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Dream Adventure: Langkawi Sky Bridge | Langkawi, Malaysia



Langkawi Sky Bridge | Langkawi, Malaysia

The Langkawi Sky Bridge is located at the ‘end’ of the Cable Car ride. One of the island’s highlights, it is a 410ft-long curved pedestrian bridge above Mount Mat Cinchang. It may sound like a cliché but it is really true – the views from here are simply stunning – great for those Kodak moments!

Located 2,300ft above sea level, the Sky Bridge is easily accessible by the Langkawi Cable Car. The journey to the top starts out at the Oriental Village in the upper northwest of Langkawi Island, near Pantai Kok. Once the cable car gets going it gets a little chilly as winds flow through the ventilation slits at the top, so put on a sweater beforehand.



Dream Destinations: Best Beaches in the World

Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

One of the most photographed beaches in the world, the pale pink sands of Anse Source d’Argent unfurls across the island of La Digue, one of the 115 components of this archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The sands sparkle against a backdrop of towering granite boulders, worn by time and weather. The turquoise water is relatively shallow and protected from the ocean’s waves by a reef.






Maldives

Whether your dream beach trip consists of spending a few pampered nights in a four-star resort or swimming among tropical fish some 80 feet (24 meters) underwater, the Maldives are the sort of islands where either—or both—can come true. 





Bora Bora, Tahiti

This is one of the magical islands that make up French Polynesia in the South Pacific. Just 18 miles (29 kilometers) long, this lush little slip of land lies in a protected lagoon edged by white sandy shores, the best being at Matira Point. Bora Bora boasts the nickname the “Romantic Island,” a moniker easy to appreciate with its isolated beaches, intimate hotels, and quiet atmosphere.







St. Bart's

One of many islands in the Caribbean Sea, St. Bart’s stands out with its blend of French chic and island relaxation. With beautiful secluded beaches, fine French cuisine, and gracious hotels, this tropical playground is popular with the Jet Set. The 8-mile-long (13-kilometer-long) island is edged by 20 beaches and small coves for swimmers and sunbathers, with sparkling water and white sand.








Indonesia's Raja Ampat Islands

Tiny Batbitim - part of a mostly uninhabited karst archipelago northwest of West Papua—is home to great schools of giant tuna and mobula rays hunting shimmering clouds of anchovies.

Misool Eco Resort


Davao Life is Here


MOTHER NATURE.

Davao’s source of life and nurturer of mankind. Provider of food and keeper of our animals and forests. She carved the mountains creating multifarious captivating views for us to marvel at and exciting places for adventure and thrill.

With her fertile soils, we grow various crops and vegetation that paint a green landscape embraced by bodies of water. Beneath the surface are amazing creatures waiting to be discovered. We owe a lot to her for giving us a vast land full of life and promises – the promise of abundance which she will always keep, reassuring us that she will be here – today, tomorrow and forever.


Kadayawan 2012 Highlights




Opening Ceremonies & Indigenous Peoples Panagtagbo 
August 3, Friday
4:30pm
People's Park Great Lawn

The festival will open with a Thanksgiving Mass for the year of blessing and bounty, followed by a showcase of the color and culture of the 10 Tribes of Davao through music and dance.

Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2012
Talent Night - August 15, Wednesday, 6pm at Gaisano Mall of Davao
Finals - August 17, Friday, 6pm at Davao City Recreation Center

Hiyas sa Kadayawan is the search for the indigenous young lass who, up until the present is knowledgeable of her indigenous culture and wisdom through a pageantry of Mindanaoan myths and legends. Ten young women from the respective distinguished tribes of Davao will be presented in their indigenous garbs, cultural performance, interview and indigenous attire.

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan
August 18, Saturday
8:00am
Around Davao City (from Roxas Avenue to San Pedro Street)

A street dancing competition along Davao’s major thoroughfares which will culminate in a grand showdown in the Rizal Park area.

Pamulak Kadayawan
August 19, Sunday
7:00am
Around Davao City (from Roxas Avenue to San Pedro Street)

A grand parade of floral floats from competing and non-competing entries will be staged at the city’s major thoroughfares.

Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2012 Official Video Ad



Bigger cash prizes await Kadayawan 2012 event winners

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said on Friday the City Government has allocated some P6 million for the cash prizes of various competitions slated during the celebration of the 27th Kadayawan sa Dabaw.

This year's celebration of Kadayawan Festival is bigger compared a year earlier, as the celebration is highlighted by more events.


For the OPEN category:

Grand Champion = P500,000, up from last year's P300,000
Second Placer = P400,000, up from last year's P200,000
Third placer = P300,000, up from last year's P150,000
Fourth placer = P200,000, up from last year's P100,000
Fifth placer = P100,000, up from last year's P50,000

For this category, 10 consolation prizes worth P50,000 will be given to participating groups.


