8/26/2016

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The Kind of Travelers You Might Meet - Based on the Views of Fellow Travelers!


Now that travelling is part of our lifestyle, it is no doubt that we, Filipinos are starting to become more adventurous and now have more chance to explore the beautiful Philippines and even the world. 


In addition, as we travel, we do get to meet different types of people in terms of nationalities, gender, and most of all different personalities. Most of the time, things go well and people get along during the trip. However, there are also times where you get to observe the different personalities and sometimes just prefer to be alone. 

So out of curiosity, I randomly asked a few of my adventurous friends about the types of people they encountered during their travels. I was really overwhelmed with their answers so I decided to share them with you.

Here's what my friends said:



1. GLENN SALAZAR @simplymeglenn



" Most of the time, I travel alone. Most of the people I meet are as optimistic as I am which is cool! I got to meet people who are so adventurous and yet funny with out any issues or baggage " 

2. PHILIP LOPEZ @peelipp_palibot



"I met lot of people in my travels and most of them are proud of their own ethno-linguistic attributes, traditions, cuisines and natural wonders. Maybe, they are proud of their roots and province/place they are belong." 

3. CHRISTIAN JAYSON NARCISO @The.narciso



" I am a people person, I enjoy meeting different kinds of person and observe how they act in their own ways. During my travels, I tried meeting an Obsessive Photographer (sometimes this is me haha!) they will capture everything they see, they see everything as art hence they are the slowest in the group for they will capture everything they see as art. " 

3. BJ CARREON @pinoytravelwhore 



A. The Leader / Organizer- the one who creates IT's and negotiates with people

B. The Photographer- the one who who has all types of cameras (action cam, dslr, underwater cam) 

C. The Selfie Addicts -no further explanation


D. The Clown / Miss Congeniality 


E. The McGyver- the one who is always equipped with snacks, simple machines, utensils and medicines 



F. The DIVA - The one who has a lot of demands and sometimes bitchy 

G. The Commoners - common people who are quiet and reserved at times but manageable people 

4. NICOH DEL VALLE @delvallenico 



The narcissist loves taking pictures of themselves with nature, flaunting beautifully toned body and posing like someone in a magazine. (Forgive them Mother nature, hehe! ) Most of them upload photos of everything a few hours before, during, and after arriving at a destination. 

The inseparable, couples who are too strong to be separated, are the ones showing PDA while on travel. They are overly affectionate with each other, and their acts are simply annoying. They prefer each other's company, and are sometimes oblivious that they are traveling with a group. 

6. EMMANUEL RAMIREZ @sunkissedguy 



" Hmm! That's tough! But maybe you can put the walking atlas/human google map. These are the people who just arrived and yet they can travel in the city like the locals. These are the people who never get lost during their adventures. They did extensive research about the city's transport system, the must visit heritage sites, restaurants. The human google map is a very reliable person to travel with." 

7. RONNY BARTH @chefbaron 



" Since I'm don't travelthat much can't say that much. But I met a lot of travelers. From very wealthy people with money and willing to spend to explore whatever they can see. Or my favorite backpackers. Cool people on budget but with the will to know the culture. I had nice days with tourists just with bonfire at the beach. And expensive speedboat trips with other people. But everything is very fun." 



8. JOBATS @whereisjubz 


"Since I am into mountains, I see or meet a lot of mountain hikers who are very responsible and follow the "leave no trace" principle. These are hikers who don't leave any trash and pick up any litter loitering around the mountain trails. I also met some hikers who were very kind and greeting almost everyone they see. There were also some who were very chatty, who were sometimes too much for comfort. And lastly, there are some hikers, who are know it all type of people. You know what I mean! "

9. IEN LIM 



Three types of people that I usually meet/met during my travels: 

1. People who also love to travel - backpackers who love adventures...strikes anywhere as what they say no itinerary needed

2.The Tourist Type - The type of person/traveler who loves to travel but they want somebody to do it for them...package tour...travel agency. 

3. Extreme - People who love to travel and do something extreme...cliff diving. Canyoneering...etc... .ay meron p pala.. 

The blogger..extreme traveler...backpacker...di ba ikaw yun. Haha! 

