Philippine travel guide, bunches of recommended Philippine attractions with prices breakdown, contact numbers, photos, route and trail information and transportation fares. All listed to have a perfect itinerary before you travel.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

10 Reasons Why I Travel

Someone asked me, why do I travel? Why do I choose to travel rather than buy new gadgets? Why not save the money instead? You'll get too dark skin if you frequently go to beach.. I suddenly paused for a while and reflected for a moment. Then I answered, "Travel makes me happy." :D


So based on those questions above, I reviewed myself and here are the 10 reasons why I love to travel. ;-)

1.] TRAVEL IS FUN

Travel is indeed fun. You'll get to a new place, experience new things, meet different people, see different cultures, know historical facts, become aware of nature and environment, witness different lifestyles and many more. These are some of the reasons why I love to travel rather than buy expensive gadgets. And there is only 1 gadget I wished to buy in order for me to capture best moments along the road. ;-)


When I was a kid, I am very excited when me and my mom will ride a bus. I really wanted to sit near the window so I can see the view outside. When I grew older, I started to step out of my comfort zone. Leaving my comfortable bed in replace of a cold, sandy and uncomfortable tent. Replacing my delicious breakfast at home into an instant noodles or smoke-taste coffee. (For the charms only! :-D )

2.] TRAVEL CAN TAKE AWAY STRESS

I used to work online, graveyard shift, dealing with clients, writing codes and creating website templates. That really sounds very stressful. Although I loved my work, stress is really there. So I travel to relieve stress. By getting away from my PC and letting myself escape from the crowded city, to breath fresh air in province, well I consider that as an antidote for stress.


I have read an article that travel is good for health. It decreases the chance of heart failure and could make people younger. Locking yourself in your room could make you older. While traveling, makes you smile often. ;-)

3.] DEVELOP ROAD MAP SKILLS

A friend used to admired me because I can easily recognized a landmark or route when we go some place that we haven't visited before. I think it's because I am fond of sight-seeing while taking the road. When traveling on other cities, I prefer to commute in order for me to be familiar on the streets. While taking a taxi cab won't develop your road map skills because taxi cab goes on shortcut routes.


I have also read an article on a travel magazine, that the more you travel, the more you'll be smart on directions. Travel helps you develop a direction instinct, you can easily see the right path according to the address instructions given to you. Thus, this makes you brave. Some don't travel without a guide because they are afraid getting lost. :D

4.] INCREASE SELF CONFIDENCE


While travel brings you to new places, it also exposed yourself to many people. When you travel a lot, it helps you increase self confidence. Sometimes you need to ask the locals for the right directions, talk to a stranger sitting beside you a bus, talk to vendors and drivers. A good traveler never afraid to ask. It is an initative to ask if you are unsure or feeling lost. Never ask or else you will get lost nyahahaha

5.] DISCOVER THAT EVERYONE IS WRONG ABOUT OTHER PLACES


Each places has history, a stories that other may think it's bad and not a worthy place to travel. Well, you wouldn't discover if it is true or not if you will not allow yourself to visit the place. I believe that every place has a great story to tell and waiting to be discovered.

6.] EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS


The great reward of traveling is that you'll experience new things. Aside from seeing different people, culture and a chance to see what kind of lifestyle they had, you can also experience activities that a certain place offered - such as skimboarding, scuba diving, sky diving, snorkel, free fall plunge, wall climbing, island hop, roller coaster ride and many other best "to do" activities.

7.] HELPS YOU DISCOVER NEW WAYS OF LIVING

I've been to a lot of provinces specially here in Mindanao and witness different lifestyle, different ways of living. Young locals used to walk miles to reach schools wearing only slippers, some are bare foot. Kids are willing to learn even in a hard way. Fishing and farming are the sources of their food. Actually, provinces are very abundant in food, free fresh water comes from springs, poultry, coconuts and lot of fruits.


I am imagining myself if I could survive living a lifestyle the same as what they have in the province - no malls, no air-conditioned rooms, no taxi, no computers and internet - an opposite lifestyle in a city. Honestly, I am not sure. hahaha

But I was impressed with the locals because they are happy and contented with their life. They live simple but happy, they are humble and very kind, they are very thankful even for small things. They are blessed and I am sure I'll visit more provinces and meet people like them.

8.] TRAVEL CREATES CONNECTION


Traveling creates connection not just with your travel buddies but of course in every people you meet along the way. You will gain more friends and creates new connection in different places. ;-)

9.] APPRECIATE HOME


Home is sweet. House without love is not a home. While being away for many days, eating breakfast in a camp like trip, restaurant, sleeping in a "duyan", tent, bus, plane or rented rooms, having uncomfortable pillows, no movies or anything and being away from your family makes you appreciate home.

10.] TRAVEL WHILE STILL YOUNG


This is the best one. Travel while you are young as you cannot go anywhere if you get old. You surely don't have enough energy to do sky diving, hiking or water rafting. I am inspired by the movie "The Bucket List". Both of them were old and they created a bucket list to do all things they like before they die. ;-)

Photo credits to riseuniversityblog, forbes, virtualtourist, trekearth, beaugrande

Thank you for reading and happy travel. ^_^

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by pinoytravelpod · 1

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Indoor Wall Climbing - Edge The Outdoor Specialist


Do you find loosing weight a bit boring? For me, yes and that is why I chose to do some physical activities that could be fun and at the same time loosing weight little by little. Swimming, running, wakeboarding, hiking, hhmm what else? Well, those are really fun thing to do. I suggest to create your own bucket list and make it happen one step at a time. That is fun - I assure you. ;-)


So wall climbing was on my bucket list. But I don't wish to do "outdoor" wall climbing. I'm not ready yet hahaha. We do an indoor wall climbing, located on Davao City - infront of Abreeza, Ayala Mall. I was blessed to have friends who have the same interest as mine. They are absolutely harsh but true friends! LOL


Going back to wall climb activity, Edge The outdoor Specialist make that happen. They have a small indoor 28 ft. wall for climbing with built-in variety of rocks. There is no really a rock puzzle to reach the top successfully. It will depend on your strength and capability. You'll just need to focus, maintain strength on arms and legs and determine which rock should best to step on.  Some rocks were flat and small which is pretty daunting.


By watching others as they climb on the wall, you may think "Nah, that so pretty simple!" but when you're on the actual moment of climbing, you'll know that it's ain't easy specially if you're a first time climber - like me of course! nyehehe.


As usual, again I didn't succeed just like on other extreme sports I've tried and written here. Poor me hahaha! I think it's because of the climbing sandal I wore that time. It's kinda slippery and doesn't do good when stepping on small rocks. (Palusot mode) Some of my friends climbed bare foot but still didn't reach the top. Well, only 2 among us succeeded. Over all, it's a fun experience and I will come back soon to try it again.

You can try it for only Php 100.00 - unlimited climb. And Edge The outdoor staffs are very friendly. For reservations, please contact the numbers below.



Edge The outdoor Specialist Contact Numbers

Rey Sumagaysay
0919-817-2298

Edge Outdoor Shop
0999-784-6184

They are open Mondays-Saturdays from 9am to 9pm. Aside from wall climb, you can shop outdoor gears and equipment.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by pinoytravelpod · 1

Featured Stories