September 27, 2007

Yahoo for Dumaguete!


Wow, it seems like forever since my last post and since I've read any of my favorite blogs. No, I haven't forgotten nor abandoned any of you! How can I? I just haven't had as much extra online time as I used to since the other stuff that makes up my daily life slowly started to creep up on me threatening to bury me alive if I continued to neglect them. So lately I've been juggling my time between work of course which takes up most of it, wading through unread piles of books and magazines, trying to put in more hours at the gym and boxing, TV series' I'm addicted to, more dinners with friends and out of town trips to the beach and farm with family, and finally nurturing my passion for photography. I'm usually exhausted at the end of the day to do anything more than lift my book up to eye level before the sandman whisks me off.

But anyway, here I am! I still love blogging so there will always be time for that. And so for my first post in, three weeks is a long time for someone who used to post twice a week or so... I'd like to share some news my dad shared with me during breakfast a few days ago which came in the form of newspaper clippings. It seems we're not the only ones who think Dumaguete rocks!

The first article was entitled: "Foreigners say RP among top 20 best places to live - DOT" by Mayen Jaymalin; published in The Philippine Star last Sept. 19, 2007.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) yesterday reported that Americans and other
foreign travelers have actually listed Negros Oriental as among the top 20 best
islands in the world to live. Tourism secretary Joseph Ace Durano said Negros
Oriental joined the list of other exotic places such as the Grand Cayman, Gozo
in Malta, Carriacou in Grenada and Vieques in Puerto Rico, which all offer a mix
of indigenous culture, friendly neighbors, uncomplicated living and adventure

Durano said the deciding factors considered by the respondents included weather, languages spoken, ease of immigration and accessibility to hospitals. Located in Central Visayas, Negros Oriental offers divers colorful and teeming marine life around Apo Island, which is home to the Negros Oriental Marine Conservation Park. Tourists can also chance upon playful dolphins and pygmy sperm whales in Tanon Strait at Bais Bay. But more than the attractions, Durano said the people play a big role in giving a warm welcome and creating a positive impression among travelers.

The other article entitled "Yahoo: Manila is passport-worthy" was published the very next day Sept 20, 2007 in the Manila Standard Today.

Manila was listed at no. 10 in the list of "10 passport-worthy locations thousands of Yahoo! users chose as the very best". While Yahoo cited problems such as traffic and pollution in Metro Manila, visitors cited it's friendly people, excellent nightlife, historical sights and some of the most cavernous shopping malls in Asia.

This was the second time Philippine destinations figured prominently in the listing of top destinations in the world. Last month, Islands Magazine based in the United States listed Negros Oriental and it's capital Dumaguete as one of the 20 best islands in the world to live on.

The magazine, one of the most widely circulated and most trusted travel publications in the United States, included Negros Oriental with its capital Dumaguete as among the best islands in the world where expatriates may settle based on the following criteria: flip-flop wearability, strong expat communities, and affordable real estate.

Hurray for the Philippine Islands! :)

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September 4, 2007

Luxe is here!

In previous posts, I gushed about these fab pocket city guides which I discovered during one of my trips last year. Disappointed though later to find out that they weren't sold in Manila. But now I'm so stoked and happy to announce that thanks to my good friend Kat who brings them in, the Luxe City Guides are now available in our city!

Since the last time I wrote about it, they've published new guides like Rome, New York, and Dubai, bringing the number of titles up to 22. You can get them for P450 at Fully Booked High St. and Rockwell, Manila Cigars at both international airports, and at The Travel Club in Trinoma.

For the serious traveller, you can order box sets from Kat like this World Grand Tour (pictured at left), which contains 12 guides, or the Asian Grand Tour with 12 guides to Asia's top cities. Luxe also lets you customize your own box sets.

For orders, you can email Kat directly at katripoll_AT_yahoo_DOT_com or call and visit any of these stores below:

Fully Booked - Bonifacio High Street. Tel: +632 858 7000 / 36 / 37 / 38
Fully Booked - Level R3, The Powerplant Mall,Rockwell, Tel: +632 756 5001 to 04
Manila Cigars, Inc. - Terminal 1, Departure Area, NAIA, Tel: +632 877 1109 ext 3595
Manila Cigars, Inc. - Terminal 2, Departure Area, NAIA, Tel: +632 877 1109 ext 2311

The Travel Club Trinoma - Unit 2099B & 2100B, Level M2, Trinoma Mall, QC

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Have Luxe, will travel
Luxe goes to Europe!

September 3, 2007

What country are you?

Saw this over at Nina's site.

I am Thailand. While I deny the whole bit about sexual promiscuity and disease, it's good to know that my guests cry not because my cooking is horrible. ;)

Come on, let's have some fun. It's a super short quiz, so go ahead and take it then tell me what country you are.

You're Thailand!

Calmer and more staunchly independent than almost all those around you,
you have a long history of rising above adversity. Recent adversity has led to
questions about your sexual promiscuity and the threat of disease, but you still manage to attract a number of tourists and admirers. And despite any setbacks, you can really cook a good meal whenever it's called for. Good enough to make people cry.

Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid