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Saturday, November 30, 2019

The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace (LNT Principles) | Outdoor Ethics [VIDEO]

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors.

Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard. They also apply to almost every recreational activity. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.

The Seven Principles are well established and widely known, but they are not static. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics continually examines, evaluates and reshapes the Principles. The Center’s Education Department conducts research — including publishing scholarly articles in independent journals — to ensure that the Principles are up to date with the latest insights from biologists, land managers and other leaders in outdoor education.

The Seven Leave No Trace Principles
1. Plan ahead and prepare.                                       
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.                 
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
6. Respect wildlife.  
7. Be considerate of other visitors.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Top 10 Islands in Asia 2019 | Travel Destinations [VIDEO]

10. Java, Indonesia
9. Boracay, Philippines
8. Koh Samui, Thailand
7. Cebu, Philippines
6. Naoshima Island, Japan
5. Koh Lanta, Thailand
4. Maldives
3. Bali, Indonesia
2. Palawan, Philippines
1. Sri Lanka

Thursday, November 28, 2019

6 Ways Airplane Travel Affects Your Body + How You Can Prepare [VIDEO]

Here are some ways airplane travel can affect your body, and some preparations you can make to have the healthiest travel experience possible. 

Fying in an airplane can zap your energy, dry your skin and make various body parts feel different or weird. How come? “The pressure, temperature and oxygen levels in the cabin fluctuate, and the humidity level is lower than it is at sea level,” says Matthew Goldman, MD. All of those things can mess with some of your body’s normal functions. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Waze - Top 5 Cities with Worst Traffic (2019) - Manila Philippines Worst in the World [VIDEO]

The Waze Driver Satisfaction Index analyzes the driving
experience of millions of monthly active Waze users in
38 countries and 235 metros to create a single numeric
score, from satisfying (10) to miserable (1). Metro Manila is worst place to drive in (again), says Waze - 

It took about 4.9 minutes to drive one kilometer in Metro Manila in September, longer than the roughly 3.8 minutes it took in April, data from the Google-owned traffic navigation app shows. The Philippine capital region is set to top Waze’s 2019 ranking of the world’s worst cities to drive in, beating out the likes of Bogota and Jakarta
Metro Manila is set to be the worst place to drive in once again, and traffic will only get worse as Christmas approaches in Asia’s most congested metropolitan area.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

9 Quick Travel Weekend Getaway Near Metro Manila [Philippine Tourist Destinations] VIDEO

Metro Manila, the biggest metropolitan area in the Philippines, has a lot of tourist spots but more await you when you travel outside the urban centers.
Day trips or weekend trips from bustling cities like Quezon City, Makati, and Manila (capital of the Philippines) is as easy as riding a bus or a private car for a couple of hours. Metro Manila is surrounded by many provinces dotted with scenic countryside, rolling mountains, and beaches; you can never run out of day trip destinations to choose from.  If you want to travel outside the city or take a breather from your busy urban life, here are some top day trip destinations and activities you can do if you're coming from Metro Manila that you can quickly escape to or plan for the weekend.

1 - Tagaytay City
2 - Taal Town / Mount Gulugud Baboy / Anilao Beach in Batangas
3 -  Corregidor Island
4 - Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River
5 - Artists Village and the Petroglyphs in Angono
6 - Mount Sawi in Nueva Ecija and Dingalan View Hill in Aurora
7 - Masungi Georeserve
8 - Minalungao National Park
9 - The Seven Lakes of San Pablo

Sunday, November 24, 2019

10 Skills Every Backpacker Needs to Know [VIDEO]

There are a few skills every backpacker needs to know, like pitching camp and making fire. But to really get the most out of your trip, you need to learn the intangibles too, like finding solitude and getting on the trail more. Here are 10 Skills Every Backpacker Needs to Know - 

Basics of backpacking, Backpacking and Adventure 101
Stay Dry
Learn how to cope with relentless rain, and you can experience some of the Earth's holiest places—Alaska! Patagonia!—in comfort

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Travel & Backpacking Quotes To Inspire Your Inner Wanderlust [Inspirational] VIDEO

Travel & Backpacking Quotes To Inspire Your Inner Wanderlust -  inspiring and awesome travel quotes for backpackers o fill your soul with wanderlust - Video in cinematic soundtrack and animation.

