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Friday, December 27, 2019

Be Happy in 2020! Thank You For an Amazing Year!

Happy 2020! I wish you a beautiful, magical new year!
May every day of 2020 brings you sweet surprises that fills your life with happiness. 

Thank you very much for subscribing to my Youtube Channel and for the support. May you Explore more, Dream bigger and Discover new adventures in 2020!

Monday, December 23, 2019

BIODIVERSITY: Why Its loss, Is Your Loss [VIDEO]

Bees, soils, trees – even the tiny organisms we can’t even see – all play a vital role in producing the world’s food. Yet, this biodiversity that supports our food and agriculture is in serious decline. So what does that mean for our future food? Dan Leskien from the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture explains. Interview: Charlotta Lomas, United Nations - FAO
@Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 

The State of the World’s
Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

What is biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA)?
Biodiversity is the variety of life at genetic, species and ecosystem levels. Biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA) is, in turn, the subset of biodiversity that contributes in one way or another to agriculture and food production. It includes the domesticated plants and animals that are part of crop, livestock, forest or aquaculture systems, harvested forest and aquatic species, the wild relatives of domesticated species, and other wild species harvested for food and other products. It also encompasses what is known as “associated biodiversity”, the vast range of organisms that live in and around food and agricultural production systems1, sustaining them and contributing to their output.

Biodiversity is essential to food and agriculture

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Creative Ways To Protect Your Christmas Trees From Cats, Dogs & Other Pets [VIDEO]

Pet-proof your home this holiday season with our tips on pet-friendly Christmas trees and other holiday decorations.


Small adjustments are all you need to keep your cats and dogs safe this holiday season. Here's a list of tips to use when putting up your Christmas décor:

D-EDGE & DAILYPOINT Announce a Strategic Partnership

D-EDGE- part of the Accor Group- and dailypoint™ are pleased to announce a global strategic partnership combining the CRS of D-EDGE, one of the leading providers of digital solutions for hotels, with the CRM and guest data management platform of dailypoint™.

With technology playing an increasingly critical role in the hospitality business, hoteliers are accordingly seeking all-in-one tech solutions that cover the entire range of their technological needs. The D-EDGE-dailypoint™ partnership is a great step in that direction, providing the market with one solution combining CRS and CRM. This move is highly impactful and beneficial for hoteliers as CRM has become the reference system for guest management over the past few years, as a recent h2c study (1) shows:

PC Grob, CEO of D-EDGE (previously Availpro Fastbooking) comments "This promising partnership between D-EDGE, a leading CRS provider, and dailypoint™ a leading Guest Data Management solution, is a major step forward in our strategy to simplify the complexity of technology for hoteliers so they can focus on their guests. It will materialise in a Guest Data Management solution fully integrated in our CRS that will enable our worldwide customer base to manage the entire guest journey and significantly improve their business thanks to a personalised and efficient guest data management. "

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

8 Facts Why Our Mountains Matter - International Mountain Day - Celebrate the mountains! [VIDEO]

Why our Mountains Matter - Safeguarding our protectors and playgrounds
@Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 

In some countries, mountains are considered deities. In others, mountains are peaks to climb. In others still, mountains, like volcanoes, are spirits that can be angered. In countries around the world though, mountains provide life-sustaining water, energy and food for over half the world’s population.

Because of their altitude, slope and orientation to the sun, mountain ecosystems are easily disrupted by climate variations: native plants and animals are quickly losing their habitats and are struggling to survive in ever diminishing areas, and mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates. These changes in mountain glaciers have an impact on water resources in many parts of the world.  

Mountains are also being threatened by land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world. But it does not have to be this way. Mountain communities possess a wealth of traditional knowledge and experience to manage and enhance the resilience of fragile mountain ecosystems.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hong Kong Innovation Foundation presents Think Like Leonardo da Vinci 500th Anniversary Exhibition

The Hong Kong Innovation Foundation and Sino Group have partnered with Italian international museum Leonardo3 Museum (L3) to stage “Think Like Leonardo da Vinci 500th Anniversary Exhibition” at Sino Group’s Olympian City shopping centre.

  • First large-scale exhibition in Asia by Italian international museum Leonardo3
  • Unveils Leonardo da Vinci's world at Olympian City with never-before immersive experiences

It was 500 years ago when Leonardo da Vinci, seen today as the greatest polymath in human history, left behind his legacy. In commemoration of the Renaissance master, elaborate exhibitions and events are being held this year in different parts of the world. In Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation and Sino Group have partnered with Italian international museum Leonardo3 Museum (L3) to bring its world-class travelling exhibition to Sino Group's Olympian City shopping centre. Entitled "Think Like Leonardo da Vinci 500th Anniversary Exhibition", the Hong Kong event is the first large-scale thematic exhibition L3 has staged in Asia, and is designed and curated following high museum standards to recreate the mind-boggling world of the great Italian inventor and artist.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

13 Essential Hiking Tips for Beginners [Mountain Climbing Guide] VIDEO

Hiking for Beginners: 13 Essential Tips

According to various researches, hiking has many health benefits and it is a great outdoor activity to boost physical endurance, reduce mental stress and explore nature. The best part is you don’t need any special equipment or training to hike.

Just choose a trail and start walking. You can roll solo or stroll in a group, the choice is all yours. Your experience depends on what you choose. But be extra careful while you hike alone. Like every other activity, hiking can be scary if you are new to it. But once you get a taste of hiking you will know how awesome hiking can be. I can go on and on about the awesomeness of hiking but the best way to know is to experience it firsthand. You don’t need to conduct a lot of research to plan a hike. Based on personal experience and lots of research, we have listed 13 essential tips for hiking beginners.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. Honored at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

Twenty outstanding Philippines' entrepreneurs and organisations were honored at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 or APEA, led by Megawide Construction Corporation's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Edgar Saavedra and Robinsons Land Corporation's President and CEO, Mr. Frederick D. Go.

An initiative by Enterprise Asia, the leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship in Asia, APEA is the largest regional recognition program, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets. With the theme of 'Promoting Inclusive Economic Development Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship', over 300 attendees were present at the by-invitation only event, comprising of industry leaders and dignitaries.

Leading the list of winners includes Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. who received the award under Corporate Excellence Category.

About Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc.

Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. ("TIHGI") is the developer and operator of Resorts World Manila, the first and largest integrated tourism resort in the Philippines. On November 5, 2013, TIHGI began trading on the Philippine Stock Exchange ("PSE") under the ticker "RWM". TIHGI is a joint venture between Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI), and Genting Hong Kong Limited (GHK).

Resorts World Manila (RWM) is a pioneering integrated resort (IR) in the Philippines that showcases world-class performances, multi-level recreational alternatives, global lodging brands and exciting lifestyle options. Coinciding with the beginning of the Philippine Tourism Decade that enacted Republic Act 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009, RWM pioneered a new concept in the country that intends to showcase an array of lifestyle and entertainment alternatives for guests in one property.

How Hiking Can Change Our Brains [Mountain Climbing / Trekking] VIDEO

1. Hiking Minimizes Rumination
2. Hiking Improves Creativity and Problem Solving Skills
3. Hiking Boosts Brainpower
4. Hiking Improves ADHD in Children


Time Magazine named Weiwuying as one of World's Greatest Places 2019

Kaohsiung's soft power is once again on the international stage! The latest issue of the well-known American Time Magazine named Kaohsiung's well-known National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) as one of World's Greatest Places 2019. Taiwan's Pride, Weiwuying, became the first Taiwan attraction to appear on Time magazine's list.

