The Farmhouse by EDL: Bucolic Bliss in Tarlac

Early morning at the Farmhouse by EDL
Early morning at the Farmhouse by EDL

It was a night of the “super blue blood moon”. A rare celestial phenomenon that last happened in 1982. We were in the midst of our Lakbay Norte 7 tour in Tarlac that time that I firmly requested we hurry to our accommodation that evening to catch the “super blue blood moon”. The Farmhouse by EDL was our host that evening and I was ecstatic when we arrived on time. We hurried to capture the moon spectacle and after that I couldn’t help but look down at the attractive setting we have that evening. Inviting pool, lovely warmly lit garden and my companions starting their full moon party at the bar.

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The World’s Most Tourist-Friendly Airports

Changi airport
Changi airport

Encountering a bad airport is enough to ruin anyone’s trip before it has even started. If you are like me, traveling out of Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport more than once a month, you’ll appreciate how much good airports can relieve stress. Traveling is a stressful business especially if you have to do it for a living so a little bit of luxury and comfort goes a long way.

So with this in mind, here are just some of the world’s most tourist-friendly airports.

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Irresistible Reasons To Choose A Private Villa Over Hotel

Villa Galam in Phuket by Eats & Retreats – USD 95/night
Villa Galam in Phuket by Eats & Retreats – USD 95/night

When you plan to vacate, you want to enjoy something different. Something that’s unique, special and memorable. And, it’s not only sightseeing or fun activities you do at the chosen vacation spot that make your vacation perfect, but your accommodation also matters a lot.

Therefore, when you need something different, the idea of renting a cramped hotel room sounds too ordinary. After all, it’s also about your comfort and privacy, right? This is when you should opt to rent your ‘own’ private villa.

Here are some great reasons why you should prefer a private villa over a hotel room.

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Ylang-ylang Essential Oil of Anao Tarlac

Ylang-ylang flowers
Ylang-ylang flowers (photo by Martin San Diego/NPVB)

There’s a pleasant scent lingering in the air when you pass by Anao in Tarlac. The line of ylang-ylang trees (cananga odorata) along the national highway are a giveaway. Their blossom emits a natural aroma that’s both delicate and calming. Lakbay Norte 7 begins the day at the small town of Anao, Tarlac considered as the ylang-ylang capital of the country. Anao started extracting oil from fresh ylang-ylang flowers since 1994. They are dreaming big this year and hope to export more Ylang-ylang essential oil around the globe.

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Evening Rush at Kart City Tarlac

Speeding through Kart City Tarlac
Speeding through Kart City Tarlac

It was a long first day for Lakbay Norte 7. From an early call time of 4AM, we rushed to Malolos in the morning for the heritage walk. In the afternoon we rolled to San Rafael for some river adventure. Evening finds us in Tarlac for a brief museum walk at the Aquino Center. Shortly we found ourselves at Kart City Tarlac. Even with my head heavy and eyelids starting to shut by itself while having dinner, who wouldn’t pass up the chance to go karting? I know I still have enough fuel to last a few more hours and channel a bit more adrenaline for the night.

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San Rafael River Adventure: Aqua Fun Day Tour

San Rafael River Adventure actvities
San Rafael River Adventure actvities

Bulacan continues to unfold as we continue our Lakbay Norte 7 trip from Malolos Historic Town Center. Riding up about one and a half hour north, we reached the banks of the snaking Angat River also knows as the Bulacan River for the San Rafael River Adventure (SRRA). This lush resort by the river resort has a tranquil laid back atmosphere with facilities. The breeze was cool and comforting, the surrounding still and quiet. Yet those who want some adrenaline rush can choose a slew of activities the resort offers.

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Travel can be a Winning Experience with Bonamine

Bonamine promo pack as a travel essential
Bonamine promo pack as a travel essential

I’m one of those travelers who’s not easily affected by motion sickness. I don’t get sea-sick nor road sick as easily. But still, I have my limits. There was a time my friends and I had to travel from Batan Island to Itbayat over turbulent waves. Swells reaching up at least a story high that even local Ivatans get wary. Just to make sure, I popped in a Bonamine chewable an hour before our boat ride just to keep my dizziness in check throughout the journey. I don’t do it often but it gave me peace-of-mind (and tummy) as I travel across seas this time.

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