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Funding Your Dream Adventure : Save or Loan?

These days, we're encouraged to live life, NOW.  While we're all free to fantasize on journeying to awesome destinations as far as our minds can conjure, a ginormous factor in fulfilling one's dream adventure is paying for it.
For most of us folks in the working class, we’re left with two popular options :  to save or apply for a loan. Options for unsecured loans, also called personal loans are provided by banks and other institutions at varying interest rates.  Heck, I get tons of text messages from these people! While some travelers would advice against loaning for the sake of travel, you are given the freedom to follow your bliss, well, RESPONSIBLY.    

Emotions aside, I don’t see loans as a monstrous thing for as long as you stay on top of your finances and not let your bills pile over your head. Before deciding, I suggest you use an online loan calculator. Some financial institutions have it on their website.  It’s a great tool to know how much interest you will be payi…

Events : Explorac Invitational Trail Run By AyalaLand (Pampanga)

Here's some great news from our friends from Southeast Asia's Biggest outdoor superstore, R.O.X.

Ayala Land will be having an invitational trail running event on a newly established route this June 8, 2013. I just confirmed my participation and I hope to see you there! :) How to join? Browse below. 

Trail Description :  Explorac Trail Run offers 11k and 22k rough terrain. Trail run will start at Ayala’s Visitor Center and will end at the Ayala Nature Park. The course has a flat to hilly terrain and majority of it is hard surface. The trail features wet/dry river bed, it not all, are heavily silted by mudflow due to Mt. Pinatubo eruption way back 1991 and succeeding lahar flows. In some areas, moderate steep climb will be experienced along the rough terrain portion and huge lahar track will potentially challenge your trail running skills. Opportunity like running under the SCTEX bridge and passing through beside waterfalls are a few of the scenery that the trail offers. Rise and…

The Sleeping Lion and the Wide-Eyed Wanderer

I woke up from my hotel bed feeling uneasy. The sun had just risen but the windowless room remained as dim as it did when I dived under the covers the night before. Breakfast buffet, one of the things I look forward to when staying in hotels was starting in 30 minutes but today, my head’s occupied with something else. 
Sleeping Lion, also called Kapuntukan Hill is located just across Embarcadero de Legazpi, a mall by the pier that offers a scenic view of Mt. Mayon, an active volcano shaped like a perfect cone and one of Bicol region’s greatest natural attractions. 
My friends and I had just attempted a hike to its crater rim  the previous day. (Read about it here) However, due to bad weather, we had to abort after four hours of trekking. Now I’m back in Legazpi with my flight back to Manila taking off in a few hours. Despite lacking sleep, I’m feeling restless and yearning for one last hike. 
I packed a sling bag with mints, towel and calamansi juice, the only refreshment I could grab …

Top Casinos to Visit when Travelling to Asia

Asia is renowned for having some of the best casinos in the world, so if you are travelling there, it is worth talking some time off your trip to pay one or two of them a visit. Asia is not only well-known for its love of casino games but its high rolling players too. 
Here are a few of the top casinos that are certainly worth a visit. 
Asia’s casino centre is Macau. There are around 30 casinos there of all kinds. It is the equivalent of Las Vegas and its casinos include the largest casino in the world, the Venetian Macau. It's style's very much like the Venetian in Las Vegas, but on a grander scale. There are around 800 gaming tables and several thousand slot machines and video games. Styled on Marco Polo’s Asian Adventures, you can take a gondolier on the canals and visit the different gamin areas which have Chinese names such as the Golden Fish and the Red Dragon. 
The MGM casino hotel complex and the City of Dreams are other casinos that are definitely worth visiting, but jus…

Mt. Kalisungan-Atimla Day Hike Traverse

The last 15 minutes to the summit of Mt. Kalisungan was breath-taking. The painfully steep section of the trail, the lack of breeze and the heat from the sun at 8:30 AM was just overwhelming.  With the weight on my back (a total of four liters of Gatorade, 100 Plus water and other supplies), I panted indecently but I couldn't care less. 

My first hike up Mt. Kalisungan was last December (post here) and I was also with hiker friends, Gideon and Ivan. On our return, we're joined by my friend Arisse, fellow travel blogger Byron and  a couple of new found friends - Michael, Ryan, Josh, Terrence, Elijah, Genesis and Christopher. 
I remember the hike being just as humid. With my preference to heavily forested trails similar to MakTrav trail,  I didn't feel any affinity to Kalisungan at all and it was mainly for the awesome company  and the chance to go hiking again that I returned.  I  braced myself for the long and a much hotter hike that was about to ensue. An imposing view of M…