Penang Hill: Sunrise and Nature Walk

Penang HIll sunrise view at the Sky Deck

I wanted to end my last day in Penang with something breathtaking and worthwhile. I didn’t get my desired sunset at Kek Lok Si temple so I made sure to wake up early for the sunrise this time at Penang Hill. Hoping the odds for good light would be better. Also known as Bukit Bendera, the distinguishing peaks seen from the city of George Town is easily accessible. With only around 6km from the city center to its jump-off at Air Itam, it’s one of the favorite cool escapes for the locals and tourists alike.

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Aningalan: Highland Adventures in Antique

At the top of Igbaclag Cave in Aningalan
At the top of Igbaclag Cave in Aningalan

The beach and the sea may be my playground but I always felt more at home in the mountains. The nippy air, being among trees and soothing greens is a balm to the senses. Upon learning that in my return to Antique, just barely after a month from my last visit, I would have a chance to visit one of the highlands in Panay Island. On the first night of our Antique Heritage tour, we’ll be located at 869 meters above sea level at Aningalan, San Remegios, south of Antique bordering close to Iloilo. It’s where clouds roll along hills, dramatic rock formations jutting out the cascading landscape and a glassy lake are found.

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5 ways to make the most out of any safari holiday

Going on a safari
Going on a safari

So many people like to travel for a variety of different reasons, and it is important to get out there and see the world as much as possible. However, sometimes the best holidays are those that offer something that little bit different. This is one of the main reasons why safari holidays tend to be so appealing to people. They are a wonderful way to enjoy the sprawling magnificence of lots of different countries and take in some of the majestic animals and wildlife to be found there. There are a lot of different adventures to be had when choosing to take a safari, and there are many different opportunities to explore. For instance, I recently went Bais Dolphin watching in the Philippines and had a wonderful time. If you want to make the most out of any safari holiday, here are 5 tips.

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Incredible Natural Beauty Around the World

Boracay newcoast
Boracay newcoast

The world is a beautiful place filled with stunning natural scenery that will leave you awestruck. Take a break from the cities this year and use your vacation time to travel the less explored wild beauty that surrounds us. Here are four incredibly beautiful natural sites around the world.  

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Masungi Georeserve Legacy Trail: Into the Heart of Conservation

Amihan views at the Masungi Georeserve Legacy Trail
Amihan views at the Masungi Georeserve Legacy Trail

The Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal got immensely popular for its well-managed and exhilarating Discovery Trail. Nature lovers reveled in the natural rock garden playground where they traversed through forest trail, find their balance on giant hammocks and savor the scenic rocky peaks while learning more about the surroundings. But this trail is only a part of the huge 2,000 hectare Masungi Karst Conservation Area. Just recently, the Masungi Georeserve Legacy Trail was opened as a separate offering. The new trail highlights the project’s conservation efforts, immersion and insight into the challenges they continue to face.

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Bucas Grande | The Giant Mangroves of San Roque

The San Roque Giant Mangrove boardwalk
The San Roque Giant Mangrove boardwalk

I was planning to go back early to Siargao but decided to take it easy. Spent the morning at the Puting Bato beach and enjoyed some down time at Sohoton Bay Resort. Before making my way back to Siargao, Sir Ed suggested we visit one of the attractions that was to open this April 2018 – the Giant Mangroves of San Roque. These rainforest of the sea have always fascinated me. They are one of the indication how healthy the environment is so I try to see them when there is one in the area.

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Echague | Exploring the Madadamian Falls Circuit

Mada Falls in Madadamian, Echague
Mada Falls in Madadamian, Echague

As the second largest province in the Philippines, Isabela seems less explored. Maybe the places are far between that it takes considerable time to explore them. Or municipalities are cut-off by the Sierra Madre mountains like coastal villages Maconacon, Divilacan or Palanan that it takes a plane ride to get there. When an invitation to explore Echague, one of the municipalities of Isabela, came in, I immediately took the offer. Exploring new places is always exciting whatever I may find there. In this case, Echague is getting ready to showcase their eco-tourism attraction, the Madadamian Falls. A network of falls and streams found within the lush forest region of Echague.

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