Is the Philippines positioned to go a notch higher as a hot beach-holiday destination?The Philippines’ heavenly islands and white sand beaches are among the newest destinations to watch for in 2013 according to American travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller. Fact is, it occupies the # 2 spot in the Top Ten Destinations for 2013.Pls. click on the mag’s website (www.cntraveller.com)
“Top 10 hot destinations that will be big news for travelers in 2013.”
1.Brazil 2.Philippines 3.The Netherlands’ city of Amsterdam 4. Africa 5. Galapagos Islands 6. Kashmir 7.Mayan Riviera 8.New Zealand 9.Panama and 10.Oman….so there you go! Dare pack up now to these places?
Condé Nast’s Laura Fowler wrote in her article that “the Philippines may still not be the most obvious beach destination but it soon will be.” The writer also compared the country’s more than 7,000 islands to the islands of Maldives: “Sorry, Maldives… We love you, but we’ve got a new flame.”
Must-see places according to the article are Bicol, where travelers can swim with the huge but gentle whale sharks in Donsol,Sorsogon and go surfing in Rizal Beach(pictured) or enjoy the pristine waters of Caramoan Island (pictured); Siargao in Surigao del Norte (Mindanao), a stunning little known island perfect for deep-sea fishing; Palawan, “palm-fringed white-powder beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, natural lagoons for wild swimming all of it protected by UNESCO.
When it comes to food , I have come to value the importance of eating fresh vegetables for the essential nutrients that I and other eaters benefit from and as a good source of fiber. Pechay in the Philippines is used popularly to make soups and stews while the Chinese cuisine makes wide use of this vegetable variety much like the Koreans use them to make the ever popular kimchi.Going deeper, its scientific name is Brassica Rapa and petchay is also referred to as chinese cabbage. With prices of food items reaching record-highs in the Philippines, residents in some areas in Manila plant vegetables in their backyards to save on food expenses. As they say, no space is too small for planting. That is why seminars are sponsored by state-funded government agencies on urban farming to residents of poor communities, to let people know that any crop — pechay,broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, celery, or whatever — can grow in any weather condition in an area that is not necessarily big! Trainings primarily designed and intended for urban spaces – that means, even if there’s water running through, or even if it’s a cemented area, you can plant.
Once you get around in some places in the Philippines, it will not be a surprise if you chance upon a model community farm or a residential house that grows a variety of vegetables one of them, pechay that is featured in my blog using space-friendly techniques such as recyclable plastice bottles.
Banana trunks have been proven to be good alternative for backyard planting such as this one.
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen : There will be something solid for you to stand on, or, you will be taught how to fly.