Tales of a Solo Traveler

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Tales of a Solo Traveler

Domestic Beginnings I was twenty-four the first time I boarded a plane. It was a forty-five minute flight via Philippine Airlines from Dipolog City to Cebu, two of the many fascinating travel destinations in the Philippines. At that time I was one of those unfortunate souls who could barely tolerate traveling a mile, by land or by sea, without feeling as though a million giant butterflies are frantically trying to escape from the abyss of my Filipino gut. Nevertheless, I survived that first flight without the whole world knowing: I had to...

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Guide to Ethically Volunteering in Asia

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Guide to Ethically Volunteering in Asia

Volunteering in the Philippines Even at seven o’clock in the morning the sun was riding high and strong over Tacloban City on the island of Leyte. From inside the colorful Jeepney amongst a jumble of spades, sledgehammers and wheelbarrows, a voice called: “Let’s Go Alan!” and our Filippino driver started the engine. From my perch on the roof I held on tightly as we bumped towards the seashore, where piles of debris stood as evidence of Typhoon Haiyan’s recent deadly visit. As a volunteer I was there to help clear rubble so the people of...

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Tagaytay and Taal Volcano, The Philippines

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Tagaytay and Taal Volcano, The Philippines

Tagaytay, The Philippines Vacay in Tagaytay Have you ever wondered where the locals of places considered our holiday destinations go for their holidays? I did. “Where do you go for holidays?” I asked the taxi driver in Manila, who has just spend the last ten minutes reciting the list of holiday islands in his country, straight out of a brochure that I got at the arrival hall of the airport. He thought about this question, an indication that he has never been to any of these fancy tourist spots that he has just recommended. “Tagaytay,” he...

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Discover Asia Now

Posted by on 7:00 am in Announcements, China News, Hong Kong News, India News, Japan News, Philippines News, Singapore Press Releases, South Korea News, Thailand News | 2 comments

New York, New York – June 5, 2009 – Eight Asian tourism organizations including the Hong Kong Tourism Board, India Tourism, Japan National Tourism Organization, Korea Tourism Organization, Macau Tourism Board, Philippine Department of Tourism, Singapore Tourism Board, and Tourism Authority of Thailand, have joined together to promote travel to the region and highlight the exciting and diversified appeals of Asia with a cooperative marketing campaign called “Discover Asia Now” and interactive website Visitors to the...

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Philippine Beaches with Annie

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Eileen had a moment to catch up with Annie Cuevas of Philippines Tourism for the latest promotions. I have already been there myself and enjoyed some pretty interesting food, jeepney rides and beautiful islands. Check it out. As with all of our videos Quicktime 7.0 or better is required to see our great videos in all of there luster. However, we have now added a new feature on ITKT’s home page to allow viewing for everybody else. Look in the upper right-hand corner for loads of recent ITKT videos. We are also on iTunes, Youtube, Current TV,...

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Rarity of Philippine Eagle

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The country’s national bird, the Philippine Eagle, is one of a kind, not only because it is found nowhere else, but also since it has a unique evolutionary history, clearly distinguishing it from other giant eagles once thought of as its immediate family. At least this is what a recent study of the Philippine Eagles’ DNA suggests. Scientists from the University of Michigan USA analyzed DNA isolated from blood samples of Philippine Eagle and those of the Harpy Eagle and Crested Eagles of the Americas and the New Guinea Harpy Eagle of New...

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New Luxury Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Manila

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Hong Kong, April 10, 2007 — Mandarin Oriental, Manila introduces The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Manila, offering guests and spa-goers a holistic approach to enhance their well-being. The Thai-themed luxury Mandarin Oriental spa, is located on the hotel’s topmost floors, and like all Spas at Mandarin Oriental, offers a sensory experience that touches the mind, body and spirit, merging ancient and contemporary techniques and philosophies from around the world. Most experiences start with a relaxing foot ritual, while an individual analysis...