Being a backpacker is one of those states of mind when you choose the road less traveled and then wonder where the hell you are. Here are some of the best backpacking quotes and captions that summon the essence of traveling as a backpacker.

You all know those classic travel quotes “Not all those who wander are lost“. Well on this video, be inspired with the Best Travel Quotes to motivate you for backpacking the whole wide mother earth.

Sometimes all we need is a little nudge to inspire us to venture into new and unfamiliar places. I have compiled a list of interesting and sometimes funny travel quotes that will be sure to entertain you. Some are profound in their meaning while others are purely observations that we can all relate to.

Friday, November 22, 2019

12 Edible Bugs That Could Help You Survive [Backpacking Survival Skills 101] VIDEO

Backpacking Food Survival Skills:
Entomophagy, or eating bugs is commonplace. Insects are actually the most abundant protein source on the planet, and many of them boast dense concentrations of nutrients like omega 3s. If two billion people can invite insects to the dinner table, it shouldn't be too much of a stretch for you to include edible bugs in your emergency-survival diet.

So, which bugs can you catch and eat? 
1. Grasshoppers and Crickets 
2. Ants
3. Termites
4. Grubs
5. Wood Lice
6. Earthworms
7. Stinkbugs
8. Scorpions
9. Earwigs
10. Aphids
11. Maggots 
12. Dragonflies

Thursday, November 21, 2019

3 Ways To Get 'Visa-Free' Entry in South Korea [VIDEO]

For a more detailed information, visit the Visa Announcement section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines on this link: 
The 3 ways to go to Korea visa free 상세보기|Visa Announcement | Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines

South Korea announces 3 ways to get 'visa-free' entry

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Discover The Best of Occidental Mindoro Province [VIDEO]

Video compilation of travel destinations, tourist spots and undiscovered natural attractions in 10 towns in Occidental Mindoro, Philippines.

Occidental Mindoro offers more than its awe-inspiring views of paddy fields and mountain ranges. It has unspoiled white beaches, underwater paradise, idyllic waters and other captivating sights - Top attractions in Occidental Mindoro Province

Occidental Mindoro - a promising tourism hub

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Must See Christmas Destinations In and Near Metro Manila 2019 [Paskong Pinoy] VIDEO

PLACES NEAR & IN MANILA to Visit this Christmas Season 2019 

1. A ‘Frozen’ magical Christmas
SM City North EDSA’s Frozen Magical Holiday at The Block Atrium.

2. Chinese-inspired holidays
SM Aura Premier

3. Christmas around the world right in Makati
At Century City Mall Skyloft

4. Awaken the season at The Ayala Malls

5. "Gallery of Lights" at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

6. Lights, music and sharing at The SM Mall of Asia

7. Musical light tunnel and street food night market
the Ortigas East Christmas Street Musical Light Tunnel

8. Interactive water show at the Globe Lakeside in Nuvali

Monday, November 18, 2019

What You Can Do To Help Local Farmers? [VIDEO]

As an ordinary citizen, what can we do to help local farmers?
Here are ways to contribute the cause:

1. Urge local government units to buy from local farmers
Especially with the wide reach of local government units, former National Food Authority (NFA) chief Renan Dalisay suggested that one way people can help Filipino farmers is to lobby to their local government units to buy local rice.

This will help ensure a stable income for Filipino farmers, and receive a constant demand for their products with reasonable prices. Dalisay noted that people can lobby to their local government units to buy from Filipino farmers for P20 per kilo and sell these in their local markets for P40 per kilo.

