinking round-robin style using a common glass. One is supposed to drink bottoms-up before passing the glass to the next person. This custom is known as "tagayan" and one person usually volunteers to pour the drink.

Beer is perhaps the most common form of alcohol consumed in bars. San Miguel Beer is the dominant local brand with several variants such as Light, Dry, Strong Ice and their flagship variant Pale Pilsen. Budweiser, Heineken and Corona can also be found in upscale bars. Rhum and "ginebra" which is the local form of gin are commonly available forms of hard liquor. Indigenous forms of liquor are lambanog and tuba which are both derived from coconut sap. Tuba is fermented from the coconut sap and though tuba itself can be drunk, it is also distilled to take the form of lambanog. Lambanog is now being marketed widely both locally and internationally in its base form as well as in several flavored variants such as mango, bubble gum and blueberry.

Alcohol is extremely cheap in the Philippines (and probably cheapest in the whole of Asia). For a bottle of San Miguel bought at a 7-11 or Mini-Stop, a bottle would costs about PhP20-PhP30 (About USD 0.50). For top-end bars and clubs, a bottle would costs about PhP100.00-PhP200 (about USD 2.50-5.00). A bottle of 750ml Absolut Vodka at the supermarket would fetch a price of around PhP750.00 and a popular local rhum (especially amongst knowledgeable expats) Tanduay would get you just below PhP70.00 at a 24 hour convenience store in Makati (The Financial District).

Of course non-alcoholic drinks are also widely available in bars and other establishments. Don't miss:
* 'Calamansi Juice' - lemon juice made from small, local lemons called calamansi * 'Fresh Buko Juice'- juice extracted from young coconuts * 'Sago't Gulaman - a sweet drink of molasses, tapioca pearls and seaweed gelatin * 'Green mango shake- a fruit shake made of green or unripened mangoes, sugar, milk and ice(one of the best native drinks in the Philippines) * Taho - a sweet, warm soya snack usually served in the morning, with tapioca balls, soft tofu and caramelized syrup