Calauit Safari Park: Take a glimpse of Africa in Palawan, Philippines

29 November 2016 Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines

As a part of our four days and three nights Busuanga-Coron Getaway with #TeamByaherosMNL, we spend our third day traveling across the island with a chartered van courtesy of Calamian Islands Travel & Tours; through dirt paths, rickety bridges, rivers, and places where there really wasn't any roads on a mission to reach Busuanga's northwestern edge for a chance to explore Calauit Island.

We woke up at the ungodly hour as early as 4 AM, took a bath, had a breakfast, and left the hotel at 5 in the morning for a 2 to 3 hours travel by land. My eyes are still drooping. I want more sleep, recharge my body; but, but, but I can't miss this adventure. We are going to Calauit Safari Park.

Head to Maryland for the coastal escape you've been dreaming of

23 November 2016

A beach holiday is something many of us desire. Especially if you live inland, the idea of some time by the sea can seem refreshing. There’s something about being near the sea that settles the mind. So, where should you head for a seaside holiday to remember? Maryland is renowned for its waterways and coastlines. It would make an ideal holiday destination for any sea seeker. But, what is there to do in Maryland? Here’s a list of the places you won’t want to miss on your visit.


Baltimore is a famously important sea port and a place to visit on any trip to Maryland. Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, and you’ll find plenty to keep you amused. There are many lists of top 25 on Baltimore. Among the options is The American Visionary Art Museum. A visit here is sure to bring a little culture to your trip. The museum consists of art from self-taught creatives. It's an art experience unlike any other. As you’re on a sea themed holiday, the National Aquarium is also well worth a visit. With a shark tank and a walk through rainforest, this is sure to go down well if you’ve got kids. Talking of kids, if it’s a family trip you’re on, a visit to Port Discovery Children’s Museum is a must. This fun Kid’s museum features exhibits designed by Walt Disney engineers!

Ocean City

If it’s the beach that’s drawing you to the sea, Ocean City is the place for you. Ocean City consists of miles of beach for your pleasure. It’s also lined with hotels and shops, making this the perfect beach holiday destination! The kids will be happy here too, as Ocean City has some famous theme parks to keep them amused. There’s the Jolly Roger Amusement Park. It offers fast paced rides for older kids and slower train rides for younger ones. There’s also Trimper’s rides to visit. This historic amusement park is one well worth the visit. It includes a fantastic merry-go-round that the whole family can take a go on!


Annapolis is the capital of Maryland, and as such is worth a visit during your stay. No trip to Annapolis is complete without a visit to top attraction, the United States Naval Academy. The Academy pays homage to the generations that have gone before. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the chance to see the Midshipmen march in formation! If you’re after something more laid back, why not head to Quiet Waters Park? Spanning 360 acres, the gardens are the perfect escape from the real world. Whether you want to ride a bike, stroll arm in arm with your lover, or see some beautiful gardens, the parks have everything you could want! Keeping in theme with the water of Maryland, why not round off your Annapolis visit with a trip to Ego Alley? This narrow waterway gets its name because of the boats that pass through, and is an amazing sight to see!

Be a travel queen: Don't forget to get these essentials before your next voyage abroad

22 November 2016

As the year draws to a close, we are already thinking of our voyage next year. After all, it can help us through the dark rainy days. Whether you are booking a safari in Kenya or a trip to European cities, there are some things that you will always need to take. That way, you will be prepared for your holiday. Therefore, don’t forget to get these essentials before your next voyage abroad!

A great backpack

For travelling, a backpack is a must-have that needs to be on your essentials list. After all, it’s so handy whether you are travelling by bus, car, or train. And it has so much space compared to a standard bag! Therefore, you need to purchase a great backpack before you go on your trip. Before you buy one, you need to check out how much room is inside the bag. Also, look to see if there are any side pockets. As I said before, a side pocket is so useful to hold your water bottle. And make sure you read reviews online so that you can make a well-researched decision on the backpack!

A wealth of health products

When you head on a trip, you don’t know when the next time you will see a chemist. After all, they might not be in proximity of the hotel if you are on a safari in Africa! Therefore, you should make sure you have a wealth of health products with you. That way, if you do get a sickness bug or pick up the flu, you can easily aid your suffering. Also, with your health products, you need to make sure you have an insect repellent. After all, you need to protect yourself from catching diseases such as malaria. Some people even buy malaria tablets online which will keep you safe in tropical and subtropical countries. And remember to get travel insurance so that if you become unwell while you are travelling, you can get the help you need!

Travel adapters

Unless you fancy not being able to charge your phone while travelling, you need to make sure you have a travel adapter with you. It will ensure you can use your charger and electrical items without any issues. You can read up online about which adapters the particular country you are visiting uses. And check in with your hostel as they might have plugs you can borrow for the duration of your trip!

Sun protection

It’s so important that you check what the weather will be like in your chosen destination. That way, you can make sure you are fully prepared. You can look at the weather for any country on sites like World Weather Online. If it’s going to be hot, you will need to make sure you have great sunscreen for your trip. That way, you can avoid sunburn during your travels. And you need a pair of cute sunglasses to help you avoid the rays. Make sure they have 100% UV protection to keep you safe in the sun!

A selfie stick

If you look at any travel blog, you will find hundreds of selfies of the traveller. After all, it’s become hugely popular to take selfies at beautiful places around the world. Therefore, you need to take a selfie stick with you. It can connect to your phone and ensure you get some fantastic photos on your travels. You can get some great selfie sticks which fold up so that they don’t take up much room in your bag for your next voyage!