For the Davao-based category:

Grand Champion = P500,000, up from last year's P150,000
Second placer = P400,000, up from last year's P100,000
Third placer = P300,000, up from last year's P75,000
Fourth placer = P100,000, up from last year's P50,000
Fifth placer = P75,000, up from last year's P25,000

10 consolation prizes will be given out to participating teams who fail to bag major awards.




Sources:

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2012
10 Tribes, One Vibe
August 17 - 19
Davao City


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DOT Davao Region - It's more fun in the Philippines Official Teaser


DOT Davao Region - It's more fun in the Philippines Official Teaser

As a PROUD Dabawenya - I just have to post this :)

Mabuhay Davao Province!


Video courtesy of DOT Davao Region 

Dream Destinations: Egypt


Egypt is one of the most fascinating destinations on the world tourist map. This extra ordinary country is today the favourite vacation spot for many, just like it was in the days of the early Greeks and Romans. The biggest draw continues to be the amazing abundance of historical treasures- temples, pyramids and museums – contained in this one country.


Notable ancient temples, pyramids and tombs

Pyramids of Giza - Cairo


Great Sphinx - Cairo



Nile River - Cairo



Khan El Khalili Bazaar - Cairo



Temple of Karnak - Luxor





Valley of Kings - Luxor





Philae's Temple of Isis





Sham El Sheikh Beach - Aswan














Airline Ticket Deals To Avoid


You may have been curious about ads or websites that promise no strings attached airline tickets to a great place like Orlando or Hawaii. Some of these might even include hotel rooms!

Sounds too good to be true right? Well, unfortunately, it is. These scams are usually set up by time-share companies and what they don’t tell you is that you will be required to attend their seminars every day. You can live with a short seminar right? Think again.

These -seminars- last at minimum 4 hours each day you are there. If you don’t attend them, you may not be able to get your free airline ticket home or even have your hotel room canceled.

Sure it’s sneaky but legally these companies are doing what they say. They provide free airline tickets with the promise of vacation and in a way they do comply.

Mountain Climbing Sites in the Philippines

Aside from being a magnet for beach bummers, the Philippines is also a household name when it comes to mountain climbing and hiking. With over 7,000 mountainous islands, the archipelago is surely every hiker's paradise. Trekking Philippine mountains allows hikers to explore the country's rich biodiversity.

There is a host of active volcanoes across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Hikers just need to consult a Philippine travel guide to help them get informed about the top mountain climbing sites in the country.

Here are some of the most notable mountains to conquer in the country.

Mt. Apo

Davao is home to the country's highest peak, Mt. Apo. With an elevation of 9,692 feet, this majestic mountain serves as a sanctuary for more than 270 bird species. In 1936, then President Manuel Quezon declared Mt. Apo a national park to preserve its rich biodiversity. Experts said scaling Mt. Apo is not a technical one. It would take up to five days to conquer Mt. Apo depending on your pace.


Mt. Kitanglad

Mt. Kitanglad is one of the premier hiking destinations in the Philippines, which is known for its astonishing attractions, exquisite events, and colorful festivals. Located in Bukidnon in Mindanao, this inactive volcano has an elevation of 9,511 feet. It is home to various flora and fauna species, including unusual mossy plants, brown deer, and cloud rats. Last year, Mt. Kitanglad was declared an ASEAN Heritage Park.


Mt. Dulang-Dulang

Dulang-Dulang is the second-highest mountain in the Philippines at 9,639 feet above sea level. Considered sacred by local folks, this mountain in Bukidnon is home to more than 50 mammal species such as squirrels, monkeys, flying lemurs, and wild boars. Scaling Mt. Dulang-Dulang is logistically challenging, according to expert climbers. So it is best to consult local climbers and be equipped with travel information about the mountain.


Mt. Pulag

Make your travel stories about the Philippines more exciting by climbing Mt. Pulag, the nation's third-highest mountain. Standing 9,587 feet above sea level, this mountain in the northern region is considered a favorite among local and foreign climbers. It is known for its outstanding vegetation and wildlife. It would take at least three days to reach the top of Mt. Pulag.


Mt. Halcon

For climbers who want to bring their adventures to a higher gear, then Mt. Halcon is tailor-made for you. Towering 8,484 feet, the fourth-highest peak in the Philippines is considered the most challenging mountain to climb because it experiences frequent rains and floods. Reaching its summit is rewarding, as it provides a breathtaking view of landscapes in the municipality of Baco in Oriental Mindoro.

