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Canada | Manila to Taoyuan International Airport Layover

The first leg of my long journey to Ontario began with a layover from Manila to Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei. I had such good experience flying with EVA Air (mainly because they served good food) that I was still full and high with energy when I arrived. After doing some research, I realized the 4.40 hr layover wasn't enough for me to get out of the airport and do some decent exploring. Fortunately, Taoyuan International Airport is wonderful. Easy to navigate, it has plenty of facilities to entertain travelers with long layovers. There's free wifi too in the entire airport, making it easier to pass the time.  When I reached Taipei, I didn't have to go through immigration or pick up my luggage. I thought I'd be bored with all the free time I had but I got so engrossed looking around and trying out things that I ended up having to rush to my boarding gate for my next flight! 

The waiting areas are themed and one of famous ones is the Hello Kitty waiting lounge. …

Mt. Danayag Day Hike in Aurora

Despite the rain, I felt sleepy and sluggish up until we got to the second hour of our hike.  After being on the road for 5 hours the night before, the lack of a proper sleep had taken its toll, even the fresh mountain air couldn't wake me up. Thankfully, the first part of the trail from Brgy. Ditumabo, was easy. It was flat though very muddy. 

The same barangay serves as the jump-off to visitors going to Mother falls, a major attraction for people visiting the nearby municipality of Baler. Popular as a surf spot with plenty of restaurants around it, I toyed with the idea of staying behind to relax and enjoy the sea. But being a loyal lover, I had chosen the mountains again for the nth time.  The rain that welcomed us at the start of the hike accompanied us on our way up the mountain, making it uncomfortably cold. After the flat terrain, it became steeper and narrower. I was wet, both from the rain and sweat. I brushed countless times on plants along the the trail but I don't mi…

Samar, An Exciting Destination for Adventurers & Nature Lovers

On this 3 day trip to Samar, I joined fellow bloggers in trekking, caving and riding boats that passed scenic riversides. Samar offers raw adventures in vibrant forests that are challenging, tiring and at times, nerve wrecking. If you’re that type of traveler who loves nature and don’t mind roughing it up, come and visit Samar!
Here are some of the places you can explore in this beautiful province. 

San Juan by the Bay (Sta. Rita, Samar)
On this mild adventure, visitors can take a leisurely cruise along San Juanico strait and dine on a floating restaurant that offers a nice view of the iconic San Juanico bridge and its nearby islands. It also features a 400 meter boardwalk that passes a mangrove. Made of bamboo, the wood makes a rickety sound as you walk on it, adding a little thrill to your short walk. Wearing slippers is okay. Just watch your steps and enjoy the amazing plant life around you. 

Trivia time! Did you know that mangroves and the tree species that grow around it are the cool…

Isabela's Bambanti Festival 2018

Every year, the province of Isabela in Northern Luzon, celebrates Bambanti Festival, a thanksgiving of the province's sustained agricultural dominance. Its strength can be seen in its position as the Philippines' no. 1 corn producer and as a surplus producer of rice, enabling them to supply the staple crop in Metro Manila and other provinces. 

*Bambanti is Ilocano for "scarecrow",considered as a symbol of the diligence, creativity, resilience and vigilance of the Isabelenos. 
Celebrated this year from January 22 to 27 with the theme, "Isabela Kong Mahal", various competitions were held showcasing the talents of the Isabelenos and the province's top products. 

In the Bambanti Village in Ilagan, an Agri-Eco Tourism trade fair was set where visitors can marvel at giant Bambanti installations and  shop for each municipality's major products.  Being a foodie, I enthusiastically went around the booths haunting for edible treats. 
Some of my favorite finds are…

Contest Alert! Travel & Win with Bonamine

In my travels, I've encountered fellow passengers who suffered from motion sickness. This  condition can cause nausea, dizziness and even more challenging to handle, vomiting. While I've never had it as rough as the others,  it has taught me to update my medicine kit and add Bonamine, the leading motion sickness brand in the country. To be honest, it's the only brand I'm familiar with that deals with this issue. 


If you have a Facebook account and traveling in the next four months, Bonamine (Meclizine HCL) has something exciting for you!
In the Travel and Win with Bonamine promo, participants get a chance to win hotel accommodations and a trip to Hong Kong for 4. 

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