A mini first aid kit

A lot of people don’t think about the worst circumstances on their holiday. But you need to be prepared. If you are trekking the grand canyon, you could easily fall and end up with an injury. Or you might cut yourself on a rock in the sea. In these circumstances, you want to deal with the injury as soon as possible. Therefore, you need to make sure you pack a mini first aid kit with you. Fill it with essentials such as bandages and antiseptic healing cream to ensure you are on the mend quickly!


You don’t want to travel without the right money on you. After all, companies might charge you a fortune if you try to exchange money in the destination. And you might struggle to find a travel exchange place if you are going somewhere remote! Therefore, make sure you have plenty of the right currency before you make your voyage abroad.

And remember to keep a travel journal during your trip. That way, it’s something you can look back on in years to come!

5 best hotels & resorts for adventurous couples

15 November 2016

Are you filled with starry-eyed sentiment and looking for the perfect destination for an amorous adventure? These luxury hotels and resorts go above and beyond, both near and in far off remote locations, to cater to love birds in search of adventure. Enjoy a pampering stay with your other half that combines both adrenaline-pumping adventure and plenty of relaxation. Whether you're looking for mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, climbing, mountain biking, rock climbing, diving, kayaking, and more, we have listed down the 5 best accommodations for adventurous couples. At a handful of the Philippine’s best adventure-centric resorts and lodges, working up a real sweat can be followed by a cool down with massages, fine wines and high-thread count sheets – even better for sleeping on after a long, exhausting day of fun together with your love.

1. Mountain Lake Resort, Laguna

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Nestled amid Caliraya's breathtaking landscape with spectacular views of Mount Banahaw and pristine beauty of Caliraya Lake, Mountain Lake Resort, a "nature meets adventure" resort that provides raw adventure paired with unprecedented comfort and amenities. The resort offers the best in golfing for both the amateur and serious golfer. Other activities include kayaking, jetski, lake cruise, horseback riding, biking, zip-line, banana boat, fishing; and one of the best part is riding an ATV to Cavinti Cave. Mountain Lake also offers an in-water obstacle course and is one of the pioneer obstacle courses in the Philippines with 10-stages: Military Climb, Karate Kid, Log Crossing, Slide & Drop, Palo Sebo, Cable Balance, Tire Challenge, Wall Climb Side, and Tarzan Swing.

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2. Coral Bay Beach & Dive Resort, Palawan

Coral Bay Beach & Dive Resort is nestled among a beautiful archipelago of tropical islands, pearl farms and reefs and provides the perfect getaway for two. This resort has all the romance, tranquility, and adventure of a breath-taking tropical island paradise. Explore the resort and reef adventures, including many romantic experiences. When it comes to a honeymoon hideaway, choose from a lovely array of beach cottages within the island. Click here to read my full review of Coral Bay.

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3. Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu

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There may be no resort in the Philippines better suited to family's love for adventure getaways than Shangri-La Mactan in Cebu. Whether your plans include family adventure, rejuvenation or pure relaxation, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa offers an enticing array of adventurous activities for both adults and children, from scuba diving, para-sailing, kayaking, banana rides, and more.

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4. Amorita Resort, Bohol

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Perched atop on a limestone cliff on a remote tip of a secluded peninsula, Amorita Resort tends to get the heart pounding. The luxury resort overlooks the azure–colored Bohol Sea and elegantly punctuates the vibrant tropical landscape along Alona Beach. Other activities in Bohol include ziplining, canopy walk monkey bridge, and a 275 meter bike zip where you can cross from one chocolate hill to another. Aside from the incredible sunsets and delicious food the resort has to offer, why not take The Plunge in Danao, Bohol. It is a 2 hours drive from Panglao Island where Amorita is. The Plunge is said to be one of the world's highest canyon swings. 75-meter free fall? That must be crazy! And yes, the scariest aside from sky diving.

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5. Marco Polo, Davao

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Marco Polo Davao provides the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway, a productive business meeting, or a hearty meal with friends or loved ones. Enjoy its plethora of excellent facilities such as a spa and its therapeutic massage services, the outdoor pool for its cool waters that are perfect for a refreshing swim and more. Adrenaline junkies and hedonists alike will surely enjoy a trip to the Eden Nature Park, Deca Wakeboard Park or to the Davao River where a thrilling heart-pounding river rafting adventure awaits.

Here are other list of Davao Hotels

It's a wrap!

At these adventure-filled hotels and lodges, the activities are not really optional, but as much a part of the fabric of the place as the beds, showers and Wi-Fi. If you want to learn new activities, get some exercise, explore undiscovered and remote places or physically immerse yourself in some of the Philippines’s most fascinating natural settings and cultures, these 5 best hotels & resorts for adventurous couples are the place to start.

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Coral Bay Beach & Dive Resort: A calming retreat in a tropical island paradise

14 November 2016 Popototan Island, Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines

Picture this, stranded on an island without any electricity, far from civilization, no noise pollution, and you can only hear the sound of nature... Read on to know what does it feel like to be stranded on an island?

But let me tell you this, don’t let that put you off. Whilst Coral Bay Beach and Dive Resort is situated in a remote private tropical island and pristine Marine Park conservation area, the resort is nestled among a beautiful archipelago of tropical islands, pearl farms and reefs.

Red Planet Ermita: Hotel in the Red Light District

4 November 2016 Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Have you ever been to the famous district in Manila? Well, you've never really been to Manila if you haven’t seen and discovered it. Ermita, famously referred to as the "red light district" of Manila, and it is famous for its wild nightlife and party scene. Whilst it is know for its nightlife and restaurants, there is only one place for only the savviest of Manila visitors. Let me tell you all about Red Planet Ermita.

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