Here’s a small collection of photos taken from our recent mini holiday at Pundakit, Zambales. The small town is located Northwest of Manila with the shoreline facing the West Philippine Sea. We took a Victory Liner bus from Monumento, Caloocan … Continue reading
I am only nearing the end of my first week as a Marine Biologist at the Manila Ocean Park and things just keep getting more and more exciting. 🙂 The vet lab has been given a new breath of life and there’s just so much more coming.
Here’s a little teaser on what I’ve been up to on my first week. Fingers crossed. 🙂
Any wild guesses on what they are?
It’s Easter break, maybe summer/winter hols on some parts of the world, or maybe you’re just fed up with your crappy job and want to drive away from all things nasty. well here’s a little list of my favourite road trip songs to spice up your holiday playlist. Enjoy!
1. Alive – Empire of the Sun
2. Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Jack Johnson
3. Time to Wander – Gypsy & the Cat
4. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
5. Counting Stars – One Republic
6. Step Out – Jose Gonzales
7. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
8. Riptide – Vance Joy
9. Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk
10. I Sat By The Ocean – Queens of The Stone Age
11. Love Me Again – John Newman
12. Elevate – St. Lucia
13. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay
14. Grown Ocean – Fleet Foxes
15. Houdini – Foster The People
16. Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
17. Atlantic – The Givers
18. I’m So Excited – Le Tigre
19. Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
20. Sun Of A Gun – Oh Land
21. Oh Stacey (Look What You’ve Done) – The Zutons
22. Global Concepts – Robert Delong
23. Changing Of The Seasons – Two Door Cinema Club
24. Do The Right Thing – Dog Is Dead
25. Alleyway – Life In Film
What would you add to this list?
The Philippines is definitely one of the most blessed when it comes to natural resources. Our beaches, wide and white; our islands, numerous and unique; the biodiversity, rich and ever flourishing. It is definitely worth it to look past the corrupt and collapsing government, and enjoy the sunshine and perfect tropical conditions in the Philippines. With at least 7, 107 islands (actual count still depending on the tides) to explore, you’ll have enough to fill a lifetime of adventure.
All thanks to these awesome folks from Free and Easy Traveller we have yet another awesome video with a quick list of best travel destinations in the Philippines.
Anywhere else you’d like to add to this list?
Phnom Penh, is the largest and capital city of Cambodia bordered by the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers. It is the most populated city and the heart of the country’s business and political buzz. The city still exhibits remnants of French colonization reflected by the surviving French colonial buildings all around the metropolitan.
Seeing Phnom Penh was definitely a treat, and here I share with you things that are guaranteed to make your stay in Cambodia more unforgettable.
1. RESPECT is a rule of thumb. Address the locals as “Brother” or “Sister.”
Wherever country you may end up in, RESPECT for the locals is definitely a must. The Khmer are a very loving, hospitable and happy people, and as long as you don’t try to be an a** to them then they will stay accommodating and helpful as ever. Address them as “Brother” or “Sister” when having a conversation, or haggling for tuktuk fares or items, it is sure to please them and soften them even more.
2. Change your currencies to US dollars.
It is the most convenient way to pay for everything in Cambodia. Every stall accepts USDs so make sure to carry around them $1 notes. Although expect some local currency (KHR) for the change.
3. Visit Tuol Sleng (Genocide Museum – Former Office S.21) first before heading down to The Killing Fields (The Choeung Ek Genocidal Center).
Before visiting these places, I recommend that you briefly read up on Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge as it would help you further understand the significance of these sites.
Make Tuol Sleng your first stop to follow a more chronological themed trip. Tuol Sleng was where Pol Pot’s subjects were imprisoned and/or tortured before being sent to Choeung Ek for execution. Check for the guided tour schedules or survivor talks, too.
As a word of caution, Tuol Sleng is definitely not for the faint of heart. There is a very different and heavy energy in every room/cell, so I’d suggest skip this if you’re claustrophobic or have heart or blood pressure problems.
The Killing Fields offers a much different atmosphere. Although, the drive there will be very dusty and hot so bring heaps of water and a face mask. You will be given an audio tour set from the entrance so you’ll learn a lot from this place. There will be children begging at one point of the track but you know the drill, opt to give them food rather than money.
4. Shop and have dinner at the Weekend Night Markets.
Make sure you hit Phnom Penh right on time with the Weekend Night Markets. Haggle at the shops, watch the live performances from the locals and grab some cheap munchies from the food stalls. Don’t expect to see any tables or chairs for dining, the big matts in the middle of the food section is the very way to go. Your $5 will go a very long way for food, I promise.
5. Make new friends and grab a pint by the Mekong River during Happy Hour!
Nothing beats 50c beer with new found friends.
6. Visit the Royal Palace.
There’s no leaving Phnom Penh without having a good stroll around the country’s political heart, the Royal Palace.
And last, but definitely not the least…
7. Have some HAPPY PIZZA!!!
The people are happy, their beer is happy, and of course, their pizza is happy! If you’re really up for a great high and a good night’s sleep, Happy Pizza must be ticked in your list. Just be careful not to carry valuables with you when you have some outside your hotel.
Well there you go folks. That’s my list, what’s yours?