There’s a whole new different world in Boracay and they call it the Boracay Newcoast. This 150-hectare township is being groomed for upscale development. Amid the hilly greens, wide open roads and quiet white beach coves is the stylish Savoy Hotel. The six-story 559-room hotel has a distinctive modern and dynamic architecture.
2017 in travel was on the mild side. As much as I want to travel more, domestic and legal responsibilities held me back. Yes, there is another life for a travel blogger like me. The only major travel I did was my trip to Thailand and even then, I was searching for direction. Delving into other interest aside from my photography and writing. The travel landscape has changed drastically the past few years. So many content creators have emerged and I must admit I find many of them to be really good. Honestly, at the back of my head, I felt I’m being left behind already. But looking on another perspective, I already spent quite a good time in my years in travel blogging and I don’t mind letting others get the chance on the spotlight. This also lifts away any pressure on my part to produce content social-media wants or dictates but just create for the sake of my passion and interest. Whether people would bite on it or not, it doesn’t matter anymore for me. Just doing it for the enjoyment. Besides, there is life beyond travel blogging and social media.
It has been a year since the first report of a Zika virus outbreak and concerns surrounding the threat are still in the air. Countries such as Brazil and Singapore are still in the process of limiting the spread of Zika. Steps to prevent another outbreak of serious cases of Zika are being taken in various other countries.
If you are traveling to Zika infected countries, taking extra precautions is still a necessary thing to do. While there are no more outbreaks to worry about, the spread of Zika virus is still happening around the world. To help you prepare better, here is some advice you need to know about traveling to Zika infected countries.
You could tell if a destination is gaining ground in terms of tourism when their infrastructure starts improving. During my recent visit to Tawi-tawi, I was able to climb Bud Bongao again. I certainly noticed a new building, paved stairways and other pleasing developments. It was eight years ago when I last climbed Bud Bongao. A time when there still a heavy stigma hovering over the province. But now that stigma is slowly lifting. People are learning that Bongao, Tawi-tawi is relatively safe which resulted to a three-fold increase in tourism arrivals just this year, 2017. At the forefront of the province’s tourism project is the Bud Bongao Eco-Tourism Park. A 342-meter high sacred mountain with an imposing presence at the center of the island.
“What is your intention?” The staff from Sak Yant Chiang Mai asked me while deciding on the tattoo design I would have. After spending 4 days of doing yoga at Suan Sati, I wasn’t expecting to hear that question which also usually starts a yoga session. But it does makes sense. Tattoos are something that’s contemplated upon. It’s a permanent mark on the skin. So for me it should have meaning. One thing I do know for sure, I will get a traditional Sak Yant tattoo on this visit to Thailand.
Driving out from one of the country’s fanciest airport, the Iloilo International Airport, the transformation of Iloilo City is already evident. Nine years since my last visit and I was just stunned on how urbanized the city has become. It felt like Metro Manila with easier traffic. The Spanish and American influence which took hold of the city for a time still lingers along with modern commercial establishments and high rise residential towers. Before, the city was a mere transit point for me to visit Guimaras, UNESCO listed Miag-ao church and nearby waterfalls. But my recent visit with Asus Philippines showed me a different Iloilo. Armed with an Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro, we visited interesting spots in the city while lending our time to help out for Operation Smile.
If you live in New York but never have the time to go anywhere because of your busy schedule, you should take a break from work. However, if you want to tour the concrete jungle for the first time, having a local’s touring guide will be more than beneficial.
Here are some things you should do in the Big Apple.