Why travel to Cebu, Philippines of all places? What makes Cebu, Philippines special among all other places in the whole country or the world even? If your travel plans for this year includes Cebu, here are some reasons why were certain that you wont regret your decision on choosing Cebu as your travel destination.What Makes Cebu PopularEven if we werent to talk about any of the famous tourist spots of Cebu, Philippines, there are still other things that make Cebu so very popular with the tourists. First, theres the food. If you love those ripe yellow mangoes, you absolutely must go to Guadulupe because their mangoes - served dried or not - can never fail to make taste buds water. And then theres chicharon or pork rind; if youve never tasted chicharon yet, a good place to start would be at Cebu. Other food to explore in Cebu would be puso, the hanging rice, dangit, a dried fish usually eaten for breakfast and budbud, another type of rice.And then there are the souvenirs or other accessories that you may only purchase in Cebu, Philippine. If you come from a country experiencing all four seasons people back home would probably appreciate if you give them the beautifully hand woven blankets made from Argao. People with deep faith would no doubt appreciate as well gifts of the Medallions of the Christ Child. For fashion lovers, jewelry made from Mactan stone, corals or seashells are very much popular.Lastly, there are the guitars. People with fine ears for music cant help but appreciate the quality of guitars manufactured in Cebu. If you also want to see with your very own eyes the manufacturing process of a guitar, from start to finish, LapuLapu City of Cebu is the place to travel to.And now finally, we come to the placesMagellans Cross Since the Philippines began to be of interest to the world thanks to Ferdinand Magellans discovery in 1521, tourists might as well begin their travel plans by visiting Magellans Cross which is found in Magallanes Street of Cebu City. This place is of much historical value to the Philippines because its also where the baptismal rites of the earliest Filipino Christians were held.Mactan Island Water sports have always been a favorite activity by tourists when visiting the Cebu and if youre fond of this as well, make sure that you drop by Mactan Island because the waves there are alike no place else! Cebu is also the jumping point to other exciting destinations like Dumaguete, Bohol and Sumilon.
It used to be the case that cheap travel agents were a sort of oxymoron. People paid a premium to get their vacations and business trips booked by someone else with little or no disturbance. Since the advent of the internet, all that has changed.Travel agents have had to lower their prices and fees to compete with the internet. Most people who can afford vacations or go on business trips also have access to the internet. There are many sites on the internet that allow a person the ability to quickly and easily make all their own travel arrangements.In addition, airlines and hotels have upped the prices they charge travel agents because the airlines and the hotel companies want people to book directly through their own places. Because of these factors, travel agencies have had to lower their prices considerably in order to compete, resulting in "cheap travel agents" .Just because there is a excess of cheap travel agents doesnt mean that the quality is any less than it used to be. Indeed, many cheap travel agents, in addition to lower prices, offer many more services than they used to in order to attract and keep more business.For example, cheap travel agents may book activities for you. If you are going on a tropical vacation, they can book scuba lessons. If you are going skiing, they can arrange a deal on your raise tickets.Furthermore, cheap travel agents still have access to all sorts of valuable information that you may not have on the internet. For example, cheap travel agents still know which companies are trustworthy and which have had problems.They are also sources of invaluable information such as local customs, if you are traveling abroad, weather, and information on food and water quality. They can offer personal insight into the area you are traveling to which you might not be able to find in an online search.Cheap travel agents not only offer these services, they also do all the groundwork for you. Basically, you decide what you want and the travel agent makes it happen. If you want the best price on an airline or hotel, you may have to go to many different sites to make sure you are getting the best deal.Even cheap travel agents have the best prices and the best deals right at their fingertips. This could save you a lot of time and some money in addition to trying to keep track of which websites had the best deals and the constantly changeable prices that seem to accompany hotel and airplane ticket prices.If you dont have the time or the leaning to read carefully various websites looking for airfare or hotel deals, consider using the services of a trustworthy and cheap travel agent.
