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The Top Events in Europe Worth Traveling for This Year

The year has started with a bang and settled to a fizz, and now you are starting to think about what events and marvels will unfurl. Europe has always had a lot to offer travelers, with its sandy shores, historic castles and walled cities, and spectacular scenery. Yet a lot of Europe’s best offers take place only once a year, or even less. From festivals to sporting events to more tomatoes than you can imagine, here are the top events to attend.
This year marks the 19th series of the Six Nations Championship, or the 124th edition if you include the tournament’s past iterations. Defending champions England are back, along with France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. The action gets started on February 3rd at the Millennium Stadium where Wales will face Scotland. The competition continues until March 17th, so you have quite a few chances to watch the top teams in Europe battle it out. Take a look at the Six Nations predictions and odds before the tournament starts to get a feel for t…

El Nido Experience with Northern Hope Tours

Being in the water is so enlivening that I just had to start my weeklong birthday trip in Palawan. As one of the  Philippines' most popular island destination, it's where one can enjoy beautiful beaches and a clear, vast underwater world teeming with colorful fishes and corals. 
Even if I was traveling alone, the steady influx of travelers in this island paradise made it easy and budget-friendly for me to go island hopping. Unless you want a customized itinerary, there's no need to hire your own boat. You can either ask the receptionist at your lodging or look for a reliable operator in town and they'll find you a group to join.   Northern Hope Tours,  a tour operator in El Nido took good care of me on this trip. From Manila, I took a flight to Puerto Princesa International Airport. Located in the provincial capital, it's about 5-6 hours away. You can commute by public transpo which can be a hassle.  Making it more convenient, Northern Hope had arranged for an aircon…

Overnight in Maguindanao (Part 2)

It was nearing the end of my weeklong birthday trip. After traveling to Palawan and South Cotabato, I made a final stop to Cotabato city to visit some friends (Part 1 of post here). 

Geographically located in Maguindanao, this busy city has the amenities to accommodate travelers that makes it a good jump-off when visiting tourist spots in the province. Around the city, there are simple hotels & inns, restaurants, malls and other business establishments.

While catching up over a huge platter of grilled hito and seafood gambas at Babo Katips (good Filipino restaurant in Cotabato city!),  my friend Jeff convinced me to hike Mt. Minandar. Living in Cotabato city, he had gone up the mountain once and kept saying how nice of an easy climb it was. Though he couldn't join me as he'd be working, he kindly arranged for a motorbike driver to pick me up from my hotel the next day.  Gah, for a nature lover, the mountains are the ultimate seductress! 

(Note : Jeff is with Yellow Boat of H…