There are more recommended mountain climbing sites across the Philippines. Some of them are Mt. Banahaw in Quezon, Mt. Makiling in Laguna, Mt. Isarog in Camarines Sur, and Mt. Hibok-Hibok in Camiguin. To avoid any inconvenience, it is advisable to check out local resorts and hotels for accommodations and vacation packages that will suit your budget and preference.




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Infant Travel Guide: What to Consider Before You Travel by Air with Your Baby


Is it safe for a baby to travel by air? If you’re thinking of bringing your baby along when you travel by plane, here’s a good news: infant travel by air is appropriate most of the time. However, there are a few things you must consider before go on a holiday vacation with your little one to ensure his or her safety at all times. Unlike adults, infants do not have the ability yet to adapt to various environments like airplane cabins.

Here are the important factors that can help you plan your air travel with your baby:

1. The age of your baby

Most pediatricians advise against air travel of infants below six weeks of age, unless necessary. Babies in that age range are prone to germs that spread in the sealed cabin of an airplane. And, as you may already know, germs can cause diseases especially to younger babies because of their generally weak immune defenses.

2. The breathing of your baby

Pressurized airplane cabins contain less amounts of oxygen than other environments, thus causing irregular breathing in infants, as some studies suggest. However, this should not be a problem with healthy babies. If your infant has a respiratory issue, don’t worry because this problem can be easily solved. Your pediatrician may recommend supplemental oxygen to make up for the lack of oxygen in an enclosed cabin.


3. The ears of your baby

Do you remember you first ever ride in an airplane? Most likely, you experienced some sort of earache. Now, consider how worse air travel can be to the ears of your newborn. Ear pain happens when the pressure in the middle ear temporarily changes due to varying cabin pressure during air travel. Making your baby suck on a pacifier or baby bottle when the plane takes off and lands can make him or her feel better. It is because such sucking action helps balance the pressure in the ears of your baby.

Before you travel by air with your baby, visit your pediatrician first to check your baby for infection in the ears or upper respiratory tract. These conditions may cause discomfort to your baby during the flight, so if he or she has it, better postpone your trip until they are cured. However, if your baby only has a minor case of ear pain, the doctor may prescribe a medication to relieve the pain.

4. Infant safety seat

Some airlines permit their passengers to carry a baby on their lap during the flight. However, a safe infant travel calls for a properly secured safety seat for your baby. If you already use an infant car seat, that will do because most car seats are approved for travel by air. It is advised that you choose a bulkhead seat in the airplane that provides extra space for your baby to move around comfortably. You can take your baby out of his or her seat for occasional breaks and nursing, as long as these are approved in the cabin by the airline crew.

Essentials in Travel


Your passport is only one of the few essential things you must remember to bring along with you when you travel. Yes, there’s sunscreen, guidebooks, your camera, and mobile phone. Also there are other important travel documents that you must have handy if you plan on crossing several borders on your trip. You don’t want to be the only one of your friends to have to trudge back home from the airport, not having been admitted entry to another country because you were missing some identification.

There’s also the first aid. Fun’s no fun if you have the sniffles plaguing you all throughout. There’s nothing like a fever that’s coming down on you like a ton of bricks to take the cool factor off of the trip. It pays to be healthy when you’re tromping along the fields and gawking around the sights of another country.

But these are the basics. While we don’t forget our MP3s, our guidebooks, our extra shirts or lucky hat, we forget the most basic of all: respect.

Sometimes we judge without thinking, comparing things with how they are back home. They’re supposed to be different. Learn to deal with the difference. Respect it. Observe the locals’ traditions, their ways. Watch without passing judgment. Don’t blunder about, thinking what you do at home is acceptable. See if it is. If it’s not, adjust.

Also, don’t forget to bring along a sense of humor. There are plenty of surprises that chance could spring on you when you’re on the road. Having the wit to laugh off even the most awful slip-ups or mishaps could keep your trip from turning into a disastrous jaunt, keeping it on a fun and thrilling keel.

So you have respect. And humor. If it’s not too much of a stretch for you, you could also try for a little kindness.

Most of the tourist-friendly places in the world aren’t first-world countries. They’re mostly the poor nations, where good-paying jobs are hard to come by and the majority of people survive on their wit and skills rather than their wealth or trust funds. Residents of these countries often work in the tourism industry to earn a few extra bucks everyday to help out in their families. They offer to drive you around, serve as your guide, provide you with transportation and basically try to make your stay a lovely and pleasant one.

When it’s time to go, don’t stiff them. Don’t pay them through the nose. They’ve worked hard to earn a living. While not all guides are hard-working or likable or charming, there are really the remarkable ones, the ones who stand out, who were kind to you, who did try to make your stay as fun as possible. Hand over an extra dollar or two if you think their service has been worth it. So long as they’ve earned it.