Why not a Luxury Africa Safari at the Mara Explorer Camp, situated on a thickly forested bend of the Talek River right in the middle of the Masai Mara Reserve. It is at the confluence of the Reserve's four main rivers, so you are in the best possible postion to view the incredible wildebeest migration between June and September.This is the place to start your Masai Mara Kenya Safari.Your In Kenya Safari can start quickly here due to the all weather airstrip meaning yu can be on your Masai Mara safari less than an hour after touching down at Nairobi airport.What a place to begin your luxury Africa Safari at this exclusive camp with only ten luxurious tents which are well spaced out each with a verandah overlooking the river. There are seven tents with double beds, the remainder are twin, but each tent has a luxurious bathroom.Not only that the furnishings in the tents are genuine 'old colonial Africa' with wooden chests, trunks, prints etc. The best thing of all is the way the tents open up to the sky, and there is a private open to the elements bath, so you can sit and watch elephants and giraffes drinking from your bath or of course the verandah!!It is worth remembering that the two way radio in your tent is there,because if for some reason you want to leave your tent after dark you will need to call for an escort. Weare the visitors it is the home of the wildlife, they have right of way, and the will not be friendly!!Any luxury Africa safari must include great food, and the Mara Explorer certainly has that. The small canvas covered dining area looks straight out over the river, and the vegetables and herbs come straight fom the camp gardens.If you want you can eat on your own verandah, or at one of a number of carefully chosen sites in the bush close by.Right next to the dining area is the camp bar with again beautiful river views, and there is a well stocked library. There is a very comfortable lounge as well, again with great river viewing.Here at the Mara Explorer Camp you will also be able to easily do private game drives with expert local guides. Walking safaris in the Mara conservation area. Riverside bush breakfasts, sundowners and dinners. Hot air balloon safaris, and Lake Victoria fishing safaris.Mara Explorer only caters for children over eighteen years of age, and this really is a wonderful place to begin or end your luxury African Safari
Needing to get some exercise after surgery my wife talked me into spending Sunday afternoon's visiting one of the parks in Tulsa. We were surprised to find over 150 parks spread across the city, from tiny neighborhood "mini-parks" to sprawling recreation areas with almost every thing imaginable.The Neighborhood ParksScattered across town in out of the way spots are small neighborhood parks sometimes with nothing more than an open area for kids to play football or baseball. Some will have a picnic table but they are generally small, quaint and very inviting for neighbors to gather and meet each other. With television, America's communities have grown distant, sometimes with neighbors barely knowing each other. The internet has exasperated the problem. It's not uncommon for someone to talk with people from a half-a-dozen different countries on a daily basis, online, but speak with their own neighbor once a week if even that frequently. These neighborhood parks help bring people together when our changing culture is working to spread them apart. The PlaygroundsTulsa has been referring to many of their parks as "playgrounds" not as a way of saying here's where kids can play, but to say here's where families can play. Typically the "playgrounds" include sports fields as well as play areas for kids often alongside picnic areas where parents can stay close and watch their kids. It's not too difficult to imagine the small children playing on the "Big Toy" while older kids play soccer, while dad joins in a game of baseball, while mom watches all of them from a picnic area strategically situated in the midst of the park. Tulsan's do like to play.The Community CentersOn a larger scale Tulsa has several Community Centers. These are parks that also have facilities for indoor recreation. The outdoor recreation is never neglected since Tulsa's Community Centers are almost always surrounded by good sized parks with a plethora of features. The buildings offer many events year round as well as being available for smaller private events. We've had family Christmas get-togethers for my wife's rather large family at a nearby Community Center. Some even have libraries on site or nearby making them a widely functioning civic point. The Regular ParksAnd of course there are the run-of-the-mill parks which offer the typical fields, woods, sports fields and picnic areas. Both the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County do a wonderful job maintaining them and you'll find clean, well kept areas for the typical recreational needs. In order to save the taxpayers' money many are situated next to schools so they can also be used as playgrounds, making the need for keeping them safe even more important. You'll find them exactly what you need for a friendly weekend softball game, group picnic or simply a place to stretch your legs.The Big ParksTulsa has always been a place that works toward large city efficiency with more of a small town friendliness. We pride ourselves on possessing Southern charm, Midwestern ruggedness and American ingenuity. There are other towns with bigger parks, but quantity isn't nearly as important as quality. From Riverparks to Mohawk park to Chandler park you can find someplace to enjoy your time outdoors with verdant woods, soft green fields, scenic jogging trails, beautiful flower gardens, enough to fill a whole lifetime. Visit one of Tulsa's parks and you'll see a family picnicking, a college student sprawled with his books beneath a shade tree, some more college students playing frisbee golf, kids laughing in a play area, couples walking along paths trying to decide which deserves their attention-the scenic view or each other, a rabbit frolicking amidst trees and rocks, kids playing a game of softball, people swimming in one of the many swimming pools or maybe someone by themselves, just enjoying the sunshine. It's all there waiting for you.
