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Top destination forecast in 2013


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)

Caramoan Island-White Sandy Beach in the Bicol Region
Caramoan Peninsula is touted as the Philippine’s secret paradise since it is virtually hidden from the rest of the province of Camarines Sur. The Philippine geographic landscape consisting of a bevy of 7,107 Islands from Luzon to Mindanao has been a great contributor to the country’s tourism growth and the one Island that stands out currently in terms of international exposure is Caramoan island.This island caught media attention twice in 2008 with the filming of the French reality hit show Survivor and Survivor Bulgaria followed by Survivor Israel in 2009.Caramoan has a very rich marine life to cater to the ocean adventurers plus its got the limestone cliffs and caves for climbing and exploring.
This Island boasts of lush and thick vegetation.Caramoan Island, Caramoan Peninsula, in the province of Camarines Sur, Bicol Region, Philippines.
This Island boasts of lush and thick vegetation. Caramoan Island is one of the thirty-five municipalities of the Province of Camarines Sur,Bicol and is situated at the heart of the Caramoan Peninsula at the southernmost tip of Luzon.
Rizal Collage
Thanks to surfing,Rizal Beach is starting to make a name.Turbulent waters in the San Bernardino Strait produces consistent waves year round  with the major swell season starting in October to March.Location:Gubat,Sorsogon,Phils.

“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?

Nakhal Fort2
Oman completes the Top Ten list by placing 10th. Oman boasts of many age-old forts like Al Nakhal Fort which we just visited recently. It is adjacent to the most frequented Thowara Hot Springs located at Rustaq.

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.

A woodhouse built or moved here and there…


Where the roads are, so there be place for some to  build a house whether it be on flat ground or rolling terrain.How stable is the foundation of this house remains to be seen but they seem to like living this way.

Where the roads are, so there be place for some to  build a house whether it be on flat ground or on  a cliff.How stable is the foundation of this house remains to be seen but they seem to like living this way. Location is somewhere between Bangaan and Banaue,Ifugao where the famed Banaue Rice Terraces is located.treehouse.phil Continue reading A woodhouse built or moved here and there…

Plastic Bottles: Making the most out of them.


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.

Brassica Rapa [Pechay]

Banana trunks have been proven to be good alternative for backyard planting  such as this one.petsay3