Visiting the Philippines

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Visiting the Philippines

The Philippines is made up of more than 7000 islands, in what is the second-largest archipelago in the world. Due to its remote location when compared with the rest of Asia, this area is relatively unexplored and free of much of the hustle and bustle that tourism brings to other areas. It is for this reason that the Philippines is well worth the extra travel time, as you will find yourself in a place full of natural wonders and rich with history. There are many things to do if you visit the Philippines, from energetic activities to relaxing hideaways and there is always something for everyone.

The natural scenery in the Philippines is beautiful and well worth travelling to find. If you have been relaxing inside for the morning, playing Partypoker or reading a book and you want to get out and explore, then there is a lot to be seen. The islands are surrounded by gorgeous-looking coral reefs and if you want to experience the water first-hand, then you can go swimming, snorkelling or even diving. If you travel to Coron, you can dive around wrecks and just off Donsol, you can swim with whale sharks.

For those who want to soak up some sunshine on a beach, there are many places to go. Siplay is lovely and laid back and here you will find picturesque white-sand beaches with palm trees swaying overhead. If you want to let your hair down and party, then Boracay is the place to go. If you are planning a visit to this wonderful place, do a little research and decide upon where you would like to begin. Then you can always travel around the islands during your trip so as to really experience as much as possible. Last but by no means least, have a lovely time and do not forget to take your camera.

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Japanese Onsen – A Traditional Bathing Experience

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Visiting Japan will be incomplete without visiting an onsen. Onsens are traditional Asian Bath in Japan using natural hot springs which serves as Japanese public baths, and considered as the most unique traditional bath in All of Asia. There are two types of onsen, indoor and outdoor. Even though first visit to onsen might be confusing for first timers, this tradition is worth the effort. Simple guidance below would be useful for your visit to onsen.

Prepare Your Own Onsen Supplies
These are equipments that need to be prepared before you make your first visit to onsen:
- Large towel
- Small towel or usually called as “modesty towel” for covering your private part
- Basic toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.)
- Other necessaries toiletries such as toothbrush or razor
Most onsens sell these items, but the price would be a lot cheaper if you buy them at nearest convenience stores. Soap and shampoo are usually the most expensive sold at onsen.

Paying and Changing
Many onsens sell their admittance ticket at vending machine styled dispensers, but these machines mostly using kanji characters. Paying directly at the counter would be a lot simpler. An onsen usually costs 350 to 700 yen or 3 to 7 US Dollars. Onsens are mostly divided into men and women area. Dressing rooms are distinctly differed by its color; green or blue for men, and pink or red for women. If you are uncertain, check with a clerk or at the counter. It will save you from embarrassing situation. Dressing room has cupboards with baskets to store your clothes along with coin lockers to keep your valuables safe. If no lockers provided, front counter can keep them for you.

Before Entering
Before going into the hot bath, clean yourself at the washing area. There are stools provided in front of faucets along with wooden buckets. Fill the wooden bucket with water from faucet to wash yourself clean. There are some modern onsens which provide showers as well. Clean up thoroughly before you go into the hot bath. Shaving should be done after entering the onsen. If you accidentally cut yourself, taking a bath with a bleeding person would be inconvenient and you would be considered as a rude person. Any soap or shampoo should be rinsed cleanly before entering the hot bath. Modesty towel can be brought along, but do not dip the towel into the hot bath. Place the towel aside or put it under your head.

Leaving
After you finished at the hot bath, rinse yourself once again at the washing area, and then return the wooden bucket and stool into their place. Dry yourself with your towel before going back to dressing room to avoid soaking the floor wet, and proceed to dressing room for changing. Thank the front desk’s clerk and head out. Your first onsen would be an exceptional experience when you visiting Japan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sentosa Island in Singapore

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Sentosa is an important island in Asia Tourism with the area of five square kilometers located 500 meters from at the Southern end of Singapore which made Singapore the Star of Asia. 70 percent of this island is secondary rainforest, act as the habitat for monkeys, monitor lizard, parrots, peacocks and other native fauna and flora with 3.2 kilometers of coastline. Sentosa along with its neighbor island, Brani play important role as natural protector for Singapore Keppel Harbor, one of the most active harbors in the world from high tide and monsoon.

Sentosa played important part in the past as important military base and was fortified in order to defend the harbor and coal supply. Sentosa was also used as fortress by British Military during the World War II. After the Allied Forces surrendered to Japan on 15 February 1942, Sentosa functioned as war camp to imprison Australian and British prisoners. Sentosa was developed by Singapore Government in 1970 as holiday resort for local tourists and visitors. S$420 million of private funds and S$500 million from government funds was used for that purpose.

Available attractions in Sentosa Island:
Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon: An oceanarium located at the West side of Sentosa. Launched in 1991, this oceanarium’s collection consists of 250 ocean species from different parts in the world. The oceanarium is equipped with 83 meters long travelator moves along the submerged tunnel with glass window where visitors can observe the ocean creatures such as fish, turtle, coral and shark. The Dolphin Lagoon accommodates some humpback dolphins from Indo-Pacific where meet the dolphin session is held daily.
Merlion: This 37 meters structure was opened on 1996 where visitors can view the entire city from its 12th floor.
Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom: Butterfly Park has the collection of 15,000 butterflies from more than 50 species, while the Insect Kingdom houses approximately 3,000 rare insects’ species from the entire world.
Fort Siloso: This is another tourist attraction on the West side of Sentosa Island. The fort was built in 1880 by the British to protect the narrow Keppel Harbor’s west entrance. Displays include barracks, ammunition bunkers, the fort’s gun emplacements as well as collections of documents, photographs and film. Several New Year’s Eve party such as the Siloso New Year Eve Splash are annually held at Siloso Beach. Read the rest of this entry »

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