Lake Louise strikes you for two reasons: the absolutely stunning scenery that surrounds it, and its huge size. "Lake Louis" e is located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in Canada's first National Park. It has more than 4200 skiable acres (1700 hectares), which makes it one of the largest ski areas in all of North America. What's nice about Lake Louise, it offers all sorts of terrain, from bunny hills and easy green runs, to manageable blue runs and more difficult single and double-black diamond runs.The terrain is nicely divided into 25% beginner runs, 45% intermediate and 30% for advanced skiers, so there is truly something for everyone. For us who most enjoy blue and single-black diamond runs, Lake Louise was heaven since it offered such a huge selection.Naturally, such a large area needs to be serviced by a highly efficient lift system, and Lake Louise offers Summit Platter t-bar (which whisks you up to summit area of Mount Whitehorn which clocks in with an altitude of 8,765 feet (2,675 m). There are 7 chairlifts, most of them high-speed, and the Top of the World Chairlift actually holds 6 passengers, this was the first time we saw a 6-passenger chairlift. Our favourite of course was the Grizzly Express Gondola which is more than 2900 m long (over 9500 feet) and in just about 10 minutes takes you up a vertical of more than 2400 feet (736 m). In our skiing experience (essentially East Coast skiing up until now), this was the highest vertical that we ever transcended in the shortest amount of time.Naturally, Lake Louise Ski Area is a well-known stop on the World Cup Circuit: it hosts the Winterstart Men's & Ladies World Cup Downhill & Super-G Races. Since 1991 Lake Louise has become the traditional venue for the years first Womens Speed event. We partook of the World Cup spirit by "racing" down the Men's and Women's Downhill Slopes. The steepness of this slopes is astounding, and it is hard to imagine that ski racers actually go down these mountains straight, searching for speed, without making a turn. These two runs, the Men's and Ladies' downhill actually became my favourite runs and they were quite doable (although I didn't go straight down), especially since they were perfectly groomed.We had a chance to go skiing twice: yesterday and today (after my exciting dog-sledding advanture) , and fortunately for us, today was a perfect winter day with crystal blue skies. The view at Lake Louise on a clear simply knocks your socks off. This mountain panorama is something else. Right when you come out of the gondola you are looking straight at a rugged mountain range whose center is highlighted by a frozen Lake Louise nestled into the Victoria Glacier.For those who get hungry on the mountain, [*_*]e has a wide variety of choices: The Lodge of the Ten Peaks is located at the base of the gondola, and the place where I enjoyed another nourishing poutine (yes, I do feel guilty...) and a very tasty cream of asparagus. It holds a variety of eating, shopping and pub facilities. Temple Lodge is located in the valley between the Powderbowls and the Larch Area and Whitehorn Lodge is located half way up the south side of the mountain at 6750 ft (2057 m).[*_*]e has 3 main ski areas: the Front Side or South Face which offers 1100 skiable acres. This area offers a variety of green, blue and single black diamond runs and is quite skiable for intermediate / advanced skiers. The grooming was great and we skied down some smooth mountain slopes, many of them quite steep, but nevertheless very skiable.Our favourite runs were coming down from the Gondola and taking the Top of the World Express 6-Pack Express where you get to ski above the treeline and since you are on the edge of the mountain you get to see down into the gentler south side and the much more treacherous north side of the mountain.The "Powderbowls" are located on the north side of the mountain and they are primarily intended for expert skiers. Most of the runs on the north side are single and double black diamond runs. The steepness and the moguls were quite intimidating for us, but nevertheless we found some green and blue runs to get us down safely. Riding up the Ptarmigan Quad Chair it's an awesome sight to watch some of the expert level skiers and how they manage this terrain so skillfully. I have a feeling we'll be sticking to blue and single black diamond runs for the foreseeable future.Across the Powderbowls is another ski area called the "Larch Area" which offers a vertical drop of about 1230 feet (375 m). This area features mostly green and blue runs, although some of the blue runs (especially a run called the "Wolverine") had some pretty pronounced bumps built into them too. Runs like the Larch and Larch Poma are wide expansive trails with excellent grooming where you can really enjoy gliding down the mountain at pretty high speeds.For the last hour and a half of our skiing today we made our way back to the South Side, taking the older Ptarmigan Quad back up to the top station of the Gondola. We made it up to the Top of the World a few more times and just couldn't get over the view.I made sure at 3:50 pm today that I got another run in to the Top of the World and I really took my time going down.