Philippines: Some sites to look at.
I thought we'd like to show you some sites from the Philippines.
~Another place where former President Ferdinand Marcos used it.
Mountaineous areas around the plateau of Baguio
~The area is often foggy so travellers should be careful where they are driving. There are several dangerous curves.:blink:
Taal Volcano, Taal Lake of Batangas
~One of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines and possibly the smallest volcano in the world.
Lima Hotel of Batangas
The blue van is ours but we sold it last year.:sob: We now own Adventure.:thumbsup:
Awesome pics Blue, happy to see where you're from! Would love to see more! :D
What is the biggest tourist attraction in the Philippines?
My best friend in high school was actually first generation in the United States, his family sent his father here to become a Doctor and he used to tell me stories about how cool it was when he'd go back to visit the Philippines, but I don't know that much about it aside from his personal interactions....feel free to educate us! :P
Other tourist attractions:
1. Mt. Mayon, Albay
~The belfry which was the remnant of an ancient church is what you'd see is a trademark and also a remembrance of what was left when Mayon erupted in the late 1800s.
2. Chocolate Hills, Bohol
~Not a big deal from June-January because you don't actually see the hills in chocolate color but rather than green.:sarcastic: However, if you arrive in April-May, the hills are mostly chocolate in color.
Bohol is home to the second smallest rodent, the tarsier. Tarsiers are no longer the world's smallest after a recent discovery of a new mammal-I can't remember the name of that species).
3. Boracay, Aklan
~It's famous for its pristine waters, white sand and coral reefs which you can see without even scuba diving.
4. Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao
~They are famous for the Ifugaos once constructed the mountains through terracing method. Terracing makes the mountains appear like "stairways to heaven" as famously has been said. They were created for a purpose: to ensure the rice fields will not easily cause soil erosions when hurricanes come.
5. Taal Volcano, Batangas
~Taal is the smallest volcano. It has been active for nearly six decades I think with a record of about 36 eruptions.
6. Magellan's Cross, Mactan, Cebu
~The cross was installed by Ferdinand Magellan in the mid-1500s. Magellan failed to find the Spice Islands where he was supposed to bring home some spices. Magellan is a Portuguese although he has been living in Spain for long. He discovered Philippines in the mid-1500s and was killed in a battle with Lapu-Lapu, the first Filipino hero to have been known until today.
7. Baguio, Benguet
~Baguio is a plateau. You have to be careful on your way up as the fog tends to becom heavy that vehicular accidents are quite common. The climate there is cold so you have to bring warm clothes. It is famous for its perfect conditions which the strawberries require in order to grow. Burnham Park is also there. It was famous for its pristine waters but due to lack of maintenance, it is now dirty so not much you can enjoy if you want to roam over the lake with a boat.:mrgreen:
Hmmm...I'd better dig some more tourist attractions for you.:)
As I was born in the Philippines and having been very westernised (live in the US for over 35 years), I can tell you allot of nice things there...
- Due to the exchange rate, things are very cheap there. I went to a nice restaurant and had a steak dinner, with baked potatoes, and a drink for less than $8 (USD). A comparible meal in the US, about $40.
- I play golf, so I golfed at a nice resort in Boracay. I paid about $40 (USD) for the course, which included a golf cart and had a caddy for an additional $5 (USD). If you golfed at a resort in the US, expect to pay at least $100. Tipping a caddy would probably be $50 or more. I don't know, becuase I knew I could never really afford one here.
- If you drive like a maniac, then give you will LOVE driving in the Philippines. I've cutoff people and made extra lanes. I was on a local road one time during rush hour. It was a 2 lane road, with cars coming from the opposite lane. Then a car decided to drive down the middle of both lanes as more cars followed. Basically making an additional lane, so I followed. LOL
- If you get road rage, DO NOT drive there! People are very patient drivers and honking is a common form of communication on the road. I saw someone make a u-turn, causing traffic on both sides of the road, and nobody got mad at the person.
- Boracay has allot of nice clubs.
- Snorkeling in Boracay was awesome! The water was very clear. I was afraid of jumping off the boats, since you can see the sea urchins on the bottom and I was afraid of getting pricked by one. But when you got in the water, you can actually see that the water was very deep and there was no way I would touch them if I jumped in. I was also allowed to remove my life vest so I can swim deeper to get a closer look at them.
I love the food there. If any of you decide to visit, try some of my favorites...
Halo Halo - it's shaved ice, with lots of different fruits mixed in.
Balot (if your daring) - LOL
Lanka - fresh fruit
Sisig - it's like deep fried pork
If you're not willing to try new dishes, they do have regular chain restaurant/fast food places there too, like McDonalds, and I think Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
I've ate at a fridays and never spent $40 dollers on steak
Where do you live?
I like to add...
Plantation Bay in Cebu, Philippines - A big resort, that surrounds a lagoon. Nice place, good food, lots of things to do or not do, but just relax and have the staff pamper you.
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