We’re not saying give them money because they don’t have a lot of it. We’re saying learn to appreciate the efforts that other people have put into making your stay a great one, in whatever country you are. People who made you respect them with their hard work and kindness.

It’s important to pay them back in kind, in travel and life.

Backpack Traveling


We see them walking either singly or in tandem, sometimes in small groups of threes and fours dodging cars in city streets, sometimes stopping and browsing cards and things in some souvenir shops. They travel with that ubiquitous backpacks with them everywhere they go.

They have been called several names, some flattering, some funny, and some downright insulting tags. The most fitting of all is probably extreme budget travelers.

Travel fever

Why travel at all if you only have such meager resources in places halfway around the world all on your own?

The extreme situation is actually exciting for them and is part of the bunch of reasons why they traveled at all. They get the satisfaction knowing that they are seeing the world and they are spending only pennies to do it.

The most experienced backpackers (their other nickname) actually recommend this kind of travel. They usually tell their messages to young people. (Of course, one can see several sixty-something guys in shorts and undershirts huffing around famous tourist places.)

The best things in life

Aside from being the most economical way to travel (to make your budget and your travel days last longer), backpackers insist everything they do is part of a learning experience. They stress blending in and learning the people’s culture as much as possible.

On their part, they learn to be flexible and be able to change plans as much as they like, moving slowly across each unbeaten track. (This could mean staying for a few weeks or months or years even, if they like the place so much.)

They learn and they enjoy taking things in stride because there are no responsibilities and no deadlines to make. They also stress this is one way to grow and it is necessary to be open to all possibilities at all times.

Amenities 

For the layman, there are some questions to be answered, though. What does extreme budget travel means? How do they live? What things do they leave out?

All of them already learned how to forget private rooms or baths or kitchens. For around five dollars, most of what you get is shared rooms, dormitory-style in any part of the world. (Some invest on ear plugs or some sleeping pills as a last resort to noisy snorers and talkers in their sleep.)

They also learn to forget favorite foods from home. They must learn to eat cheap local foods rich in carbohydrates. The downside is that one will likely be repeating those meals all throughout. Bananas (and other recognizable fruits) might be expensive but there could be other cheap discoveries around.

Turning local

Living on a budget and with the locals requires them to learn to integrate themselves with the culture. This means that aside from enjoying the food, they must learn to dance the music and speak the language (or be intelligible at least).

Best of all, they must learn how to commune with nature in those local parts of the world since that is what they travel for in the first place. The fun part is that all of it is free.

Dream Destinations: Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Philippines


Pamalican Island is a small island of the Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea, between Palawan and Panay, in the north part of the Palawan Province of the Philippines.

The island was originally exploited as a struggling family-owned plantation. It was then purchased by Andres Soriano Jr., a successful businessman. His children then decided to build a resort on the island and leased the management responsibility to establish an exclusive resort. The island is private property and belongs in totality to 7 Seas Resort (owned by the Sorianos). It is part of the high-end resort group, Aman Resorts, under the name Amanpulo.

The island is serviced by a Dornier 228-202K plane flying from Manila, which is used to ferry customers and to bring supplies to the resort. Each bungalow (casita) comes with a personal buggy for free circulation throughout the island. The atmosphere around the island is extremely tranquil and secluded.

Diving activities are available, allowing for nice coral viewing and encounters with large turtles and rays. Several windsurf boards and sails are provided at the "Windsurf hut" on the north shore. The shallow protected lagoon there allows for easy windsurfing on a flat surface, and is especially favourable during the northern monsoon season (November to May), when the wind blows onshore.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamalican

The resort has been nominated as one of the best island resorts in the world.










Dream Destinations: Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

Sagada is a 5th class municipality in the province of Mountain Province, Philippines. Sagada is famous for its "hanging coffins". This is a traditional way of burying people that is still utilized. Not everyone qualified to be buried this way; one had to, among other things, be married and have grandchildren.

Popular activities include trekking, exploring both caves and waterfalls, spelunking, bonfires, picnics, rappelling, visiting historical sites, nature hikes, and participating in tribal celebrations. Guides can be found upon registration at the tourist-office in Sagada Proper (the main town) for a small fee.

Sagada Sumaging Cave

The Big waterfall (Bomod-ok)

Sagada Sumaging Cave

Sagada Sumaging Cave

The Festival Of Lights or Panag-apoy 

The famous "hanging coffins"


Dream Destinations: Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines


Coron is a first class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines.The municipality covers part of Busuanga Island and all of the nearby Coron Island. Both islands are part of the Calamian Group of Islands in northern Palawan. The main industries of Coron are fishing and tourism, being a popular diving location.

The aquatic views from the sunken Japanese warships off Coron Island are listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world.





 
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