Top Ten Tourism Countries For 2020 [VIDEO]

Saturday, November 16, 2019

15 Tips On Travelling Solo [Single Travel] VIDEO

Travelling solo can be one of the most exciting, liberating and eye-opening experiences, no matter your age. It offers ample opportunity for self-reflection and growth and boundless freedom. It can also be daunting, especially if you’ve never travelled solo before. With that in mind, Lonely Planet reached out to our online community on Thorn Tree, Twitter and Facebook to compile a list of top solo travel tips from seasoned wanderers and wayfarers who have navigated their own paths across the world. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

The 'Greta Effect' on Travel [Megatrends on Tourism] - Greta Thunberg Climate Activism [VIDEO]

The Greta Effect, named after the teenage activist who has become the face of the Gen Z environmental movement, has been named one of the major "megatrends" expected to shape the future of travel. 

At the World Travel Market trade fair (November 5-6) in London, global market research group Euromonitor International released their annual forecasting report, identifying eight "megatrends" they predict will define the travel landscape over the next year.  

A megatrend is a trend with longevity, "representing a fundamental shift in behavior that is defining consumer markets." The report is based on research and input from 1,000 expert analysts. 

7 Most Amazing Forests In The World [VIDEO]

Seven Most Amazing Forests In The World
1. Crooked Forest – Poland
2. Black Forest – Germany
3. Sagano Bamboo Forest – Japan
4. Hallerbos Forest – Belgium
5. Lake Kaindy – Kazakhstan
6. Avenue of Baobabs – Madagascar
7. Gardens by the Bay – Singapore

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Agnez Mo will join the stars at Madame Tussauds Singapore

Singer, actress and performer Agnez Mo will be the first Indonesian celebrity who will join the stars at Madame Tussauds Singapore!

Mo is the most awarded artist in the history of Indonesia, with a staggering collection of 170 awards. She will join the line-up of famous faces at the world-famous attraction and will be the first Indonesian star to be immortalised in Madame Tussauds Singapore.

"I was thrilled when I heard the news and am honored to be included. My future set in Singapore will show different iconic looks, where guests can re-create my look. Only at Madame Tussauds!" said Mo.

This Friday the 8th of November, the skilled sculpture team of Madame Tussauds will fly to meet Mo in LA to conduct a detailed sitting of more than 200 measurements. During the sitting, Mo will share LIVE updates via her Instagram (@AgnezMo), and she will do an IG Take-Over on the official account of Madame Tussauds Singapore (@MTsSingapore). Fans are encouraged to tune in and get involved!

Twitter: @MTsSingapore
Instagram: @MTsSingapore
Facebook: @MadameTussaudsSingapore
Hashtag: #MadameTussaudsSG

Madame Tussauds

Welcoming a fabulous 10 million guests though our world-famous doors every year, Madame Tussauds gives you the chance to experience the ULTIMATE fame experience. We have over 23 unique locations around the globe, from New York to Singapore, Amsterdam to Sydney - and of course London, where the story began. Throughout our 250+ year history, Madame Tussauds has brought to life thousands of celebs, stars and heroes - in mind-blowingly accurate detail -- giving visitors the opportunity to brush shoulders with their idols and LITERALLY reach for the stars!

About Agnez Mo:

Agnez Mo is a global superstar and the most awarded artist in Indonesia. Aside from her notable collaborations with the likes of T.I., Chris Brown and Timbaland, to name a few, she has amassed an incredible and dedicated following that includes 20 million on Instagram and 18 million on Twitter. Recently, she released her single "Diamonds" featuring French Montana, and earlier this year, she earned an iHeartRadio Music Award, further acknowledging her ever-growing international fanbase.

Merlin Entertainments plc

Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. Merlin currently has different brands worldwide including Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND Parks and Resorts, Sealife and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Visit for more information.