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Win a Trip Through Cathay Pacific

Posted by on 10:13 am in Announcements, Cambodia News, Indonesia News, Japan News, Malaysia News, Philippines News, Singapore Press Releases, Thailand News, Vietnam News | 0 comments

SAN FRANCISCO, FEBRUARY 8, 2007— Leading luxury international airline and Asia travel specialist, Cathay Pacific Airways, is giving away some great prizes including digital cameras and iPods during the month of February as part of its “Spot the Difference” sweepstakes. One lucky grand prize winner will win an All Asia Pass package for two, providing travelers an opportunity to visit up to 23 cities such as Hong Kong, Bali, Tokyo and more over 21 days. For a chance to win the All Asia Pass or one of the over 500 instant-win prizes, travelers...

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PanAsia Poker Tour set in Manila

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Manila, The Philippines (PRWEB) September 28, 2006 — PanAsia Poker Tour will debut its Pan-Asian Tour in Manila, The Philippines. The PanAsia Poker Tour is ready to bring to the world’s best players a Tour dedicated to Pan-Asia. The PAPT will feature world wide competition fighting for cash, prizes and the right to be called tournament champion. The PAGCOR sanctioned 2,500 USD No Limit Texas Hold’em Championship will be held at the Airport Casino Filipino on November 3-5 and will be taped for a future televised broadcast....

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Wounded Philippine Eagle Rescued

Posted by on 1:29 am in Announcements, Philippines News | 0 comments

Weak, stressed, and with a gunshot wound on the left side of its neck, a juvenile Philippine Eagle was rushed to Davao City from Bukidnon yesterday following yet another shooting incident that continues to threaten the population of the endangered national bird. Malaybalay Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felix Mirasol contacted the Philippine Eagle Foundation late Wednesday evening to turn over the injured bird for treatment at the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City. “Fun, food, and curiosity”...

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New Eagle Center in Davao

Posted by on 10:53 pm in Announcements, Philippines News | 0 comments

It was a fun Saturday afternoon as nearly a hundred Davaoeño youngsters experienced the new Hawk Walk and Diola’s Forest exhibits at the Philippine Eagle Center over the weekend. The Hawk Walk and Diola’s Forest, the latest youth-oriented facilities at the Center, were inaugurated last Saturday, June 10, amidst fun games, face painting, balloon animals, clowns, and free-flowing cotton candy. Jeremiah and Joseph, nephews of Davao City Councilor Rene Elias Lopez, Marga, daughter of Department of Tourism Regional Director Sonia Garcia, and...

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Boosting Tourism in Cagayan North

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Geared toward rediscovering the beauty of Luzon’s northeasternmost province, the 2nd Palaui Island Aquathlon Challenge was recently held at Cape Engaño in Palaui Island, Sta. Ana, Cagayan. First held in 2005, the event aims to drum up awareness on Cagayan’s varied tourist attractions and establish the province as a major sports and adventure destination. Likewise, it endeavors to gain support for the restoration of the Cape Engaño Lighthouse, one of the Philippines’ most important historical landmarks whose construction was completed in 1892....

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Unfair Advisory: The Philippines

Posted by on 10:19 pm in Philippines, World | 6 comments

As a travel writer, there are loads of perks that I love. Lots of travel mostly, but I also frequently get good food and great cultural exchange. Of course, there is a downside. The real downside is no one is going to become a millionaire as a travel writer. The imaginary downside is that something terrible is going to happen while I am out of the country. Something statistically microscopic like crashing planes, stranded in a foreign country, or being kidnapped by banditos. The truth of the matter is that I am far more at risk at home than...

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Flying Christianity Air

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During my Sunday morning Manila layover, a funny thing happened on my way to Davao City in the Philippines. As I waited for flight 813, after a 17-hour flight from the States, a loud voice boomed over the intercom, “For all those interested in attending morning mass, please go to domestic terminal gate number eight.” Although I would not call myself religious, I still had several hours to kill and this had to be a joke. I made my way across the crowded terminal to discover two men with a silver briefcase. They were pulling out a...

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A Note from Malagos Garden

Posted by on 1:46 pm in Philippines News, Tours | 0 comments

Sometime we receive personal notes from places we visit with the latest news expressed better than any press release could. -ITKT Editor- Greetings from Malagos Garden Resort in Davao City. We hope that you had a fruitful and pleasant stay here in Davao. We were the official venue of the countryside tours for the delegates of the ATF 2006. Allow us to formally offer our products and services , that you may find suitable to your clientele, in the future. We are happy to inform you that aside from the completion of our new facilities, the Koi...

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