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) has become an important platform connecting Taiwan and international culture. It uses cultural soft power to speak for Taiwan. It has successfully attracted many foreign tourists and international performers. In order to continue enriching cultural elements, Kaohsiung will establish a unique Marine Culture and Pop Music Center in 2020. It is located at the junction of Love River and Kaohsiung Port, leading the city's style and future trend. It will help Kaohsiung to become an Asia-Pacific pop music creation and performance center and an international oceanic culture exchange platform.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

The Philippines' Best Beaches and Islands [VIDEO]

BEST BEACHES - The Philippines' best beaches and islands
One of the Philippines best assets is its 7,000 islands, edged by white sand buffering turquoise waters filled with some of the world's most diverse marine life. And most of them are relatively unexplored.
Of course, not everyone will agree on which destination is best, but this is a good starting point for coming up with a travel plan:

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Top Adventure Destinations for 2020 [according to National Geographic] VIDEO

THE WORLD AWAITS. Where will you go next? Where will you be expanding your horizons in 2020?

National Geographic has just released its Best Trips list, highlighting 25 destinations it recommends for "transformative travels" in 2020. Best Trips is National Geographic's annual list of where to go, what to know and how to see the world in the year ahead.

The picks are divided into four categories: Culture, City, Nature and Adventure.
Top adventure picks for 2020

Thursday, December 05, 2019

MQDC, Tourism Authority of Thailand and RSTA Jointly Organise "Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness"

Amazing light and sound spectacular on Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard to light up Bangkok's skyline and Create a New City-Center Countdown Destination

Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), one of Thailand's leading property developers, together with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA),  today announced that they are jointly organizing 'Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness'. The dazzling light and sound spectacular will turn the landmark Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard tower into a stunning attraction - lighting up Bangkok's skyline during the festive season and culminating in a New Year Countdown display.

The 'Beautiful Bangkok' annual display is now in its third year. This year the event has grown with 'The Wonder Flower Land', featuring a wide range of activities on the square in front of Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Monday, December 02, 2019

Top10 Highest Mountains in the Philippines [Updated] - VIDEO

1. Mt. Apo (2956m) ⬌1
2. Mt. Dulang-Dulang, Kitanglad Range (2938m) ⬌2
2. Mt. Pulag, Cordilleras (2922m) ⬌3
4. Mt. Kitanglad, Kitanglad Range (2899m) ⬌4
5 . Mt. Piapayungan, Piapayungan Range (~2890m) – as reported by hikers who reported an ascent in 2014 and based on satellite imaging. Based on visual evidence also from my 2013 Mt. Ragang ascent. ⬆︎6
6. Mt. Kalatungan (2860m). ⬇︎5
7. Mt. Tabayoc, Cordilleras (2842m) ⬇︎6
8. Mt. Maagnaw, Kitanglad Range (2742m) ⬇︎7
9. Mt. Timbak, Cordilleras (2717m) ⬌9
10. Mt. Ragang, Piapayungan Range (2714m) – based on my own measurements at the summit and on satellite imaging (Google earth). Ragang is 2.7km away from Piapayungan.


Sunday, December 01, 2019

Climbing Mt. Calavite - Paluan Occidental Mindoro [VIDEO]

MT. CALAVITE - Paluan, Occidental Mindoro 
Jump-off: Sitio Ulasan, Brgy. Harrison, Paluan
LLA: 13°29’N,120°24’E, 1521 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 5-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-3

Perched at the northwestern edge of Occidental Mindoro, overlooking South China Sea, is Mt. Calavite. Known as one of the two remaining areas where tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) could be found in the wild (the other being Mts. Iglit-Baco), this mountain is a haven of biodiversity – one of the few places in the Philippines where hikers have a good chance of seeing animals such as wild boar, deer, and yes, even the tamaraw, roaming on its grassy slopes. The name ‘Calavite’ is said to mean ‘giant clam’ – and this is derived from an old Mangyan tale that tells of ships being seen at the mouth of Calavite.

About the Blogger

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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