10. HONEY GALLARDO @honeygallardo21



As I operate my flights all over the globe, I noticed that there are different travelers I see in the aircraft 



1. The Yuppies - They are the ones who travel with their friends (mostly colleagues)with huge backpacks. I see them mostly when I go to the beach or wherever the adventure is. In the aircraft they are mostly watching the entertainment system, eat what we serve them then they just sleep the entire flight. 

2. The Lovers - They are the couples who speak in a foreign language and whom we see canoodling in a foreign land. We call them "The Honeymooners". In the aircraft, you will see them holding hands, all covered in blankets. Sometimes our airline caterer give them cakes that says "Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. X!" (Oh how I love to be the one to give it to them onboard and see their kilig faces) 

3. Expats - Who says that travelling is just for leisure? Some people you see travelling in their suit and ties with their laptop bags are mostly business men who travel because they are paid to do so to meet their clients. In the aircraft, they will just sleep the entire flight and they won't want to be waken up when they sleep just because of the food service.


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ANOTHER STORY RESTAURANT - Sharing Good Stories about Food at Evia Center - Vista City!

Evia Center along Daang Hari Road now gives people in the South an experience of an upscale mall. The place is getting more and more attention with the nice aesthetic structure and the variety of shops and restaurants available in the area. 

One restaurant that really caught our attention was ANOTHER STORY. We we very intrigued about the story this place has to tell, so we then booked a seat and listened to their story. 


From the outside, Another Story is really an eye catching restaurant. With the use of different color palettes and mix and match going on, I found it very pretty! 


While waiting for our food and drinks, I wandered around and explored the restaurant. I really liked the Asian and western fusion going on inside the restaurant. A nice blend of different cultures and a good taste evident in the decor details. 




We ordered our drinks first while waiting for our gourmet food. I ordered a CLASSIC MOJITO for Php 165.00


And a nice and strong SANGRIA for the same price of Php 165.00


We were given complimentary breads paired with a delicious tomato based dip. 


For starters, we ordered the ANOTHER STORY SALAD for Php 395.00. I enjoyed the citrus flavor of the vinaigrette and the shrimps were cooked well. This is the best salad before you start with your main dish!  


FISH AND CHIPS for Php 495.00


PORK MILANESE with CHIPS for Php 495.00


Wait! We were not done yet. Since we don't do this often, we asked for the menu again and looked at their desserts. 

My friend ordered a CARAMEL CHEESECAKE for Php 215.00


And I ordered a RED VELVET for Php 245.00 for a slice. Their portions were quite big and we battled to finished it. But we enjoyed it a lot and their food was delicious! 


ANOTHER STORY really is a great addition to the list of restaurants around the South of Manila. In the end, the restaurant left us leaving with a good story to tell to our friends that they must visit this place for great food and experience. 


Hope you liked my story! 

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7/07/2016

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Exploring Mt. Pico De Loro in Ternate, Cavite

Aside from going to the beach, it is now obvious that more and more tourists are now loving the mountains. That is why one of the best things to take your friends for an adventure is to go for a hike.  I couldn't think of a better place to take them than to one of famous mountains in Ternate, Cavite which is Mt. Pico De Loro. 

Mt. Pico De Loro is a very famous mountain to climb for beginners.  One of the most famous landmarks of this mountain was the Monolith rock that stands next to the summit which adds more excitement to those thrill seekers. I've been to most mountains around Cavite and Nasugbu area, except for this one. 


From Imus, Cavite, we drove straight to Ternate passing through General Trias and Indang. The trip took us around 3 hours to get to the DENR Station which is the start off point of our hike. Safe parking is available inside with a minimal fee, otherwise you can park your vehicle outside. 

For those commuting, you can catch a bus to Ternate, Cavite at Coastal Mall and hire a tricycle all the way to the DENR Station. 



After preparing our gear for the climb, we immediately went to the registration area where we each paid Php25.00. Be advised that OVERNIGHT hiking is not allowed on Mt. Pico De Loro anymore. 


Another thing that I liked during our climb was we scheduled it on a weekday and very early so we almost had the mountain to ourselves, well almost!  


A tour guide is available for Php 1500.00. But if you are going to ask me, it's not really necessary as the trails were clearly marked.  But it's up to you! 


Registration done and off we go on our quest to reach the summit of  Pico De Loro. 


Mt. Pico De Loro is considered as a protected area by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). That is why rules must be followed strictly specially keeping the mountain clean. 


Prepare yourself to hold on to something as some parts of the trail were quite steep. Ropes were also provided so you could pull yourself up in steep areas. 




Halfway into the trail, you will find this observation deck. We climbed up to see what the view was like but there wasn't much to see. So, we headed on our way to reach the summit. 



One indicator that you are close to reaching the summit is when you see tuck shops around the area selling snacks and drinks. You can either have a snack prior, but we pretty much preferred to have our snack after our climb to the summit. 



A perfect place to get a nice picture of Mt. Pico De Loro is located on the left side where the tuck shops can be found. 



There were boulders were you can sit or stand if you are more adventures and have a picture taken with an amazing view of the summit behind you. 



After taking tons of pictures, it was time for us to head for that summit and if lucky get to stand on that famous monolith. 


It took us another 20 minutes to climb the summit. Be careful as you ascend the summit as the trail was very slippery. Since I am a novice climber, I eventually held on to every grass root I could grab just to avoid skidding. 

We were told that they are planning to create a different route to the summit as they are planning to rebuild this old path for the safety of the hikers and benefit of the mountain. 


It was an exciting climb for all of us specially when we got to the summit. One thing I love when I climb mountains is the view it gives to every climber. Mt. Pico De Loro didn't disappoint us. The view was just spectacular!

We were told below that climbing the Monolith was not allowed, however with the help of some guides, my friends were able to go to the monolith. Oh well! They are lucky! 



I love mountains but then again I wouldn't deny that I am scared of heights. The summit of Mt. Pico De Loro could be very busy on weekends, and I was just lucky that during this climb, I had the summit virtually to myself! 


I was just so pleased that I was able to explore Mt. Pico De Loro. I've been to it's surrounding mountains but not this one yet. This is definitely one mountain where you can expect 360 degrees of amazing views.


After a successful climb, time to treat  yourself to a delicious Halo-Halo. The climb took us around 5 hours from the base to summit and back. It was a good day with nature and friends, and I cannot wait to do it again! 











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7/05/2016

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Travel Running Around the World


It is the ultimate feat of endurance, both physically and mentally. Sore feet pounding the pavement kilometer after kilometer, hour after hour, step by step until every part of you wants to give up. For many people that would sound like the worst way to spend their vacation. But for a select few it is as good as spending time relaxing on a beach.


On our Runner’s Diary section of the website we have shown how much running can be achieved in a year just in the Philippines. With more runs planned we look at the joy of running for pleasure and combining it with travel.

Such is the popularity of running holidays that The Guardian recently published an article about Six Races that are also holidays. The appeal of these types of holidays is to see a different side of the world from a unique perspective, the feeling that you are one of a select few to experience a country in this way.


It is not just cross-country running that appeals to traveling runners. Long distance athletes from around the world make their way the world’s biggest cities to take part in the famous marathons. Forbes complied a list of the 10 Top Marathons people should travel to participate in.

The great thing about running is that there is something for everyone, from beginner to iron man races. Whether you go it alone or with fellow runners, running holidays are great way to detach from the world and have an adventure. Who knows you might even pick up a furry friend along the way as The Telegraph documented how a dog followed a man 100 miles during a recent endeavor.

Running holidays require a different type of traveling. Dealing with the stress of the race or run is enough without having to worry about finding the right hotel and getting to and from the airport. Many leading airports, such as Heathrow, offer hotel services to make traveling easier and remove the stress of finding parking spots before and after the race. Parking4Less states that airport hotels are ideal for busy passengers on the move.

This type of provision isn’t just limited to European airports either, as on-airport hotels and parking have become an increasing trend in Asia and North America too. It’s minor details like this that are certainly worth planning before you arrive at your desired destination.


Where ever you end up running, whether it is on the other side of the world or in your home country the important thing is to enjoy yourself while taking part in the challenge. Travel running is one of the most exciting ways to explore the world and meet new people with the same interests.
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