Monday, November 04, 2019

Crew Shore Leave Policy - Crew Change in New York, US Ports [Filipino Seafarers/Seaman Crew Replacement Updates]

On October 2, 2019, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office in New York announced a new policy restricting shore leave in the New York/Newark port area to only crew who have completed five contracts. According to CBP NY, this new policy is in response to the increased number of crew who have deserted during shore leave there. 

At this time we do not know how long this policy will remain in force, or the effect it might have on shore leave in other US ports. ECM recently checked with CBP Philadelphia, who advised us that a decision made by CBP NY denying a crew member shore leave would not necessarily mean that CBP Philadelphia would follow suit, should the vessel call at Philadelphia after NY. On the other hand, one of ECM’s clients recently had a crew member detained on board a container vessel and denied medical repatriation by CBP NY. 

The vessel then called at Savannah, GA where the crew member was prevented from off-signing by CBP Savannah, even though he had a medical issue for which a US doctor had recommended repatriation. In that case, CBP Savannah advised the vessel’s agent that the denial was issued because CBP NY had detained the same crew member in New York previously. Ultimately, each CBP office has full discretion to grant or deny shore leave and/or repatriation to a crew member in their jurisdiction, regardless of a US visa.

Tasting Kitchen (TK) Showcases the Year-round Appeal of Niseko

The latest edition of Asia’s leading epicurean lifestyle and travel magazine takes readers on a captivating four-season tour of Japan’s premier ski and leisure resort.

Tasting Kitchen (TK), Asia's leading epicurean lifestyle and travel magazine with distribution across Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, has partnered with the Niseko Promotion Board to create North to Niseko, a special themed issue that was distributed at the G20 Tourism Ministers' Meeting. The annual global conference of tourism ministers and tourism-related organizations from the G20 countries was held on 25-26 October in Kutchan-cho, Hokkaido, at the Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono.

North to Niseko bursts with the vibrant images and insightful writing that award-winning TK is noted for. The issue highlights every aspect of the region's appeal, from its thriving arts and crafts scene to its burgeoning array of luxury accommodations, from picturesque farms and fishing villages to exceptional food and drink establishments. "Travelers to Niseko," says TK Publisher Mark Hammons, "are most often drawn by the region's famous winter activities, but, as we so delightfully discovered this past August, its outdoor lifestyle and dining destinations hold an equal allure."

TK Director of Photography David Hartung, Senior Writer Mamie Chen, and contributor Andrea Lo traveled to Niseko to explore the region's distinctive flavors and the work of some of its most innovative chefs, including Shinichi Maeda of modern Japanese restaurant An Dining. "Maeda's summer menu," writes Chen, "is a bountiful homage to the produce and seafood that Hokkaido is famous for."

Yuichi Kamimura of Niseko's Michelin-starred Kamimura is another featured chef, whose year-round seasonal menus make the most of the area's plenty. "In the winter," he says, "Niseko is so busy, and I love the energy and atmosphere. In the summer, I enjoy finding and cooking fresh Hokkaido ingredients -- how good is that?"

Of North to Niseko, Hammons remarks, "Food and travel are driving passions for TK's readers, and they are eager for both kinds of adventures. In this issue, we wanted to provide an exciting vicarious experience, and I'd tell our audience that the best approach is simply to read on, get inspired, and plan a Niseko journey of their own."

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Yodi Insigne
Yodi Insigne is one of those delusional sorts who imagines himself a useful contributor to the greater blogosphere (Well, that's what he's trying to accomplish).

He started blogging for three reasons:

1. He always felt he has something important to say,
2. Books can make him cry, and cliff jumping can make him high,
3. He want to sleep at night.

He is a self-certified bookworm, travel junkie, shutterbug, movie freak, Mangyan hiker who sleeps a lot and think a lot. He got a little vice, which is black coffee and cashew nuts. He got colorblindness on yellow and green - and he freaking loves it!

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